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As we know, NZXT worked with ASRock to help develop this board, and it shows with the overall setup of the BIOS. Not much has changed from the Z590 version. Things looke the same with a black-and-purple color scheme, NZXT’s colors. Across the top are several headers, including Main, Overclocking, Advanced, Tool, PC Monitoring, and more. Editable fields are on the left, while descriptions of each selection are on the right. The colors used in the BIOS (black, white and purple) is easy to read and match the brand colors. Most options are found under the sub-heading(s), and you do not have to dig down to find commonly used features. That said, CPU, DRAM, and Voltage have their sections. We didn’t have any issues inside this BIOS.
On the software side, NZXT uses an all-in-one utility named CAM. The CAM utility controls RGB lighting, overclocking, power, audio, fan speed and more. On the left side of are menus/sections, while the right side displays information and is where adjustments happen. Overall, the software worked well in our limited use during testing. To get the most out of it, you can sign up/in to the software. It does work offline/without an account as well–and we hope NZXT maintains the offline capability.
Test System / Comparison Products
We’ve updated our test system to Windows 11 64-bit OS with all updates applied. We kept the same Asus TUF RTX 3070 video card from our previous testing platforms but updated the driver to version 496.13. Additionally, our game selection has been updated, as noted in the table below. We use the latest non-beta motherboard BIOS available to the public unless otherwise noted. The hardware we used is as follows:
|CPU||Intel Core i9-12900K|
|Memory||Kingston Fury DDR5 5200 CL40 (9KF552C40BBK2-32)|
|Row 2 - Cell 0||GSkill Trident Z DDR5 5600 CL36 (F5-5600U3636C16GX2-TZ5RK)|
|Row 3 - Cell 0||ADATA XPG DDR5 6000 CL40 (AX5U6000C4016G-FCLARBK)|
|GPU||Asus TUF RTX 3070|
|Cooling||MSI MEG Coreliquid S360|
|PSU||EVGA Supernova 850W P6|
|Software||Windows 11 64-bit (21H2, Build 22000.282)|
|Graphics Driver||NVIDIA Driver 496.13|
|Sound||Integrated HD audio|
|Network||Integrated Networking (GbE or 2.5 GbE)|
EVGA supplied our Supernova 850W P6 power supply (appropriately sized and more efficient than the outgoing 1.2KW monster we used) for our test systems, and G.Skill sent us a DDR5-5600 (F5-5600U3636C16GX2-TZ5RK) memory kit for testing.
|Synthetic Benchmarks and Settings||Row 0 - Cell 1|
|Procyon||Version 2.0.249 64|
|Row 2 - Cell 0||Office Suite, Video Editing (Premiere Pro), Photo Editing (Photoshop, Lightroom Classic)|
|3DMark||Version 2.20.7290 64|
|Row 4 - Cell 0||Firestrike Extreme and Time Spy Default Presets|
|Cinebench R23||Version RBBENCHMARK330542|
|Row 6 - Cell 0||Open GL Benchmark - Single and Multi-threaded|
|Row 8 - Cell 0||Full benchmark (three sub-tests)|
|Application Tests and Settings||Row 9 - Cell 1|
|LAME MP3||Version SSE2_2019|
|Row 11 - Cell 0||Mixed 271MB WAV to mp3: Command: -b 160 --nores (160Kb/s)|
|HandBrake CLI||Version: 1.2.2|
|Row 13 - Cell 0||Sintel Open Movie Project: 4.19GB 4K mkv to x264 (light AVX) and x265 (heavy AVX)|
|Corona 1.4||Version 1.4|
|Row 15 - Cell 0||Custom benchmark|
|Row 17 - Cell 0||Integrated benchmark (Command Line)|
|Game Tests and Settings||Row 18 - Cell 1|
|Far Cry 6||Ultra Preset - 1920 x 1080, HD Textures ON|
|F1 2021||Ultra Preset - 1920 x 1080, HBAO+, RT Med, TAA + 16xAF, Bahrain, FPS Counter ON|
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This is literally a board with no reason to exist. Another fine blunder by the folks at NZXT.Reply
Darkbreeze said:This is literally a board with no reason to exist. Another fine blunder by the folks at NZXT.
If this had come out earlier when Adler Lake was fresh I think this would be a popular option. 4 M.2 and no money wasted on RGB.
Also - strong link to AnandTech for a board Tom's hasn't reviewed yet! Thanks.Reply
Co BIY said:Why?
Why? Because you can get a variety of motherboards that don't have these shortcomings,
No USB 3.2 Gen2x2 (20 Gbps)
Dated mid-range audio
Hot running, paltry 50A MOSFETs
for less than that board costs, and they not only look better but have additional options not found on that NZXT board.