EVGA P55 Classified 200 LGA1156 Motherboard Preview

by 3oh6     |     September 14, 2009

The EVGA P55 Classified 200 Up Close & Personal

EVGA P55 Classified 200 PreviewWith this just being a preview, we won't get too far into the board layout or any operating functions of the EVGA P55 Classified 200 today. Instead, we will briefly go over a few of the features that make this board part of the EVGA Classified family separating it from the rest of the Intel P55 based lineup.

The primary feature of the P55 Classified 200 is the ability to run 3-Way SLI + PhysX or QuadFire (quad CrossFireX) through the use of its five PCI-E 2.0 16X slots. Most P55 motherboards support two PCI-E 2.0 16X slots limiting SLI and CrossFireX to two video cards. The P55 Classified 200 gets part of its name for how this feature is possible, by way of the NVIDIA NF200 chip that resides onboard. This NF200 chip provides additional PCI-E lanes thus opening up the 3-Way SLI and QuadFire possibilities.

We will be looking at the CrossFireX performance of the P55 Classified 200 by way of 4 x HD4890 video cards in our full review. Our 3D Gaming section will be dedicated to exploring the full capabilities, and limitations, of the NF200 chip by way of testing the scaling performance of going from a single card all the way up to a four card configuration. EVGA P55 Classified 200 PreviewOf course the special features of this motherboard certainly don't end there. In addition to the distinctly unique layout, EVGA has done something that no other motherboard manufacturer has ever done.

For the first time ever, users will find an actual digital volt-meter integrated with the motherboard. Mounted on the upper right hand corner of the EVGA P55 Classified 200 is an actual test lead connection and digital LED display. EVGA P55 Classified 200 PreviewUsers will no longer even need to have a digital multi-meter to check actual voltages of their motherboard or power supply. Combining this innovation with the onboard test points has given the end-user the ultimate inclusive ability to troubleshoot their system. With the supplied test probe, the end user has the ability to single handedly test the voltages being supplied to key components such as the vCORE to the CPU, vDIMM to the memory and more. The four digit display offers accuracy up to two decimal places and with the integrated test probe, only a single hand is needed to check voltages as no ground probe is required. This is taking an industry accepted feature - voltage monitoring - to the next level which is what the Classified brand signifies.

EVGA P55 Classified 200 PreviewThe voltage monitoring capabilities of the P55 Classified 200 may be one of the more dramatic innovations implemented but there are a few other tricks the EVGA motherboard team have come up with to improve on the success of their X58 offerings. Another feature - although not completely unique to the motherboard world - that EVGA has added to the P55 Classified 200 is that of multiple BIOS's on the board. One BIOS chip is removable with two more soldered on. This is a feature that we have been waiting for from EVGA. What makes this feature so great is the ability to select which BIOS we want to boot from, with a switch on the motherboard.

We have only briefly touched on a couple of the more interesting features that caught our eye on the EVGA P55 Classified 200. We were so excited about the upcoming review that we simply want to give a small taste of this motherboard. You can look for our full review of the P55 Classified 200 on the front page of Hardware Canucks.com within the month. As always our review will cover every aspect of this much anticipated motherboard including the extensive BIOS EVGA has supplied it with and how the massive amount of BIOS options equate to better overclocks both on air, and under sub-zero conditions.

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