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EVGA previews LGA2011 motherboard

EVGA previews LGA2011 motherboard

EVGA teased its forum members with a preview of a forthcoming Intel LGA2011 motherboard.

EVGA has posted an image of one of its forthcoming Intel LGA2011 motherboards on its forums, and it looks like the new socket, X79 chipset and CPUs could have enthusiasts grabbing for their wallets.

From the photo (click the image on the right for a larger version), we can see a few details of the board design, from the quad-channel memory that bestrides the CPU socket to the two clamp-down levers that push the CPU on to the contact pins and hold it securely.

Oddly, both levers are labelled ‘1’, but we expect that this is a typo, as the board is described as being ‘preliminary.’

Interestingly, towards the left of the teaser image, you’ll see that the 24-pin ATX power connector appears to be bent at a right angle via riser connections, rather than being situated perpendicular to the board.

Previously we’ve been told (by engineers at Asus, no less) that it was impractical to do this, as the connections need to very robust to handle the power travelling along them. However, it seems that EVGA has solved this problem. Indeed EVGA’s JacobF later confirms on the forum that ‘Yes, right angled 24pins is in!’ in a later post.

He also says that the board will have some features similar to those found on previous EVGA boards, as well as plenty of new ones. For example, he says the board above uses 100 per cent poscaps; very efficient and small capacitors that lie flat with the PCB. He also says that the board is ‘a bit over ATX size.

There is a concern with the LGA2011 system design, though, which is the placement of memory on both sides of the CPU socket, which could lead to clashes between memory modules and large CPU coolers. Those with water-cooling systems that wish to actively cool their memory will also have to either use two memory fan modules or get creative.

Of course, we'll still have to wait to see how an LGA2011 system perform, or how much it will cost, but in the meantime you can check out the Intel X79 chipset specs. Alternatively, feel free to debate whether LGA2011 is overkill or drool-worthy in the forums.

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andrew8200m 21st July 2011, 13:02 Quote
2 years on and the right angel 24pin that Asus told me said wasnt feasable (although a good idea) has now appeared on an EVGA board.

First to market, usually the first to suceed.

Been wating for one of these for ages now, shame its an EVGA board mind :(
Zinfandel 21st July 2011, 13:05 Quote
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Originally Posted by andrew8200m
2 years on and the right angel 24pin that Asus told me said wasnt feasable (although a good idea) has now appeared on an EVGA board.

First to market, usually the first to suceed.

Been wating for one of these for ages now, shame its an EVGA board mind :(

What's wrong with EVGA? They're slowly but surely getting to be my favourite manufacturer. Everything I've ever had of theirs has been excellent.

Also, DO WANT.
Phalanx 21st July 2011, 13:07 Quote
I have nothing but respect for EVGA. They are far and away my favourite manufacturer, and their warranty is second to none, along with their customer service (that I've experienced). When I'm building PCs, I always try and get EVGA parts these days over others.
Tattysnuc 21st July 2011, 13:27 Quote
I'm sure this was one of the things on my list I entered to go into the Asus OC Summit. Asus - pay attention to what eVGA are doing! They are growing in the higher end sector, so they must be doing something right!

Andrew/Miodrag - your comments about the SR2 being too expensive may be true, but they still sell, and at a healthy profit no less too! At what point do you start listening to your consumers in Market who are spending their hard earned rather than your marketing department in Taiwan who look at numbers...

Hopefully we'll see some of the comments submitted put into a set of concepts or even produced....
andrew8200m 21st July 2011, 13:34 Quote
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Originally Posted by Zinfandel
What's wrong with EVGA? They're slowly but surely getting to be my favourite manufacturer. Everything I've ever had of theirs has been excellent.

Also, DO WANT.
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Originally Posted by Ph4lanx
I have nothing but respect for EVGA. They are far and away my favourite manufacturer, and their warranty is second to none, along with their customer service (that I've experienced). When I'm building PCs, I always try and get EVGA parts these days over others.

As the Q is pretty much the same I'll reply to you both in one...

I like EVGA boards, I have owned 4 of the X58 units. My issue with them is there complexity in the Bios leading to no benefits over a more simple design.

In the end I settled with the MSI BigBang XPower as it clocked better and held lower volts than any of the EVGA boards I had tried previously.

