EVGA has long been a player in the Intel motherboard space for generations now. Occasionally late to the party, they recently announced three motherboards for the Z370 chipset; the Z370 Classified K, Z370 FTW, and Z370 Micro. The Classified K and FTW are both full-size ATX boards while the Micro is mATX. All the boards offer reinforced memory slots, dual BIOS chips, SLI Support, and sometimes a unique power connector layout to avoid compatibility issues with cases and tight spaces. The Classified K leans more towards the overclocking side of things, while the FTW and Micro are going to be the generalist type motherboards. 

EVGA Z370 Classified K and Z370 FTW

Both the Classified K and FTW have fairly similar feature sets and appearance so we will talk about both on this page. Both boards have a black PCB and do not use any stenciled designs on the board. The only thing on the PCBs we can see are outlines for the component placement, and some of the traces. Both the Classy K and FTW include a silver shroud over the back panel with vents cut in extending to the both VRM heatsinks. Hiding under the VRM heatsinks is a 13 phase power delivery system on the Classified K, and an 11 phase implementation used on the FTW K. 

The Classified K offers an included audio cover for extending the shroud down the length of the board. Only the Classified K offers integrated RGB LEDs in the shroud, however, both have headers on the board for additional RGB strips. There are reinforced memory slots as well as the two primary PCIe slots in order to support heavier video cards. The additional 6-pin PCIe power lead at the bottom of the board is notched out for better cable management. Outside of a few minor things, the last noticeable difference between this is the FTW uses a slight smaller chipset heatsink than the Classified K.

Both boards have four reinforced memory slots and support up to 64GB, with a rated maximum speed up to DDR4-4133+. The PCIe slot arrangement is also the same on both, with two full-length reinforced slots from the processor, supporting x16 in single or x8/x8 in dual mode for GPUs, and a third full-length PCIe x4 from the chipset at the bottom. Both boards also have three PCIe x1 slots from the chipset. Storage options are also the same with each board, with six SATA ports (RAID 0, 1, 5, and 10 support). There are two Key M M.2 slots for PCIe storage up to 80mm, and one Key E M.2 slot for a Wi-Fi module.

There are six 4-pin PWM fan headers around the board for fans, four within the immediate vicinity of the CPU socket and another two at the bottom of the board. On audio, the Z370 Classified K uses a Creative Sound Core 3D 5.1 channel audio codec while the FTW uses the Realtek ALC1220 codec. For networking, the Classified K uses two Rivet Networks E2500 Killer controllers, while the FTW uses a single Intel I219-V controller. 


EVGA Z370 Classified K without IO shroud

On the rear panel the Classified K has a clear CMOS button, HDMI and Displayport video outputs, six USB 3.1 (5 Gbps) ports in blue, the two Killer E2500 network ports, two USB 3.1 (10 Gbps) ports from an ASMedia controller (one Type-C), and the audio jacks. One of the upsides on the Classified K is the use of an LSPCon to provide HDMI 2.0 from the HDMI port with HDCP 2.2 support.

For the rear panel of the Z370 FTW, there is also a Clear CMOS button followed by HDMI and DisplayPort video outputs, but then the two USB 3.1 (10 Gbps) ports from the ASMedia controller appear in red. These are followed by the USB 3.1 (5 Gbps) ports in blue, the Intel network port, and the audio jacks.

