The enthusiast scene is a fickle one. Today's hot, new, must have component is customarily kicked off it's throne and superseded by an improved model a few weeks later. Months may pass if you're lucky. But the constant progression of technology is what makes this hobby so appealing and keeps enthusiasts like us on our toes. Equally important is the competition between companies to make faster parts in order the claim the performance crown. For instance, the ongoing battles between Intel, AMD, and Nvidia are well documented as well as entertaining to follow. While processors and videocard releases attract a lot of attention, memory manufacturers constantly deliver superior kits to market that provide higher speeds and lower latencies.
When everyone is making boards that sport the same chipset, how do you set yourself apart from the crowd? Companies do their best to overcome competition by providing support for next generation technology and additional features. Bigger bundles, better support, and flashy heatsinks usually come into play. EVGA is best known for their Nvidia GPUs but has more recently created mainstream and enthusiast level motherboards that have given rival board makers a run for their money. But now the Brea, California based company created a mobo aimed at the high end, extreme enthusiast market that provides features previously unheard of. The X58 Classified motherboard steps into the ring with the ability to house 3-way SLI + PhysX + 1x PCIe at the same time, two 8-pin 12V connectors, 10 phase Digital PWM, and a unique bundle to get you going. Is this the motherboard to rule them all? Find out as HardwareLogic tosses the Classified on the test bench to see if this board is the real deal or something that should've been kept a secret.
Product / Model Form Factor / Size CPU Support Chipsets Memory Expansion Slots
- Supports 4GB/s bandwidth
- Low power consumption and power management features
Onboard Audio Onboard LAN USB Ports
- Supports hot plug
- Supports wake-up from S1 and S3 mode
- Supports USB 2.0 protocol up to 480 Mbps transmission rate
Storage / SATA Drives
- 300MBps data transfer rate
- Support for RAID0, RAID1, RAID0+1, RAID5
- Support for RAID0, RAID1
- Rear panel port for eSATA and one onboard connector
- Supports hot plug and Native Command Queuing (NCQ)
Onboard 1394 Green Function Current Pricing
BundleUsually we just skim over the bundle and move on to more important features. But since EVGA provided a couple of interesting accessories, we decided to give the them additional attention. Click on the thumbnails for larger images.