EVGA's Frosty the Fragger Gaming Event Sponsored by Intel!

The holidays are upon us and Frosty The Fragger is out to show his skills on the battlefield! Load your weapons, collect your health packs: It's time to give it your all in EVGA's Frosty The Fragger Gaming Event. Join in on the action and win great prizes provided by EVGA and Intel.

There are quite a few games for you to choose from, like Battlefield 4, Team Fortress 2, and many others! All of this isn't only for fun and games, though. When you sign up for the Frosty The Fragger Gaming Event and log into our servers between December 16, 2016 and December 30, 2016, you'll qualify for some really great prizes - all just for playing! Signing up is completely free and easy for anyone, regardless of where you live. We have lots of prizes to give away, so don't miss out on this awesome opportunity to play great games and win some quality products!

Qualifying for the event is very easy if you follow these simple steps. Sign up on on the >> Event Page << with either your Steam ID, BF4 soldier name, Killing Floor 2 in-game name, or all three if you feel like it. After that, all you have to do is log in and play anytime during December 16, 2016 4:00 PM Pacific to December 30, 2016 11:59:59 PM Pacific. Be sure to check the official EVGA Gaming blog to see the full list of servers available and read some great articles from team EVGA! Please don't forget to keep enjoying our servers after the event ends!

This is a global promotion and all are welcome to participate.

 

EVGA Haunted Hardware Gaming Event Sponsored by Intel!

EVGA HAUNTED HARDWARE GAMING EVENT

Attention all gamers: EVGA once again invites you to take part in this year's Halloween gaming event. Play if you dare but be on the look out for EVGA's Haunted Hardware. The more you play, the more you're in for a scare... and increase your chances of winning!

There are quite a few games for you to choose from, like Battlefield 4, Team Fortress 2, and many others! All of this isn't only for fun and games, though. When you sign up for the EVGA Haunted Hardware Gaming Event and log into our servers between October 14, 2016 and October 28, 2016, you'll qualify for some really great prizes - all just for playing! Signing up is completely free and easy for anyone, regardless of where you live. We have lots of prizes to give away, so don't miss out on this awesome opportunity to play great games and win some quality products!

Qualifying for the event is very easy if you follow these simple steps. Sign up on the >>event page<< with either your Steam ID, BF4 soldier name, Killing Floor 2 in-game name, or all three if you feel like it. After that, all you have to do is log in and play anytime during October 14, 2016 4:00 PM Pacific to October 28, 2016 11:59:59 PM Pacific. Be sure to check the official EVGA Gaming blog to see the full list of servers available and read some great articles from team EVGA! Please don't forget to keep enjoying our servers after the event ends!

This is a global promotion and all are welcome to participate.

 

**All winners must email iwon@evga.com by November 18, 2016 to claim their prize. Be sure your EVGA profile is up to date with the correct mailing address.**

Gear Up w/ EVGA: "Dark Dragonblade" Build by Kazuma16

The "Gear Up with EVGA" case modding program is in full effect with our sponsored builds well under way.  Awesome and unique updates from our already featured builds and now we are back to share another featured case modder!

From Canada, I'd like to introduce to you, Jonathan Garlit also known as Kazuma16 on the EVGA Forums.  Selected as our "Gear up with EVGA" case mod/build for the month of February 2016, his build is titled "Dark Dragonblade"

Genji, a character from the game "Overwatch". In the game, Genji has a ability called "Dragon Blade" which is his ultimate ability. I played the game a few times and got inspired to make a project based on Genji after seeing his armor. - Jonathan

Jonathan has been working on his case mod for a few months now.  Having him share his concept designs, changes and his final design project via his Build log on the EVGA Forums is very exciting.  Its amazing to see what someone can think of and actually put into effect,  it takes some awesome skill and ability.  

To fully appreciate Jonathan's design and all the hard work he's put into his project, you definitely have to check out the "Dark Dragonblade" build log  Below are just a few of the images from the build log where you can see the attention to detail and precision that has gone into the "Dark Dragonblade" build.  

