With a small B550 break out of the way, I did still have another Z490 motherboard come in after the Z490 launch that I wanted to check out. That board is from EVGA and unlike all of the other board manufacturers, EVGA doesn’t have 15 or 20 different options. They always like to keep things a little simpler. They have two Z490 motherboards and only one available just yet, the Z490 FTW WiFi. I’m excited to see what EVGA has going on for this generation so let’s dive in and take a closer look then put it through its paces.

Product Name: EVGA Z490 FTW WIFI

Review Sample Provided by: EVGA

Written by: Wes Compton

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Intel Z490




4 Native SATA 6.0Gbps Ports / 2 ASMedia SATA 6.0Gbps Ports


0, 1, 5, 10, JBOD


5x USB 2.0 (1 SPI to USB port, 4 from Internal Headers)

Memory Support

4 DIMM Dual-Channel DDR4 4400MHz+ (up to 128GB)


100% Solid State


Intel i219V Gigabit NIC


Realtek ALC1220 7.1 Channel HD Audio + SV3H615

Display Outputs

DP 1.2, HDMI 1.4

Fan Headers

8 (2 CPU PWM, 6 PWM/DC)


6 Layers

PCI-E Slot Arrangement

2x16, 1x1

NVMe Support

Yes (PCIe + SATA)

Form Factor

ATX Form Factor

Length: 12in - 305mm

Width: 9.6in - 244mm


100% Solid State Capacitors

150% Increased Socket Gold Content

3 Year Warranty

EVGA ELEET X1 Software Support

HDMI 1.4 and DP 1.2

Highly-Efficient 14 Phase Digital VRM

Intel® Optane™ Memory Ready

Onboard Clear CMOS, Power and Reset Buttons

Onboard Temperature and Voltage Monitoring

Realtek 7.1 Channel HD Audio + EVGA NU Audio

Reinforced PCIe slots

RGB LED Heatsink Synchronizes with Onboard ARGB and RGB Headers

SafeBoot button resets the motherboard and goes into the BIOS with last known good settings without clearing CMOS

SPI flashing via USB allows you to flash your BIOS without a CPU

Switchable Dual BIOS

Operating System Support

Windows 10 32/64bit

Windows 8 32/64bit*

Windows 7 32/64bit*


*Intel Kaby Lake-S CPUs only support Windows 10.


Intel Skylake CPUs support:

Windows 10

Windows 8

Windows 7


3 year



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