EVGA X58 x3 Classified Motherboard

Conclusion

Conclusion
 
 The EVGA 3X Classified is one of the best overclocking enthusiast boards out there - end of review? Well not quite.
 
As I have shown, the motherboard on test is also one of the highest performing boards out of the most popular ones around at the moment. It breezed through all of the benchmarks and while it did not blow the competition away and as most X58 boards perform almost equally, the Classified came out just a micron above the majority. Performance it seems is the EVGA X58 3x SLI's forte.
 
The good news does not stop there either. The EVGA classified is a cut above the rest with regard to aesthetics. The Black and Red theme is very striking and would look amazing with a matching kit of Dominator GT coupled with EVGA's two 'Red edition' GTX295's. It's not just the aesthetics that are appealing either as it's clear a lot of thought went into designing the motherboard by both the positioning of the various slots to the diagnostic LED and on board buttons. From the ground up it appears that EVGA have made the ultimate platform for enthusiasts to take advantage of.
 
The packing was sublime and I cannot find fault with it. Everything was solidly packed and very well presented. The only real letdown was the motherboard manual which was basic and really needed more definitions regarding BIOS setup. I expect more from a £300+ package. It was however refreshing not to have to wade through reams of meaningless 'Chinglish'. The mass of black cabling was very welcome but I was a little disappointed to find this version did not include the ECP, not a big issue but something buyers should be aware of as only the serial number will discern the difference between the 3 versions. With the 759 now as rare as hens teeth and I have yet to see the 761 available (but I'm sure it's out there), your choice will be the 760 which I have reviewed today - not that it's a bad thing you understand, that is until you see the price.
 
Costing a little over £300 makes the Classified the most expensive board we have tested to date. Is it worth £300? I would say no, not unless you require the absolute pinnacle in latest hardware. Even then to get the most out of the Classified you are going to need 3+ GPU's and perhaps an endless supply of LN2/Dry ice, in which case paying £300 for a motherboard will be a drop in the ocean. What the £300 does give you is bragging rights over us mere mortals. People who buy the Classified put performance above everything else, however little the gain, cost matters not. More and more we are seeing hardware snobbery creep into the enthusiast market and for people who place Armani over Levis, La Coste over Le Shark; this motherboard is certainly for you. For the rest of us, we can only scoff at the price while secretly drooling about owning one ourselves.
 
The Good
- Great motherboard design
- Stunning aesthetics
- Blistering performance
- Quality accessories
- E-LEET software
- 10 Year Warranty
 
The Mediocre
- QPI heatsink will need a  fan for extreme clocking
- BIOS Update requires writing a CD or USB boot software
- LED Temp readout not very accurate ( it could do with calibration software).
 
The Bad
- The time you will serve after robbing a bank to pay for it.
- The 'joys' you will receive in the prison shower for owning it.
 
 
Thanks to EVGA for providing the X58 3x Classified for todays review. Discuss in our forums.
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14-08-2009, 12:34:27

w3bbo
In todays economic climate, shelling out over 300 for a motherboard may seem like madness but EVGA have a product that may sway your opinion - May I present you with the X58 3x Classified...

http://www.overclock3d.net/gfx/artic...085609800s.jpg

Full review HERE

15-08-2009, 06:25:16

Rastalovich
Being honest, I read the spec page and quickly turned to the benchmark section.

For me, the X58 mobos from all manufacturers u can just about slip a piece of paper in between all the benchmarkers if taken as an overall picture. Some peak in somethings, whilst dropping in other areas - but even these highs and lows aren't worth batting an eyelid at imo.

So yeah, good mobo. Very pricey. Layout would be a preference to what u want to do.

Thing for me here is that fundamental tech for peripherals is around the corner, in more than one fashion, and even with some mobos seeming faking the access speeds with bolted on controllers, 300 for what could be "older tech" (in the peripheral pov) is not a sound idea.

15-08-2009, 07:43:22

w3bbo
I agree Rasta, there isn't alot to compare between the performance of the X58 motherboards. Unless of course you read the whole review to get a balanced opinion as the major differences between them are aesthetics, design, BIOS and overclocking which you say you skipped.

I do agree however that because of the new SATA III standard just around the corner it's going to be hard to sell this 'older' tech.

17-08-2009, 12:05:28

clone38
Loving mine 759 runs great.

17-08-2009, 12:19:33

Rastalovich
Quote:
Originally Posted by name='w3bbo'
Unless of course you read the whole review to get a balanced opinion as the major differences between them are aesthetics, design, BIOS and overclocking which you say you skipped.
Sorry m8, it's not a reflection of the review(s), it's just like similar to SSD reviews for me - there are key things I quickly look at first (probably to see if anything stands out). With SSD it's /G/Speed inherently, with mobos, especially now, it's /stats/Newtech implementation.

With mobos now, we could be on the verge of a double set of standards that will be with us for a long time. Pretty much a b1tch back in the day if u got a mobo with USB1.1 when USB2.0 was just coming out. Similarly with SATA3. If u spend zillions on SSDs with a SATA2 controller, u could be upset.

18-08-2009, 02:19:15

buburuza76
I like this board.Elegant.However i heard that EVGA will have to do better with their BIOS in the future. It`s not old tech like someone said, i think after a price drop this board could be a best buy from OCC`ers. Maybe not all of them are asking for new tech like SATA III which i doubt it will be really something much better in speed than SATAII

18-08-2009, 08:14:21

Rastalovich
So u'd be happy to spend 300 on the mobo and pci/e cards to have the SATA3 & USB3 that ur m8 gets on a cheaper mobo ?

(assuming cheaper, as 300 for a mobo is outrageous in itself)

18-08-2009, 08:28:25

FarFarAway
I'm with Rasta, a 300 board released now is almost idiocy. With SATA III and USB III on the way, why would anyone in their right make such a large investment in something so handi-capped?

It's not a reflection on the (as usual), excellent review, but it is something to think about.

18-08-2009, 08:44:10

valor
Agree with that too, but i can`t wait to see how USB 3.0 and SATAIII will perform.
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