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EVGA details changes in its European operations

EVGA details changes in its European operations

EVGA's latest chassis for its SR-2 motherboard. We're told the blue bits will be changed for red in the final version. EVGA was adamant it was not getting into the case business and it was only because the board is so wide it requires a specific size case

There has been large changes in EVGA's European team, and behind the scenes there have been a lot of political wranglings and we can confirm that Managing Director, Hans-Wolfram Tismer, has left the company, although EVGA wouldn't comment on the terms on his leaving.

In a very brief chat we had with Tismer the day before our meeting EVGA, he also didn't mention his leaving, only that 'things were not good' when asked, and his particularly sour expression said the rest. Tismer previously worked for Gainward and successfully introduced the Golden Sample program of graphics cards, before the company was bought by Chinese manufacturer Palit, and he left to go to EVGA.

He is replaced by Gregor Perng, who takes the position Special Assistant to EVGA CEO Andrew Han. Mr Perng is an Ex-Director of Cooler Master Europe and Deputy MD at Leadtek before that. This process has actually been in the background for the last year, since Mr. Perng joined EVGA Europe, and with two men at the top it was only a matter of time before something had to give.

There has also been significant changes further down the European team, with several people we know well recently moving into the company, who also told us of a raft of 'long overdue updates' coming this year:
  • EVGA is attempting to replicate its famous 90 day Step-Up program in Europe too, and the European guys will be visiting the US office to see how they manage the logistics. The Step-Up program allows certain customers to upgrade certain EVGA motherboards and graphics cards to faster models - see the site for more details.

  • EVGA has recently started European forums, firstly in English and later in other languages. EVGA stated that it's actively looking to recruit its community members who have a passion and knowledge of EVGA products for paid work answering tech-support queries. If you're going to commit and post on a forum everyday, why not get paid for it? We're unsure when or how the selection process will start, so keep an eye on the EVGA Europe website for more details.

  • EVGA stated that it will also be offering virtual dollars (or Euros, we suppose) for its forum members that can be redeemed for EVGA hardware. It will be monitored by the forum moderators that will award people 'blue ribbons' for good support and community contributions.

  • EVGA is also about to launch a series of gaming tournaments in Europe, starting in July - we'll get back to you with more details when we know them, or you keep an eye on the EVGA Europe website for more details.

  • After meeting with EVGA it only appears committed to its motherboard division, although an industry source tells us that a couple of people have recently left this department.

  • In related news, EVGA has just invested in a case built by Cooler Master specifically for its Classified SR-2 motherboard, that is loosely based around the ATCS 840, but will carry EVGA branding. It also adds an external overclocking dongle called the EVBot to its existing motherboard products. This plugs into the rear I/O of compatible motherboards and allows on-the-fly voltage and frequency changes, as well as temperature readouts.

    We questioned EVGA about whether it could get a return of investment in its SR-2, as a $600 dual-CPU Xeon motherboard isn't a fit for many people. EVGA explained that the demand for its SR-2 was mostly from workstation and professional users rather than overclockers, and that its development cost was worth it. It has also borrowed Antec to make it a 1,200W PSU for the board.

  • EVGA submitted a press release after our meeting about the situation, which you can read here.
In other news, EVGA will upgrade any customer of GeForce GTX 470 or GTX 480 and send them a replacement high-airflow bracket and vented backplate for them to convert their existing cards. EVGA claims that the modification can result in a 7°C temperature drop (5°C via bracket, 2°C via backplate), meaning a quieter stock cooler or more overclocking headroom. Realistically this isn't a massive difference, but EVGA stated that it is '99 per cent certain it will do this for free', so we can't complain.

Addendum 4th June 2010: EVGA contacted us to correct that while the bracket and backplate will be free, p&p will have to be paid for.

All good news? Or do you spot overly-optimistic holes? Let us know your thoughts, in the forums.

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capnPedro 3rd June 2010, 13:52 Quote
For a company that isn't getting into the case market, that actually looks like quite a slick case. A bit big for my tastes, however.
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Originally Posted by TFA
EVGA stated that it will also be offering virtual dollars (or Euros, we suppose) for its forum members that can be redeemed for EVGA hardware. It will be monitored by the forum moderators that will award people 'blue ribbons' for good support and community contributions.
Oh what I wouldn't give to convert my rep into real money. I'm a bit broke, you know. :(
GregTheRotter 3rd June 2010, 13:54 Quote
Funny that, I used the step up program when I went from the 7950 GX2 to an 8800GTX, Had to send it to Germany, but still.
Unicorn 3rd June 2010, 13:57 Quote
I'm in the middle of a "warranty battle" with EVGA America at the moment, so I'll reserve comment on this for now. I may be able to post a thread with details sometime in the next week, but for now I'll keep it quiet because I know some EVGA mods have already been here checking my profile
Landy_Ed 3rd June 2010, 14:07 Quote
The EVGA stepup programme has been available but singularly unnattractive to european customers for quite some time now. I looked at it when I bought my EVGA GTX260 216 OCC & was mortified to discover that according to their valuation I could buy a brand new card from Scan for much the same price as they would allow me to upgrade for. I emailed them about this, querying the price disparity & pointing out that in essence I'd be giving them my card for free. Mr Tismer responded directly to me with this quote :

