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Supermicro C9Z390-PGW (Intel Z390) Motherboard Review

By: Steven Bassiri | Socket LGA 1150/1151 in Motherboards | Posted: 1 week ago
TweakTown Rating: 93%Manufacturer: Supermicro

Packaging and Overview

 

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The box is very standard, and the packaging is decent.

 

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The accessory package includes four SATA6Gb/s cables, WIFI antenna, IO shield, case badge, SATA cable stickers, driver DVD, and quick manual.

 

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Supermicro has upped the number of fan headers to six from their standard five, and each header is capable of 2A of output, and they are all PWM/DC mode headers, Supermicro just added the ability to choose between the two modes.

 

The motherboard has a gun-metal color theme with hints of RGB under certain areas of the motherboard. The two M.2 slots are covered by large heat sinks, and we can clearly see all four PCI-E x16 slots. The back of the motherboard doesn't have many components, but we can see the RGBs on the right side of the board.

 

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The rear IO panel features PS/2 keyboard/mouse, two USB 3.0 ports, two DisplayPorts, three USB 3.1 type-A, one USB 3.1 type-C, 10Gbit LAN, 1Gbit LAN, WIFI antenna out, HDMI 2.0, and 7.1 audio ports with S/PDIF out.

 

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With the PEX8747 chipset, the slots operate at x16/x0/x16/x0 or x8/x8/x8/x8, which is useful in case you want one GPU running x16 and then something like an M.2 RAID card that could take advantage of x16 PCI-E 3.0. The motherboard supports CrossFireX.

 

 

There are two M.2 slots, one of them shares bandwidth with one of the U.2 ports and the other shares with two SATA6Gb/s ports. We can see the heat sinks that cool the M.2 slots also transfer heat into the large PCH heat sink.

 

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We get two U.2 ports and six SATA6Gb/s ports, and some are shared with the M.2 slots. We find a USB 3.0 internal header and USB 3.1 type-C internal header located below the last x16 slot. Our single USB 2.0 internal header can be found down here too.

 

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An 8-pin power header is located at the top of the motherboard. We also find two RGB LED headers at the top near the VRM heat sink.

 

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In the bottom right corner of the motherboard, we find a COM header, front case headers, some boot LEDs, and a POST code display. Power, reset, and clear CMOS buttons can be found in the top right corner.

 

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The 10Gbit Aquantia chip has a heat sink glued to it. The other heat sinks are screwed into the motherboard.

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