I like the cooling array and I guess this 2 ram on either side of the CPU is the new thing as I have seen it on the other boards as well. I guess it does make sense as you can have 2 dual core memory arrays 1 on either side of the CPU therefore faster and more direct response.
@rapid1 I never thought of it that way... I thought it was something that they did so that they could allow for quad-channel memory.
Anyway, EVGA is a respectable brand with respectable quality and respectable warranty. The Classified series are sure to be top sellers with the overclockers who EVGA is marketing these towards... The FTW is one that many enthusiasts will be salivating over... I mean the last FTW board based on the X58 was a hot seller mainly because it could do 4-way SLI and it had the modability most enthusiasts were looking for, plus it's overclocking features were amazingly good.
So for that reason, I'm expecting the EVGA X79 motherboards and the Sandy Bridge-E processor to be a deadly combination. EVGA may not make the best motherboards when it comes to their non-classified series but the classified ones are easily any enthusiasts choice if they're looking for a motherboard to mess around with.
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The reason you see the DIMM slots split along either side of the CPU socket is to keep the traces to each memory channel a similar length, to aid in synchronization and timing issues, etc.
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Does this board offer PCI 3.0?
And how big a difference will that make?
I would love to see what some guys will do with these boards.
Marco C:The reason you see the DIMM slots split along either side of the CPU socket is to keep the traces to each memory channel a similar length, to aid in synchronization and timing issues, etc.
I didn't know that. Thanks for posting this Marco... I haven't been obsessing over hardware as I was due to my lack of need for even building a new system. Traditionally (even with dual and triple channel memory.) The memory slots have been near each other and there hasn't been any major issues. I thought it would be 8 slots next to each other but I guess they found out that it wouldn't work out in terms of syncronization and timing if they did it so... the current solution is implemented.
I'm guessing the timing and synchronization will be greatly improved with this combination if you ever get a chance to compare it to the old solution; I personally don't know how much of a benefit it'd provide but it certainly sounds like it'll provide a notable improvement.
How the quality of this motherboard, which features?
Good point Marco, equal length traces are easier to calibrate. I wonder why they didn't go with 8 slots on any of these boards? Everyone else seems to be doing it.
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i really like the sparse-ness of these boards. really really clean lines. some marco cable managing would be the bow on top.not to mention cmos battery placement! finally get that away from the cards. EDIT: Only on the classified
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What a great looking board.
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Wow.. Just checked the pricing on these..Classified = $450
FTW = $400
SLI = $300
They ARE supposedly PCIE 3.0 Slots..
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