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EVGA working on dual-socket X79 mobo, custom GTX 570

Geoff Gasior
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Computex — We visited with EVGA this morning in Taipei and learned some interesting details about the company’s current and upcoming products. EVGA was quick to admit that it’s been a little slow to bring 6-series Sandy Bridge motherboards to market, a fact underscored by the absence of a Z68 model. One is on the way, but if you can live without QuickSync, the firm’s P67 FTW is ready to go.

This $250 board offers six PCI Express x16 slots and four-way SLI support via an Nvidia NF200 chip. To help justify its lofty price tag, the FTW comes with a nifty analog dial that tracks the CPU frequency and a 5.25″ drive bay insert that offers temperature monitoring, voltage control, and a convenient CMOS reset button. The P67 FTW features a UEFI replacement for the standard BIOS, but mouse support hasn’t been implemented yet. EVGA is taking its time on that front to avoid the cursor flickering and sluggish responsiveness that have frustrated us with MSI’s UEFI efforts.

Unlike some motherboard makers, EVGA didn’t have an X79 motherboard on display. However, the company says it will have a board ready for the chipset’s launch this fall. A few months after that, a dual-socket X79 model will arrive to replace the extravagant Classified SR-2. We can’t wait.

Things are a little quieter on the GeForce front, so EVGA has been tinkering with a new board design for the GTX 570. This Classified version uses a 10-layer PCB lined with six power phases to improve overclocking potential. With an eye toward smoothing power delivery, EVGA has swapped the 570’s second six-pin PCIe power connector for an eight-pin plug. Clock speeds haven’t been finalized, but you can expect the Classified to be pretty quick.

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