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  • EVGA P55 Classified 200 Motherboard Review
  • EVGA P55 Classified 200 Motherboard Review


    Board Layout and Features

    The P55 Classified features a fully digital 10-phase PWM with an additional two phases for the memory controller.  The power supply is a unique design that replaces chokes and coils, and instead uses an IC controller which can offer better control over the power switches.  Loosely translated, the board can deliver more accurate and clean power to the processor and other components while under stress which can mean more success in overclocking endeavors.
    Of course clean power starts at the source, and with the power demands of extreme overclocking, the more power you have available, the better off you will be.  EVGA understands this and has offered an additional 8-pin 12v power connector to help with the extreme overclocking efforts.

    EVGA was nice enough to offer dual CPU mounting holes for both 1156 coolers and   775 socket mounting hardware.  This is a very welcome feature considering that most of us still have a bunch of extremely good 775 coolers laying around.
    This board supports up to 16gb (4 X 4gb) of memory across dual DDR3 memory banks.  Supported speeds are up to 2600mHz and beyond.

    Motherboard connections are typical for a high-end motherboard such as this.  On the IO panel, we have seven USB 2.0 ports, eSATA, Firewire, dual gigabit Ethernet and 8-channel audio.  The little red button is the CMOS reset switch.  The remaining connection is for the famed EVBOT programmer.
    There are no floppy or IDE connectors on the P55 Classified.  Instead, you will find six SATA ports next to the southbridge MCP.