Summary: As we fire up our actual gaming benchmarks, we thought of several ways to do this. Ultimately we wanted to use real resolutions and real settings to compare these processors. Granted if we ran everything at 640x480, we'd see a dramatic improvement on multi-core capable games when running the Core...
Pros: Full featured board, Good layout, 8-phase power regulation for the CPU, Excellent overclocking capability, Supports Tri-SLI, CrossfireX, Active cooling on chipset and good VRM cooling, Lots of USB/SATA
Cons: Poor audio quality, BIOS is very enthusiast oriented - a guide will be needed to get the most from your board., No Crossfire bridges, Pretty expensive - $300+
Summary: What a lovely board. The X58 from eVGA is some work in progress though, so if you are really afraid of BIOS FLASH updates ... steer clear of this one for another couple of weeks. During my one week of testing this board, two new BIOS updates were released.
Why do I tell about that?
Conclusion: The X58 SLI BIOS is extremely robust. Bus speeds up to 500MHz are available for the base clock frequency in 1MHz increments, while three memory multipliers are selectable providing memory speeds up to 1333MHz at the default 133MHz base clock.
Conclusion: How can we possibly sum up what we learned about this board in just a couple short paragraphs? The EVGA X58 SLI Micro is definitely a mATX motherboard. With that said though, you wouldn't know it without physically seeing the board.
Pros: Fully featured board despite the smaller footprint, Individual heat sinks don't force users to upgrade all three, Overclocks a system as good as any X58 board we have seen, Passively cooled heat sinks should be more than enough for a non-overclocked setup, EVGA support and community driven forums
Cons: Lack of a double spaced CrossFireX bridge, Limited accessory package, just a couple more SATA cables would be nice even, Label BIOS profiles, E-LEET enhancements, Monitor NB temperature in Windows, Issue with high memory overclocks that could not be solved, Motherboard heat sinks just aren't enou...
Conclusion: This early in a hardware cycle it is tough to really know how happy you are with a product, especially a motherboard. There is no list in the back of your head of things that annoyed you about past motherboards tested that you continually check during an evaluation, because that list hasn't...
Pros: Best possible PCI-E 16X layout for Tri-SLI of available motherboards...SLI or Crossfire goodness, Rock solid daily performance with proper cooling where it needs to be, Capable and easy overclocker for the enthusiast looking to squeeze a little more value from their money, Ready for the big time ...
Cons: The Intel X58 SLI chipset is new, there are some issues...but BIOS development is top priority for EVGA, CPU socket is tight and some two-stepping is required for large CPU/RAM coolers, Premium chipset, premium hardware required, premium prices
Conclusion: The EVGA 3X Classified is one of the best overclocking enthusiast boards out there - end of review? Well not quite. As I have shown, the motherboard on test is also one of the highest performing boards out of the most popular ones around at the moment.
Pros: Great motherboard design, Stunning aesthetics, Blistering performance, Quality accessories, E-LEET software, 10 Year Warranty
Cons: The time you will serve after robbing a bank to pay for it., The 'joys' you will receive in the prison shower for owning it.
EVGA X58 SLI Classified, MSI Eclipse Plus, ASUS P6T7 WS SuperComputer i Gigabyte GA-EX58-Extreme – test płyt LGA 1366 z nawyższej półki
9 November 2009
Conclusion: Konkurencja dla „legendarnej” EVGA X58 SLI Classified okazała się silna i wyrównana. Wszystkie płyty poradziły sobie z wyśrubowanymi ustawieniami bez problemu. Aż do testów podkręcania szły łeb w łeb.