EVGA is among motherboard manufacturers attempting to get products ready in advance of Intel's upcoming Skylake CPU, showing Z170 boards that appear near production-ready. These include the Z170 Stinger, FTW, and Classified.
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Following EVGA tradition, the Stinger is a mini ITX part. Featuring a 6-phase voltage regulator for overclocking, it includes two DDR4 DIMM slots and a single PCIe 3.0 x16 slot internally.
FTW adds a few more slots and the ability to split the upper sixteen lanes across the first two x16 slots in x8-x8 mode. Z170 Classified adds third party controllers and PCIe bridges to support four graphics cards in x8 mode (or two in x16 mode), two extra SATA drives (totaling eight) including SATA-Express capable ports, an M.2 slot, an extra USB 3.0 front-panel header, and dual gigabit Ethernet.