"What would you consider "trade in" means? "
AcidJiles 3rd June 2010, 14:22 Quote
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Originally Posted by Landy_Ed
The EVGA stepup programme has been available but singularly unnattractive to european customers for quite some time now. I looked at it when I bought my EVGA GTX260 216 OCC & was mortified to discover that according to their valuation I could buy a brand new card from Scan for much the same price as they would allow me to upgrade for. I emailed them about this, querying the price disparity & pointing out that in essence I'd be giving them my card for free. Mr Tismer responded directly to me with this quote :

"What would you consider "trade in" means? "

lol thats ridiculous. Should be cost difference + 25% or so for additional costs.
ssj12 3rd June 2010, 17:57 Quote
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Originally Posted by capnPedro
For a company that isn't getting into the case market, that actually looks like quite a slick case. A bit big for my tastes, however.
Quote:
Originally Posted by TFA
EVGA stated that it will also be offering virtual dollars (or Euros, we suppose) for its forum members that can be redeemed for EVGA hardware. It will be monitored by the forum moderators that will award people 'blue ribbons' for good support and community contributions.
Oh what I wouldn't give to convert my rep into real money. I'm a bit broke, you know. :(

In America, their virtual dollars are called EVGA bucks, so im going to assume your getting EVGA bucks too.
EVGA_ShannonR 3rd June 2010, 19:36 Quote
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Originally Posted by Unicorn
I'm in the middle of a "warranty battle" with EVGA America at the moment, so I'll reserve comment on this for now. I may be able to post a thread with details sometime in the next week, but for now I'll keep it quiet because I know some EVGA mods have already been here checking my profile

Unicorn,

Please contact me at srobb@evga.com with the information on the issue you are experiencing.

Please include your Serial number and contact information so I can work with you.

thnak you
ssj12 4th June 2010, 03:51 Quote
hey Shannon, will this offer translate over to America? I am probably going to step-up to the GTX480 but would love to have the high-airflow bracket and vented backplate. Of course if not free ill be ordering them when available anyways.
mecblade 4th June 2010, 07:52 Quote
holy shi------

a EVGA X58 4 way SLI classified with stuff DOUBLED?!!!!!!

OMG

EVGA is crazy XD

p.s wish they did Crossfire as well :D

heh heh heh

EVGA Classified SR 3 with crossfire/sli support plz :D
mecblade 4th June 2010, 08:05 Quote
oops, look like i made a mistake, it does support crossfire

soz :S

p.s

48GB of DDR3 memory o.O
oatey4519 4th June 2010, 09:27 Quote
After just buying 2 EVGA 470's from Scan.
I feel its about time they attacked the UK market.
Very good setup in US by the looks of it.
rickysio 4th June 2010, 16:35 Quote
Free?

For non EVGA customers too...? Sounds like EVGA is pumping money in PR.
Bindibadgi 4th June 2010, 17:07 Quote
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Originally Posted by rickysio
Free?

For non EVGA customers too...? Sounds like EVGA is pumping money in PR.

Nooo - you have to register the card and prove purchase etc Id imagine.
ssj12 4th June 2010, 19:50 Quote
I wish EVGA, or Gigabyte, would release a new AMD SLi board.
EVGA_ShannonR 5th June 2010, 00:07 Quote
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Originally Posted by ssj12
hey Shannon, will this offer translate over to America? I am probably going to step-up to the GTX480 but would love to have the high-airflow bracket and vented backplate. Of course if not free ill be ordering them when available anyways.

We are working on programs for europe. stay tuned to the EVGA website for future details. ;)
koganinja 5th June 2010, 10:44 Quote
i have been with evga for years almost every component i have is evga and every system i build for friends ect is evga based but i have now lost faith with them after my mobo packed in on me i have owned the board for about 5 years and i registerd on the day i got it on evgas site i was in the army and lost the recipt evga still woudent rma it so much for the warrenty !! after 5 years ! thanks evga also in my new company i will not be useing evga based boards now :(
Bindibadgi 5th June 2010, 10:51 Quote
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Originally Posted by ssj12
I wish EVGA, or Gigabyte, would release a new AMD SLi board.

Given recent news, if EVGA makes anything now it'll be surprising! /rimshot
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