eVGA X58 3X SLI ReviewZertz - March 8, 2009
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The eVGA X58 3X SLI definitely does not have the most impressive bundle, although it should still please the vast majority of buyers. The manual is very thorough and it might seem weird, but it's made of high quality and thick paper. Although it won't teach overclocking, it covers installation well along with a sufficient description of components requiring user interaction. As you can see below, cables and other parts are simply packaged in plastic bags while the SLI bridges are stored and kept safe in bubble wrap. Finally, the supplied disc contains various drivers as well as eVGA specific software.
Bundling a poster has become a trend and eVGA is no exception to this new rule. One side displays all the information you need on the various connectors found on the board along with the power and reset buttons. In the top right corner is a picture with all the I/O ports found on the back, which are all clearly labelled. Lastly, the bottom right picture illustrates where you should connect your memory depending on your configuration. Of course, they also recommend not to run memory over 1.65V as specified by Intel. The other side explains how to install the motherboard and all the components associated to it.
The backplate isn't as boring as it usually is - the front side clearly labels every port and the backside brings something potentially useful. It actually has a layer of some sort of foam which should help at least a bit with noise absorption since it will dampen vibrations. However, it makes the motherboard harder to install because you have to push it relatively to align screw holes since you have to make up for the thickness of the foam. eVGA also supplies a flexible SLI bridge as well as a triple SLI. That's what this board is all about after all.
If you like black cables then you will be well served by eVGA's X58 3X SLI. It also comes with three Molex to SATA power adaptors which actually split in two. It not a huge thing, but it can certainly come in handy and minimizes cable clutter coming from those adaptors. You can power 6 SATA drives with three Molex, so eVGA went ahead and bundled six SATA cabled, none of which are angled. It also comes with the undying and loyal PATA cable, although this one is rounded, making it look half decent. Lastly, there is also three expansion brackets which will provide you another four USB ports, a second FireWire port and a serial port - because you never when it could come in handy.
Enough with the accessories - let's move on to the motherboard.