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.
The Blue SR-2 Case
Now let's take a look at the the blue prototype that we spotted first.
inside of the EVGA case has a decent sized cutout for heatsink mounting
brackets and a rather thick Delta 120mm fan on the back of the case to
help expel hot air out of the chassis. Notice that this case has 10 PCI
slots on it, which is amazing as just a few years ago most cases only
Here you can get a better look at how thick the delta fan is and the
four grommets that are used to route water cooling lines in and out of
the case. The power supply in this case is mounted at the bottom.
The entire top of this case was mesh, but had bars going across the
top. Not what you want to have going across the top if you plan on
mounting a larger 360mm radiator up top.
Video Cards, Motherboards and PSUs
EVGA was also showing off their GeForce GTX 470 that features a new back plate that has larger holes in it for hot air to get out easier. EVGA said that changing this plate has reduced temperatures by 5C alone, which is amazing.
The picture above is what NVIDIA uses on reference GeForce GTX 470 graphics cards. By increasing the size of these air vents and making slots just above the DVI ports EVGA has done something great that really helps the user experience.
EVGA also added an aluminum back plate to the card that is said to reduce temperatures by another 2C by acting like a heat sink. With the back plate and the the back panel EVGA was able to drop the cards load temperatures by 7C!
EVGA was also showing off their power supply line that is rather neat as it has an adjustable +12V power rail and cooling fan. The EVGA Classified SR-2 Power Supply takes high performance power to
the next level as it is rated at 1200W, and can peak at over 1500W of
output. With 6 +12v rails capable of putting out 38A a piece, it's clear
how this PSU was powering the demo system we showed you in the first page of this article. SOme specs on this power supply include:
- Over 1500W Peak Power
- 6 +12v rails rated at 38 amps each
- Adjustable +12v Rail
- Adjustable Fan speed
EVGA was also showing off some of their new Intel X58 boards that were now sporting SuperSpeed USB 3.0 connectors along with SATA 6Gbps SATA headers.
Pretty much all of the boards have been updated now.
Here you can see the two blue USB
3.0 ports on the back panel.
That is it from EVGA! Stay tuned for more coverage from other companies!!