There is something alluring about packing high-end motherboard hardware into a mini-ITX form factor, and it looks as though EVGA will be joining the small form factor game with its first Z77 mini-ITX board. German enthusiast site OCaholic managed to get its hands on the board for a short preivew, and with dimensions of 17 cm x 17 cm, the motherboard packs a ton of overclockable hardware into an attractive design.
The Z77 motherboard features an Intel LGA 1155 socket that can accept either Sandy Bridge or Ivy Bridge processors in the i3, i5, and i7 flavors. To the left of the CPU socket is an 8-phase power phase with International Rectifier IR3550M MOSFETS. There is also an additional power phase dedicated to getting clean power to the memory. To the right of the CPU socket are two DDR3 memory slots capable of supporting a maximum of 32GB of RAM.
The top right corner of the mini-ITX motherboard features red power and reset buttons as well as an LED display capable of displaying error codes should you push the board too far and it fails to post. The EVGA motherboard features a UEFI BIOS from which you can overclock or reset the board to defaults that should be similar to the company’s current offering.
Along the bottom of the Z77 motherboard is a PCI-E 3.0 X16 slot for adding a graphics card. Directly above the PCI-E 3.0 slot (from left to right) is a USB 3.0 header, mSATA connector, southbridge, and four SATA ports. Two are SATA 6.0 Gb/s ports (Intel RAID 0, 1, 4, 0+1), and the other two are SATA 3.0 Gb/s ports that support Intel RAID 0, 1, 5, 0+1, and JBOD. While it should not be a problem for most users, the SATA ports and RAM slot are packed in really close to the PCI-E slot, so if you are using a graphics card that utilizes a large heatsink, you will probably want to avoid this board. Unfortunately, that’s just one of the compromises necessary to get a motherboard this small though. At least the SATA ports are above the PCI-E 3.0 slot and not to the right of it (like some boards are set up).
Rear IO on the EVGA Z77 mini-ITX motherboard is pretty impressive for a board of this size. You get two USB 2.0 ports, Bluetooth, a small clear CMOS button to reset the BIOS to defaults, four USB 3.0 ports, 1 mini DisplayPort (or possibly Thunderbolt) port, two eSATA 6.0 Gb/s ports, 1 HDMI port, 1 Gigabit LAN port, five audio output jacks courtesy of a Realtek ALC898 8-channel controller, and one optical audio output (S/PDIF).
Unfortunately, there is no word yet on price or availability. Talk around the internet seems to suggest a release date sometime in September and price above $150, but as always you should take those numbers with at least a few grains of salt. Even so, this is an interesting motherboard, and I’m always glad to see more competition in the small form factor and mini-ITX hardware space.
The EVGA board has now joined the Gigabyte GA-H77N WIFI and the ASUS P8Z77-I Deluxe in the Z77 Mini ITX game. Here’s hoping the increased competition can bring prices down so I can get to building a nice Mini-ITX powered HTPC like the one Ryan built with an AMD APU (and desktop Trinity’s launch date seems to be getting further away rather than closer).
You can find more photos of the EVGA Mini-ITX motherboard over at OCaholic, and as always PC Perspective has you covered on mini-ITX motherboard news. Stay tuned for more details on this EVGA board as we get them!
Multiple Contenders - EVGA SC
One of the most anticipated graphics card releases of the year occurred this month in the form of the GeForce GTX 660 Ti from NVIDIA, and as you would expect we were there on the day one with an in-depth review of the card at reference speeds.
The GeForce GTX 660 Ti is based on GK104, and what you might find interesting is that it is nearly identical to the specifications of the GTX 670. Both utilize 7 SMX units for a total of 1344 stream processors – or CUDA cores – and both run at a reference clock speed of 915 MHz base and 980 MHz Boost. Both include 112 texture units though the GeForce GTX 660 Ti does see a drop in ROP count from 32 to 24. Also, L2 cache drops from 512KB to 384KB along with a memory bus width drop from 256-bit to 192-bit.
We already spent quite a lot of time talking about the GTX 660 Ti compared to the other NVIDIA and AMD GPUs in the market in our review (linked above) as well as on our most recent episode of the PC Perspective Podcast. Today's story is all about the retail cards we received from various vendors including EVGA, Galaxy, MSI and Zotac. We are going to show you each card's design, the higher clocked settings that were implemented, performance differences between them and finally the overclocking comparisons of all four.
Subject: General Tech | August 23, 2012 - 10:31 AM | Tim Verry
Tagged: PSU, power supply, evga, 80 Plus Gold, 1650W
EVGA, a company most well-known for its line of graphics cards and enthusiast motherboards, has rounded out its computer offerings by announcing a power supply product. The NEX1500 Classified power supply (PSU) is a first for the company, and is released under the company’s high-end “Classified” series.
