There's a new motherboard coming out of the NZXT factory, called the N7 Z390. As the name suggests, it's an Intel board that features the Z390 chipset with full support for the latest 9th Gen processors. At first look, the N7 from NZXT looks a little strange as everything on the PCB is essentially covered, but this allows for some serious customization.
The company has included built-in wireless and Bluetooth 5.0 connectivity, HUE 2 lighting support, fan controls, as well as an integrated rear I/O shield, which is becoming the norm in newer motherboards. The previous N7 Z370, which this board succeeds, also rocked similar features so you can bet it's going to be a solid piece of kit for a PC build.
Wireless is provided by the Intel AC-9560 and you'll be able to use Intel Optane memory as well as M.2 storage for snappy software and games. Up to 3866MHz RAM is supported and compared to the outgoing Z370 motherboard, we have support for water pumps, and USB 3.1 Gen 2 ports. Interestingly, this motherboard actually has functional heatsinks and the metal covers can be removed if you're not a fan.
This is NZXT's second attempt at the motherboard game and while the first N7 Z370 was pretty good with only a few drawbacks, the company has listened to community feedback and this N7 Z390 has a bunch of improvements. Availability kicks off in November and the NZ 390 will set you back $279.99. We'll have a review up in due course.
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Rich Edmonds was formerly a Senior Editor of PC hardware at Windows Central, covering everything related to PC components and NAS. He's been involved in technology for more than a decade and knows a thing or two about the magic inside a PC chassis. You can follow him on Twitter at @RichEdmonds.
Damn, that is one sexy motherboard.
I love minimalism, and I hope that they will plan it as a non-RGB component, at least optionally. Really dig the stormtrooper look.
I hope they have an AM4 Socket Variant in the pipeline.
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