Originally Posted by fortyfour
I have been researching and I am focusing in on the EVGA boards.
What's everyone's experience with watercooling techniques, and overclockability on the different series of boards. (ie. LE, SLI, Confidential)
I got my eyes set on the LE because I don't need the e-Sata ports on the SLI, and the Confidential - (EATX) is too long for my case.
Anyways, I figured I'd ask the ones who'd know best. The owners club.
The LE and SLI have a locked BLCK, compared to the Classified which is unlocked. I don't remember the exact upper limit of the BLCK on the LE and SLI boards, but it is AT LEAST 210...which would get you an overclock of 4.4GHz on a i7 920 chip with a 21x multiplier.
I don't know about the SLI, but on the LE, the Northbridge runs a little hot compared to other boards. There is no direct replacement heatsink for the NB, but some have been able to strap on generic heatsinks, and point fans to control temps. If you are going to watercool, there are actually some nice blocks to cool the board:
I'm no expert on this stuff, but I think the only main difference between the LE and SLI are the (2) PCI-E x16 lanes on the SLI, vs only 1 PCI-E x16 lane on the LE. Not a big deal in my opinion, since you don't lose too much performance when running a card in the x8 lane compared to x16.
I really like the LE board. I think it's a good value and I'm happy with it. So happy in fact, I have 2 now!