The NEX1500 Classified is a fully modular power supply that is able to run off of 110 or 230 VAC. When run on 110 volt, the PSU is rated to provide up to 1500 watts. Even better, EVGA claims an efficiency rating of 80 PLUS Gold. Interestingly, the PSU is “overclockable,” in the sense that it can deliver up to 1650 watts when hooked up to a 230 volt circuit. The overclocking is done in a piece of SuperNOVA software. The software allows the following monitoring and adjustment functions:
- Monitor voltage
- Monitor current draw for each rail
- Monitor power used
- Monitor efficiency
- Change fan profile
- Adjust the +12V rail (and configure single or multi rail mode)
Other features of the EVGA power supply includes Japanese capacitors throughout and a fully modular design–even the 24-pin ATX cable is modular which is nice to see.
The cables are all sleeved in the black and red EVGA color scheme. It comes with the following cables:
- 1 x 24-pin ATX
- 2 x 8-pin EPS12V (the CPU power socket on the motherboard)
- 16 x 6+2-pin PCI-E
- 3 x 6-pin PCI-E
- 12 x SATA
- 8 x Molex
- 2 x Floppy
- 1 x USB (that’s one I’ve not seen before on a PSU!)
The EVGA NEX1500 is packed with lots of features that enthusiasts like to see, but it will cost you. It has an MSRP of $449.99 USD and will be available later this month (August 2012). Fortunately, EVGA seems confident that this will be the only PSU you will need for a while as it comes with a 10 year warranty. You can find more information and photos on the EVGA product page.
The EVGA SuperNOVA software for monitoring the PSU
It is interesting that the company’s debut product is one on the very high end of the market. It could be a good thing, however. If reviewers find it to be a quality product, it will be the ideal platform for the company to work from to create lower cost (and lower wattage) models for the rest of the computer market.
Subject: General Tech, Graphics Cards | August 7, 2012 - 01:15 PM | Ryan Shrout
Tagged: deal of the day, evga, gtx 460, 2win
Do you remember when we posted our review of the EVGA GeForce GTX 460 2Win graphics card? Just last year it retailed for $409 and rivaled the performance of the GTX 580. Well now you can pick one up for just $169 after a mail-in rebate!
This card features a pair of GF104 GTX 460 GPUs on a single PCB running in a semi-permanent SLI configuration. And considering a GTX 580 card will still cost you over $400 online today, the GTX 460 2Win from EVGA for $169 is a fantastic deal!!
Subject: General Tech | June 3, 2012 - 04:07 AM | Tim Verry
Tagged: overclocking, overclock, msi, hicookie, gigabyte, G.Skill, evga, computex 2012, asus
G.Skill will host an overclocking event at Computex 2012 with seven overclockers in an attempt to break world overclocking records. The company is teaming up with ASUS, EVGA, Gigabyte, and MSI for the event, which will be held in Taipei, Taiwan from June 5th to June 9th 2012.
Enthusiast RAM manufacturer G.Skill has announced that they will be hosting an overclocking event at Computex 2012 in Taiwan. The company is partnering up with motherboard manufacturers ASUS, EVGA, Gigabyte, and MSI who will provide several high end motherboards for the overclocking invitational.
G.Skill has further invited seven professional overclockers to attend the event and try to break world records for processors and DDR3 memory using LN2 and a combination of high end motherboards, graphics cards, and G.Skill’s DDR3 RAM. The overclockers in question are Elmor, Fred Yama, Hiwa, Young Pro, Kingpin, HiCookie, and Dinos22. HiCookie was covered by us recently when he pushed a Core i7 3770K to 7.03 GHz and DDR3 memory to an impressive 3.28 GHz. The G.Skill event will push for even higher overlcocks.
The overclocking event will run from June 5th, 2012 to June 9th, 2012 from 11am to 5pm. It will be located at Computex 2012 in the Nangang Exhibition Hall at booth L0118. The event schedule will be as follows:
|Date||Motherboard Brand||Platform||G.Skill Overclockers||Motherboard Overclockers|
|June 5th||MSI||Z77 & X79||
Young Pro (Australia)
Young Pro (Australia)
|Fred Yama (Japan)|
|June 7th||EVGA||Z77 & X79||
Young Pro (Australia)
Young Pro (Australia)
As G.Skill's first overclocking invitational, they will need to push hard for success, and they made sure to have the best record-breaking chance possible by inviting some of the world's best overclockers. As a personal fan of G.Skill, I'm rooting for them to break the RAM overclocking record!
Subject: Systems | April 27, 2012 - 07:54 PM | Tim Verry
Tagged: corsair, tiger direct, evga, charity, asus
What is better than a custom gaming PC? A gaming PC where all proceeds from the sale will go towards a charity of course! Tiger Direct, Corsiar, and EVGA have all teamed up to assemble a custom gaming PC that is currently being auctioned off on ebay to help raise money for the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. The charity raises money to support research towards a cure for MS which is a debilitating disorder that affects the central nervous system. In other words, it is for a really good cause.
