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EVGA X58 SLI Classified E760 - EVGA X58 SLI Classified E760

By Leo Waldock

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Summary

Our Score:

7

EVGA supplies another bracket that carries a second Firewire port and this is the only point where the red and black rule breaks down as the header for this port is white in colour.

The other big change EVGA made for this Classified model is to the chipset cooling. The E758 uses a strange set-up with a tall passive cooler on the power regulation hardware that looks similar to a garden gate. The cooler on the Northbridge is linked to the Southbridge with a heatpipe and is also quite tall. It carries a small, noisy cooling fan and we found that, unfortunately, the fan is a necessity as the chipset cooler gets uncomfortably hot if you unplug the fan to cut the noise level.

On the E760 it's all change as the Southbridge is covered by a large, passive, low profile, matt black cooler that sports a ‘Classified' logo. The power regulation hardware and Northbridge have individual passive coolers that are great big chunky affairs. Instead of standing tall EVGA has chosen to make the coolers very deep or thick with the result that they don't impinge upon the CPU socket to anything like the extent of the coolers on the E758. When we tested the E758 we were forced to install our Noctua cooler in a specific orientation to avoid fouling one of the chipset coolers. With the E760 Classified we could mount it however we liked.

While we're in the region of the CPU socket the E758 has 8+2 power regulation hardware while on the E760 it is 10+3. There's another unusual feature on the Classified as EVGA has installed two eight-pin EATX power connectors and claims that you can feed 600W into the board without any problem which sounds rather extreme. We don't have a power supply with two eight-pin connectors but our Listan/Be Quiet did a fine job and appeared to power the Classified perfectly well.

We tested the E760 Classified back-to-back with the E758 using a Core i7 965 Extreme, 3GB of Kingston KHX16000 DDR3 RAM, a Radeon HD 4890 and an Intel X25-M SSD.

Both models of EVGA overclocked to the same speed of 3.87GHz and delivered the same performance in 3DMark Vantage, PCMark 05 and Far Cry 2. The E760 Classified drew slightly more power under load however the passive cooling system worked admirably well and was considerably more civilized than the active cooler on the E758. Other than that the two motherboards were effectively identical.

John Doe

August 13, 2009, 5:05 pm

"The E760 has been given a cosmetic makeover and looks quite striking compared to the E758/E759", so what are those cosmetic differences between the E760 and the Classified E759 (Limited Edition) that makes it "quite striking"? Except for the NF200 the E760 and E759 looks the same.

Leo Waldock

August 13, 2009, 5:50 pm

Apologies, it's a typo on my part. The E760 Classified has been given a makeover compared to the E758 that I reviewed previously and not the E759.

John Doe

August 13, 2009, 7:08 pm

Oh ok! Do you have any problems with the psu and the Classified? I've read a lot of that @evga forums.

Leo Waldock

August 13, 2009, 9:43 pm

What sort of problems would you/the forums mean? I had a problem in the sense that I don't have a PSU with 24+8+8 pin motherboard connectors (just the usual 24+8) and plugging in three or four graphics cards requires a huge number of eight and six pin PCIe connectors but everything appeared to work absolutely fine.

John Doe

August 14, 2009, 11:16 am

Mostly cold boot problem (a lot of psu models are "incompatible" with the board, if something like this could happen...), in fact there's a post dedicated to post which psu works withe the Classified, which ones have issues and finally, which ones doesn't get along with it.

Leo Waldock

August 14, 2009, 4:21 pm

I had no such problems with my Listan Be Quiet Dark Power Pro 650W


Oddly enough I have had trouble in the past with models based on AMD 780G were it turned out that the PSU I was using (an Antec as I recall) was too powerful for the board and I had to step down to a 450W PSU.

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