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Supermicro C7Z270-CG Motherboard Review

By: Steven Bassiri | Socket LGA 1150/1151 in Motherboards | Posted: Feb 15, 2017 11:49 pm
TweakTown Rating: 91%Manufacturer: Supermicro

Here are key points about the Supermicro C7Z270-CG.

 

What's Hot

 

Excellent Component Quality: The VRM components are very high quality, and that goes along with the other components and construction of the motherboard as well. When Supermicro says that they used server grade engineering in their consumer motherboards, they aren't joking.

 

 

Dual M.2 and U.2: You can use three of these devices at any time, and it offers owners flexibility regarding what they want to use. While you might want to use your two Intel 750s through the U.2 ports now, down the road, you might want to switch over to M.2 when Optane releases and the C7Z270-CG offers that ability.

 

Four USB 3.1 Ports on the Rear IO: Most motherboards have only two rear USB 3.1 ports, usually one type-A and another type-C. The C7Z270-CG has both of those plus two extra USB 3.1 ports. Since USB 3.1 is backward compatible with all previous USB specifications, you get more of the faster USB ports.

 

OC Features: The motherboard is equipped with power, reset, and clear CMOS buttons, but it also offers a POST Code display, and built-in UEFI overclocking profiles.

 

Green and Black: Green and Black isn't a common color scheme for a motherboard, albeit a lot of people really like it when they see it. With the advent of RGB accessories, it's now much easier to match any color, even green, so loaded green and black builds are now possible. I personally like the green and black.

 

What's Not

 

UEFI Needs some Polishing: The UEFI that is out right now is the first release, and it needs some minor fixes to make things easier that will hopefully come down the road.

 

Low Rear USB Count: The motherboard offers a total of five USB type-A ports and a single type-C port on the rear IO panel. While three of these are type-A and one type-C are USB 3.1, the remaining two type-A are only USB 2.0. Supermicro should have been able to put a few USB 3.0 ports back there.

 

 

Final Thoughts

 

The C7Z270-CG uses very high-quality components, construction, and server grade engineering, resulting in a motherboard with a tough exterior that can stand up to harsher environments.

 

However, Supermicro also saw the need to target gamers and enthusiasts, who might not want a dull looking product, and over the years, we have seen Supermicro shift their aesthetics to something that is truly pleasing.

 

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There were some minor annoyances in the UEFI, such as having to delete the previous value before inserting new ones and perhaps some overly aggressive UEFI overclocking profiles, so I hope Supermicro's next BIOS release is a bit easier to use. That is not to say the UEFI is not usable, you just have to get used to it, and once you do things will be easier.

 

I was pleased with how easy it was to overclock to 5GHz and enable XMP, and setting boot order was simple and easy to do. Overall, the C7Z270-CG screams quality and has the hardware to prove it.

 

If you are looking for a tough, durable, and dependable server grade consumer motherboard that will overclock, the C7Z270-CG is worth a look.

Product Summary Breakdown

TweakTown award
Performance (including Overclocking)89%
Quality including Design and Build96%
General Features92%
Bundle and Packaging90%
Value for Money89%
Overall TweakTown Rating91%

The Bottom Line: Supermicro's C7Z270-CG is loaded with some of the best quality parts and uses server grade engineering, resulting in a dependable, rugged motherboard that screams tough.

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