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Saturday, 30 August 2014 18:30

EVGA unveils its X99 motherboard lineup

Written by Slobodan Simic

Three models now, higher-end one next year

After Intel has officially lifted the NDA veil off its Haswell-E HEDT platform, EVGA has officially unveiled full details regarding its Intel X99 Express chipset based motherboard lineup. EVGA's current X99 Express chipset based lineup include three models, the EVGA X99 Micro (E995), EVGA X99 FTW (E997) and the EVGA X99 Classified (E999). According to EVGA, the company is also working on a higher-end model which will most likely be ready for the next year.

During the Haswell-E launch day, EVGA has also launched a new BIOS version update which brings support for DDR3-2800 and DDR4-3000 on all three motherboards.

The most interesting in the lineup is most likely the m-ATX form-factor EVGA X99 Micro motherboard. This one is aimed at SFF gaming high-end systems and feature a 6-phase VRM which draws power from 24-pin ATX and 8-pin EPS power connectors.

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As seen on couple of pictures teased by EVGA earlier, the EVGA X99 Micro features only four DIMM memory slots which gives it support for up to 64GB of DDR4 3000MHz+ memory. It also features a 7.1-channel Realtek ALC1150 audio chip, has single Gigabit Ethernet port, six SATA 6Gbps ports, an M.2 slot, three PCI-Express 3.0 x16 slots working in 1x16, 2x16 or 3x8 arrangement, five fan headers, six USB 3.0 and eight USB 2.0 ports as well as some features which are aimed at overclockers, including EZ Voltage read points, on-board CPU Temp monitor and on-board power, reset and clear CMOS buttons.

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The next in line is the EVGA X99 FTW, an E-ATX form-factor motherboard, a motherboard more focused at gamers. Although it is pretty much based on the same design as the the current flagship EVGA X99 Classified motherboard, it lacks some features which are aimed at overclockers.

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The EVGA X99 FTW features an 8-phase VRM design, has eight DIMM memory slots with support for up to 128GB of DDR4-3000+ memory, five PCI-Express 3.0 x16 slots set to work in 1x16, 2x16, 3x8 or 4x8 slot arrangement, has single PCI-Express x4 slot, seven fan headers, eight USB 2.0 and six USB 3.0 ports, a total of ten SATA 6Gbps ports (six with RAID support), two Intel Gigabit Ethernet ports, and the same 7.1-channel Realtek ALC1150 integrated audio.

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It also features some EVGA overclocking friendly features, including EZ Voltage read points, onboard CPU temp monitor, PCI-E disable switches, dual BIOS, and right angled 24-pin connector.

The last in EVGA's Intel X99 Express chipset lineup is the current flagship and overclockers dream, the EVGA X99 Classfied E-ATX motherboard. In addition to aforementioned support for up to 128GB of DDR4 3000MHz+ memory in eight DIMM memory slots, the EVGA X99 Classified features a 10-phase CPU VRM drawing power from standard 24-pin ATX as well as two 8-pin EPS power connectors.

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It also has higher gold content CPU socket, 8-layer PCB as well as five PCI-Express 3.0 x16 slots which work in 1x16, 2x16, 3x8 or 4x8 slot arrangement when paired up with 40 lane CPU. The rest of the features include a single PCI-Express x4 slot, six fan headers, 5.1-channel Creative Core 3D audio (CA0132), two Intel Gigabit Ethernet ports, a total of ten SATA 6Gbps ports and an M.2 slot.

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The EVGA X99 Classified comes with a full set of EVGA's overclocking-friendly features like the triple-BIOS support, dual 8-pin CPU power which provides up to 600W of power, PCI-E disable switches, EZ Voltage read points, onboard CPU temp monitor, on board power, reset and clear CMOS buttons and more.

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EVGA also released some details regarding the prices of its Intel X99 Express chipset based lineup. The X99 Micro will hit retail with US$249/€228, the EVGA X99 FTW will sell for US$299/€273 while the EVGA X99 Classified will be on retail shelves with US$399/€364 price tag.

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