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Written by David Ramsey   
Wednesday, 20 January 2010
Table of Contents: Page Index
2010 CES: Computer Technology Highlights
2010 CES: NVIDIA
2010 CES: ASUS
2010 CES: EVGA
2010 CES: MSI
2010 CES: Thermaltake
Television: 3D, OLED, and 4K
iPhone cases, therapeutic robots, etc
Final Thoughts and Conclusion

2010 CES: EVGA

Some of the most interesting things weren't on the show floor. In EVGA's suite at the Wynn Resort, we were able to see, handle, and ask questions about several very new or unreleased products. Here are some of the most interesting EVGA products, starting with the EVGA GTX285 Classified video card:

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Note the three 6-pin PCI-E power connectors? The card has a beefy power supply section that can handle up to 640 watts, as well as dedicated voltage read points, easily-removable individual heat sinks (to make installing third party coolers simpler), and is the first 4-way SLI-capable NVIDIA video card— it's designed to be used in conjunction with the new EVGA X58 Classified 4-Way SLI motherboard. Such a motherboard (shown below) with four of these cards recently set a world record in 3DMark Vantage.

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Perhaps even more interesting is the EVGA GTX275 CO-OP PhysX Edition. This card comprises both an NVIDIA GTX275 and a GTX250 GPU on-board: the 275 is used for rendering while the 250 serves as a dedicated PhsyX processor. It's a clever idea and it's refreshing to see something other than another NVIDIA reference design with a vendor-placed sticker on the cooler.

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EVGA also had one of these cards with the stock cooler removed. The 275 GPU is the large chip at the right end of the board.

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The star of the show, though, was this immense dual-processor Xeon motherboard, the 270 GT W555, obviously intended to take up where Intel's "Skulltrail" board left off. The standard ATX power spec is completely inadequate to handle a monster like this, with its 12 memory slots supporting up to 48 gigabytes of RAM and 7 PCI-E x16 slots...which is why each processor gets its own EPS12V connector and a separate PCI-E 6-pin connector; there's an additional PCI-E 6-pin connector by the card slots for extra power there, too. The board's massive and non-standard size (significantly larger than E-ATX) mean that it will only fit in a few of the largest cases. Dual NVIDIA NF200 bridge chips support four-way SLI or Crossfire with full x16 lanes on four cards.

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The two red SATA ports on the board are the latest SATA 6Gb/s, and the boards supports USB 3.0 as well. Pricing and availability are unknown at this time. But I want one; this single product almost justified the entire trip for me.



 

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