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EVGA X58 SLI LE Motherboard Review


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Introduction


EVGA is a rather unique company in that they are one of the few pro nVidia companies left that builds products exclusively for nVidia technologies.  The company is also a US based corporation which is rather unheard of in the component board manufacturing world but despite this they have typically been first to market, so if you wanted the latest nVidia technology on launch day EVGA was usually your only choice.  When nVidia began building chipsets EVGA followed suit and released some rather unique motherboard designs.  Most of these designs were based on the nVidia reference spec. 

That is until now.

In this review we will be looking at a mainstream motherboard option from EVGA based on the Intel X58 chipset.  In the early days EVGA wouldn't touch an Intel chipset due to the lack of SLI support however as many of you know the X58 supports both multi GPU options.
However looking at the board you would think it only supported SLI.
The EVGA X58 LE features a completely "baddass" black color design which includes all of the PCI and PCIe slots, heatsinks, PCB and memory slots.  This is quite a change from what we are accustomed to seeing with many boards featuring brightly colored expansion slots or deathly red and black combos.  

In some ways a completely black design is also an economical one.  Think of it this way, once you have installed your video card the heatsink completely covers the expansion slot thus hiding the color from view.  If you plan to load the board up with expansion cards and memory it really doesn't matter what color the expansion parts are.  Then again color sells on so many levels.
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