EVGA has started to branch out into product areas beyond just graphics cards. Motherboards are not new to the company, but EVGA did show us its own custom designed nForce 780i SLI based board - aptly called the nForce 780i SLI FTW (yes, FTW stands for what you think it stands for). EVGA promises better overclocking headroom with its own 780i compared to the NVIDIA reference board that it also sells. Product diversification has also come to EVGA in the form of its first monitor: the InterView. Made up of two 17" 1440 x 900 notebook LCD panels, the InterView is a single unit, multi-monitor solution. Each panel can be flipped around 180 degrees and will automatically flip the image, so you can be working on a document and showing someone else either the same screen or a different desktop. The applications are numerous; the monitor is perfect for those times when you want to show someone your screen but you don't want to have to adjust your seating or monitor position at all. Simply flip one of the displays around and enabling desktop cloning in Vista and you'll be good to go. EVGA expects the InterView to debut in March at a price point of around $750. If you're looking to drive multiple InterView cards but can't use additional graphics cards, EVGA also demonstrated some USB video adapters. The performance out of these things won't be earth shattering, but they can get the job done. EVGA had a total of 5 displays hooked up using these little things. Finally, EVGA also showed us its upcoming GeForce 8800 GT. This card features a two-slot cooling solution, enabling even cooler/quieter operation, and potentially higher clock speeds.

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  • strikeback03 - Tuesday, January 8, 2008 - link

    Considering Staples has been selling 17" 1440x900 displays for under $100. The integration has to be really worthwhile for that markup.

    Was the TV image part of one of their products?
  • chizow - Tuesday, January 8, 2008 - link

    EVGA has definitely been on a roll lately, pretty clearly distancing themselves from the rest of NV's VGA board partners. I think its pretty clear they've created some distance between themselves and other has-beens like BFG and PNY in the volatile North American market. I think at one point VisionTek was the top name for NV cards....now they're selling entry-level ATI parts at BB and CC? I think the only board-partner that rivals them in terms of innovation and creativity in a reference dominated market is Gainward.

    Everything from their packaging, diverse series line-ups, website/ads/promo design, step-up program, support forums, game packages that don't suck, etc and there's really not much to dislike. But there's also that occasional horror story about Step-Ups not being honored or high step-up prices with limited options or warranty/RMA horrors etc. Then there was the whole 680i first-run debacle, which they actually handled pretty well.

    Still, makes you wonder if they can continue to do what got them there well if they try and diversify into different product types and line-ups. Hopefully they don't take on too much and collapse under the weight of it all. NV is hot right now, but that could change in a generation or two and as NV goes, these AIB partners go.
  • just4U - Wednesday, January 9, 2008 - link

    Hmmm .. you forgot to mention XFX, I'd put them above Gainward and definitely on par with eVGA.

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