Our team has been hard at work at Computex today, and we got to have a look at some of EVGA’s new X299 motherboards, a variety of aftermarket GTX 1080 Ti cards and even a new laptop line from the company.
Starting with the motherboards, we got to have a look at three new X299 boards: the FTW K, the Dark and the Micro models. The FTW K is an interesting product from EVGA as it is actually their first motherboard to feature RGB LEDs, as the company has so far resisted the RGB market trend- but not anymore. The heatsinks also feature a design similar to the company’s FTW3 GTX 1080 Ti graphics card, so it would be a good option if you want a matching aesthetic.
The X299 Dark motherboard is an E-ATX board with a focus on overclocking. Most obviously, this can be seen by the decision to include just four DIMM slots, when most X99/X299 motherboards feature 8 slots. EVGA reckons that ditching four of those slots should enable users to get the best possible CPU overclocks. Elsewhere, it is also worth noting that there is actually a small fan cooling the motherboard’s chipset and M.2 connectors.
The last motherboard we got to look at was the X299 Micro board. As the name suggests, this is a Micro-ATX design so if you want something a bit smaller, this could be the ticket. This motherboard also has just four DIMM slots, but that is likely a limitation of the form-factor rather than anything else. The I/O cover also sports more styling in the vein of the FTW3 GTX 1080 Ti graphics card.
Now, moving on to graphics cards. We first got a look at the GTX 1080 Ti Kingpin edition, which is actually guaranteed by EVGA to be able to overclock to at least 2025MHz on the GPU core – no mean feat. The card is also notable for the fact that it is a two-slot design, rather than two-and-a-half or three-slot, while it is actually just a single-slot card if you add on a full-cover waterblock.
Next up, the FTW3 Hydro Copper GTX 1080 Ti is pretty self-explanatory – take a FTW3 card, apply a full-cover waterblock and you have a Hydro Copper card. This would be ideal for those wanting to get started with a custom loop but don’t want to faff around removing stock coolers and installing waterblocks themselves.
The FTW3 Hybrid card is similar, but the as the name suggest, this GTX 1080 Ti uses an integrated AIO liquid cooler to keep its core temperatures down. This is undoubtedly the easiest way to get improved performance and thermals from a graphics card without going the whole hog and creating a proper custom loop.
Lastly, there were a couple of laptops we got to look at as well. We have seen the SC 17 laptop before but now it has upgraded parts, but without a name change, including a 7th Gen Intel processor and GTX 1080 graphics. The SC 15 is an entirely new product, though, and it is obviously a bit smaller and portable. Its highlight specs include a Core i7-7700HQ processor, 16GB memory and GTX 1060 graphics.
KitGuru says: It seems EVGA has pretty much every base covered when it comes to new X299 motherboards and GTX 1080 Ti aftermarket cards. Do any of these new products appeal to you guys?