CES 2018: NZXT Announces the N7 Z370, Its First Ever Motherboard

Subject: Motherboards | January 9, 2018 - 10:00 AM |
Tagged: Z370, nzxt, motherboard, CES 2018, CES

Case and accessory maker NZXT is entering the PC components market with the announcement this week of its first ever motherboard. The NZXT N7 Z370 is based on Intel's Z370 chipset and is designed for both simplicity and clean looks.

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The board features a built-in digital fan controller, integrated RGB lighting channels, an all-metal cover available in either black or white, and an on-board noise sensor that can help calibrate fan speeds and cooling pumps for a quieter PC.

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CPU LGA socket 1151 for Intel 8th Generation Core i7/i5/i3
Chipset Intel Z370
Memory 4 x DIMM with 64GB Max
DDR4 up to 3866MHz (O.C.)
Video Out DisplayPort
HDMI
Multi-GPU NVIDIA 2-Way SLI
AMD 2-Way CrossFireX
Storage 1 x M.2 2242/2260/2280 (PCIe x4 & SATA modes)
1 x M.2 2242/2260/2280 (PCIe x4 mode only)
4 x SATA 6Gbs
Support for RAID 0/1/5/10
Intel Smart Response Technology
Intel Rapid Storage Technology 15
Intel Optane Memory Ready
Networking 1 x Intel I219-V Gigabit Ethernet
Audio Realtek ALC1220 Codec with Nichicon Gold Capacitors
7.1 Channel High Definition Audio, 32-bit / 192KHz DAC
Expansion Slots 2 x PCIe 3.0 x16 (x16 or dual x8)
2 x PCIe 3.0 x4
2 x PCIe 3.0 x1
Rear I/O 5 x USB 2.0
4 x USB 3.1 Gen 1
1 x DisplayPort 1.2
1 x HDMI 1.4b
1 x Clear CMOS Button
1 x RJ45
1 x Optical S/PDIF Out
7.1 Channel Audio Ports (3.5mm)
Internal I/O 1 x 24-pin EATX
1 x 8-pin ATX 12V
1 x 4-pin CPU Fan
1 x 4-pin AIO Pump
1 x 4-pin Water Pump
6 x 4-pin System Fans (up to 5W per channel)
3 x USB 2.0 header
2 x USB 3.1 Gen 1 header
4 x SATA 6Gbps
1 x M.2 Socket 3 with M Key (PCIe & SATA modes)
1 x M.2 Socket 3 with M Key (PCIe mode only)
2 x RGB LED connectors
1 x noise detection module
1 x font panel audio connector
1 x power button
1 x reset button
1 x ROM backup button
1 x dual BIOS switch
Accessories User's Manual
I/O Shield
4 x SATA data cables
1 x NZXT SLI Bridge
2 x LED light strips
2 x 500mm LED connection cable
2 x 300mm LED extension cable
Form Factor ATX (305mm x 244mm)

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The NZXT N7 Z370 motherboard will launch later this month in the US and Europe for $299.99.

Source: NZXT

January 9, 2018 | 10:14 AM - Posted by mouf

actually looks pretty interesting. I love the plain flat black look. AND it appears to actually have a decent heatsink on the VRMS which apparently is becoming an issues on Intel boards lately.

January 9, 2018 | 10:24 AM - Posted by Anonymous1 (not verified)

Looks very nice. Should be available in white. And for AMD Ryzen too. :D

January 9, 2018 | 11:17 AM - Posted by Randy (not verified)

The article clearly stated there is a white option.

January 9, 2018 | 11:18 AM - Posted by Randy (not verified)

So I would ask who actually makes the board....we know this a rebrand and it wasn't fabbed by NZXT.

January 9, 2018 | 11:56 AM - Posted by mouf

Gamers Nexus has some info stating ECS, but they have yet to confirm it.

January 9, 2018 | 01:04 PM - Posted by CNote

Still waiting for more board makers to integrate the damn io shield into the board.

January 9, 2018 | 01:56 PM - Posted by CB

No USB-C? Non-starter.

January 9, 2018 | 08:02 PM - Posted by djotter

I always thought a rear facing Type-C was a bit odd. That connector is made for frequent access so is better suited to front panel. There is 2x USB 3.1 Gen 1 headers on the board, so you could get a type C 3.5" front panel?

January 9, 2018 | 08:13 PM - Posted by Jim Tanous

Haven't used any of these personally, but it looks like there at least a few options.

January 9, 2018 | 09:33 PM - Posted by RealExascale (not verified)

I like EMI shielding, but i also like being able to look at all the Japanese capacitors on my board.

The noise sensor sounds like it needs extensive testing to determine if its a liability or an asset.

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