NZXT makes some of the most aesthetically pleasing motherboards on the market, as long as you like the look of the black or white metal covers that hide most printed circuit boards. Its latest offering, the N7 Z590, follows this tradition.
As the model name suggests, the N7 Z590 is based on Intel’s flagship Z590 chipset for its 11th-generation desktop processors (such as the Core i9 11900K), also known as Rocket Lake.
Underneath all these sleek covers is a six-layer PCB and a 12 + 2 DrMOS power phase design. More layers can mean more traces and / or better separation of traces, which can be useful for reducing interference. electromagnetic. A six-layer PCB is kind of mid-range in the big scheme of things – some cheaper boards use four layers, while the more expensive ones can have eight or even 10 layers.
When it comes to power phase design, higher figures tend to be better (the first number indicates VRM phases for the CPU and the second number points to VRM phases for other components), to provide cleaner power. This can help with stability, especially when overclocking.
You can install up to 128 GB of DDR4-4600 memory on the N7 Z590. And for storage, the board offers four 6 Gbps SATA ports and a couple of M.2 slots for these gum-stick SSDs. One of these slots supports PCI Express 4.0 (unless you install a Comet Lake processor, it is reduced to PCIe 3.0) to make the most of PCIe 4.0 SSDs, some of which offer 7,000 MB / s focusing speeds s.
Subsequent I / O consists of the following:
- 2x USB 2.0
- 3x USB 3.2 Gen 2 type A
- 1x USB 3.2 Gen 2×2 type C
- 4x USB 3.2 Gen 1 type A
- 1x HDMI
- 2x SMA wireless antenna connectors
- 1 CMOS button cleared
- 1x LAN (RJ45)
- 1x optical S / PDIF
- 1 x 8-channel audio
Connectivity can be extended through several integrated headers. You will also find headers for connecting all-in-one liquid coolers and RGB lighting. And for wireless connectivity, this board supports Wi-Fi 6E and Bluetooth 5.1.
We haven’t had any hands-on time with the N7 Z590, but we’ve reviewed the N7 Z490 and we’ve generally been impressed with the performance, features and pricing. ASRock actually manufactures NZXT motherboards (so it can keep prices competitive), and we assume this is still true for the Z590.
That said, the price is a bit higher on the N7 Z590. NZXT sells it for $ 280, compared to $ 230 for the N7 Z490 (Intel) and N7 B550 (AMD). Like these other models, you can choose from white or black covers. Or just leave them out if you prefer to see the PCB.