Indeed, the fact that they did this means they did do their homework. I have a question though, who IS their target customer? Before it was quite obvious, but with no unlocked chips on a board that's main selling point is overclocking...who are they selling this to? I can't figure it out:)
Assuming you weren't being sarcastic, the biggest clues are in EVGA's news articles comparing X79
: X79 brags overclocking, SR-X does not. In otherwords, EVGA wasn't expecting to gain overclockers with SR-X; that they can survive on the other uses of the board from extreme power users, server admin, to folders and crunchers -- the latter could be the strongest market for EVGA. It may be possible that the majority of SR-2 customers didn't put Xeon overclocking in priority, remember the majority of frequent posters on the forums don't represent all customers.
The addition of the PCIe 3.0 PLX chip in SR-X and not in their X79 certain pushes those customers interested in multiple PCIe 3.0 cards. I was schoolded by X79 members that while games may not saturate PCIe 2.0 yet, computational ues of graphics cards can, so those users see a more significant difference from x8 to x16 2.0, thus feel similar about 3.0. It is EVGA's gamble whether those customers choose to put their demands in priority and choose another brand with more PCIe lanes, as opposed to being loyal to EVGA's new Global Warranty. I don't think it was made for simplifying the process.
They are a business, everything they do is suspect, even their poll on the front page is another form of market analysis.
All is not lost with SR-X, they added single i7 use just to net those who may want more than an X79 with the option of a pair of 8-cores whenever they choose to, since none of EVGA's X79's allow Xeon E5's [yet].
Before with SR-2, EVGA allowed Xeon 5000's in X58 as a temporary, but it becomes a sale for Intel and not EVGA, so to speak. Allowing one i7 in SR-X allows EVGA to make a sale while users don't get an X79, the difference is negligible to Intel but significant to EVGA.
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