A tendancy to weaken when clocked was one of my issues with the X58 classi 4 way which left me feeling a little bitter.
Bindibadgi 21st July 2011, 13:45 Quote
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Originally Posted by Tattysnuc
I'm sure this was one of the things on my list I entered to go into the Asus OC Summit. Asus - pay attention to what eVGA are doing! They are growing in the higher end sector, so they must be doing something right!

Andrew/Miodrag - your comments about the SR2 being too expensive may be true, but they still sell, and at a healthy profit no less too! At what point do you start listening to your consumers in Market who are spending their hard earned rather than your marketing department in Taiwan who look at numbers...

Hopefully we'll see some of the comments submitted put into a set of concepts or even produced....

I've sent this who thread to our Marketing Director. They are reading.

I'd also like to point out, we haven't shown our cards yet. Yellow boards are certainly not what we plan to sell.

We may not have the SR-2 style board either, but we still test products like Danshui Bay. The prototype shown off at Computex was a working sample. ;)
V3ctor 21st July 2011, 13:48 Quote
That's really p0rn... I just hope that some of those Ivy Bridge land on my Sabertooth 1155, so I can ditch my lovely i5 2500K for a moooarr powerfull cpu
andrew8200m 21st July 2011, 13:49 Quote
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Originally Posted by V3ctor
That's really p0rn... I just hope that some of those Ivy Bridge land on my Sabertooth 1155, so I can ditch my lovely i5 2500K for a moooarr powerfull cpu

That sounds like a plan but I suspect itll be 22nm duals on the 1155 rather than any 2500k killers :(
Jipa 21st July 2011, 14:03 Quote
They've moved on from the rubbish chinese el-caps through solid caps and now back to POS? Someone shoot the people responsible for that name :)
sakzzz 21st July 2011, 14:29 Quote
About time that Fugly 24 pin connector does not shove its face straight out of the motherboard... Would be much easier hiding the cables with a right angled connector
Tattysnuc 21st July 2011, 14:57 Quote
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Originally Posted by Bindibadgi
Quote:
Originally Posted by Tattysnuc
I'm sure this was one of the things on my list I entered to go into the Asus OC Summit. Asus - pay attention to what eVGA are doing! They are growing in the higher end sector, so they must be doing something right!

Andrew/Miodrag - your comments about the SR2 being too expensive may be true, but they still sell, and at a healthy profit no less too! At what point do you start listening to your consumers in Market who are spending their hard earned rather than your marketing department in Taiwan who look at numbers...

Hopefully we'll see some of the comments submitted put into a set of concepts or even produced....

I've sent this who thread to our Marketing Director. They are reading.

I'd also like to point out, we haven't shown our cards yet. Yellow boards are certainly not what we plan to sell.

We may not have the SR-2 style board either, but we still test products like Danshui Bay. The prototype shown off at Computex was a working sample. ;)

WOW. That Danshui board looks even more impressive, especially on the re-read. I can't see there being a tremendous demand for it, unless it is EXCELLENT for both platforms, otherwise it would just be 2 compromises. Dead interesting as a concept as the article does state that it;'s only a mock up (http://www.anandtech.com/show/4419/computex-2011-danshui-bay-concept-motherboard) but I'd love to be able to see how it works.... 2 cpus are they visible in one OS or would it be one OR the other? Could they talk to each other... Ooooh! I'm getting moist. Weird eh.

I'd love to See Asus doing with the motherboards what they are doing with the GFX cards. Who knows, it'd be great to see an Ares mobo.... Stackable Overclockable Server boards fitting into an E-ATX footprint. 1 Board becomes 2 boards becomes.... Expand as you need. Seems so simple in concept, but I'm sure it's a bally nightmare from the technical perspective.

I need to do more work, or stop daydreaming :)
Tattysnuc 21st July 2011, 14:59 Quote
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Originally Posted by sakzzz
About time that Fugly 24 pin connector does not shove its face straight out of the motherboard... Would be much easier hiding the cables with a right angled connector

.... or one that faces downso the cables don;'t need to even come over the top of the board. A mount from above OR behind concept...

Back to work.....
the_kille4 21st July 2011, 15:00 Quote
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Originally Posted by Bindibadgi
I'd also like to point out, we haven't shown our cards yet. Yellow boards are certainly not what we plan to sell.

