Back in 2010, when the Socket 1366 Core i7 were state-of-the-art, EVGA launched a unique motherboard called the Classified SR-2. That board, based on the Intel 5520 chipset (the server version of the X58) had room for two Socket 1366 processors from the Xeon family. For the Socket 2011 generation EVGA has also created a dual-socket motherboard, based on the same principle. We thoroughly tested the Classified SR-X to find out how it performs.
A dual-socket board with a server chipset is nothing special by itself, but unlike standard Xeon motherboards the EVGA SR-2 was filled to the brim with overclocking features. That made it the only dual-socket motherboard aimed specifically at avid overclockers. By combining two Xeons and overclocking both CPUs, many benchmarks were broken with the exclusive SR-2 motherboard.
When Intel announced it would be transition to Socket 2011 for its high-end processors, EVGA immediately started working on a successor to the SR-2. The Classified SR-X was showcased for the first time in January during the CES convention, and has recently been made available to consumers as well. Media did not receive any samples, a curious but understandable decision you will see later on. Fortunately for us, loyal Hardware.Info reader Jeroen Wagenaar was kind enough to lend us his own EVGA SR-X so we could submit it to our testing procedure.
Equipped with two Intel Xeon E5 2690s, 64 GB RAM and two Corsair H100 water coolers, we were curious to find out what this baby is capable of. Will it set new benchmark records?