EVGA's Z270 Motherboards Bring Mild Improvements Over Z170

EVGA revealed the specs on the new Z270 motherboards set to launch in just a few days.

EVGA’s Z270 flagship is the Z270 Classified K. All three of EVGA’s Z270 motherboards can overclock but the Classified K should overclock best. That’s because it features superior passive cooling hardware to keep the chipset and VRMs from overheating, which often is a key factor when overclocking.

EVGA also bestowed the Z270 Classified K with a Creative Core3D quad-core audio processor. This should reduce the CPU load while playing audio and increase audio quality when compared to the Realtek ALC1150 codec utilized on the Z170 Classified K. The company also added five additional power phases to the Z270 Classified K, which should help to avoid thermal throttling issues while overclocking.

Unfortunately, the Z270 Classified K doesn’t improve over its predecessor in all areas. The boards are extremely similar in many aspects, but the Z170 Classified K is superior when it comes to multi-GPU configurations, as it can support quad-SLI. The Z270 Classified K is limited to just 2-way SLI.

EVGA didn’t make a Z170 FTW-K motherboard, so the new Z270 FTW-K is best compared to the Z170 FTW. There are some notable improvements here, as the Z270 FTW-K features two M.2 Key-M and it has an improved power regulation system. It also gains a USB 3.1 Type-C port, which is becoming increasingly common.

The Z270 Stinger also improves on its predecessor, as it gains a USB 3.1 Type-C port and an M.2 Key M slot. These improvements are accompanied by an increase in the number of power phases, which should help improve overclocking results.

RAM speeds are up across the line by 400MHz on these boards as well. Overall, with the exception of the reduced SLI support on the Z270 Classified K board, EVGA’s Z270 motherboards feature mild improvements to their predecessors. There aren’t any extraordinary improvements, but then again this is mostly a generational update for the existing LGA1151 platform.

These boards should be released on January 5. No word on pricing at this time.

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EVGA 200-Series Motherboards
Model/SpecZ270 Classified KZ270 FTW-KZ270 Stinger
Form FactorE-ATXATXMini-ITX
Memory Support4 x DDR4 DIMMs Up To 3600MHz4 x DDR4 DIMMsUp To 3600MHz2 x DDR4 DIMMs Up To 3600 MHz
Power Phases13116
PCI/PCI-E3 x PCI-E x13 x PCI-E x 16PCI-E x1PCI-E x43 x PCI-E X16PCI-E x16
NetworkingIntel i219v Gigabit LANKiller E2500 Gigabit LANIntel i219  Gigabit LANKiller E2400 Gigabit LANIntel i219  Gigabit LANDual-Band Wi-Fi + Bluetooth
AudioCreative Core3D Quad-Core Audio ProcessorRealtek ALC 1150Realtek ALC 1150
Ports8 x SATA-III (4 From Z270 PCH, 4 From Marvell 9235 Controller)2 x M.2 Key MM.2 Key EU.2USB Type-C6 x SATA-III2 x M.2 Key MM.2Key EU.2USB Type-C4 x SATA-IIIM.2 Key MM.2 Key EU.2USB Type-CType-A
Michael Justin Allen Sexton is a Contributing Writer for Tom's Hardware US. He covers hardware component news, specializing in CPUs and motherboards.
  • TechyInAZ
    WHOA, NO RGB!!!! I'm definitely not buying that! (sacrcasm)

    In many ways I'm glad there are no rgb lights, give the people who don't like lights an excellent choice for motherboards.
  • IInuyasha74
    Me too. I kinda like the one by the audio sub system, but it's a bit too much for me to have them all over.
  • Achaios
    Hopefully they didn't "forget" to add thermal pads or thermal paste where required under some components of their boards, like they did with their implementation of the GTX 1080.
    i think you can turn off the RGB light on other motherboards, like asus strix.
    i want too see more mATX motherboards.
  • thundervore
    19106722 said:
    i think you can turn off the RGB light on other motherboards, like asus strix.
    i want too see more mATX motherboards.


    Don't tell them that they can turn off the RGB. Let them keep blindly spreading misinformation about the RGB boards because they think it works like a LED fan LOL.

    All jokes aside, it amazes me how many people out there who consider themselves PC elite or enthusiast because they put together their first computer and still don't know that they can turn off the RGB on the motherboard lol.