EVGA X58 3X SLI Classified Motherboard - HotHardware

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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nice review guys. Sounds like you really enjoyed working with that board. How did it fare compared to the Rampage 2 Extreme you guys fiddled with a few months back.

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No ECC on core i7. no ECC means the memory could very well not be working at all and if the OS HAPPENS to crash you might find out. It is criminal in 2009 to not have universal ECC.

Who knows, maybe Air France 447 was brought down by-non-ECC memory on a computer. No ECC is a deadly game ultimatly.

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^^^probably due to the price of it^^^

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I really like the Evga mobos. Is there enough cooling of the NB/SB to run a water cooling system w/o extra cooling?

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Der Meister:

I really like the Evga mobos. Is there enough cooling of the NB/SB to run a water cooling system w/o extra cooling?

 

I would say so Der.  For sure.

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mickrussom:

No ECC on core i7. no ECC means the memory could very well not be working at all and if the OS HAPPENS to crash you might find out. It is criminal in 2009 to not have universal ECC.

Who knows, maybe Air France 447 was brought down by-non-ECC memory on a computer. No ECC is a deadly game ultimatly.

 

What consumer level PC platform are you aware of today that uses ECC?  And if it did, would it be worth the cost premium?  No, the vast majority of desktop PCs do not currently need ECC.  You example of Air France is about a mission critical application.  This is where ECC memory and error correction detection architectures need to be robust and make sense from a cost standpoint.  The Enterprise level is even an application where it makes sense but for the end user, at least with current manufacturing processes, it just doesn't make sense nor is it feasible from a cost standpoint.

You seem to be on an ECC kick though.  I see your comments on our Dell XPS desktop review were very much the same?  You wouldn't have an axe to grind, would you?  Smile

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nelsoncp21:

nice review guys. Sounds like you really enjoyed working with that board. How did it fare compared to the Rampage 2 Extreme you guys fiddled with a few months back.

These motherboards are very much on the same playing field, Nelson.  I'd say look at features and see how they line up with your needs.  It's a very close call but the Asus board is slightly less expensive but POSSIBLY less overclockable... possibly.

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This mobo looks so beastly hahaha. 8 sata ports? Mass raid 0? I think so ;D

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