While it might seem like crazy multi-core and even multi-CPU desktops are a virtue of the high-performance computing realm, EVGA would like to change that. No doubt geared toward the most enthusiastic of PC enthusiasts, their new Classified SR-2 (Super Record 2) motherboard takes two of Intel’s Xeon CPUs, 4 NVIDIA GPUs and up to 12 DIMMs of DDR3 RAM to create, well, something of a beast.
The board uses Intel’s LGA1366 socket, and does support the newer six-core Xeon multi-socket CPUs. That means that if you spend the dough, you can get up to two processors, twelve physical cores and twenty-four processing threads all going at once. In other words, if ever there was a computer that screamed for “serious number crunching”, this is it.
- Chipset: Intel 5520/ICH10R
- CPU: Up to 2 x Dual QPI Socket 1366 Intel Xeon 5600 and 5500 processors
- Memory: Up to 12 x 240-pin DDR3 DIMMs
- Max Memory: 48GB DDR3
- Expansion: 7 x PCIe x16/x8
- Storage: 8 x SATA ports (2 SATA3, 6 SATA2), 1 x IDE
- 10 x USB2.0 ports, 2 x USB3.0 ports
- Networking: 2 x Gigabit Ethernet
- Form Factor: HPTX
Unfortunately, the Intel chipset doesn’t support full SATA3 (6Gbps) compatibility like the recent AMD chipset update, so EVGA had to put an 3rd-party chip (a Marvell 9128, in this case) in order to take advantage of the new standard. The USB3.0 ports use the same NEC controller that every other board maker seems to be using. To help keep everything cool, the board also has fully eight fan headers pinned in.
Additionally, as you can see, there’s a lot on this board. So much so, in fact, that EVGA seems to have invented a new motherboard form factor. Dubbed HPTX (High Performance Technology Extended?), the 15 x 13.6-inch form factor is just a bit smaller than the Workstation ATX setups. EVGA says the new board will only fit in wide ATX chassis setups that offer at least nine expansion slots. Full towers all the way, kids.
In addition to a substantial wallet, costing $599.99 with no CPUs or RAM – this board is going to take a heck of a lot of power when fully decked out. To that end, EVGA also introduced a new power supply to go along with it: the 1200 watt SR-2 power supply.
The SR-2 PSU offers 1200 continuous watts of power, peaking at up to 1.5kW.
- “Over 1500W” peak power, 1200W continuous
- 6 +12V rails @ 38A each
- Adjustable +12V rail
- Adjustable fan speed (!!)
There’s no word yet on price or availability for the SR-2 PSU.