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EVGA Releases The Z490 Dark K|NGP|N Edition Motherboard For Overclocking Addicts

EVGA Z490 Dark K|NGP|N Edition (Image credit: EVGA)

EVGA has taken the wraps off a limited-edition of their Z490 Dark motherboard. The Z490 Dark K|NGP|N Edition, which is named after overclocking legend Vince "K|NGP|N" Lucido, arrives with Lucido's hand-signed signature on the packaging and improved memory support.

Although the Z490 Dark K|NGP|N Edition sports an unorthodox look, the motherboard belongs to the E-ATX category. EVGA produces the motherboard on a 10-layer PCB, which improves overclocking and PCB cooling. The power delivery subsystem adheres to a 18-phase design and a pair of 8-pin EPS connectors make sure that your 10th Generation Comet Lake-S processor will never starve for power.

The motherboard targets the overclocking crowd so it comes with a bunch of notable attributes, such as triple BIOS support, dual debug LEDs, onboard clear CMOS, power and reset buttons, switches to disable PCIe slots, among other overclocking-oriented features. A total of eight 4-pin fan headers are positioned strategically over the motherboard.

Similar to the vanilla version, the K|NGP|N Edition only has two DDR4 memory slots so the motherboard is limited to 64GB of memory. Memory support, however, is off the roof. While the Z490 Dark supports DDR4-4800 memory modules and beyond, the K|NGP|N Edition does DDR4-5000 and higher. Details on how EVGA managed to get enhanced memory support on the K|NGP|N Edition are unknown for the moment.

EVGA Z490 Dark K|NGP|N Edition (Image credit: EVGA)

Conventional storage options include six native SATA III ports from the Z490 chipset with RAID 0, 1, 5 and 10 support. Two additional SATA III ports are available from the ASMedia ASM1061 controller. One U.2 port is present as well. For housing high-speed SSDs, the Z490 Dark K|NGP|N Edition provides two M.2 Key-M slots that accommodate M.2 drives up to 110mm.

The motherboard has three PCIe x16 reinforced expansion slots in a 1x16/8, 1x8/4 and 1x4 arrangement. The Z490 Dark K|NGP|N Edition supports Nvidia SLI configurations up to two graphics cards. There's also one PCIe x4 expansion slot for your other devices.

The Z490 Dark K|NGP|N Edition incorporates two Ethernet controllers for networking. The Intel I225-V provides the 2.5 Gigabit Ethernet port, while the Intel I219V delivers the Gigabit Ethernet port. For added connectivity, EVGA added the Intel Wi-Fi 6 AX201 module to offer Wi-Fi 6 and Bluetooth 5.1.

The Realtek ALC1220 audio codec is in charge of the audio on the Z490 Dark K|NGP|N Edition. It's not alone though. EVGA pairs the ALC1220 with the brand's proprietary SV3H615 3D headphone amplifier.

The Z490 Dark K|NGP|N Edition offers a PS/2 combo port, two USB 3.2 Gen 1 ports, five USB 3.2 Gen 2 Type-A ports, one USB 3.2 Gen 2 Type-C port for connecting peripherals. The combination of three USB 2.0 header, one USB 3.2 Gen 1 header and one USB 3.2 Gen 2 Type-C header helps boost the number of USB ports. Unfortunately, the motherboard only has one video output, which comes in the shape of a single mini-DisplayPort.

The Z490 Dark K|NGP|N Edition retails for $599.99 and comes with a limited three-year warranty. It's $100 more expensive than the Z490 Dark. You can pick up the Z490 Dark K|NGP|N Edition on EVGA's online store.

  • nofanneeded
    To EVGA : Separate the two dimms with a little more clearance so we can add thick self made Memory coolers.
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  • hotaru251
    kind of a waste to release an oc mb for a not current chipset ;/

    nice board other than that.
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  • nofanneeded
    hotaru251 said:
    kind of a waste to release an oc mb for a not current chipset ;/

    nice board other than that.

    not current??!??
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  • magnusfl
    Seriously the chip set z490 was release just 2 month s ago unlike AMD flagship chip set which 15 months old and the 1200 pin chip is current for 1085/1900 Intel chips
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  • drivinfast247
    magnusfl said:
    Seriously the chip set z490 was release just 2 month s ago unlike AMD flagship chip set which 15 months old and the 1200 pin chip is current for 1085/1900 Intel chips
    I know! Not sure why AMD didn't change the chipset and socket so that any upgrading requires a new motherboard!
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  • spongiemaster
    drivinfast247 said:
    I know! Not sure why AMD didn't change the chipset and socket so that any upgrading requires a new motherboard!
    The only chipset guaranteed to support the 5000 series that wasn't released this year, is the X570, released last year. No 3 series boards are expected to have support, and only some 4 series will have support. Odds are, most people are going to need a new motherboard anyway. Releasing a new socket compatible chipset would have hurt no one.
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  • magnusfl
    AMD slammed Intel for changing the pins to often which is bit true but there made mistake they promised not to do the same that so they build new CPUs on old architecture . which is Intel again in in the top with there z490 board and the 1085 to 1090. anther thing 10 cores is all you need for games as test of core with several games show most use much less then 10 cores. in fact a few game that are core intensive suffered with more 10 cores in fact suffed with virtual cores as well. as while AMD is good choice for a server it lacks in game box
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