NZXT’s Cool New N7 Z490 Motherboard 1

NZXT’s Cool New N7 Z490 Motherboard

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NZXT’s Cool New N7 Z490 Motherboard 2

NZXT’s Plastic Shroud Is Trying To Have A Mass Effect On The Market

The N7 Z490 motherboard was not designed from scratch from NZXT, they haven’t started up a secret fab which will start cranking out motherboards, instead NZXT is responsible for the overall look of this motherboard.  The benefits of picking up a motherboard designed by a cases and cooling company are aesthetic, if you stick with NZXT for your enclosure and cooling equipment you will end up with a very consistent look to your system.  For the curious, as far as The FPS Review were able to determine the motherboard was built by ASRock.

The board offers a decent amount of features for a mid-ranged board, 8+2 power phases, 2.5GbE, WiFi 6, two M.2 and a decent selection of PCIe 16x and 1x slots, though the Realtek ALC1220 is not the best choice.  As the board sells for around $230 that is a good mix of features, it won’t win you any benchmarking competitions but the shroud might just win you a system build competition.

The board itself doesn’t sport any RGBs of any kind, however it has a multitude of PWM headers, a 5v RGB header, a 12v RGB header, and two NZXT RGB headers so you will have plenty of flexibility to design your own light shows.  Pop on over for a closer look at the components and the shroud.