EVGA has released a combination of Classified products – EVGA GTX 285 Classified, supporting 4 way SLI, and a compatible 4-way SLI X58 motherboard. These are ultra-enthusiast products targeted at the niche market for hardcore gamers, overclockers and enthusiasts, intended to be the very best in desktop hardware. 4-way SLI was previously available only on the GTX 295 and Asus’ speciality Dual GTX 285 Mars cards.

The prices for a 4-way SLI setup? A cool $1,970 for just the motherboard and the graphic cards.

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EVGA has released a combination of Classified products – EVGA GTX 285 Classified, supporting 4 way SLI, and a compatible 4-way SLI X58 motherboard. These are ultra-enthusiast products targeted at the niche market for hardcore gamers, overclockers and enthusiasts, intended to be the very best in desktop hardware.

The prices for a 4-way SLI setup? A cool $1,970 for just the motherboard and the graphic cards.

The graphics part of the Classified platform consists of a GTX 285 Classified. Surprisingly, the GTX 285 Classified’s stock clocks are identical to the reference GTX 285. However, considering the target market – hardcore overclockers – who cares about the stock clocks anyway? The main exclusive feature of the GTX 285 Classified is that it supports 4-way SLI. The GTX 285 Classified comes with a non-reference cooler, and a black air brush finish, taking up two slots. The PCB consists of dedicated voltage read out points – a feature overclockers will appreciate. EVGA has taken power distribution to unprecedented levels for a graphics card. Included is an 8 phase Digital PWM, clean film capacitor, 3 PCI-express power connectors to ensure maximum overclocking. One has to wonder, though, the kind of power supply required to power 4 graphics cards with 3 PCI-express power connectors each! The GTX 285 Classified also comes with something called an “X-cool” extreme cooling switch that allows extreme overclocking and EVbot compatibility. EVbot is a cool remote control device which allows overclocking and other adjustments on-the-fly through a remote control.

Further insanity continues with the EVGA X58 Classified 4-Way SLI motherboard. Now, there is a 3-way SLI Classified model available too, but that is not crazy enough for this article, so we will concentrate on the 4-way SLI version. For starters, it comes with 7, yes SEVEN, PCI-express slots. While the motherboard is branded “SLI”, it does support CrossfireX. Like its GPU compatriot, the Classified motherboard delivers power through a low ESR film capacitor, and a 10 Phase PWM. Two 8-pin CPU power connectors provides up to 600W dedicated to the CPU alone. The socket LGA 1366 socket is laid with 300% more gold conductors for maximum conductivity. All these features should enable extreme overclocking. In fact, overclocking champs Kingpin and Shamino have already broken 4 3DMark world records with the Classified platform. Other features are on par with any ultra-enthusiast X58 board. The motherboard supports the EVbot remote control too. Unfortunately, 7 PCI-express slots means an XL-ATX form factor, which will not fit in all chassis.

GTX 285 Classified and X58 Classified 4-way SLI motherboard are both available at the EVGA Store for $379.99 and $449.99, each, respectively. Madness does have its price.

Reference: EVGA