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May
2
2014

EVGA Z97 Motherboards Overview: Z97 Classified, Z97 Stinger, Z97 FTW

EVGA Z97 Motherboards Overview: Z97 Classified, Z97 Stinger, Z97 FTW

EVGA has just unveiled its Z97 lineup for the upcoming Intel refresh. The lineup looks very similar to the previous EVGA Z87 Classified and EVGA Z87 Stinger but now features the new Z97 chipset.

The new EVGA Z97 Stinger is a Mini-ITX motherboard and starts with a MSRP of $199. It features a 10-layer PCB and supports up to two DDR3 2666Mhz DIMMs. There are a total of four SATA 6Gbps ports and a single PCI-Express x16 slot. There is also a 5.1 audio support through a Creative Sound Core3D audio processor.

The EVGA Z97 FTW motherboard is a more affordable ATX-sized enthusiast grade board with four PCI-Express x16 slots, eight SATA 6Gbps ports, four DDR3 DIMM slots, no Creative Audio processor and a single M.2 connector. There is also a dual BIOS option and voltage read points.

The EVGA Z97 Classified is their top of the line motherboard with a MSRP of $379. It is an E-ATX sized motherboard with four DIMM slots that support DDR3 modules and eight SATA 6Gbps ports. In addition, there are five PCI-Express x16 slots with dual Intel network controllers and a single mPCIe slot. As with the Z97 Stinger, the Z97 classified also features the Creative Sound Core3D audio processor for 5.1 audio. Some of the more special features include triple BIOS and support for LucidLogix Virtu MVP 2.

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