EVGA X58 3X SLI Classified Motherboard

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The X58 3X SLI motherboard has a laundry list of high-end features, but we feel the best way to break this down is to look at EVGA's "regular" X58 3X SLI motherboard and show what they've added to the platform to make the "Classified" version. Here goes.

 


  EVGA X58 3X SLI EVGA X58 3X SLI Classified
CPU Intel Core i7, Socket-1366 Intel Core i7, Socket-1366
Chipset Intel X58, Intel ICH10R Intel X58, Intel ICH10R, Nvidia NF200
Memory Capacity 6 x Slots, 24 GB Maximum 6 x Slots, 24 GB Maximum
Memory Speed DDR3-1333 MHz "+" DDR3-1600 MHz "+"
PCI Express 2 x PCI Express 2.0 x16
1 x PCI Express 2.0 x8
1 x PCI Express x1
3 x PCI Express 2.0 x16
1 x PCI Express 2.0 x8
1 x PCI Express x1
SLI Support 2-Way, 3-Way 2-Way, 3-Way, 3-Way+PhysX
PCI 2 x 32-bit PCI 1 x 32-bit PCI
Serial ATA 7 x SATA-II/300 RAID, 1 x eSATA 9 x SATA-II/300 RAID, 1 x eSATA
USB / Firewire 12 x USB, 2 x Firewire 400 12 x USB, 2 x Firewire 400
Ethernet 2 x Gigabit Ethernet 2 x Gigabit Ethernet
Audio 8 Channel Analog
Optical/Coax 7.1 Digital
8 Channel Analog
Optical/Coax 7.1 Digital
Power 8 Phase PWM
24-pin/8-pin ATX
10 Phase PWM
24-pin/Dual 8-pin ATX
Cooling Active Passive Heatpipe


The big things here are an additional PCI Express 2.0 x16 slot powered by the Nvidia NF200 Northbridge, enhanced chipset and PWM cooling, better power regulation and support for additional power, additional Serial ATA ports, and faster memory speed support. Seems like a pretty solid list of upgrades to us. Let's see the what the final product looks like.

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