Final Thoughts and Conclusion

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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.

Pros

  • 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

 Cons

  • 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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Iggy Castillo

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I have spent many years in the PC boutique name space as Product Development Engineer for Alienware and later Dell through Alienware's acquisition and finally Velocity Micro. During these years I spent my time developing new configurations, products and technologies with companies such as AMD, Asus, Intel, Microsoft, NVIDIA and more. The Arts, Gaming, New & Old technologies drive my interests and passion. Now as my day job, I am an IT Manager but doing reviews on my time and my dime.
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