Here are key points about the SuperMicro C7Z370-CG-IW.
Quality VRM: All VCore phases are heatsinked, but under and around that heat sink are quality VRM components. We find a digital PWM controller that controls the four VCore phases and two iGPU phases. Each of those phases uses 50A integrated power stages along with 50A inductors. The four-phase VCore VRM can do better than many 8-phase VRMs on many ATX motherboards. The purpose of the high-quality VRMs, in this case, is to ensure the motherboard runs cooler and that CPU power is stabilized.
Dual M.2: We did an article on how to setup NVMe RAID on this motherboard, and performance was quite good. Even if you don't need NVMe RAID with M.2 drives, it's still nice to have more M.2 slots rather than fewer.
Solid Aesthetics: Need a simple and serious looking mini-ITX motherboard? Look no further; the C7Z370-CG-IW is as simple as it gets. With a mixture of black and gray, the motherboard will just fade into the background of your build. The lack of RGB LEDs and addition of an RGB leader means that you won't be bothered by lights, and can add them in the future.
HDMI 2.0: One of the many uses for mini-ITX motherboards is as an HTPC, and if you want to stream newer 4K content such as Netflix you will require the entire ecosystem to be compatible. That means HDMI 2.0 is required, and SuperO made sure to include the special chip that provides HDMI 2.0 output through the integrated graphics on the CPU.
Price: With an expected MSRP of $199, the C7Z370-CG-IW will be the most expensive Z370 mini-ITX motherboard on the market.
Power Limits: Keeping true with their dedication to reliability and stability, the UEFI has hard limits set for current and power. These limits are common on mini-ITX motherboards, but it would have been nice to override them.
The SuperMicro C7Z370-CG-IW carries all the high-end features found on Z370 motherboards. That includes Wireless AC, Gbit LAN, USB 3.1 type-A and type-C, x4 PCI-E M.2, and high-end 120dB SNR audio. SuperO also kept things above board when it comes to IC quality, and they used the high-end controllers and implemented them the way other higher-end motherboards have done. VRM quality is also very high, and you can tell that SuperO did not skimp on this mini-ITX motherboard, we find the same ICs on their ATX boards and some server motherboards. While we would have liked to see some improvements in the UEFI and price, those two things can be easily remedied. SuperO's UEFI has come a long way in regards to layout and menus, and it has all the settings you will need to set things up. We even wrote a guide on how to setup NVMe RAID using both the M.2 slots, so if you need help, we did put some tips in there. DDR4 overclocking has also been improved, and all the kits we use for testing worked with XMP at speeds up to 3600MHz. If you are looking for a quality Z370 mini-ITX motherboard with high-end features, give the C7Z370-CG-IW a look.
Last updated: Nov 15, 2019 at 01:16 pm CST
The Bottom Line: The SuperMicro C7Z370-CG-IW is a solid motherboard with a great feature set and high-quality controllers in the tiny mini-ITX form factor.
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