Introduction of the EVGA X99 Classified
While primarily known for providing video cards, EVGA has been in the motherboard game for quite a while now, and if my memory serves me right, this is the first time I've had a chance to look at one of their motherboards. This is actually one motherboard I've been quite excited to test, as I am genuinely interested in knowing how well EVGA fares in this area.
We got a sneak peak at this motherboard during Computex 2014, and we also saw the latest BIOS the company was working on. The BIOS tends to be one of the key areas that we see companies fall apart in when it comes to motherboards. Even companies who have been in the game for as long as we can remember continue to offer some terrible BIOS's. It really wasn't until recently that Click BIOS from MSI was pleasant to use.
Of course, outside of the BIOS, we want to know how well the motherboard performs, and just what kind of features are offered. The EVGA X99 Classified we are reviewing today is only second in cost to the MSI X99S GAMING 9 AC, thanks to its $400 price tag. This is a solid chunk of change, and if you're spending this kind of money, you want to make sure you're getting a quality product.
We've quickly fallen in love with the X99 chipset. While the price associated might not be the easiest to swallow, there's no denying that if you're after one of the most powerful setups on the market right now, it's going to revolve around the X99 chipset from Intel. While deciding which CPU to purchase might be easy, deciding which motherboard and memory kit is a little more difficult. So, with all that said, let's see if the X99 Classified from the folks over at EVGA is something that you should be considering.
Package - What comes inside the box
Looking at the front of the box, you can see there's not much going on at all. We've got the EVGA logo across the top, the X99 Classified logo in huge lettering in the middle, and a couple of logos across the bottom, which include Intel and NVIDIA. Turning the box over, we've got a bit of a blurb on the motherboard, along with the main specifications.
Some of the key features are listed next to a picture of the motherboard. These include ten-phase digital VRM, onboard buttons, PCIe disable switches, triple BIOS support, EZ voltage read points, and an eight-plus-eight pin CPU power input offering a dedicated 600 watts.
A lot of the normal culprits are present in the bundle. Starting from the top, we've got a pair of manuals, a driver CD, and an I/O shield. There is also an I/O cover that goes inside the PC and covers the I/O ports to make the overall aesthetics a little nicer. Below that, we've got six SATA II cables, and three SLI bridges that cover two-way, three-way and four-way SLI.
As for the rest of the bundle, you can see we've got a USB 3.0 back plate connector, and a couple of cables here. If you're looking to really extract the most performance out of your system, then we also have four GPU link cables, and one Probelt cable to round off the bundle.
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United States: The EVGA X99 Classified retails for $399.99 at Amazon.
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- Page 1 [Introduction and Package]
- Page 2 [Motherboard Details]
- Page 3 [BIOS Images and Information]
- Page 4 [Test System Setup and Overclocking]
- Page 5 [CPU & System Benchmarks]
- Page 6 [USB 2.0, USB 3.0, & SSD Benchmarks]
- Page 7 [Memory & Gaming Benchmarks]
- Page 8 [Temperature & Power Testing]
- Page 9 [Pricing, Availability, and Final Thoughts]