Drew and I met with Joe Darwin, Technical Marketing Director, over at EVGA’s suite bright and early this morning. Joe had interesting things to report about the company and some of the newer products that they had been working on. Aside from the typical enthusiast computer hardware that EVGA is known for, EVGA has been working on various compact/integrated solutions for security applications. It’s clear they are doing what they can to diversify their products in order to increase their profit margins, which is never a bad thing as long as the focus remains on the enthusiast product.
Luckily for you, I can report that they are still just as focused on producing top quality enthusiast motherboards, graphics cards and other solutions, as ever before. Starting with the brand new EVGA P67 Classified board. Featuring the same great overclocking features you’ve come to expect from a Classified board. This year, they have gone away from the digital VRM solutions and brought in a new 12-phase analog solution. A move that Product Manager Jacob Freeman says has helped them save cost without sacrificing performance. Another unique feature of the P67 Classified is that it will feature the first right-angled 24-pin ATX power connector. While not a ground-breaking innovation, it’s certainly a feature that’s been a long time coming and will be much appreciated by those who value wire management and clean cases.
Unfortunately all of our pictures of the Classified came out blurry with the exception of this one. Rest assured, however, we will have a full review of this board next month assuming samples don’t get delayed. Boards should be shipping within the next few weeks.
EVGA will also be releasing a standard P67 edition motherboard at a substantially lower price.
· Supports Intel Core i5 and i7 Socket 1155 Processors
· Intel P67 Chipset
· Supports 2-way SLI plus PhysX or CrossfireX
· 4 DIMM Dual-Channel DDR3 1333Mhz+ (up to 16GB)
· 3 PCI Express Graphics Expansion Slots
· 10 USB 2.0 Ports (six rear panel, four onboard)
· 2 USB 3.0 Ports (rear panel)
· 2 SATA 3/6G Ports
· 3 SATA 2/3G Ports (1 E-SATA)
· 2 1394 Ports (firewire, one rear panel, one onboard)
· 2 Gigabit Ethernet Ports (10/100/1000)
· 8 Channel High Definition Audio
· ATX Form Factor
EVGA has also worked on releasing a new custom GTX 570, utilizing a shorter PCB and upgraded cooling. The reduction in length will allow the card to be installed into small chassis’. The card also utilizes displayport.
The other exciting thing that EVGA wanted to show us today was their new VMware Zero client. Essentially, with this device, the customer installs a host card on their main PC, and then connects the client to it a 10/100 or 10/100/1000 ethernet network. This tiny client will fit into the palm of your hand and allow you to use any high-def television or computer monitor as a super fast workstation or entertainment system. There is no lag, no configuration hassle, and hardly any foot print.
The box itself will retail for around $299, with the host card coming in at around the same. The possibilities with a device like this are nearly endless. Why have multiple, thousand+ dollar PC’s when you can just access one PC from any room on any HD TV or monitor? The device contains two DVI outputs, along with two USB 2.0 and an ethernet port.
One last thing I’d like to mention is that we did ask EVGA if they plan on continuing the SR-2 lineup for future chipsets and processors. Joe emphatically said “absolutely”, but he was unable to go into any specifics. Overall EVGA has some exciting things in the pipeline for us and will continue to be a company worth following.