We may not have the SR-2 style board either, but we still test products like Danshui Bay. The prototype shown off at Computex was a working sample. ;)

Although the yellow ones did stand out from the others... :D

I would love to see a Danshui Bay based pc... since it would have both the LGA 1366 and 2011 processors on it. I wonder how it works though. It should work since the X79 chipset supports the LGA 1366 processors since Intel would launch one. However, two together??? that is something different. But this would mean that it would be a much more cost efficient upgrade since I would still be able to utilize my core i7 920 from my current build and use the same ram.

Keep me posted...very interested
andrew8200m 21st July 2011, 15:14 Quote
My only gripe is.. Congrats the 24pin has been set to a 90' angel.

Why is the 8pin not set in this way too??
faugusztin 21st July 2011, 15:17 Quote
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Originally Posted by Zinfandel
What's wrong with EVGA?

They work in Valve time, that is the problem. Asus/Gigabyte/MSI released P67 B2 boards, recalled them, released B3 boards, started selling Z68 boards - and at the time the rest of the world started selling Z68 boards EVGA finally released their P67 board(s). Oh and no EVGA Z68 boards yet.

Except that, EVGA is OK.
coolmiester 21st July 2011, 16:05 Quote
I'll be starting a new mod as soon as i can get my hands on one of these >>> EVGA Readies Dual-LGA2011 X79 Motherboard

I just hope they hit UK's shores quicker than the SR-2 did because that was just a joke
MeddlE 21st July 2011, 17:11 Quote
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Originally Posted by Article
Oddly, both levers are labelled ‘1’, but we expect that this is a typo, as the board is described as being ‘preliminary.’

Look at the picture again, one has an open padlock next to the '1' and the other has a closed padlock. My guess would be open this one first, close this one first. By the design of the clip it's fairly self explanatory.
Christopher N. Lew 21st July 2011, 17:57 Quote
How long until a mATX LGA2011 board? How ill it be laid-out?
feathers 21st July 2011, 18:44 Quote
I am currently running an EVGA FTW 657 (my first EVGA product) and there have been times when I hated it but overall it's a stable board (more so than the buggy Gigabyte I had). Gigabytes seem to overclock very well but the one I had crashed each morning on first boot. The most annoying thing about my EVGA board is the lack of crash recovery on failed overclock (i mean if you make a mistake with some bios settings it goes into an infinite loop and shows error code. You have to wipe the cmos and reload it to get it back and even then the D4 error loop can hang around for a day or 2. After that it settles down and you don't see the error loop unless you flash a new bios or switch bios).

I wouldn't say this board is the easiest to overclock but I am stable at 4ghz with my i7 860 and I have been to 4.3ghz when I had 4gb ram (8gb is too much for anything above 4ghz).
oatey4519 21st July 2011, 22:00 Quote
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Originally Posted by Ph4lanx
I have nothing but respect for EVGA. They are far and away my favourite manufacturer, and their warranty is second to none, along with their customer service (that I've experienced). When I'm building PCs, I always try and get EVGA parts these days over others.

With you there...
Would never buy from anyone else.
Outstanding service & products
3 470's & MB at the moment
Anneon 22nd July 2011, 07:43 Quote
The more I hear about whats comming with Ivy Bridge the more i like.
slothy89 22nd July 2011, 08:46 Quote
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Originally Posted by andrew8200m
My only gripe is.. Congrats the 24pin has been set to a 90' angel.

Why is the 8pin not set in this way too??
The man has a very good point.. ASUS are halfway there with their P67 and Z68 board by having them right on the edge, now then just need to bend the pins a little...
Tulatin 22nd July 2011, 18:38 Quote
Though the 24-pin being inverted is definately a bit of a groundbreaker, I would prefer the pins being insulated in some way.
HourBeforeDawn 23rd July 2011, 21:26 Quote
I say we need to upgrade the 24 pin into something a bit more like say a sata power cable style, flat and easy to hide would be nice, same with the 4/8 pin having it lay flat with the board as well.
Bakes 23rd July 2011, 22:36 Quote
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Originally Posted by Anneon
The more I hear about whats comming with Ivy Bridge the more i like.

This isn't Ivy Bridge - Ivy Bridge replaces Sandy Bridge.

This replaces LGA1366.
bulldogjeff 24th July 2011, 11:55 Quote
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Originally Posted by andrew8200m
My only gripe is.. Congrats the 24pin has been set to a 90' angel.

Why is the 8pin not set in this way too??
I think if wew were designing the ultimate board all the connectors would be at right angles and set along one edge of the board for perfect cable management. Imagine just how neat and tidy that would be.
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