Since we just got back from CES we’ve decided to play a little catch up with the stories we’ve been meaning to publish over the busy week. Today we’re writing about EVGA’s suite and giving you a brief tour of the various products that they are showing off this year at CES.
The main focus, right now, is on their current and future motherboards as well as their revamped PSU line. There is very little focus on the graphics end of things mainly because there is a future GPU architecture coming soon (Kepler) and as a result, there isn’t really anything EVGA can show to the public when it comes to future graphics products.
EVGA’s motherboards are no new comers to the market, nor are they really old timers either. Since EVGA began their motherboard adventures with the NVIDIA nForce chipset of yesteryear, EVGA has been bringing competitive new features to the market and challenging their competitors who have been part of the establishment. This, though, doesn’t come without the caveat that EVGA has had numerous delays with the launch of both their P67 and X79 motherboards with the latter having a much shorter delay.
EVGA’s main focus with their motherboards really sits with their P77 motherboards and SR-X (also formerly known as SR-3). Unfortunately for us, though, EVGA could not show us their upcoming Intel Ivy Bridge motherboards so we were instead shown their current X79 boards as well as the SR-X.
A sneek peek of the EVGA SR-X’s I/O
We know that many of you have been salivating over the SR-X so in order to satisfy all of you with a plethora of pictures without driving you insane, we’ve compiled a PhotoSynth. PhotoSynth uses Microsoft’s latest photo technology to embed a single image and allow you to look around the motherboard with over a dozen photos stitched together. If you look at the board itself, you’ll notice that it has two 2011 sockets and features 12 DIMM slots, with an 8 DIMM + 4 DIMM configuration. EVGA explained to us that this was designed in order to make upgrading from the SR-2 to the SR-X less painful and less expensive and it also allowed for more stability. Note that on the I/O you’ve got 4 USB 3.0 and 4 USB 2.0 ports as well as dual Gigabit LAN and PS2 Keyboard support.
EVGA also showed us an Android overclocking app that enables the user to overclock their graphics card from their cell phone. And while we must admit, this sounds and looks very cool, it really doesn’t seem very practical. We’re sure that there are a few usage scenarios where this is useful, but for the most part this little app that EVGA’s Jacob Freeman showed us feels more like a novelty more than anything else. The upside is that it might remove the need for EVGA’s hardware addons such as EVBot.
Following their SR-X board we also had a nice tour of EVGA’s upcoming PSUs. These include a 1500w, a 1000w, and a 750w with in between models coming in soon thereafter. All of the PSUs are FULLY modular meaning that every single cable can be removed from the PSU. Most modular PSUs still maintain a hardwired 24-pin motherboard connector as well as an 8-pin CPU connector. With these PSUs they are going to be 100% modular.
Furthermore, EVGA has also opted to go for the high efficiency with all of these PSUs by getting them up to the 80 Plus Gold specification. This means that the PSUs are capable of at least 90% or better efficiency under normal loads which generally translates to higher overall outputs as well as power savings when it comes to your electricity bill. These efficiencies are accomplished by EVGA’s 12v quad-rail design which enable for high amperage as well as high wattage.
A big thanks goes out to the entire EVGA team including Jacob Freeman, Andrew Han and Bob Klase who spoke with us and gave us an awesome tour.