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EVGA Classified SR-2 (Super Record 2) 270-WS-W555-A1 LGA 1366 Intel 5520 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 HPTX Intel Motherboard
  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: This is a very fast and stable board. Everything about this board has made this computer build easy and fast. There are so many small things included with the board that make building the computer easier, I would not hesitate to get this again. There is an onboard display to show where in the POST process the board is, so if it fails to POST you will know exacly where to look. There are jumpers to disable each of the CPUs and each of the PCIe slots to test if components are faulty without actually having to phisically remove them. There are numerous other features that let you test heck out of this board. Also, before this, it would have not realistically been possible for me to overclock dual Xeon 5630s. Now, I have Dual overclocked 5630s running very smoothly. Everything about this board has been rock solid. This has been by far the easiest computer build I have had in a long time. Buying a Dual CPU system is expensive. I would not ever go with any other board after using this.

Cons: This board is big, and can only use 1 case that Newegg sells.

Other Thoughts: Another reviewer said that there were no cases that fit this sold by Newegg. This is not true. I have this board, and the Lian Li case from Newegg, and it fit just fine. I had to drill a couple holes, but that is it. Do not let the size scare you. This is by far the best board I have seen yet. I would not hesitate to get it again.

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Intel Xeon E5630 Westmere 2.53GHz 4 x 256KB L2 Cache 12MB L3 Cache LGA 1366 80W Server Processor BX80614E5630
  • Verified Owner
  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: Good fast reliable processor. I always had been curious about Xeon overclocking, but since no boards supported it, that was just a dream. Now I have overclocked these Xeons I bought thans to EVGA's Classified SR-2 mobo. I wish Newegg had it, but others do now, and I am sure that Newegg will soon. With this combo, I have a very fast and reliable workstation.

Cons: Price

Other Thoughts: If I was more daring, I would overclock these more. Right now, I have them running at just below the 3 gigahertz mark, but that is a very low and safe setting. Since I really do not need them to be faster, I think I will leave well enough alone for now.

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EVGA 012-P3-1470-AR GeForce GTX 470 (Fermi) 1280MB 320-Bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: Fast. Also, the Cuda cores are more flexible at this point for things other than gaming. I like to game, but that does not pay. The work related applications it works with justify this expense.

Cons: It will take a while before available software fully takes advantage of this card and DirectX 11. Runs a little hot, but it is not bad, and I have not had any problems with reliability.

Other Thoughts: I need a Xeon workstation for other work related things. With this card, and EVGA's Classified SR-2 motherboard, I now have built a system that can run this card in 2 or 3 way SLI while overclocking both the cards and the Xeons. Granted overclocked Dual Xeon E5630s and overclocked GTX 470s in SLI are all a bit overkill, but it is still nice to have.

These cards are fast and worth it. Cuda cores are just more worth it than the alternative right now for me.

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Patrick F.'s Profile

Display Name: Patrick F.

Date Joined: 04/20/07

  • Reviews: 8
  • Helpfulness: 7
  • First Review: 05/21/10
  • Last Review: 08/17/10
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