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EVGA introduces Z170 Classified K motherboard

by Mark Tyson on 15 January 2016, 11:31


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EVGA has introduced the Z170 Classified K motherboard. As you would guess from the name, this is a motherboard based upon Intel's Z170 Express Chipset. Another key feature indicated by its nomenclature is the inclusion of Killer Ethernet. In an email to HEXUS, EVGA said that this motherboard is "built to dominate," with excellent overclocking facilities, robust VRM and hardware design that is built for speed.

The ATX form factor EVGA Z170 Classified K supports 4 DIMMs providing up to a total 64GB of RAM at speeds as high as 3600MHz+. Users can benefit from up to 2-way SLI plus a dedicated PhysX card and 16 PCIe lanes are available. As trumpeted in the intro, and by the 'K' suffix, this motherboard is kitted out with Killer Ethernet, more specifically a Killer E2400 NIC. You also get a built-in Intel i219 Gigabit Ethernet port. The motherboard has a replaceable (dual) BIOS chips with "a robust GUI, focused on functionality and gives you incredible overclocking performance".

Turning to storage and I/O features, the highlights are; the availability of 2x USB 3.1 ports, 6 x USB 3.0 ports and 2x USB 2.0 ports, for fixed storage you have 8x SATA 6G ports (1 SATA Express), and 3x M.2 slots and can configure your storage in RAID 0, 1, 5 and 10 configs.

Other specs rounding out this offering include the 8 channel HD audio with Realtek ALC1150 + optical on board, and if you use integrated graphics you can connect via HDMI or DP 1.2. EVGA boasts that its 6-layer PCB, 8-phase PWM, higher gold content, onboard CPU temp monitor, and onboard power and CMOS reset all contribute to a robust and reliable platform for building a high performance PC system.

The EVGA Z170 Classified K motherboard is listed at $289.99 direct from EVGA.

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Does anyone here like Killer NICs? Personally I always far prefered Intel, but it's been a few years since I last used a Killer product and they may have improved in the meantime.
They haven't especially. One of the tech sites had a look at them recently and concluded something like the hardware wasn't anything special, the main advantage was just the software IF you need QoS, which almost no home users do.
Not a Killer fan either. Fairly useless IMO (have it on my MSI board), plus the software is just more bloatware that pretends to do something. Rather have 2 Intel NICs personally.
Yeh, nothing special, its okay.
a reasonable one.