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EVGA unveils P55 boards and single-PCB GTX 295


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655 SLI FTW and GTX 295 CO-OP Edition


This morning
at Computex in EVGA’s suite at the Hyatt, the company unveiled its first motherboards based on the Intel P55 chipset as well as its single-PCB version of the Geforce GTX 295. Given the fact that EVGA has proved itself a leader in innovation more than several times already, we are interested in what it has to bring to the table with its second Intel chipset design and a revision to a very popular enthusiast graphics card.

First up is the EVGA 655 SLI FTW Edition (132-LF-E655) motherboard, the first from EVGA to use the 45nm socket LGA 1156 Lynnfield processors. This is a high-end board with three PCI-Express 2.0 x16 slots that run x16/x8/x8 in Tri-SLI. It also features a PCI-E x1 slot positioned at the very top and two standard PCI slots. As with the X58 SLI Classified, this board also features the red glowing “E” just for kicks.


On the chipset side of things it features four dual-channel DDR3 slots, six SATA II 3.0Gb/s ports, an onboard LED for POST codes and temperature monitoring, and passive heatsinks all around.

EVGA is also developing another board codenamed 132-LF-E657. For some reason we have the feeling that this is going to be a P57-based motherboard releasing sometime in early 2010, although it’s too early to tell at this point. Regardless, it is another high-end board with three PCI-Express 2.0 x16 slots that run x16/x8/x8 in Tri-SLI, along with a PCI-E x1 slot and two standard PCI slots.

As far as power design is concerned, this motherboard really sets the bar high with a 12-phase analog PWM design powered by the same dual EPS 12v connectors found on the Classified. On the chipset side of things, it features four dual-channel DDR3 slots, six SATA II 3.0Gb/s ports, an onboard LED for POST codes and temperature monitoring.

Last but not least, EVGA has finally revealed its single-PCB version of the popular Geforce GTX 295. The company is calling this model the CO-OP Edition. No specific details have been mentioned as of yet, other than the fact that there will also be a Hydro Copper edition when it launches very soon. The specifications should be the same as the current GTX 295 models as given by Nvidia, which are a 576Mhz core speed, 1242MHz shaders, and 1998MHz memory.

Pricing and release dates have not been mentioned yet, but stay tuned for more information very soon. On a side note, let’s just hope that the new GTX 295 gets placed at a lower price point instead of the upwards hike that happened with the dual-PCB model.

Pictures can be found at VR-Zone’s coverage here.

 

Last modified on 04 June 2009
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