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EVGA's Classified SR-X Motherboard Hits the Market

By - Source: Tom's Hardware US | B 51 comments

EVGA has finally released the Classified SR-X after initially showing it off at CES 2012.

During CES 2012, the SR-X won one of four Tom's Hardware Best of CES 2012 Awards. Roughly two months later, EVGA has released the Classified SR-X to the market. The EVGA SR-X uses the Intel C606 chipset, which supports two Xeon E5 Class Socket 2011 CPUs. It will only support Xeon E5 Class Socket 2011 CPUs and is NOT compatible with Core i5/Core i7 Socket 2011 CPUs.

The board supports SATA 3.0 Gb/s (4 internal), SATA 6.0 Gb/s (2 internal & 2 external via eSATA) and two mini SAS ports. In addition, it features 10 USB 2.0 ports (4 rear panel and 6 on-board), along with 6 USB 3.0 (4 rear panel and 2 on-board), along with the standard PS2, FireWire 1394B, audio connector (8 channel high definition) and Ethernet ports. The SR-X is packet with 12 DIMM quad-channel memory slots with support up to 96 GB of DDR3 memory for all your memory needs. The SR-X is a HPTX form factor motherboard that comes in at dimensions of 13.6" (L) x 15" (W).  

The EVGA SR-X motherboard supports seven PCI-E 3.0 expansion slots via a PLX PCI-E 3.0 certified bridge chip. This allows the SR-X to populate all PCI-E 3.0 slots at the maximum bandwidth possible. The PCI-E lane configuration is as follows:

  • 1 Card: x16
  • 2 Cards: x16, x16
  • 3 Cards: x16, x16, x16
  • 4 Cards: x16, x16, x8, x8

New and key features introduced on the EVGA Classified SR-X motherboard:

  • Dual 6 Phase PWM
  • 100% POSCAP Capacitors
  • EVGA EZ Voltage Read Points
  • Onboard Clear CMOS, Power and Reset Buttons
  • NVIDIA 4-Way SLI Support
  • PCI-E/DIMM Disable Switches
  • More Gold Content in CPU Pins
  • EVGA EVbot Support

You can read more on the EVGA Classified SR-X at its product page here.

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    Yuka , March 7, 2012 10:07 PM
    Now THAT is an extreme gaming platform MoBo.

    Cheers!
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    wolley74 , March 7, 2012 10:07 PM
    anybody else adding this to their wishlist?
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    JasonAkkerman , March 7, 2012 10:14 PM
    You sure could build a rendering monster out of that thing.
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    JasonAkkerman , March 7, 2012 10:18 PM
    All it need is a pair of these.
    /drool
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    noobalert , March 7, 2012 10:19 PM
    so do u kinda PSU do u need for this thing?

    and will it fit in a Extended ATX case like my Thermaltake Level 10 GT?
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    dragonsqrrl , March 7, 2012 10:23 PM
    Slap 2x Xeon E5 2687W's in there for your own mini render farm.

    That would make an absolutely killer workstation.
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    gokanis , March 7, 2012 10:27 PM
    JasonAkkermanAll it need is a pair of these./drool

    Or three.
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    gokanis , March 7, 2012 10:28 PM
    So pretty and shiny, brb gotta change my shorts.
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    rush21hit , March 7, 2012 10:28 PM
    Mind...blown...
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    skyviper80 , March 7, 2012 10:31 PM
    ummmm...i likes a lot
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    sublime2k , March 7, 2012 10:31 PM
    YukaNow THAT is an extreme gaming platform MoBo.Cheers!

