Thanks to EVGA, we’ll be taking a quick look at their Z370 Micro ATX Motherboard. A few months ago, we reviewed their X299 Micro motherboard, which proved to be a great all-rounder and a solid performer. The EVGA Z370 Micro should be no different.
The EVGA Z370 Micro is one of the first Z370 motherboards on the market that comes in a micro ATX form factor, and is suitable for all Intel 8th genCore processors (Coffee Lake).
Please note that this motherboard and all Z370 chipset based motherboards, do not support and is currently not compatible with older 6th or 7th Gen Intel Core processors LGA1151 (Skylake/Kaby Lake).
The EVGA Z370 Micro comes with 8 x native USB 3.0, 4 x USB 2.0, 6 x SATA3 ports, onboard Intel gigabit LAN and Wifi, 8 channel HD audio, as well as solid state capacitors and a 6 layer PCB.
It supports Intel Optane memory 2 x DIMM slots for dual-channel (up to 32GB) 4133MHz, M.2 NVMe slot for SSDs, and comes with 2 x reinforced PCIE x16 slots supporting 2-way SLI.
Firstly, I would like to thank EVGA for providing the sample; without their support this review would not be possible!
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Take a look at the chart below which shows all the 8th Gen Intel Core processors currently available. The Z370 chipset offers a maximum of 24 x PCIE 3.0 lanes, dual channel DDR4-2666 memory support, as well as support for Intel Optane memory.
Using an Intel Core i7-8700K, I’m expecting the EVGA Z370 Micro ATX motherboard to produce some impressive results. We’ll be comparing it with a high-end enthusiast grade motherboard from Asus – the ROG Maximus X Hero and the the maintream ASRock Z370 Killer/ac motherboard.
OK, now let’s first take a look at the features and specification of the Intel Z370 chipset, then will move on to the EVGA Z370 Micro motherboard itself.
- Buy the EVGA Z370 Micro direct from EVGA’s website – USD $219.99
- Or buy the EVGA Z370 Micro ATX from Amazon for USD $235.00 – http://amzn.to/2Fm8xro
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