GPUs that cost $500 are all well and good, but the sweet spot for high-end graphics cards is in the $350–$400 range. That’s still a good chunk of change, but it can get you a card with close to 90 percent of the performance of high-end cards.
That’s certainly true of EVGA’s GTX 470 SC. Built on a cut-down version of Nvidia’s high-end, DirectX 11 GPU, this card posted eyebrow-raising benchmarks, pretty much putting it into a class of its own.
EVGA’s super-clocked GTX 470 GPU ships with 448 shader processors, running at 625MHz, with a shader clock of 1,280MHz. That’s a 3 percent faster core clock and 2.5 percent faster memory frequencies than the stock GTX 470. (The GTX 480 uses 480 shader processors at 700MHz). The 320-bit-wide memory interface pumps data to 1,280MB of GDDR5 running at 850MHz (3,400MHz effective.) Of course, the card supports the usual set of Nvidia features, including hardware SLI, PhysX acceleration, and 3D Vision Surround video.
The number of Nvidia GeForce GTX 480 videocards in EVGA's stable now sits at four, the latest being the GeForce GTX 480 SuperClocked + w/ High Flow Bracket and Backplate.
Everything that sets this card apart from the rest is laid out in the uber-long naming scheme, starting with the SuperClocked+ frequencies. EVGA goosed the GPU clockspeed from 700MHz to 726MHz, the same as on the vanilla SuperClocked version, and cranked the memory from 3696MHz to 3800MHz, also the same as the standard SuperClocked model.
Unique to this particular card, however is the backplate slapped to the underside of the card. Along with the high flow bracket, EVGA claims temperatures are reduced by up to 7C.
No word on when it will ship, only that it will run $550, at least if purchased direct from EVGA. The graphics maker also sells a reference GeForce GTX 480 for $520, SuperClocked model for $530, and the Hydro Copper FTW version (for water cooling setups) for $650.
Intel hasn't been in any real hurry to promote the USB 3.0 standard, instead leaving it up to hardware makers to come up with their own solutions. EVGA, perhaps best known for the company's line of graphics cards, is one of those companies ready to usher in faster USB data transfers
To help do that, EVGA today launched its EU30 PCI-E host card, which adds an additional two USB 3.0 ports to your system. It works with any available PCI-E slot, including x1, x4, x8, and x16, and once plugged in will facilitate data transfers up to 5Gbps.
The low-profile design means it will slip in nicely to your HTPC or mATX LAN box, and of course it's backwards compatible too.
Let's forget for a moment that developers have yet to really tap into the potential of multi-core processing. Now that you've tossed the wet blanket aside, close your eyes and picture not one, but TWO Intel hexacore processors running in tandem. Such a setup would equate to 12 physical cores and 24 CPU threads of computing power, and one badass system.
We won't even talk about the dent this kind of configuration would put on your wallet (no wet blankets, remember?), but will mention that if you want to build one, it's entirely possible. EVGA this week unveiled its Classified SR-2 motherboard with -- drum roll, please -- dual 1366 sockets. And yes, it supports 6-core CPUs.
"We have literally created a new form factor to fit all the amazing things on one board," EVGA said. "Whether you are an extreme gamer, overclocker, power user, workstation suer, server admin, folder/cruncher, or just a PC enthusiast, this is the ultimate motherboard. This board will encode your movies, render your images, or even load your games faster than you ever thought possible."
While you're going all out, the SR-2 will accommodate 4-way SLI, up to 48GB of memory, USB 3.0, and SATA 6Gbps drives. Other features include 8-phase PWM, 8-channel audio, eSATA, a pair of GbE ports, and more.
The EVGA W555 made a brief cameo appearance at CES but the guys at bit-tech managed to get some fantastic tidbits of information about the new workstation/server board. Notably, that it was designed with overclocking and enthusiast level performance in mind.
The quick and dirty facts are that it features dual overclockable LGA1366 sockets, each with a dedicated bank of six DDR3 slots. To top it off, it features seven PCI-E 2.0 slots with dynamic lane configurations and will be certified for SLI and CrossFire. Underneath the massive heatsink/fan are reportedly two nForce 200 controllers as well as an Intel 5520 chip. Further, it features eight SATA ports, 6 running on a 3Gb/sec and two running at 6Gb/sec.
