EVGA X99 Classified Creative Audio Driver
Product Name: EVGA X99 Classified Review Sample Provided by: 2 Intel NIC i/i Audio. Creative Core 3D 6 Channel HD Audio. EVGA's current X99 Express chipset based lineup include three models, the (E), EVGA X99 FTW (E) and the EVGA X99 Classified (E). six fan headers, channel Creative Core 3D audio (CA), two Intel. EVGA X99 Classified Motherboard Review 6-Channel High Definition Audio w/Optical; Creative Core3D Audio Processor CA MAudio: 6-Channel High Definition Audio w/Opti.
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EVGA X99 Classified Creative Audio Driver
Those small pads are hard to keep your meter on, especially when you look away to check the reading. This little bundle of wires has special connections on the end that are designed for your multimeter, the other end plugs directly into the board. I love all three of the SLI bridges they include with EVGA X99 Classified Creative Audio Classified.
With a lot of manufactures, they save money here and go with that ugly bronze color but EVGA has always included all black bridges to match their boards. The longer cables are GPU Link cables.
There are just small double pin cables that you hook up to your EVGA video card and then to the motherboard to allow you to tweak the video card in the BIOS along with your motherboard settings. With EVGA X99 Classified Creative Audio being such a high end board I was really expecting something special here, especially considering EVGAs attention to detail when it came to things like the SLI bridges.
The only reason I can see them not going with that is because this board is focused more towards the overclocking market that will be running it on a testbench.
EVGA X99 Classified Review
The one thing I do miss are the real tower style heatsinks used to cool the motherboard down along with the glowing logos. EVGA still fit their logo in with an extremely large anodized red E on top of the chipset cooler. Beyond the red in the logo the EVGA X99 Classified Creative Audio of the board is completely blacked out. As I mentioned the cooling design has changed a lot over the years from the original Classified.
In fact I think they are both great in their own ways.
The X99 Classified has a low profile black heatsink that runs next to and under your video cards. The heatsink under the E is a wedge design with a few fins across the top.
What was interesting to me is that this is all of the cooling where the Asus board had four heatsinks. I know that more of the heat has been moved to the CPU with voltage control being moved there, so there is less of a need for motherboard cooling. But being an overclocking focused board I expect a little more excessiveness when it came to the cooling.
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Less because it is needed and more because that is what you typically see. In the end, if It works that is all that matters!
Directly above the heatink on the top you have two eight ping CPU power connections. You only need to run one, but the second will provide extra power when overclocking. The top right has more going on than the left side did. The second half of the DDR4 DIMMs are here making a total of 8 with a max capacity of when ram capacities increase in the EVGA X99 Classified Creative Audio year or so.
Next the tiny red button is the CMOS reset, it is a little closer to the power button than I would prefer though. Next is a second EVGA X99 Classified Creative Audio pin PWM fan header.
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Then you have power and reset buttons that light up when the power is on. The reset button lights up when your hard drive or SSD is being accessed. Next is the Turbo switch. After that is the plug for the included GPU link cables. The 24 EVGA X99 Classified Creative Audio motherboard power connector is unique because EVGA put it at a right angle.
This should make wiring a little easier and better looking. Four of the plugs run in RAID and the other six will only run solo.
All 10 of the plugs are right angled, matching a lot of the other connections on the board.