One of the most eagerly awaited LGA 2011 boards to arrive in 2012
EVGA’s Super Record X dual socket LGA 2011 motherboard isn’t expected to arrive until the first half of 2012, but this hasn’t stopped the board from starring in a detailed picture preview that reveals quite a few details about this impressive Sandy Bridge-E solution.The motherboard pictured is actually a pre-production sample and the images included in this article were taken by VR-Zone during a visit to the company’s headquarters in Taipei, Taiwan.
On a first look, the motherboard resembles a great deal its predecessor as it uses the same black/red color scheme and HPTX form factor, but the SR-X is now based on an Intel Patsburg chipset providing support for Sandy Bridge-E CPUs.
The two processor sockets are placed right next to each other and the board includes a total of 12 DDR3 memory slots, eight for what seems to be the primary CPU and four surrounding the secondary processor.
These are all powered via two 6-pin and two 8-pin connectors, while an additional 6-pin PCI Express plug is installed for delivering some extra juice to the PCIe slots when running SLI or CrossFireX setups.
Speaking of the PCI Express slots, EVGA has included no less than seven of these and each one can be enabled or disabled via a series of DIP switches (CPUs and SAS connectors can also be disabled via these switches).
These are placed right next to the two SATA 6.0Gbps and four SATA 3.0Gbps ports included by EVGA in its dual-socket LGA 2011 creation, which are seconded by two additional SAS connectors.
Other features include on-board Power, Reset and Clear CMOS buttons, a debug LED, as well as dual Gigabit Ethernet and Bluetooth connectivity.
As usual, the latter are placed on the back of the board, and are accompanied by a series of USB 3.0 ports, eSATA ports, 7.1 channel audio and an EVBot connector.
Sadly, we still don’t know how much will the dual socket LGA 2011 Super Record X end up costing or when the motherboard becomes available, outside of that sketchy H1 2012 estimate.