Today, EVGA had a whole host of announcements made. The first and foremost was the official announcement of the EVGA Z77 FTW board which is their mid-to-high overclocking board for the Ivy Bridge based Intel processors launching very soon.
The EVGA Z77 FTW features support for the Intel LGA 1155 socket and up to 32GB of DDR3 memory via 4 DIMM slots. In addition to the 4 DIMM slots, the board supports up to 2133 MHz, but will likely be capable of much higher speeds as we've seen from many other motherboard manufacturers and previous Intel chipsets. The Board will have two SATA III 6.0Gb/s powered by the Z77's PCH as well as four more SATA II 3.0Gb/s powered by the PCH as well. There is also a Marvell controller for two additional SATA III 6.0Gb/s ports. An eSATA is also supported by a Marvell controller to allow for additional storage connectivity. The board will also have Four USB 3.0 ports via the Intel Z77 PCH and an additional two internally connected by an ASMedia controller as well. The board will have two Gigabit Marvell network ports and Realtek ALC HD audio.
Since the board is a Z77 chipset, it will only support one x16 PCIe slot or five x8 PCIe slots. Mechanically speaking, though, all five x8 slots are pinned out for x16 which should enable you to put your video card in any slot you'd like. Furtermore, the board will also have a single PCIe x1 slot for any kind of wireless card or high-end sound card that you might choose to install on the board. The board will also have seven fan headers allowing users to easily connect all of their case fans to their motherboard without having to be wiring masters. The board will also have a 7+1 Phase PWM with dual 8-pin CPU power connectors and POSCAP capacitors for lower temperatures and longer longevity.
EVGA has also added a few unique features like a triple BIOS with switch for quick BIOS profile switching. They've also added a dark mode jumper on the motherboard to enable the board to turn off all LEDs. We welcome this option because we're sure that not everyone likes the throbbing EVGA logo on their motherboards, even though we do. Also, as EVGA has used in the past, they've also included EZ Voltage read points as well as PCIe disable switches for quick and easy troubleshooting without having to swap out cards. The board itself is actually EATX in terms of size, so you will have to take this into consideration when pre-ordering this board for $329 from EVGA's site
In addition to the EVGA Z77 FTW, EVGA also announced an update to their Precision X software overclocking utility, which they bundle with their GTX 680s that we've been using since we reviewed the NVIDIA GTX 680
a few weeks ago. The main improvements to the program have to do with the addition of some features as well as some bugfixes. The Precision X software now enables you to log your monitored data for temperatures and clockspeeds, etc. In addition to that, EVGA has changed the voltage adjustment to reflect EVGA's Voltage Tuning utility design and features.
And finally, EVGA finally launched the Android application to allow you to overclock your GPU from your Android smartphone. We originally had seen this from Jacob during this past year's CES but we finally got a chance to download it and try it out today. We're not entirely sure if we like the fact that the application is solely limited to Bluetooth, as we'd like WiFI capability as well. But realistically speaking you're never going to be more than 30 feet away from the system when overclocking anyways.
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