EVGA Shows Off Rowdy Z97 Motherboard Family

Paul Lilly

Three decked out boards, two of which you can preorder today

One thing we can say with certainty is that Intel's refreshed Haswell processors will have no trouble finding suitable homes in Z97-based motherboards. We've already seen several pop up online, and now EVGA has revealed its initial Z97 motherboard lineup . It includes three boards to get things started -- the EVGA Z97 Classified, EVGA Z97 FTW, and EVGA Z97 Stinger Core3D.

Starting with the Z97 Classified, this board is "engineered for the enthusiast and built from the ground up" for overclocking. It comes with a GUI BIOS focused on functionality, a new software interface for overclocking within the operating system, high quality components, Core3D audio, 8-layer PCB with memory trace layout, 4-way SLI support, eight SATA 6Gbps ports, six USB 3.0 ports, six USB 2.0 ports, two Intel GbE NICs, and four DIMM slots with support for up to 32GB of DDR3-2666MHz+. This is an EATX board.

Next up is the Z97 FTW "engineered for performance users with excellent overclocking features." It's an ATX motherboard with a 6-layer PCB, eight SATA 6Gbps ports, half a dozen each of USB 3.0 and 2.0 ports, 2-way SLI support, a single Intel GbE NIC, and the same RAM support as the Classified.

For small form factor (SFF) builds, there's the Z97 Stinger Core 3D. It's a mini ITX board with a 10-layer PCB, four SATA 6Gbps ports, six USB 3.0 ports, four USB 2.0 ports, two DIMM slots, Core3D audio, and a few other goodies.

You can preorder the EVGA Z97 Classified for $380 and the EVGA Z97 FTW for $200. The EVGA Z97 Stinger Core3D is also priced at $200, though it's not available to preorder. All three boards are scheduled to ship later this month.

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