EVGA SR-2 Motherboard Gets A Custom PC CaseTue, Jun 01, 2010 - 8:00 PM
EVGA SR-2 Motherboard Case
We had a chance to stop by and meet with EVGA at Computex 2010 and found that they are showing off their first ever PC case! The case doesn’t have a name yet, but it has been developed to properly enclose their massive $599.99 EVGA Classified Super Record 2 (SR-2) motherboard. Pictured above is one of the original case prototypes that featured blue trim on the inside and one of the numerous drive cage mounting systems that EVGA is trying out.
Here is a picture of the other case that they had on display for the SR-2 motherboard. As you can see this enclosure has a top mounted power supply and a different internal arrangement. Let’s start off by taking a closer look at this model that is fully configured with a system inside. We asked EVGA what we should call the cases and they really didn’t know and said just Prototype 1 and Prototype 2 for now.
This demo system was impressive though as it had an EVGA SR-2 motherboard installed along with Intel Xeon X5660 Gulftown processors, 48GB of RAM and
4x EVGA GeForce GTX 480 graphics cards all running off a single EVGA 1200W power supply!
This prototype has a much higher end look and feel to it. We asked EVGA the pricing on this model and they were saying that it might be around the $300 price range as it would be a high-end enthusiast overclocking PC case. The front bezel has a very clean and modern look to it. EVGA said that this chassis is basically a Cooler Master 840 ATCS case frame and internals with some enhancements done by EVGA.
An example of these enhancements would be fan control knobs, an LCD display for temperature readings and some jumpers to enable and disable the PCI Express lanes.
EVGA was using their own 1200W power supply to power this system that was running an NVIDIA Quad-SLI setup on four EVGA GeForce GTX 480 cards on the SR-2 motherboard. They were running Furmark looped with all the cards at 100% to show that their own power supply was one of the few that can handle a configuration like this one.
Here is a better look and the drive bays and storage drive cages on this prototype. Notice the large 200mm fan in front of the drives to ensure they are kept cool by fresh air. Let’s take a look at the other prototype as we can get better pictures of it since no SR-2 motherboard is inside.