The gaming PC in question is pretty impressive. A white Corsair Graphite 600T makes the computer shine. On the inside, the gaming PC features an ASUS P8Z68-V Pro motherboard, Intel Core i5-2500K, and 16GB of Corsair Vengeance RAM. In addition, EVGA has thrown in a GTX 680 SC graphics card (EVGA 02G-P4-2682-KR for that that get a chuckle out of their product names). Other hardware includes a Corsair Force GT SSD and Corsair AX 750W modular power supply (PSU). Tiger Direct also included a copy of Windows 7 Home Premium x64.
Currently the ebay auction has received 32 bids and is sitting at $2,850 USD. Please share the auction information and help spread awareness about MS if you find it relevant and useful. It’s always nice to see charity and shiny computer hardware come together, and I hope that it helps MS research!
Subject: General Tech, Shows and Expos | January 12, 2012 - 12:11 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: SR-X, lga2011, evga, CES
EVGA's dual LGA 1366 SR-2 motherboard has been on the HWLB Extreme System for a while now, even as the Dream system continued to change since there has not been a new high performance dual socket motherboard ... until now. The EVGA SR-X should be replacing the board soon, paired with some LGA2011 Xeon processors. It will not be the Core i7-3930K Sandy Bridge-E CPU however, even though they are essentially trimmed down Xeons they are not designed to work in tandem. Strangely the memory is not balanced between the two sockets, with 4 DIMM slots near one socket and 8 near the other, though space is tight on the board as there are also 7 PCIe 16x slots. Check out the pictures of this board and other EVGA displays at Legit Reviews.
"It doesn't seem all that long ago that we were able to get our hands on the EVGA Classified SR-2 motherboard. It featured dual Intel LGA1366 sockets and support for Intel Xeon processors. During our meeting with EVGA this morning, the revealed the successor to the SR-2, the SR-X! The EVGA SR-X is a dual socket LGA2011 motherboard once again for Xeon processors. If you're hoping to use your Intel Sandy Bridge-E processor, unfortunately it won't work with a pair of them due the single QPI design of the Sandy Bridge-E processors."
Here is some more Tech News from around the web:
- CES 2012: Razer 'Project Fiona' Gaming Tablet and Blade Gaming Laptop @ Legit Reviews
- CES 2012 Coverage @ Hardware Secrets
- ES 2012: Belkin Rebranding & In-Win Cases @ Benchmark Reviews
- CES 2012 in Pictures: Part 1 @ Techspot
- Imagination releases new graphics cores @ SemiAccurate
- Kodak Hero 9.1 Review @ TechReviewSource
- DIY virtual machines: Rigging up at home @ The Register
- VIA, SiS achieve results from non-PC industry @ DigiTimes
- Real World Labs And RaidSonic Joint Contest
CES 2012: EVGA parties like it's socket 2011 in Viva Las Vegas. Dual-socket SR-X mobo, UV Plus+ 39 video out for USB3, PSUs
Subject: General Tech, Motherboards, Cases and Cooling, Shows and Expos | January 10, 2012 - 07:22 PM | Scott Michaud
Tagged: evga, CES 2012, CES
There are most commonly three types of booths in CES: a display of one or more new and innovative products to hope to blaze their very own trail, a display of one or more intriguing iterations on existing product lines, or a display of some sort of pasta or alcoholic beverage. This year EVGA appears to fit mostly into the middle category; I hear they make good chips, however. The three major iterations this year quite possibly could not be more diverse: a new dual-socket Xeon motherboard, new power supplies, and an update to their UV Plus+ USB video adapter.
There’s something ironic about HDMI and DVI products by EVGA.
Dual-Socket 2011 SR-X Xeon motherboard
Not to be outdone by their old pizza box-sized components, EVGA announced their new SR-X motherboard to bring a product like the SR-2 to socket 2011. This time around they retain their 12 DIMM slots update their PCI-E slots to the third generation with 4-way SLI possible. You can also expect 8 SAS/SATA ports to connect a large number of hard drives at 6Gbps to your computer. It is clear that EVGA has aimed this PC motherboard at enthusiasts who want what they want and have the credit to get it.
1500W, 1000W, 750W power supplies
EVGA has made a few power supplies in the past so why not add a few more products to their portfolio? Partially pictured above is the 1000W unit that can provide 82A over the 12V rail -- which should be useful to pair with a Quad-SLI SR-X rig; and if not, there’s the 1500W one with a stated “customizable number of 12V rails” whatever that actually means.
