EVGA Unleashes Z370 Motherboard Lineup To Complement Intel 8th Gen Core Coffee Lake CPUs
We can now add EVGA to the list of companies that support Intel's 8th generation Core processors, dubbed Coffee Lake, with the help of three Z370 motherboards. Three boards is pretty standard fare for EVGA, with this launch following the theme of other recent ones. Those wanting an mATX motherboard have an option in the form of Z370 Micro, while hardcore enthusiasts have the Z370 Classified K. For everyone in between, there's the Z370 FTW.
Figuring out the minute differences between motherboards can be a massive hassle, but EVGA's made things pretty simple by including a side-by-side features list on the series' landing page. Unfortunately, at the current time, pricing is unknown, as the boards are expected to hit etail in the weeks ahead.
The most feature-limited (if you want to call it that) of this trio is the Z370 Micro, the mATX offering. Despite its smaller form-factor, the board still supports SLI, and includes a total of 12 USB ports (8 of which are 3.0). With its two DIMM slots, you can use upwards of 32GB of memory, at speeds up to DDR4-4133. That sounds sufficient, but if it somehow isn't enough, EVGA does hint that higher speeds are possible (just don't consider it a given).
The bigger boards support 2-way SLI as well, with the ability to add a third smaller GPU for PhysX duties (an odd mention, since it's a rarely talked-about solution, likely due to the lack of need). Memory on those boards scale up to 64GB, with the same 4133MHz speeds supported, as the Micro.
Other specs worth mentioning that all three boards support include M.2 "Key-E" and "Key-M" support, as well as six fan headers - yes, even that mATX option (cheers for that one, EVGA!). Speaking of the Micro board, it also includes BlueTooth and 802.11ac Wi-Fi, in case you want it to double as an HTPC/portable gaming rig.
Beyond the specs, EVGA uses a handful of features to bolster the stability of these boards. That includes using reinforced PCIe slots, offering a dual BIOS, and something really cool: the 8-pin power connector is found at the bottom of the board, and has a cutout to make it easier to deal with cables that are just a pinch too short. On the Micro, the 24-pin shares this design. Exclusive to the Classified K, an external clock generator is included, as well as HDMI 2.0, and Killer's DoubleShot Pro network adapter.
As mentioned before, pricing is not currently established, but the wait shouldn't be long to find it out, as the boards should hit your favorite etailer in the weeks ahead.