EVGA X99 Classified Review

Published by Marc Büchel on 02.09.14
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Allgemein   + -
The X99 Classified is EVGAs interpretation of an Intel X99 based high end gaming and overclocking motherboard. This board scores with a very nice design, whereas the black PCB as well as the black and red heatsinks look strikingly good. Furthermore there are no less than five PCI Express x16 slots. Even the delivery is convincing, you will find everything you could possibly need to setup your new board appropriately. On another note there is a bunch of overclocking features, so even the extreme enthusiast among us will be happy.   - Design
- Layout
- Standard ATX
Layout   + -
Generally the EVGA X99 Classified's layout has been very well thought. Once more practical are the angled SATA connectors. Apart from those also the ATX power connector has been angled by 90° and there are even four fan headers that received the same treatment. Once more practical are the power- and reset-buttons along with two clr_CMOS switches. Furthermore there even is a debug display which is very useful in case you should have issues with a component in your system or the board itself. Totally you find five PCI Express x16 slots, which have been well placed, which means it's possible to build a quad SLI setup using this motherboard. At the same area there are two M.2 slots and the fact that there are two of these slots is cool but we would have preferred one M.2 x4 over two M.2 x2. Another nice addition are the two LAN controllers on this board. If we start looking for overclocking features, we find one EVBot connector as well as an impressive power design with high quality components.   - Angled SATA connectors - 5 x Full-Size PCI Express x16
- Power/Reset-Button onboard
- Debug display
- Space around the CPU socket - 2 x M.2
Performance   + -
Having a closer look at the average performance results we evaluated, we see the Classified score last in both our overall rankings. We're really hoping EVGA is going to invest more time into optimizing the BIOS to a point where the Classified becomes fully capable of keeping up with the competition. On another note we also had a look at power consumption and noted that this is definitely not the most energy efficient X99 board we've had for testing.     - 3DMark
- PCMark 08
- UC Bench
- SuperPi 1M
- wPrime
- Cinebench R15
- Thief
Overclocking / BIOS   + -
If we look at the BIOS, which we get with the EVGA X99 Classified, we think it's a bit too fancy. It would be great if EVGA managed to deploy a BIOS design which is as clean as their physical motherboard. In combination with the very simple and easy to understand menu, this would be a great combination.   - Clear arrangement - Design
Recommendation   + -
With the X99 Classified, EVGA created a good looking board. Unfortunately this particular model is a bit slower than the competition. If we check the price of the board we find it listed over at Geizhals for 379.90 Euro and the price at Newegg.com is 414.99 US-Dollar (taxes excluded).   - Enthusiast
- Gaming
We give the EVGA X99 Classified 3.5 out of 5 stars.

Page 1 - Introduction Page 15 - UC Bench
Page 2 - Specs and Delivery Page 16 - Super Pi 1M / 32M
Page 3 - Features Page 17 - wPrime 1024M Multi Core
Page 4 - Layout Page 18 - Cinebench
Page 5 - Connectors and I/O Page 19 - Tomb Raider
Page 6 - BIOS Page 20 - Metro Last Light
Page 7 - Test setup Page 21 - Thief
Page 8 - Preview / Gallery Page 22 - Right Mark Audio Analyzer
Page 9 - 3DMark Page 23 - BCLK Overclocking
Page 10 - 3DMark 11 Page 24 - Power Consumption
Page 11 - 3DMark Vantage Page 25 - Performance Rating
Page 12 - PC Mark 8 Page 26 - Price Comparison
Page 13 - SiSoft Sandra 1 Page 27 - Conclusion
Page 14 - SiSoft Sandra 2  

Author: m.buechel@ocaholic.ch

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