UV Plus+ 39 video out by USB 3.0
The general masses regularly ask for methods to connect their computers to their HDTV through their USB ports and are routinely shocked to find that it is not a simple cable solution. Ponder that, USB cannot do everything… or can it? EVGA updated their UV Plus+ 19 with their UV Plus+ 39 to add support for dual-monitor output and USB3.0 for higher bandwidth, though USB 2.0 is still supported. There is no word on whether the maximum resolution would be reduced in dual-monitor mode. If you are worried about graphics acceleration over a USB device, the driver created links to your real video card thus you still have access to your GPU for processing.
Now we just need to find out about their video cards.
PC Perspective's CES 2012 coverage is sponsored by MSI Computer.
Follow all of our coverage of the show at http://pcper.com/ces!
Subject: Graphics Cards | December 20, 2011 - 10:39 AM | Ryan Shrout
Tagged: evga, GTX 560 Ti, 2win, x79, nvidia
Sometimes we are surprised when big companies listen to the community when they have a legitimate complaint about a product. Late last night NVIDIA passed over a driver that finally fixes the issue we discussed last Friday with the EVGA GeForce GTX 560 Ti 2Win dual-GPU graphics card and the new X79 chipset. The issue arose from the inability to actually enable SLI on the card thus leaving one of your GTX 560 Ti's on the board sitting there limp. And for gamers that pay $500+ for a graphics card, that is just unacceptable.
In a driver package that NVIDIA told me will be released tomorrow, 290.53, you can now enable SLI when this card is installed on an X79 motherboard.
We needed to verify the performance to make sure SLI was actually functioning as we expect so we ran a handful of tests, starting with 3DMark11 on the Extreme preset:
Compared to two separate GTX 560 Ti cards running in SLI, the 3DMark11 score was 2949 - performance was right on target.
For a bit more of a sanity check, just a couple of game tests too:
- Metro 2033 (1920x1080)
- EVGA GTX 560 Ti 2Win - 64.2 FPS
- NV GTX 560 Ti SLI - 65.1 FPS
- Batman: Arkham City (1920x1080)
- EVGA GTX 560 Ti 2Win - 87.4 FPS
- NV GTX 560 Ti SLI - 87.5 FPS
If you have an EVGA GeForce GTX 560 Ti 2Win card and already own or were planning to upgrade to Intel's new Sandy Bridge-E platform then you should be looking for this driver to drop on Wednesday the 21st. Just in time for the holiday's NVIDIA is answering our requests for a commitment to gamers.
Sometimes it just takes the squeaky wheel...
Subject: Graphics Cards | December 16, 2011 - 04:39 PM | Ryan Shrout
Tagged: x79, sli, evga, GTX 560 Ti, 2win
Sometimes, the best intentions fumble out of the gates. When we reviewed the EVGA GeForce GTX 560 Ti 2Win graphics card in November, I gave it a glowing review as a product that offered better performance than the GTX 580 while selling at a very similar price (currently just $20 more). My test configuration at the time included an X58 motherboard based on the Nehalem architecture that has been tried and tested over the years.
For the forthcoming review of the Radeon HD 7970 graphics card, we decided to move our GPU test bed to the new X79-based Sandy Bridge-E platform since it was the new hotness and because it continued to be the best option for multi-GPU configurations going forward. Or so we thought.
While preparing for our review, I was configuring our NVIDIA cards due for re-testing on this platform and brought the GTX 560 Ti 2Win out from the back room. However, no matter which driver I used, I was unable to enable SLI on it and running a quick performance test confirmed we were running in a single GPU configuration. We used driver versions from the 285.xx stack as well as the 290.xx stack - all with the same results.
Both GPUs were enabled and would show up in the Windows Device Manager AND inside the NVIDIA control panel. However, the standard SLI configuration switch was nowhere to be found. We only had the ability to select enabling PhysX on different the GPUs...
After a quick talk with both NVIDIA and EVGA we confirmed this to be a bug with the EVGA GTX 560 Ti 2Win and the X79 platform as a whole. Why? Apparanetly a driver fix is in the works - it is all simply a software issue. A new version is "coming soon" though no specific dates were given. If you have one of these cards and upgraded to an X79 motherboard, we apologize for you only being able to utilize half of your investment.
Which brings me back to my consistent stance - NVIDIA's SLI Technology would be better served as an openly available multi-GPU solution without the restrictions of licensing and software hacks. Why? The money that NVIDIA makes on the licensing is pretty minimal and the only goal is to uphold the "value" of the SLI brand. Instead, everytime a hiccup like this occurs, more gamers decide that the benefits aren't worth the potential hassle owning multiple graphics cards may cause.
CrossFireX doesn't have nearly the marketing push behind it that SLI does yet it continues to have legs without the rather outdated partner licensing restrictions. Every multiple PCIe slot motherboard (essentially) will support CrossFireX - users that might want SLI configurations need to look for that damn logo on the box...