NZXT unveil stylish, full-fat N7 Z390 motherboard

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NZXT are well-known for their cases, which are often available in a stark white and black design, but they also produce other products with a similar motif – and this week, they announced a motherboard for Intel’s new Z390 chipset and 9th generation CPUs that looks fit for an Imperial Stormtrooper. Here’s what you need to know about the NZXT N7 Z390.

First, this motherboard is well-equipped when it comes to features. Gigabit wireless and Bluetooth V5 connectivity are baked in, while the company’s cases, fans and coolers are accounted for with HUE 2 RGB lighting channels and digital fan controls, accessible via NZXT’s ever-improving CAM software. The N7 also looks incredibly eye-catching, thanks to an all-metal snow white or matte black motherboard cover that should make your (hopefully well-chosen) components really stand out.

Here’s the full rundown of features, as included in NZXT’s press release:

  • CAM-powered features simplify setup and control of RGB lighting and fans
  • HUE 2 digital RGB lighting control: advanced lighting with numerous presets and custom modes
  • GRID+ digital fan control: convenient fan profiles within CAM for eight independent fan channels
  • Clean customization: all-metal cover available in black and white, and heatsink covers available in a glossy blue, red, or purple finish to color coordinate any build
  • Integrated rear I/O shield and efficient layout ensures straightforward and optimal setup with easy upgradeability
  • Adaptive Noise Reduction optimizes cooling and noise balance for best gaming comfort

  • Designed with Intel® Z390 Express Chipset
  • Compatible with Intel® 8th/9th Generation Core™ i9, Core™ i7, Core™ i5, and Core™ i3 processors
  • Intel® Wireless-AC 9560 Gigabit* wireless connectivity and Bluetooth V5
  • Intel® Optane™ Memory Ready
  • Two M.2 connectors for storage devices
  • Multi-GPU support with AMD CrossFireX™ Technology
  • Supports memory speeds of up to 3866+ MHz and Intel® XMP 2.0
  • 8-channel high-definition audio

The motherboard will be available for the princely sum of £280 this December. Given its clean appearance and comprehensive feature list, it may become a firm favourite for high-end system builders, but I guess we’ll have to see how it performs before making any kind of judgement.

Last modified: October 13, 2018

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