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EVGA X99 Classified (Intel X99) Motherboard Review

By: Shawn Baker | Socket LGA 2011 in Motherboards | Posted: Sep 18, 2014 1:08 pm
TweakTown Rating: 92%Manufacturer: EVGA

Close up with the EVGA X99 Classified




With an all-black setup, the X99 Classified is indeed a good looking motherboard. We've got a few small X99 highlights present on the heat sink, and that giant red "E" that stands out. There's actually a fair bit going on with the EVGA X99 Classified, so let's not delay any longer, and begin exploring the features EVGA is bringing to the table with this high-end motherboard.




Starting off in the PCIe area, you can see EVGA is actually offering two M.2 sockets. One socket is near the bottom right corner, while a second, longer socket is present between the last two PCIe x16 slots. As for the PCIe slots, you can see we've got a single PCIe x4 slot, and five PCIe x5 slots present that offer support for up to four-way SLI and CrossFireX support.


If you're using a 40 lane processor in the board, the layout for the PCIe x16 slots include one x16, two x16, three x8 or four x8, depending on your video card setup. If you opt for the 28 lane CPU from Intel, the PCIe lane speeds are reduced. There's no denying that with two video cards or more, you're better off with one of the 40 lane based processors.




You can see we've got a fair bit going on at the bottom of the board. Alongside a couple of fan headers, we've got a six-pin PCIe power plug that can be used to provide more power to the motherboard, along with our PC speaker, USB 2.0 and 3.0 headers, and our main front panel header.




Turning the corner, you can see we have ten SATA II ports, all of which run off the Intel X99 chipset. You can also see we have another three-pin fan header to either side. We don't have too much going on here; instead, everything gets more interesting once you head north.






As we move to the top of the board, you can see it's starting to get a bit busier. Along with our 24-pin ATX power connector, you can see we've got a number of other things going on here. On the far left, we have some toggle switches that let us disable and enable the PCIe slots. Next to that, we have another switch that lets us choose between three different installed BIOS's. On the other side of the ATX power connector, you can see we've got a LED debug readout, along with a couple of buttons which include turbo, power, reset, and clear CMOS buttons. Just around the corner, you can see we've got our Probelt connection, and next to that EVGA has opted for two eight-pin CPU power connectors for users wanting the highest possible amount of power going to the board.




Looking back from the CPU area, you can see everything here is pretty standard. We've got a really nice heat sink sitting above the CPU area to cool the ten-phase PWM power design. The eight dim slots featured support up to 128GB of DDR for speeds ranging up to 3000MHz+ via overclocking.




Here we have six USB 2.0 ports with a clear CMOS button sitting towards the front. Along with those, we've got four USB 3.0 ports, and two gigabit networking ports that run off the Intel i217 and i210 controller respectively. Finally, we finish up with five auxiliary plugs, and an optical port, all of which are running off the higher-end Creative Core 3D CA0132 controller.

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