EVGA Z370 Micro ATX Motherboard Review
Peter Donnell / 6 months ago
A Closer Look
Without a doubt, this is a gorgeous looking motherboard. I mean, all the usual hardware is where you would expect it to be, but it still looks somewhat unique.
One of the standout features is the VRM and heatsink design. There’s an 11-phase digital power delivery system, with some robust looking chokes. To keep everything cool, we’ve got one of the most competent looking coolers I’ve seen on any Z370 motherboard. Overall, this bodes well for those eager to overclock their CPU.
To help with cable routing, the motherboard 24-pin slot is flipped on its side, and there’s a cutaway in the motherboard to allow easier use of your chassis cable routing grommet too.
The board only has two DIMM slots, but they’re both reinforced and look neat and tidy. Some may want four slots, but it’s not like there aren’t other products on the market that offer it.
One thing I am very pleased to see is a built-in BIOS Debug LED, as well as onboard power controls. There are also two RGBW headers here, for you lighting lovers.
There are six SATA ports built-in, which is more than enough for most storage needs.
Impressively, all the connections on the lower end of the motherboard are on their side too. Overall, this will really help keep a nice flow to your cable routing.
There are two armoured PCIe slots, which should have no issue dealing with the heavy weight of modern GPUs.
Also, an additional 6-pin header will provide a more stable voltage for your GPUs over PCIe. Not that its needed for most, but when overclocking your GPUs, it can improve stability.
Finally, we have the rear I/O. It comes with eight USB ports, PS2, RJ45, and the usual audio jacks. Nothing crazy, but more than enough for a high-end system.
Hiding at the top, a small CMOS reset button is handy for those who muck up their settings. Of course, it’ll mean you can reset without having to open up your chassis and find the jumper pins.