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.