All kinds of information is starting to surface more and more frequency with the X58 launch nearing. EVGA has added their share to the info pool with its X58 SLI FTW board – Featuring E-LEET tuning.
EVGA is apparently set to launch their new X58 SLI FTW board this November. Along with all the promising features of the X58 Express Chipset, EVGA throws some of their well known design into the mix including, but not limited to, effective board layout support 2-Way and 3-Way SLI configurations, 10 SATA ports and 1 eSATA port, headers facing away from the edge of the board.
“ EVGA is proud to show a sneak peak of a new motherboard based on the Inte® X58 Express Chipset, supporting the upcoming Intel® Core™ i7 processor. The EVGA X58 SLI FTW motherboard will feature 6 DIMMs of triple-channel DDR3 memory, and a board layout optimized for the enthusiast including 2-way and 3-way SLI support. EVGA VDroop control minimizes VDroop for the highest level of stability possible and EVGA E-LEET Tuning Utility gives you the power to Overclock at your fingertips. With these features and more, it is no wonder EVGA products currently hold the top 3DMark Vantage Performance Record! Product will be available in November 2008. ”
EVGA X58 SLI FTW Motherboard Specs:
- Supports Intel® Core™ i7 Processors
- Intel® X58 Express Chipset with ICH10R
- EVGA VDroop Control
- 100% Solid State Capacitors
- 6 DIMM Triple-Channel DDR3
- Enthusiast Layout Supporting 2-Way, 3-Way SLI and CrossFireX
- 10 SATA II 3.0GB/s Ports (1 e-SATA)
- EVGA E-LEET Tuning Utility
It is definitely nice to see a board without all the overloading of copper bling that has been common with some manufacturers. There doesn’t appear to be anything overly special about the layout except that all the headers at facing off the edge of the board, which is definitely key if you have long cards installed, a la GTX. Spacing between the lower DIMM clips and where the top of your primary graphics card will sit looks to be adequate as well. It does however look like some of the really large aftermarket coolers will have difficult installations if at all – should open up a new line of coolers which isn’t really a bad thing. And lastly, some people may feel that they could have used a more professional name for the tuning utility – E-LEET just sounds, well...
Good all around board otherwise! Hopefully we get one for testing here at Tom’s.