Basically, you couldn’t really ask for too much more out of a motherboard of this caliber. Unfortunately, pricing and other model configurations haven’t been released. The board itself is to be released later this year.
This time of year isn't just about upcoming hardware and technologies, there's also software to show off. Just ask EVGA, who uploaded a pic of an upcoming GPU benchmarking and stress testing utility.
There aren't a whole lot of details surrounding the new tool, mainly because it's still in development. But from what little the company did divulge, we know the utility will be able to integrate with EVGA Precision for a potent software bundle that would include benchmarking and overclocking tools, a voltage tuner, temp monitor, and a stress test all into one tidy package.
Looking longer term, EVGA plans to incorporate multi-GPU support, a first for an Nvidia-based app when it comes to SLI stress testing. So when you can expect it?
It will be "coming soon to an EVGA card near you," says Jacob Freeman from EVGA.
Motherboard makers are wasting no time pumping out products built around Intel's new H57 and H55 Express chipsets, and that includes EVGA, who just announced three new boards built around the new platform.
Both the H55 (123-CD-E635-KR) and H57 (123-CD-E637-KR) are full sized ATX mobos and both come with four DDR3 slots supporting up to 16GB of memory running at 1333MHz+. So what exactly separates the two? The H57 comes with a whopping 14 USB ports and two PCI-E x1 slots, while the H55 boasts a still impressive 12 USB 2.0 ports and one PCI-E x16 slot.
Finally, there's the H55-V (111-CD-E630-TR) mATX board. This one also comes with four DDR3 slots and features 12 USB ports. No Firewire or IDE connector, though.
Both the H55 and H55-V are available now for $170 and $100, respectively. No word yet on price or availability for the H57.
In the days leading up to CES, EVGA's big attraction has been photo'd, spec'd, and drooled over. After all, it's hard not to salivate at the prospect of running two LGA 1366 processors on a single motherboard, but there's even more here to lust over.
EVGA's server hybrid board also comes equipped with no less than seven PCI-E x16 slots, all decked out in red. Naturally, the board also supports both USB 3.0 and SATA 6Gb/s. But unlike your standard-fare LGA 1366 mobo, EVGA's dual-slot monster includes 12 DDR3 memory slots (that's six for each processor) and two NF200 SLI bridge chips.
EVGA's latest tool puts the art of overclocking in the palm of your hand, and quite literally we might add. The company's just-announced EVBot looks like a media player and is described as a "very simple and straightforward [device] much like your mobile phone."
Unlike like your smartphone, the EVBot hooks up to your EVGA-powered system by way of a motherboard connector and three separate VGA port connections. Once plugged in, you'll have the ability to adjust a ton of different voltages and a handful of clock frequencies, and all on-the-fly. Just some of the settings you can tweak include the CPU vCore, CPU VTT, CPU PLL vCore, CPU host frequency, PCI-E Frequency, CPU clock skew, CPU amplitude, and so on.
The EVBot communicates via the SMBus (System Management Bus) and includes a hardware monitor for keeping an eye on CPU temps, VREG temps, CPU vCore, and CPU frequency. It also boasts a feature called Opt Booster, which automatically gives your processor a temporary clockspeed boost every few seconds beyond the overclocked settings.
But don't go writing your BIOS's obituary just yet, because only select EVGA owners need apply. EVBot only works with the following:
EVGA X58 Classified 4-Way Motherboard
EVGA X58 Classified Motherboard
EVGA P55 Classified Motherboard
EVGA P55 FTW 200 Motherboard
EVGA P55 FTW Motherboard
EVGA GTX 285 Classified Graphics Card
The EVBot is available now marked down to $80 (from $100) direct from EVGA.
Ghosts and goblins aren't the only things you'll see this Halloween. According to news and rumor site Fudzilla, EVGA and Nvidia have joined forces to launch a hybrid graphics card on October 31st.
It's mostly speculation at this point, but the card is rumored to combine GT200b and G92b GPUs onto a single PCB. Why the mix? The GT200b will be responsible for rendering all those pretty graphics while you're saving the universe, and the GT92b will flex its PhysX muscle.
Fudzilla says the hybrid card will most likely sport a GTX 275 and GTS 250, which would give the card 240 stream processors and 896MB of memory for rendering, and 128 stream processors and 512MB of memory for PhysX duties. Not a bad idea to combine the two on a single piece of hardware, albeit it could be somewhat risky this close to the launch of Fermi.