I asked Jonathan for some background info on what inspired him and how he got starting into case modding.  

Around mid 2013, I built my first ever PC, a mini itx system. Got it up and running, I put in a few fans with LED's, but whenever I was looking at it, it just felt that something was still missing. I googled "Green PC Case" and saw a very interesting, custom, mini ITX case called "Nvidia Ion Cube" by Cheapskate and Bill Owen. After seeing that, I got inspired to try out and do a scratch build. And the rest was history.- Jonathan

Looking at the updates on his build log, I asked Jonathan what type of tools and machines he used to do all his work...

My main arsenal of tools for the "Dark DragonBlade" Project consists of a Jigsaw,  a set of hand files and needle files, a Dremel Motosaw,  a Hand drill,  Sand Paper of varying grits (a LOT of them), and some Acrylic Polish - Jonathan

The custom acrylic work, with the lettering and icons are done to perfection.  Being able to do this type of work by hand requires lots of skill.  This is quality work you would see from precise machinery.  Jonathan does have a CNC machine as well,  although its not always very reliable....

I partially used my CNC (Shapeoko 3) for cutting out a few small details but I immediately went back to my main tools because the CNC needs more tweaking and calibration for it since most of the times, it will stop while in the middle of a job which will lead me back to using my trusty jigsaw and hand file to finish the job.  And most of all...A LOT OF PATIENCE!

 As with each of our "Gear Up with EVGA" sponsored builds, we sent Jonathan out some awesome EVGA hardware.  Jonathan graciously took some amazing photos and shared them with everyone via his build log:  

Jonathan has been hard at work with small details and his custom work is coming along very nicely.  The images below are just a few of our favorites that stood out which you can see in detail in the "Dark Dragonblade" build log.  Check out the awesome use of the EVGA logo!!!

How about those custom made reservoir brackets!!  Again, this is just a small bit of the full build log which we wanted to share with everyone.  Definitely head on over to the EVGA Forums > Mods Rigs section and check out the "Dark DragonBlade" build log.  Make sure to leave some words of encouragement and let Jonathan know how awesome his build is coming along!!!

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 You may be wondering "What is the Gear Up program?" and "How do i submit my build idea?"

Well we have you covered on that end.  In our quest to see members of the EVGA community, EVGA customers and EVGA fans, bring their ideas and extreme builds to light, we started EVGA's custom case modding sponsorship program, which we like to call "Gear Up with EVGA"

Case Modders, builders, extreme enthusiasts and anyone with an awesome idea for a build that wants to take it to the next level is free to enter and submit your idea for a chance to be sponsored by EVGA via the "Gear Up with EVGA" program!

Have an awesome case mod or custom build in mind? Want a chance to be sponsored by EVGA? Well then, head on over to the Gear Up with EVGA page to submit your entry for a chance to be sponsored!

GTA Online: Bikers Release Date Announced

 

The newest DLC for Grand Theft Auto V will be released on October 4th. There has been a surprising amount of content and updates for this latest rendition of GTA. Rockstar is definitely doing their best to keep this game alive and they are doing well. GTA V: Bikers will be available as a free automatic update for PC, Xbox One and PS4. 

The Los Santos and Blaine County will be now have underground motorcycle clubs and a ton of new content. There will be new vehicles, weapons and missions. We will now also be able to use melee attacks on bikes.

 

 

See you guys on the road!

 

EVGA Motherboards - Then and Now


In 2005 we released our first motherboard with the nForce3 chipset. From that day we have made a huge impact on the motherboard category, our boards are for the everyday gamer, enthusiast and content creators. We've come from a yellow theme to a slick combination of black and red. We began at Athlon 64 and now we're at Broadwell-E. Come take a close look development and design transformation of EVGA boards over the last 11 years. 

2005 nForce3

This is was the first board we revealed in our venture into the motherboard market. This board support Athon 64 (Yes we used to support AMD) and Single Channel Memory. The memory dimms were placed above the CPU socket so that users could put the memory in first and avoid and with it getting in the way of all the other connections. 

