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EVGA Lifts Cover From X79 E779 Classified Motherboard

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EVGA has caused quite some buzz when it displayed one of the first X79 motherboards at the GeForce LAN 6 party.

Gamers attending got a first peek at a prototype of its flagship X79 Classified board, which will be supporting Intel Sandy Bridge-E Core i7-3000 series processors. Besides the displayed E779 model, EVGA will also be offering the E775 (X79 SLI) and the E777 (X79 FTW).

According to pictures that are making the rounds on the Internet, the E779 will have four DDR3 slots, five PCIe x16 3.0 and one PCIe x1 3.0 interface, as well as two SATA 6 Gbps, four SATA 3 Gbps and two eSATA ports. EVGA integrates VIA's Superspeed USB controller and will offer eight USB 3.0 ports on the E779. Additionally, there are two USB 2.0 connectors as well as a Bluetooth radio.

Targeted at overclockers, EVGA told visitors that the board will pass the most stringent requirements for CPU tuning, including deep freezing. Last month, we ran a first review of Intel's upcoming X79 platform. Check out the review of Intel's Core i7-3960X here.

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    Anonymous , October 18, 2011 12:54 AM
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    There is no reason to have more than 8gbs of ram for gaming. I've actually seen stats reporting decreased performance at figures over that, especially over 12.
    What? More RAM = less performance? Does not compute.
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    Yargnit , October 18, 2011 12:14 AM
    Only 4 RAM slots? I'd have expected 8 on the classified with it being quad channel and their top board. Otherwise looks awesome.
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    Yargnit , October 18, 2011 12:14 AM
    Only 4 RAM slots? I'd have expected 8 on the classified with it being quad channel and their top board. Otherwise looks awesome.
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    DaFees , October 18, 2011 12:24 AM
    YargnitOnly 4 RAM slots? I'd have expected 8 on the classified with it being quad channel and their top board. Otherwise looks awesome.


    Well I can live with the 4 ram slots if those ram slots support 8GB sticks (32GB of ram total).
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    mikeangs2004 , October 18, 2011 12:28 AM
    RAM works better when ONE slot per channel is used.

    What form factor is this mobo?
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    molo9000 , October 18, 2011 12:43 AM
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    five PCIe x16 3.0


    Why so many?
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    southernshark , October 18, 2011 12:44 AM
    There is no reason to have more than 8gbs of ram for gaming. I've actually seen stats reporting decreased performance at figures over that, especially over 12.
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    Anonymous , October 18, 2011 12:54 AM
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    There is no reason to have more than 8gbs of ram for gaming. I've actually seen stats reporting decreased performance at figures over that, especially over 12.
    What? More RAM = less performance? Does not compute.
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    10tacle , October 18, 2011 12:55 AM
    southernsharkThere is no reason to have more than 8gbs of ram for gaming. I've actually seen stats reporting decreased performance at figures over that, especially over 12.


    Exactly. Most games don't even benefit much more when going from 4GB to 8GB. Now if you are someone who runs a lot of tasks in the background while gaming, 8-12GB will be worth it.

    Otherwise, anything more than 8GB for a P/Z67 chipset or 12GB for X58 and you are pissing money down the toilet. Or as you referenced, even hindering performance. 12+GB RAM aree for servers, not desktop rigs.
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    Anonymous , October 18, 2011 12:55 AM
    southernsharkThere is no reason to have more than 8gbs of ram for gaming. I've actually seen stats reporting decreased performance at figures over that, especially over 12.

    I have 12gb of ram and use it to the full potential. I'll commonly have GTA IV loaded up, about 20 tabs in chrome, and multiple apps for homework running and I'll be using 8gb of ram or more easily. Also, I rarely shutdown my pc and prefer windows to keep as much stuff in memeroy as possible so I don't have to access files from my F3 500gb main system drive.

    I can live with 1-2fps decrease for being able to leave my apps open 24/7 and ready to run.
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    drwho1 , October 18, 2011 12:56 AM
    the only 4 memory stick slots are a let down.
    But more of a let down is that I don't see an mSATA slot on the motherboard anywhere. My next motherboard must have an mSATA no exceptions.

    Also SATA II/ SATA III too few of them it should had at least 10.
    (even if there were only 2 or 4 SATA III) and the rest SATA II.
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    10tacle , October 18, 2011 1:00 AM
    smufferoneWhat? More RAM = less performance? Does not compute.


    Actually I have seen those same benchmarks about a year or two ago. I believe it was Anandtech and they used an X58 chipset comparing an upgrade from 6GB to 12GB. A couple of benchmarks actually showed a slight decrease in frames. I'm trying to dig that article up (or one similar).
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    phatboe , October 18, 2011 1:01 AM
    10tacleExactly. Most games don't even benefit much more when going from 4GB to 8GB. Now if you are someone who runs a lot of tasks in the background while gaming, 8-12GB will be worth it. Otherwise, anything more than 8GB for a P/Z67 chipset or 12GB for X58 and you are pissing money down the toilet.



    If you are the type of person who buys this type of motherboard you are pissing money down the toilet anyways.
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    soccerdocks , October 18, 2011 1:19 AM
    soldier37Nice looking board but only 2 x 6Gbs ports ? Damn I was about to buy a Gigabyte Sniper 2 board to go with my new GTX 580 3Gb card for BF3 but maybe I should wait another month...


    This is not Gigabytes fault. Intel chips will only support that number Sata ports. They do have the option of using a 3rd party controller to add more Sata 6 gb/s ports but I think it is better that they do not do that. From the benchmarks I have seen, 3rd party Sata 6 gb/s ports actually perform worse than the Intel 3 gb/s ports.
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    silky salamandr , October 18, 2011 1:30 AM
    Am I the only one who notices the clearance(or lack there of)? Good luck using any big air cooler. It looks like a h100 is you only option at this point.
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    lp231 , October 18, 2011 1:38 AM
    Some X79 board have 8 ram slots. Maybe their FTW might get it.

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    lp231 , October 18, 2011 1:39 AM
    Some X79 have 8 slots, maybe their FTW will have it.
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    xx_pemdas_xx , October 18, 2011 2:05 AM
    lp231Some X79 board have 8 ram slots. Maybe their FTW might get it.

    at least the new Intel will come with liquid coolers?
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    abel2 , October 18, 2011 2:35 AM
    I don't understand how some people are saying that too much ram will slow down your pc. Does it not have the fastest data access speed of any component?
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    iam2thecrowe , October 18, 2011 2:39 AM
    is this a 1155 socket? or something different?
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    madjimms , October 18, 2011 3:39 AM
    smufferoneWhat? More RAM = less performance? Does not compute.

    Look at the benchmarks if you don't believe it, good is your friend.
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    Marcus52 , October 18, 2011 3:39 AM
    southernsharkThere is no reason to have more than 8gbs of ram for gaming. I've actually seen stats reporting decreased performance at figures over that, especially over 12.


    They used to day "don't need more than" about that about whatever level you want to name. 1GB. Then 2GB. Then Tomshardware tested that Vista actually ran fine on 3GB. You certainly didn't need more than 4GB unless you were running a server. Fairly recently, that number has moved to 8GB. Tomshardware also did a recent article about how you could use more than 4GB (nominally) even in a 32-bit system by using the added memory as a RAM drive. For a 64-bit system. you would use 8GB of memory as normal and use any additional RAM for the RAM drive.

    Point is, things change, hardware and software evolve continually, and 8GB of memory will become another mark in the road just as all that came before it have. You have to be very careful with what you believe is fact - in the electronics world, what was true yesterday may not be true today.

    ;) 


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