NZXT N7 Z690 Motherboard Review
Brandon Dodman / 6 months ago
Intel had been at the top for a very long time, riding the high and taking it easy, but AMD then started making a comeback, in a big way, and competition flipped on its head, putting AMD on top. Intel were then struggling to keep up for a while, but that all changed with the launch of Z690. This new launch from Intel brought true competition back into the CPU market in a very big way.
For those unaware, Z690 is the newest chipset from Intel. It was introduced alongside their newest generation Alder Lake CPUs, which so far has been great for Intel with performance on these chips being fantastic and alongside this, it also introduced us to DDR5, and the fastest memory kits we’ve ever seen. Even though this launch is the latest from intel, that doesn’t mean it’s still new, as it’s been a few months since that launch and we’ve now had an opportunity to become accustomed to it and see what companies have to offer, but now we have another new board to enter the ranks.
NZXT N7 Z690
The N7 Z690 is the newest in the selection of boards on offer from NZXT. It follows the same design language as the previous boards that we’ve seen from them, with the board being almost entirely covered by metal shielding, providing a uniformed and clean look.
NZXT has aspired to create something that makes building as easy as possible, and if you’ve ever built in an NZXT case before, then you know that they tend to do a good job of making things easy, even with their small H1 case, where building is pretty easy and straight forward.
With all products, ease of use is second to worth, and if the board can’t take advantage of all of the new and exciting additions to Intel’s 12th gen processors, then can I really recommend this board to you? That is what I’m here for; to test the board and find out if it is worth the money.
- Designed with Intel® Z690 Chipset
- Compatible with Intel® 12th Generation Core™ i9, Core™ i7, Core™ i5 processors
- PCIe Gen 5.0 support
- Intel® Wi-Fi 6E wireless connectivity and Bluetooth V5.2
- Three M.2 connectors for storage devices
- Supports DDR4 memory overclocking speeds of up to 5000MHz and XMP
- 8-channel high-definition audio
- Integrated NZXT CAM Support
For in-depth specifications, please visit the official Motherboard product page.