What you need to know
- NZXT launches its new N7 Z490 Intel motherboard for 10th Gen processors.
- Excellent performance combined with stellar looks makes this one awesome PC build foundation.
- The new NZXT N7 Z490 is available now for $229.99 (opens in new tab).
NZXT today launched the company's third Intel N7 motherboard, utilizing Intel's current flagship Z490 chipset. The N7 Z490 is built for 10th Gen Intel processors with expected support for 11th Gen down the road. It's a full ATX board that follows the same design language of previous iterations, which was received well by the PC building community.
The previous N7 Z390 wasn't the best release and had some teething issues as NZXT grew accustomed to designing motherboards. Teaming up with ASRock to vendor the new N7 Z490, there's plenty to like here, including full NZXT CAM support with integrated RGB and fan controls, rock-solid BIOS support, Wi-Fi 6, Bluetooth 5.1, and 2.5Gb LAN.
Other highlights include a revamped metal cover with screws that hold it to the main board — previous N7 motherboards used plastic clips that often broke. The 8+2 DrMOS power phase design — with beefy passive cooling — works well with the BIOS from ASRock to offer overclocking support for even more beefy Intel processors like the Core i7-10700K.
|Category||NZXT N7 Z490|
|CPU||10th Gen Intel|
|RAM||4x DDR4 DIMM (up to DDR4 4266)|
|Expansion||2x PCIe x16 slot (dual at x16/x4)|
3x PCIe x1 slot
|Storage||4x SATA (6Gbps)|
2x M.2 (x4/x2 SSD support)
|Rear ports||1x HDMI|
2x SMA antenna connectors (2T2R)
2x USB 2.0
1x USB 3.2 Gen 2 port
1x USB 3.2 Gen 2 Type-C port
2x USB 3.2 Gen 1 ports
5x audio jacks
|Launch price||$230 (opens in new tab)|
The aesthetics were the main selling pojn ts for the N7 series of motherboards from NZXT, but now it has the performance to match. For system-builders, the N7 offers immense customization potential with the removable metal cover shroud, allowing one to paint and apply designs to fit into a PC build.
The new N7 Z490 is available right now from the official NZXT store for $229.99.
The best-looking motherboard for custom Intel builds
If looks matter as much as performance, give the N7 Z490 from NZXT a browse for your next PC build. The unique design makes it possible to create some truly breathtaking builds, and the rock-solid ASRock foundations allow for considerable performance.
Rich Edmonds is 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 over on Twitter at @RichEdmonds.
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