EVGA Unveils Three Z370 Series Motherboards
Ron Perillo / 5 years ago
Motherboard and graphics card manufacturer EVGA is announcing their line of Z370 motherboards. These mainboards support the latest Intel 8th Generation core processors which bring six cores to Intel’s mainstream desktop line for the first time. The three EVGA models include: Classified K, FTW and Micro.
EVGA Z370 Classified K
The Z370 Classified K is the current flagship board of the group. It has 100% solid state capacitors and have extra on-board buttons and ATX power for the 13-phase VRM. The PCIe x16 and DDR4 DIMM slots all have metal reinforcements. There are three M.2 slots available, two of which are Key-M units supporting up to 2280 form factors and accepts NVMe PCIe x4 drives. One is for 2232 Key-E devices such as Wi-Fi/Bluetooth cards. It uses dual Killer Gigabit NIC with double-shot pro and uses a Creative Sound Core 3D 5.1-based audio subsystem.
EVGA Z370 FTW
The Z370 FTW is the mid-range offering but it also features plenty of extras for overclocking including on-board buttons, dual-BIOS switching and 11-phase digital VRM. It has the same 2x Key-M 2280 and 1x Key-E M.2 slot support as the Z370 Classified. Instead of using a Creative audio solution, it uses the most current Realtek ALC1220 7.1 HD audio codec. Instead of dual Killer NICs, it uses a single Intel i219V Gigabit NIC. It lacks the extra 4-pin power for the CPU VRM but it retains the additional 6-pin power for powering the PCIe slots.
EVGA Z370 Micro
Despite the micro-ATX size, the Z370 Micro is also quite formidable. It has on-board buttons, BIOS switching, and port-80 LED as the other two. However, it also has additional 6-pin power connectors for the PCIe and additional 4-pin power connectors for the CPU for overclocking. It only has two DIMM slots however since the focus is more for overclocking. In fact, these DIMM slots sit really close to the socket, so this is ideal for those who want to overclock the memory as well. Much of the on-board headers plug-in on the edges, ideal for test-bench setups so that there are less cables on the way blocking the LN2 pots on the graphics cards or the memory and CPU.
In terms of network connectivity, it uses an Intel Gigabit NIC with a vertical slot for an Intel 802.11AC WiFi card. The audio sub-system is no slouch either, using a Realtek ALC1220 HD audio codec.
For more information, visit the product pages at: https://www.evga.com/articles/01151/evga-z370-series-motherboards/