The EVGA Z30 Classified K motherboard (134-KS-E379-KR) is their flagship model for enthusiast gaming. One of the changes with the Z370 is the new power requirements which used a 13 phase design for the regulator.
- Chipset: Intel Z370
- Socket: LGA1151
- Form Factor: ATX
- SLI: 2-Way SLI + PhysX
- Memory: 4 DIMM Dual-Channel DDR4 4133MHz+ (up to 64GB)
- Display Outputs: HDMI 2.0, DP1.2
- USB: 8x USB 3.0 / 4x USB 2.0
- USB 3.1 (Rear I/O): 1x USB 3.1 Type-A, Type-C
The Classified K uses the new Intel Coffee Lake-S processors. Best bet for this motherboard is the i7-8700 or i7-8700KK
This motherboard uses both a 4-pin ATX12V and 8-pin EPS12V connector along the top edge but it also has a PCI Express 6-pin conector along the bottom edge to support the slots.
There are headers for USB 3.1 so that the front panel connections will be fast charge capable. The rear IO shield has abundant USB connectors as well but most use a USB hub for printers and other devices.
We strongly recommend using at least 32GB of memory with the Classified K and it is not such a bad idea to even install the full 64GB. Games are increasingly using more and more memory so it makes sense to provide it. The DMA controllers can handle vast amounts of data with modern 8GB video cards.
The Z370 comes into its own when a pair of GTX 1080 Ti cards are installed. With 32GB of memory and the i7-8700 CPU working together, games are easily play on max graphics.
The wave solder is clean and it’s neat;y trimmed to prevent problems. The CPU and cooler installed quickly and easily. The DDR4 RAM also snap in cleanly. The M.2 SSD easily slides into place.
Most high-end chassis have enough mounts to secure any motherboard. The assembled board easily slips into a chassis to be screwed into place with at least 4-6 screws in addition to the index pin to hold the board firmly.
The board is standard ATX so cable management is easy enough with a modern modular PSU. The Corsair AT1500i has all the cables needed for an extreme board like this one.
The top of the chassis dual fan water cooler is ideal for this motherboard. This can cool the CPU considerably while also removing warm air from the video cards.
Installing Windows 10 on the Samsung 2 TB M.2 SSD did not take long using a fast USB 3 stick. EVGA had an updated BIOS which we installed immediately to be sure the CPU and memory worked well together.
We have 4 hard disks in the chassis along with a BD drive which are all mapped in Windows. Disk manager can change drive letters if desired.