2006 nForce4

I think the person who designed this board was an UCLA Bruins fan. This board supported AM2, dual channel memory and SLI!2007 e-7150

Deemed the Ultimate GPU and Motherboard solution of its day, this board had a 7 series GPU built in and supported a whopping 1333mhz of ram. 

 

 

2006 680i

"A third PCI Express graphics expansion slot making your system ready for the future"

2008 790i FTW

When I built my first computer, this was the board of my dreams but at that time Intel was too expensive for me.. This had a 775 socket and support 3-Way SLI.

2008 X58 SLI

Black PCB's were always more aesthetically pleasing in my opinion. 2009 P55 FTW

The affordable successor the the LGA 775 socket which features support for LGA 1156 i5 & i7 processors.  Tons a features included over the previous mainstream generation at a price that made it available for everyone

 

 

2010 SR-2

The SR-2 was EVGA's first dual processor motherboard. This board supported 2 Xeon chips and DDR3 ram. 

2011 P67 FTW

Black and red glory! This P67 FTW had everything you need to overclock. It included triple BIOS support and 12 Phase PWM. 2012 SR-X

The SR-X was the successor to the SR-2.  The dual socket motherboard made great improvements, and introduced Mini SAS ports, 4-way SLI support, onboard Blue Tooth, and both PCI-e & Dimm disable switches.

2012 Z77 FTW

Introduced support for 3rd Generation Intel Core processors, with full PCI-e 3.0 and 4-way SLI support.  It also included the addition of a 6 pin PCI-e power connector on the board itself for multi-card stability.

2013 X79 Dark

The EVGA BIOS we know currently was first released with this board. It was a huge update to the design and functionality of our BIOS. 2014 Z97 FTW

Brand new design features and aesthetics, such as a GUI BIOS, new software interface for overclocking in the O.S., and M.2 Socket for storage.  The board also featured a new looking power delivery heatsink, in a Round barrel type design, which set it apart for its competitors.

2014 X99 Classified

The latest and greatest Enthusiast grade motherboard supporting the 2011-V3 processor, the X99 is at the top of its game.  All black PCB and neutral color scheme, with a touch of the EVGA red "E" logo for contrast.  DDR 4 Support and featuring a I/O cover for a clean looking motherboard in side any case.2015 X99 Micro2

This Micro ATX is next on my list. It has all the benefits of any top of the line X99 and comes in a compact form factor and a great price.  With many of the feature of a full size board and supports 3-way SLI with the single slot 980 Ti Kingpin graphics cards!2016 Z170 FTW

A clean and neutral looking board which would fit in any build and stand out with its features.  Has an update BIOS GUI interface and 4 DIMM sockets supporting up to 64GB of memory.  

2016 X99 FTW K

This is my favorite board because it was released on the first day I started working at EVGA.  Said to be a very reliable board, this X99 FTW K is one of the top rated boards both aesthetically and functionally. If you are looking for the crème de la crème then look no further. 

 

Our motherboards have come a long way from the yellow designs you saw in the first two pictures. These motherboards have become more reliable, more advanced and ultimately unique. EVGA is THE motherboard choice for enthusiast and overclockers. There are many improvements that can and will be made for the future. Our first motherboard was released in 2005 and within 11 years we have made many optimal enhancements, we hope to share our innovations with you guys for years to come!

 

Let us know what your thoughts are and what you would like to see in future designs in the comment section down below!

 

Gear Up w/ EVGA: "BULGAR " Build by MadMods PC Modding!

 

Case modders, PC enthusiast, PC Gamers and EVGA Fans all around; gather around as we present to you another "Gear Up with EVGA" sponsored build and featured case modder!

