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EVGA P55 Classified 200 Motherboard Review


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Introduction


The art of the high-end enthusiast motherboard is one practiced by only a few major manufacturers.  While most every aftermarket motherboard has some sort of overclocking ability, there are only a select few that push things to the extreme.  EVGA is one such company and their new motherboard division is dedicated to creating some of the best motherboards you can buy.

In this review, we will be looking at a top-of-the-line offering from EVGA called the P55 Classified.  "Classified" is the brand name given to the products that offer the most in terms of supported features, overclocking, and tuning ability.  In short, these boards are the ones you get to show off to your friends and break records on.

The Intel P55 is a desktop level chipset designed for mainstream and multimedia systems.  In some ways, the P55 is very similar to the X58 chipset, but takes things further by completely eliminating the northbridge chip.  The remaining functionality was then moved to the processor for better performance.
The EVGA P55 Classified motherboard features the famed black and red color scheme.  The red colored items are the primary components and would normally be populated first.  Unlike some of the other red and black motherboards we have reviewed, the Classified's design is very conservative.  The red colors are only used as an accent and there are no excessive logos or text to stand out on the PCB. 
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