EVGA SR-X Classified Review
It's pretty easy to tell that the EVGA SR-X isn't remotely as impressive as the SR2 was. As always with motherboards you're balancing outright performance with usability, and the performance you can extract from the SR-X just isn't good enough to overcome the many little niggles that we have with it. Rather than overlooking minor annoyances, those become further damning evidence.
Firstly it's incredibly expensive. We've seen it around for £550-ish, a whopping £170 more than the ASUS equivalent. Then the layout is just a swathe of problems. The CPU power connector is miles from the edge. Next to it is the PCI-e power, which you have to use if you want more than two PCIe slots. We've tested loads of motherboards that have extra power input, but you really never need it. Not here. It's not even very stable when you have got two GPUs installed. This is no "fill it full of cards and break records" motherboard.
The first CPU socket has only 4 DIMMs next to it, lending the whole affair an unbalanced look. The SATA connectors are vertical which is unforgivable on a board costing this much. Behind that is the heatsink, which covers the CMOS battery. Yes there is a CMOS clear switch, but if you want to take the battery out you need to dismantle the heatsinks. The plastics aren't a gorgeous red on a black PCB affair, but clearly salmon pink. Pink.
Finally the BIOS is pretty woeful. You can't overclock the CPUs. You can only change the RAM timings on the latest BIOS, but still can't change the RAM speed so you're stuck at 1333MHz. The whole thing just feels so unfinished.
In fact if we didn't know better we'd think this was a pre-production, proof-of-concept sample rather than the best part of £600, high-end uber motherboard. Yes the overclocking is down to Intel, but the rest of the problems are all EVGAs. It's as if the moment they discovered that Intel had ripped the potential out of the dual-CPU option they just gave up and left the board where it was in development.
The performance is okay. With this much expensive hardware installed it would struggle to be poor. But it's beaten throughout our testing by the ASUS, which is better looking, has more features, and is massively cheaper.
So all in all if you want to go for a 'I've won the lottery' build, then you are better off steering well clear of the EVGA SR-X. It's as disappointing as the SR2 was impressive. For once the 'Classified' moniker should be taken to the letter, and the SR-X should be put in a box in a warehouse somewhere and never seen by the general public.