We would like to introduce you all to Mickee of MadMods PC Modding from the Philippines!  Selected as our "Gear up with EVGA" case mod/build for the month of April 2016 and his build named "Bulgar"

"I am from the Philippines and I have been modding for about 3 years.   It all started with a hand me down small form factor PC that I wanted to game with.  But I couldn't just simply put it in a bigger case and add a graphics card because of it's proprietary form factor.  That is when a friend told me to check out PC case modding and the rest is history!"- Mikee

 

"I named it BULGAR which is a Filipino urban word for revealing" - Mikee

Mickee's case mod/build "Bulgar is an open case modular test bench adventure" and will surely change you perception of a traditional test bench once we get to see the end result. A traditional case keeps all your components enclosed and worry free, but being able to add/remove a part requires some work. A traditional test bench allows the user to freely add/remove parts to expand to break down the system with ease. Mikee is taking that concept and bumping it up to the next level of awesome!

"I love PC Case modding because of the fusion between technology and art, my previous builds were not too extravagant but everything was made by hand because I do not have a CnC, 3d Printer or a laser cutter." - Mikee

 "On this mod with EVGA I am going to step out of my comfort zone, it's safe to say that it's a "semi scratch build" because I have taken out most parts of the case and that is going to make it challenging and fun at the same time." - Mikee

You can see Mikee's starting point which is his Thermaltake X71 case stripped down and currently looks nothing like what it did before.  Keeping things old school without the use of a CnC, 3D printer or laser cutter sure does sound like a challenge.  We at EVGA are excited to see the progress thus far and can't wait for the final result of "Bulgar".  

As part chosen for the "Gear Up with EVGA" program and to help along Mikee with his build,  we sent him out some of our enthusiast grade parts to assist in the creation of "Bulgar."  Check out the awesome shots taken by Mikee below:

This has just been a small insight into the "Bulgar" build log by Mikee of MadMods PC Modding!  To keep up to date with the build, make sure you check out the "Bulgar" build log on the Mod Rigs section of the EVGA Forums.  And make sure to follow Mikee and MadMods PC Modding via his FaceBook page.  

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"What is the Gear Up program?" and "How do i submit my build idea?"

Well we have you covered on that end.  In our quest to see members of the EVGA community, EVGA customers and EVGA fans, bring their ideas and extreme builds to light, we started EVGA's custom case modding sponsorship program, which we like to call "Gear Up with EVGA"

Case Modders, builders, extreme enthusiasts and anyone with an awesome idea for a build that wants to take it to the next level is free to enter and submit your idea for a chance to be sponsored by EVGA via the "Gear Up with EVGA" program!

Have an awesome case mod or custom build in mind? Want a chance to be sponsored by EVGA?  Well then, head on over the the Gear Up with EVGA page to submit your entry for a chance to be sponsored! 

Samsung Takes it Up a Notch with the New 960 Pro and 960 Evo SSDs

 

Samsung just announced their new 960 NVMe SSDs. The 950 and 850 series were hugely popular with system builders for their reliability and performance. These newer cards will be substantially faster and will include 1TB and 2TB versions. The 960 EVO will cap at 1TB and the 960 Pro will be at a whopping 2TB. These drives will be a must have for many system builders. The sequential read speed for the 960 Pro peaks at 3,500 MB/s and the write speed will peak at 2,100 MB/s. The 960 EVO, slightly tuned down, will have a max sequential read of 3,200 MB/s and max sequential write of 1,900 Mb/s. This is a great increase from the previous model.

 

 

Now many new motherboards will support these drives. One thing you need to look out for if you are planning on upgrading is whether your motherboard supports this. You will want to make sure the the M.2 slot on your mother board is PCI-E interface. The 960 Pro is the consumer version of the SM961 and the 960 Evo will be the consumer version of the PM961. If you are interested in how the new drive compares to the previous versions please see the chart below.

 

 

Here are the MSRPs of the new models:

  • 960 Pro 2TB: $1,299
  • 960 Pro 1TB: $629
  • 960 Pro 512GB: $329
  • 960 Evo 1TB: 479
  • 960 Evo 500GB: $249
  • 960 Evo 250GB: $129

Samsung is expected to release these around October. I am definitely excited for the release of these new drives and they are certainly on my upgrade wishlist.