Test Setup

EVGA X58 Classified
Market Segment Enthusiast and Extreme Benchmarking
CPU Interface LGA-1366
CPU Support LGA-1366 Nehalem i7 Series of Processors
Chipset Intel X58
BCLK Speeds 133~500 MHz in 1MHz increments
DDR3 Memory Speed 800, 1067, 1333, 1600, 1867, 2133, 2400, 2667, 2933 Frequency Ratios
Uncore Frequency Full i7 Processor IMC multipliers supported, Options available as per CPU
PCIe Speeds Auto, 100MHz - 140MHz in 1MHz increments
Core Voltage Auto, 1.00V to 2.24V in 0.00625V increments
CPU Vdroop Compensation Enabled, Disabled
CPU Clock Multiplier Dependant on Processor, all available multipliers supported
DDR3 DRAM Voltage Auto, 0.70V ~ 3.39V in 10mV increments, 1.50V standard
DRAM Timing Control tCL, tRCD, tRP, tRAS, + 17 additional timings + Chipset Configuration
DRAM Command Rate Auto, 1T, 2T
IOH Voltage 1.10V - 1.875V in 25mV increments
ICH Voltage Auto, 1.05V ~ 1.825V in 25mV increments
CPU VTT (Uncore) Voltage Auto, 1.17V ~ 2.17V in 25mV increments
CPU PLL Voltage Auto, 0.60V ~ 2.70V in 75mV increments, 1.80V Base
IOH PLL Vcore Auto, 0.60V ~ 2.70V in 75mV increments, 1.80V Base
QPI PLL Vcore Auto, 1.10V ~ 1.875V in 25mV increments, 1.10V Base
IOH/ICH Voltage Auto, 1.50V ~ 2.275V in 25mV increments, 1.50V Base
NF200 Voltage Auto, 0.70v~1.075V in 125mV increments, then 1.20V~2.70V in 25mV increments. 1.20V Base
Memory Slots Six 240-pin DDR3 DIMM Slots
Triple-Channel Configuration
Regular Unbuffered DDR3 Memory to 12GB Total
Expansion Slots 4 - PCIe 2.0 x16, Supports up to NVIDIA 3-way SLI Technology + PhysX
1 - PCIe (1.x) x1
1 - PCI Slot 2.2
Onboard SATA/RAID 6x SATA 3.0Gbps Ports - Intel ICH10R
Hot Plug and NCQ Support; RAID 0, 1, 5 RAID 0+1 Support; Intel Matrix Technology Support
Onboard IDE Additional SATA 2xJMicron JMB363 PATA Controller (up to 2 UDMA 133/100/66 devices) 1 External eSATA port + 3 Internal JMB363 SATA Ports
Onboard USB 2.0/IEEE-1394 10 USB 2.0 Ports - (8) I/O Panel, (2) via headers
1x 1394a Ports - (1) I/O Panel, (1) via header
Onboard LAN with Teaming Dual Realtek RTL8111C PCIe Gigabit Ethernet Controllers
Onboard Audio Realtek ALC 889 -8 Channel HD audio codec
Power Connectors ATX 24-pin, Dual 8-pin ATX 12V
I/O Panel 1 x PS/2 Keyboard
1 x eSATA
1 x SPDIF - Coaxial Out, 1 x Toslink Optical Out
1 x IEEE 1394
2 x RJ45
6 X Audio Out
8 x USB 2.0/1.1
Fan Headers 1 CPU + 4 Additional Headers
Fan Control Full Fan speed Control Via BIOS
BIOS Revisions Used IX58S213

These are the current specifications and features planned for this board. We will go over these in detail once the retail board arrives and we can ensure nothing major has changed.

Standard Test Bed
Intel X58 Configuration
Processor Intel Core i7 - 920 - 2.66GHz
RAM Corsair TR3XGG1600C8D - 6GB DDR3-1600
G.Skill F3-12800CL9T-6GBNQ - 12GB DDR3
Patriot Viper PVT36G1600ELK - 12GB DDR3
Hard Drive Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB
Video Card ASUS GTX-280
System Platform Drivers Intel - 9.1.0.1007
Storage Drivers Intel - 8.6.0.1007
Video Drivers NVIDIA - 182.06
CPU Cooling Vigor Monsoon III, 2X PA120.2 rads + DD Perta Top Pump for Water
Power Supply Corsair - HX1000
Optical Drives Sony BDU-X10S, LG GGC-H20L
Case ABS Canyon 695
Motherboards ASUS Rampage II Extreme - BIOS 1104
EVGA X58 Classified - BIOS IX58S213
EVGA X58 SLI - BIOS IX58SZ1N
Operating System Windows Vista 64-bit Ultimate - SP1
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Our test setup today has a unique combination of cooling devices; otherwise, it is our standard test bed for the X58 products.

Index Overclocking We Will Go
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  • rogguy - Thursday, March 12, 2009 - link

    this board is mediocre compared to asus ROG Reply
  • Everlong19 - Thursday, March 12, 2009 - link

    How can you have a triple GPU setup using dual slot cards and have room for a physics card/sound card?