    Do you even know what Xeon is?
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    yumri , March 7, 2012 10:33 PM
    um if EVGA was going to build a extremeist's board why go with the E7 CPUs instead of the E5s? also why is it only PCIe x16 until you put in a 4th card? are the E5 Xeons not able to do 2 PCIe 3.0 x16 each? that one kinda got me. now for my replies to comments above
    @phamhlam if they included IDE/PATA that would just waste clock cycles of the board's chips as if you have this kind of rig you are most likely not going to be using anything sort of 6Gbps SATA and 6Gbps SAS and/or PCIe SSDs as this is built for proformance and IDE/PATA just isn't that good anymore.
    @JasonAkkerman the Quadro 6000's even in SLI x2 will be better by the soon to come out Quadro 7000 which has updated firmware and a newer architecture one it for better performance thus hopefully that will translate to shorter renders and whatever you will use it for as Quadro cards are not as good as GeForce cards when it comes to gaming even though their stats are right up there with the best GeForce cards if not above the BIOS will need to be reprogrammed for it to preform as well in gaming but doing that will degrade its blender, 3DMAX, and other 3D animation environment program's rendering ability as for the original render and in game renders it is different what the card does.
    @noobalert no idea what kind of PSU you will need for it but getting a 1 Kilowatt or above Sever PSU will work very well for it as the redundancy helps in keeping it up and running for longer and 1KW is enough to drive most anything unless you want to go with 4x SLI or 4x CrossFireX.
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    yumri , March 7, 2012 10:39 PM
    sorry about the double post just i think i hit the character limit.
    @dragonsqrrl it will NOT be a rendering farm as it is only one Sever
    @gokanis why would you need even more than one of these unless you are doing some very intensive data center and/or application sever stuff?
    @subblime2k yes i know what a Xeon is and its a TON of cash to get one but i would still have liked to see it have supported E7s instead of E5s as the E7s are well better at what us the consumers would actually be using with that also has more ports supported.

    For those who do not know what a XEON CPU is it is a Sever class Intel CPU ment for dual or quad socket boards, quad socket Intel boards a little harder to find though. It is also a higher quailty CPU and NOT made to be OCed in anyway which i know of. With that Xeon CPUs also last a lot longer then your typical consumer CPUs as they are the cream of the crop and priced thusly.
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    maxinexus , March 7, 2012 10:42 PM
    sublime2kDo you even know what Xeon is?

    Yeah, isn't that thingy that is flickering in may garage? Or is it neon?...hmmm lol
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    sublime2k , March 7, 2012 10:45 PM
    yumri@subblime2k yes i know what a Xeon is and its a TON of cash to get one but i would still have liked to see it have supported E7s instead of E5s as the E7s are well better at what us the consumers would actually be using with that also has more ports supported.

    My point is that it's not a gaming CPU.
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    motheninja , March 7, 2012 10:59 PM
    How about a pair of E5-2620 (6-Cores)? Cant you over clock them to like 3.2Ghz from their stock 2 Ghz? How well is it for gaming and rendering?
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    warmon6 , March 7, 2012 11:27 PM
    Sad part is, unlike the SR-2, the SR-X is limited by the cpu for overclocking.

    http://www.evga.com/forums/fb.ashx?m=1485672

    Quote from their Product Manager.
    Quote:
    Well there are 2 parts to this question...

    Does the board support OC'ing: Yes

    Does the board support OC'ing on current CPU's? The answer unfortunately is no.

    Current CPU's are multiplier locked, and they don't scale very high on bclock.


    So one of this board strong point from it's predecessor is non existent here because of intel and there no unlocked xeon's in the future from what i can see.

    :( 
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    ElMoIsEviL , March 7, 2012 11:29 PM
    frozonicOMG i want to see some bechmarks with 4 GTX 680´s and dual xeons

    GTX 680s don't exist.

    I'd like to see benchmarks with Quad Radeon HD 8970s but that's about as likely as Quad GTX 680s. :p 
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    dragonsqrrl , March 7, 2012 11:45 PM
    ElMoIsEviLGTX 680s don't exist.I'd like to see benchmarks with Quad Radeon HD 8970s but that's about as likely as Quad GTX 680s.

    umm... not quite dude. Well, I guess you'll find out on Monday.
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