As it stands the Z270 Classified K is EVGA’s flagship Z270 motherboard and it has quite a lot of features packed inside. For the gamers out there you have Creative Sound Core3D audio, Killer E2500 gaming networking, and support for 2-way SLI. Now compared to the previous generation (Z170) this board lacks the PLX chip for 4-way SLI and the PCIe disable dip-switches. I think that this makes sense as 4-way SLI is becoming less and less popular. This also allows EVGA to bring this board in at a lower cost.
Other notable features on this board include Thunderbolt 3, U.2, dual M.2 slots, and power, reset, and clear CMOS buttons on the board itself. There really is not much else you would want on this board. Of course if we look at most Z270 boards in this class they do have one thing this board does not, RGB LEDs or RGB LED headers. Its sort of crazy that I even have to bring this up, but let’s face it, RGB LEDs are in right now.
EVGA has kept their BIOS pretty much the same since Z170 and it gets the job done and is very easy to use. EVGA does lack good motherboard companion software. The E-LEET Tuning Utility can really compete with software offered by other motherboard makers.
This board overclocks quite well, I was able to get our Core i7-7700K up to 4.9 GHz at 1.35V Vcore. Sadly our cooling setup would not let us get any higher than that. We will be updating our cooling setup very soon so expect expanding testing once that happens. Also this board does have voltage checkpoints for all of those doing any serious overclocking or bench testing.
If you are looking for a motherboard that has all of the great features you would expect of a motherboard in this class without all of the extra bling this is a great choice. Right now you can pick it up at our favorite online retailer for $299.99. Overall ThinkComputers gives the EVGA Z270 Classified K motherboard a 9 out of 10 score.
– Killer 2500 networking
– Creative Sound Core3D audio
– Thunderbolt 3
– Dual M.2 and U.2
– Power, reset, and clear CMOS buttons on the board
– Companion software is lacking
– No RGB or RGB headers