EVGA & INTEL's the Genie of the Lamp Social Media Event

Genie of the Lamp Social Media Event

As the cool desert night sets in, you notice a strange glimmer in the sand. You dig up the object and begin to clean it off. The object rattles and shakes, and a magical genie appears to tell you about EVGA & INTEL’s the Genie of the Lamp Social Media Event. The more entries you provide, the greater your number of wishes and chances to win.

Genie of the Lamp Social Media Event will be starting on Friday, September 14, 2018 and will end on Friday, September 28, 2018. Check back to see if you've won! We will be posting winners by Friday, October 5, 2018.

For more information and to enter, click the following:  https://www.evga.com/articles/01255/genie-of-the-lamp-social-media/

 

 

EVGA Desert Oasis Instagram Event Sponsored by INTEL!

 

Desert Oasis Instagram Event!

Within the vast sand dunes, there hides untold beauty and peace. You set out on an adventure to find this mythical place of wonder and gather your friends to embark on a journey of discovery. Share your experiences along the way by entering the EVGA & INTEL Desert Oasis Instagram Event to win some great prizes!

Don't miss your chance to win one of the great prizes listed below – make sure to get all of your entries into the promotion between Monday, September 10, 2018 to Monday, September 24, 2018. Check back on this page on Friday, September 28, 2018 to see if you are a winner!

 

For more information and to enter, click the following:  https://www.evga.com/articles/01256

 

EVGA Cyberpunk Paradise Instagram Event sponsored by INTEL

Cyberpunk Paradise Instagram Event!

In the not so distant future these metropolitan streets are flooded with neon adverts. The nights are as bright as day and both seem to blend together through the thick smog of the city skyscrapers. The underground party scene is stronger than ever and it’s your quest to spread the word via the EVGA & Intel Cyberpunk Paradise Instagram Event with one or all methods of entry - the more you enter, the better your chances are to win!

Don't miss your chance to win one of the great prizes listed below – make sure to get all of your entries into the promotion between Wednesday, June 13, 2018 to Wednesday, June 27, 2018. Check back on this page on Friday, July 6, 2018 to see if you are a winner!

 

For more information and to enter, click the following:  https://www.evga.com/articles/01224/cyberpunk-paradise-instagram-event/

 

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!

 

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. 

 

UCI Opens its Esports Arena

 

The University of California, Irvine has brought esports to a whole new level. Just recently they opened their "UCI Esports Arena". This gaming center is meant for gamers to come and practice for events or just play for fun. With the huge collegiate leagues around, I am sure this is only the first of many arenas that will brought to college campuses. 

UCI is known as the biggest college for gamers and they are even now offering scholarships for esports competitors. This is a huge movement for the esports scene and can only grow from here. After Counter-Strike: GO was aired on TBS, Heroes of the Storm and EVO 2016 were on ESPN the scene has been expanding even more so. 

 

 

The main sponsor for this arena was iBUYPOWER, these guys are known to many events in the esports scene and especially around southern California. They are also one of EVGA's system partners, huge shout out to these guys for their active role in contributing to the growth of esports. Most of the computers here were donated by IBP but there will be a fee to play here, $4/hour. This seems to be just slightly higher than other LAN centers I've been too but this is one of the nicer ones I've seen, the other being Esports Arena in Santa Ana. I can't wait to go an check this out soon.

 

Let us know your thoughts college gaming and where would you like to see one of these gaming arenas?

 

11,000+ CS:GO Players on VAC-ation

 

Today is a good day for honest players and a horrid day for cheaters. Lately it seems that Valve has been cleaning up the streets. A few months ago Twitch prohibited non-csgo gameplay on streams, Valve cracked down hard on the online gambling phenomenon and very recently over 11,000 hackers have been banned by VAC. If you aren't too familiar with how VAC works, they usually gather information for delayed bans so it is harder for cheaters to catch on. 

The nice folks over at Kotaku were able to dig up some interactions from the cheat providers to their customers:

This is a good step towards fairer gaming but these cheat developers will also grow and adapt, it's just up to Valve's Anti-Cheat to stay on top of their game. I play a lot of CS:GO so this information is juicy to me, I love that Valve is at least attempting to keep their game from being infested by cheaters. 

 

Remember guys, cheating is no fun and you will be caught eventually.