EVGA Z370 Classified K and FTW
  Z370 Classified K Z370 FTW
Warranty Period 3 Years
Product Page Link
Price N/A
Size ATX
CPU Interface LGA1151
Chipset Intel Z370 Express
Memory Slots (DDR4) Four DDR4
Supporting 64GB
Dual Channel
Support DDR4 4133+
Network Connectivity 2 x Killer E2500
1 x M.2 Key-E for Wi-Fi
1 x Intel I219-V
1 x M.2 Key-E for Wi-Fi
Onboard Audio Creative Core 3D Realtek ALC1220
PCIe from CPU 2 x PCIe 3.0 x16 slot (x16 or x8/x8)
PCIe from Chipset 1 x PCIe 3.0 x16 @ x4
Onboard SATA 6 x Supporting RAID 0/1/5/10
Onboard M.2 2 x PCIe 3.0 x4
Onboard U.2 None
USB 3.1 1 x Rear Panel Type-C
1 x Rear Panel Type-A
1 x Header
1 x Rear Panel Type-C
1 x Rear Panel Type-A
USB 3.0 6 x Rear Panel
1 x Header
USB 2.0 1 x Header
Power Connectors 1 x 24-pin EATX
1 x 8-pin ATX 12V
1 x 4-pin ATX 12V
1 x 24-pin EATX
1 x 8-pin ATX 12V
Fan Headers 6 x PWM
IO Panel Clear CMOS Button
HDMI 2.0
DisplayPort
1 x USB 3.1 Type-C
1 x USB 3.1 Type-A
6 x USB 3.1 (5 Gbps)
2 x Killer E2500 RJ-45
Audio Jacks
Clear CMOS Button
HDMI 1.4
DisplayPort
1 x USB 3.1 Type-C
1 x USB 3.1 Type-A
6 x USB 3.1 (5 Gbps)
1 x Intel I219-V
Audio Jacks
ASRock Z370M-ITX/ac and Z370 Gaming-ITX/ac EVGA Z370 Micro
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  • EricZBA - Friday, October 20, 2017 - link

    The Asus Strix Z370-G mATX may be up on Amazon's website, but it has been Out of Stock ever since the page went up with no shipping date in sight. NewEgg Canada has it out of stock and NewEgg's US website doesn't even have a page for it. To call it available is inaccurate. Reply
  • Rubinhood - Friday, October 20, 2017 - link

    Coffee Lake & related hardware is the new Duke Nukem Forever :) Reply
  • xchaotic - Monday, October 23, 2017 - link

    Well, I am typing this on Asus Strix Z370 I + i5 8400 PC so not entirely vaporware. People may be whining but it seems that Intel can't keep up with the demand... Reply
  • piiman - Thursday, October 26, 2017 - link

    got an 8600k today at Newegg. They still have stock after 4 hours so it looks like they may be starting to get large shipments. I7 is still out of stock though Reply
  • imaheadcase - Saturday, October 21, 2017 - link

    Amazon is different than newegg, if it says Out of Stock, if you order it it will ship when it comes in stock. Sometimes it will be same day even or next day. Amazon will only show "This item is not available" if completely out of stock for foreseeable future. They do this because it stops items from completely selling out right away so supply can be steady. Reply
  • Morawka - Saturday, October 21, 2017 - link

    I have found that Asus treats USA customers like a red headed step child. They will send units to the UK, australia, and all of Europe before they will send 1 single board to the USA.

    Some advice: Start looking at Overclockers.UK and have it imported to the USA.. The $30 DHL International shipping is faster than USPS Priority Mail or UPS International Express Saver. No VAT tax either.

    This is what i had to do to get a Rampage VI Extreme. Newegg hasn't gotten a R6E in stock for 2 months after the initial release batch.
    Reply
  • SpartanJet - Sunday, October 22, 2017 - link

    Does Asus USA cover warranty issues then since you bought it from UK? Reply
  • Xeres14 - Monday, October 23, 2017 - link

    Yeah I've been waiting on the Asus z370-g. I can't find an i7-8700k right now either so it's all right. Hopefully I'll be able to get both before Christmas (along with the rest of the upgrade). Reply
  • stuffwhy - Friday, October 20, 2017 - link

    This is so great. I find it increasingly difficult to find the right mainboard and this type of posting consolidates a lot of research time. Reply
  • SanX - Sunday, October 22, 2017 - link

    There are no "right" mobo here. Right future proof and super fast mobo has to be a dual-processor at least. Dual-SLI for example offers benefits for speed but in many cases the dual-chip is doing the same in simulations. Reply

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