This will go down as the greatest week ever for anyone who can never get enough sneak peeks of upcoming motherboards. EVGA joins Gigabyte and MSI in uploading pictures of slabs of silicon built around Intel's X79 chipset for Sandy Bridge-E processors, and it's the only one out of the three to equip its board with not one, but TWO LGA 2011 sockets!
EVGA has been tweaking the design of its upcoming GeForce GTX 580 Classified videocard for a few weeks now, offering up the first sneak peek back in early July. Yesterday evening, EVGA Product Manager Jacob Freeman uploaded a pic of the shipping version to his Google+ account, which looks very similar to initial design, only gnarlier.
Building a socket 1155 system? If so, EVGA is making a pitch for its recently announced Z68 motherboard series. The hardware maker is taking aim at enthusiasts who live to overclock, especially with the company's Z68 FTW board, which comes loaded with OC-friendly features like EVGA Vdroop control, one-touch overclocking, 12-phase PWM, voltage read points, onboard clear CMOS, power, and reset buttons, and more.
EVGA's Jacob Freeman decided to post a handful of pictures of the company's upcoming GeForce GTX 580 Classified videocard. This beastly looking graphics card sports a funky heatsink/fan design and several high end goodies for overclockers that you've come to expect from EVGA's Classified line. Hit the jump to find out how this card differentiates itself from EVGA's seven other GTX 580 SKUs.
A new generation of GPUs from Nvidia and AMD has hit the streets. Both camps are offering incredible performance and the widest array of features ever before seen in graphics cards. But, inevitably, each side brings its own unique strengths and weaknesses. What better way to determine the performance champ than by letting this season’s new crop of cards duke it out in the various price categories?
The fastest single videocard on the planet belongs to AMD, but that's only because the HD 5970 sports a pair of GPUs under the hood. Nvidia, meanwhile, owns the single-GPU performance crown with its GTX 580 videocard, but it may soon steal the overall performance crown from AMD, too.
According to Tech Report, EVGA is all too happy to show off Nvidia's next dual-GPU monster, though the company isn't willing to give many specifics. As an exclusive Nvidia partner, we suspect what you're seeing is a dual-GPU GeForce 500 series card -- probably a GTX 595 -- equipped with two GF110 GPUs.
From the pictures, we can see there's at least 1GB of memory (and probably much more), three DVI outputs, and a pair of eight-pin power connectors. Cooling is provided by a custom heatsink with three fans.
Earlier this week we learned Nvidia had decided to sell its own branded videocards in Best Buy, which so far appear limited to the GeForce GTX 450 and 460. The move had us wondering how Nvidia's add-in board (AIB) partners would react, who would now be in direct competition with the graphics chip maker.
"No comment," EVGA's Joe Darwin told CNET when asked how his company felt about the news. "It's something [Nvidia] has always talked about, and now it's finally here."
Put another way, EVGA seems perturbed but publicly poised. Darwin also explained what value his company brings to the graphics card business that sets it apart from Nvidia.
"Definitely our level of customer service and our programs and our community. All of our tech support is in house, 24-7," Darwin said. "There are actual EVGA employees that do the support here; it's not sourced out. They get all the training from our product team. Our RMA service averages two to three days to turn around products in to us [for repair]. We haven't seen anyone else that can compete on that level."
EVGA is also known for its robust warranty program. Provided buyers register their cards within 30 days of purchase, EVGA cards carry a lifetime warranty, including overclocking and using third party heatsinks (as long as you don't physically damage the card in the process).
EVGA this week added another X58-based board to an already crowded lineup built around Intel's flagship chipset. It's called the X58 SLI3, which builds upon the X58 SLI LE by adding a pair of USB 3.0 ports and two SATA 6Gb/s ports to the mix.
The board also comes equipped with 6 x SATA 3Gb/s ports and 10 x USB 2.0 ports, as well as a handful of features geared towards overclockers. These include 100 percent solid state capacitors, VDroop control, EVGA's EZ Voltage, and the E-LEET tuning utility software.
The rest if pretty standard fare for a $200 X58 board, including SLI and CrossFireX support, RAID 0, 1, 0+1, 5, and JBOD configurations, a pair of Ethernet ports, and support for up to 24GB of DDR3-1600+ in tri-channel form.
After a rocky development period and a delayed launch, Nvidia’s GeForce GTX 480 GPU is finally entering that middle stage: Factory overclocked, not-quite-standard products are emerging, offering better performance, improved cooling, and the potential for even higher overclocks.
This new card doesn’t offer a fully redesigned cooler. EVGA altered the design of the back-plate, enlarging its vents to facilitate more efficient airflow. The back-plate also helps dissipate heat, though there is a small chance that you may encounter thermal issues with some case or motherboard designs.
The Superclocked+ pushes the core clock to 726MHz versus 700MHz stock, and memory to 950MHz memory as opposed to the reference design’s 926MHz. This translates to a shader clock frequency of 1,451MHz, which is just a bit higher than the standard 1,401MHz. The higher clock speeds give you more robust performance—and a higher price tag: The Superclocked+ can be found for around $520, while EVGA’s stock design costs less than $500.
Starcraft fans take note - EVGA's latest update to its Precision overclocking utility -- version 1.9.6 -- comes with a Starcraft II: Wings of Liberty on-screen display profile for Logitech G-series keyboard LCDs.
For those of you who aren't into Starcraft, there's still plenty of goodies baked this latest version. Some of the features include:
Independent or Synchronous control for fan and clock settings in a multi-GPU system
Allows up to 10 profiles, and ability to assign hotkeys to these profiles to allow in-game
Ability to view temperatures in the system tray
Core/Shader Clock Link/Unlink capability
Logitech keyboard LCD display support
Save screenshots from your favorite games
Version 1.9.6 also includes a few fixes which, along with the rest of the features, you can check out here.