    Only way it might be possible is putting the 3rd card in the 4th PCI-E slot, but that would overlap the USB headers etc. The PCI slot gets covered by the 2nd GPU, so any PCI sound cards can't go in there, either.
    Reply
  • MadMan007 - Saturday, February 28, 2009 - link

    The important thing I take away from this preview has nothing to do with the board itself but rather eVGA's expanding custom software and software/hardware efforts. It's really neat to see a company like eVGA make a push in this direction going well beyond other mobo companies with their basic monitoring software and other graphics rebadgers. Reply
  • MasonStorm - Saturday, February 28, 2009 - link

    You could certainly do it, as stated, by plugging one of the dual-slot cards into that last slot, and having it hang over the edge of the board - requiring an extra big case. But another way is to use liquid-cooled versions of the cards, cutting them all down to single-slot size. In any event, it doesn't matter where you place them, since you can use three of the soft, bendy SLI bridge connectors to make your own triple-SLI connection. You don't have to use anybody's firm, fixed triple-SLI connector. Just Google around to see how to use the three individual, soft, bendy connectors. Reply
  • Casper42 - Friday, February 27, 2009 - link

    Question on this comment:
    The slot configuration allows running three dual slot GPUs and a single slot PhysX card or other PCI-E peripheral

    In looking at the pictures, this board only has 7 slots total with the x1 being at the top.
    If you used 3 Dual Slot GPUs, that would be 3 x 2 = 6 + the x1 = 7
    So where exactly are you putting a PhysX card?

    The only possibility I see is if you use an 8 or 10 slot Case and stick the 3rd Dual Slot GPU in the very bottom slot such that it hangs off the bottom of the mobo. But in this case, the normal 6 connector Triple SLI Bridge wont reach the 3rd card.

    Am I missing something here?


    PS: Dont get me wrong, I like the design of the board.
    Reply
  • Rajinder Gill - Friday, February 27, 2009 - link

    You are right the 3rd SLI card would go in the last PCIe slot, with a dual card overhanging. An SLI bridge supporting this will ship with the retail board.

    Board dimensions are 310mmX265mm btw. Big case territory.

    regards
    Raja
    Reply
  • cesthree - Friday, February 27, 2009 - link

    Remember the awesome 7X0i series of motherboards? Especially the last one with the NF200 on it? It's called a 790i "Ultra" chipset.

    There are only a few people who ever had problems with the 7X0i series motherboards when using multiple GPU's. Not one person ever complained about things like "freezing" or "hard locking" or "data corruption." Especially not at stock speeds.

    Just like there is absolutely no sarcasm in my last paragraph.

    What fool would by the "Classified" EVGA motherboard? It's got negligible performance increases. Why go through that much trouble for all of the 5 people on earth who would purchase it and use it with 3-4 GPU's + 30" or bigger monitor.

    Mark my words. The NF200 addition to the X58 that EVGA already had going GREAT for them, will bring them problems on the level with the last batch of shoddy, Nvidia tainted motherboards.

    I am going to put this in all my sigs from now on:

    "Nvidia, for the love of god, please stop crippling motherboards and just stick to GPU's."
    Reply
  • Von Matrices - Friday, February 27, 2009 - link

    From what I can tell from sources online, the NF200 bridges 16 PCIe 1.1 lanes to 32 PCIe 2.0 lanes. What is there to gain by using the NF200 over just using four PCIe x8 2.0 lanes of bandwidth from the IOH? With the NF200, you get ~4GB/s bandwidth to the IOH per graphics slot compared to ~8GB/s with a native solution, and the bridge adds additional latency, which further reduces performance, and additional cost. Why would EVGA use it then? Are there any advantages to it? Reply
  • Zak - Friday, February 27, 2009 - link

    Question. 920 can be easily o/clocked on most boards to 4GHz and peak under 80C under full load using a good air cooler and be perfectly stable. But how long will that CPU and mobo last at these temps and bumped up voltages if used daily? The temps can be addressed by water cooling but how damaging is running CPU at 1.4V, QPI at 1.5V/7.2GHz for long time?

    Z.
    Reply
  • Agoniesfury - Saturday, January 23, 2010 - link

    Well I can testify to this comment, and say that I'm an enthusiast and like to buy top rated tech and push their limits, over 8 months ago I purchased a R2E to be used with my 1yr old 920 only bad part was the 920 was a C0 but nonetheless I was able to get to 4.1ghz for benching and everyday stablity "non prime stable", which did fine until 2weeks ago when the board just blinked at me and nothing more, well thank god for rma! So I did decide to upgrade to a classified 760, well in my case I lost some of the bells and whistles that the asus had but was better greeted with the hardware imporvements and design of the evga has. I'm now at 4ghz and climbing 8hrs+ prime stable where as the r2e only was prime stable up to 3.6. So I think both boards are great but the classy is a hair better and hope it lasts!
    P.S. I've been overclocing for about 10yrs and I never had a chip fry on me it's always the mobo from decay I asume, and the 920 it's self has been through 2 powersupplies and three mobo's.
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