Conclusion: With one of the higher end entries into EVGA’s latest line of P55 boards, EVGA looks to be right up there with manufacturers such as ASUS with a fully featured board targeted to enthusiasts. At about $230, the EVGA P55 FTW easily competes with some more expensive boards in terms of what you get for the money; not to mention that comparable X58 boards are not even close to this price point.
Pros: - ECP V2 and E-LEET make overclocking life easier, - Tri-BIOS adds convenience and safety, - Dummy OC works great and will be useful for a novice user, - SLI gave a huge boost in FPS, - EZ Voltage read points eliminates the guess work, - 775 cooler support, - Huge overclocking potential, - Value for the $$
Cons: - Have to set BIOS time and date after every CMOS clear, - No IDE or floppy ports, - 2:6 memory ratio did not seem to work
Conclusion: If you managed to read through all of that, congratulations, because I barely managed to go through it myself. There are a lot of things to look at with the EVGA P55 Classified 200 and we think we managed to cover most of it. What more can we say though; the P55 Classified 200 lives up to its name. From the aesthetics of the Classified color scheme to the absolute punishment we put this board through in the Extreme Overclocking section, it did not disappoint.
Pros: Classified heritage is carried on in aesthetics and performance, EVGA listened to users of the X58 Classified and updated accordingly like the front panel connectors, Innovative design allowing for multiple GPU configurations, Small things like adding Socket 775 mounting holes let us know EVGA is really catering to its users, Full feature set utilizing everything the P55 Chipset offers, Plenty of BIOS updates with marked improvements, especially as of late, Overclocki...
Cons: The mainstream segment is going to be hard pressed to spend $350+ on a motherboard, Plenty of BIOS improvements with the change to AMI, but we want direct value input for voltages, The BIOS false boot is apparently a problem for many users in the EVGA forums, Lack of CrossFire Bridges of appropriate length included in package