Final Thoughts and Conclusion
This has been a great board to work with, and the quality has been amazing too but there are a few things this board could have benefited from though it’s not all EVGA’s fault.
- High Quality Components throughout
- 100% Solid State Capacitors
- 150% Socket Gold Content
- Killer and Intel Ethernet Ports
- 90-degree 6Pin PCI-e and 24Pin ATX Connection might be great for some
- Includes USB C and USB C Type C Connections
- Includes 3 x M.2 slots
- Includes HDMI and DP (Unusual for EVGA boards)
- Onboard Clear CMOS, Power and Reset buttons as well as a reset CMOS in the back.
- Supports RAID 0/1/5/10
- Onboard LED control
- Feature Rich BIOS
- Only 8 Rear USB Ports, though this is a limitation of the Chipset.
- A separate controller could have allowed for more USB ports, but this would have required a higher cost to the board.
- Realtek audio while decent does not compare to the quality of the Creative Core audio.
- 90-degree 6Pin PCI-e and 24Pin ATX Connection might be great for some but not for all. Check your case to make sure it will fit.
I was going to give this board a 4.5 thinking that other boards offered a better feature set in line with the cost, now I have to give it a 5.0 Editor’s Choice. EVGA is usually known for having things cost just a little more but with 8 rear USB ports (6 x USB 3.0, 2 x USB 3.1), 2 front panel USB 3.0 headers (2 headers mean 4 Ports), 6 x SATA Ports, 3 x M.2 slots and such a configurable BIOS at a decent price I feel like Editor’s choice might be an understatement.
The only thing I could recommend above what the board brings is that Creative audio and maybe an additional USB card wouldn’t hurt. I might recommend a Z270 Classified board but there is a tradeoff, it is about $100 more, has 2 less USB ports (on the rear) but has Creative Audio, the 2 less USB ports might have been for the Creative audio.
All in all, I think EVGA did an amazing job with this board.
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