December 4, 2022

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NZXT unveils N7 Z790 motherboard for Intel’s 13th generation Core series

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With lots of news and information about Intel’s latest Z790 chipset using the LGA1700 socket, NZXT has pulled the trigger and announced its N7 Z790 motherboard. Available in white or black, it features a 2.5 GbE controller, Wi-Fi 6E CNVi, benefits from PCIe 5.0 support and includes three M.2 slots.

In addition to announcing Intel’s 13th generation Core processor series, codenamed Raptor Lake, NZXT announced plans to release the N7 for the Z790. As we’ve seen from NZXT motherboards in the past, the N7 Z790 has a large portion of the armor covering the board and comes in both a back and white color scheme. It should be noted that neither the black nor the white models include integrated RGB LED lighting. Typical of a NZXT product, the N7 Z790 comes with support with their CAM software.

Some of the key features of the NZXT N7 Z790 include one full-length PCIe 5.0 x16 slot, two full-length PCIe 4.0 slots operating at x4/x4, and two PCIe 3.0 x1 slots. The NZXT N7 Z790 also features three M.2 slots, two with support for PCIe 4.0 x4 NVMe drives and one with support for both PCIe 4.0 x4 and SATA. NZXT also includes four SATA ports with support for RAID 0, 1, 5 and 10 arrays for more conventional storage. NZXT also touts support for DDR5-6000 memory, with a combined total of 128GB supported across four slots.

NZXT also advertises a 16+1+2-phase power supply, with one 8-pin EPS 12 V and one 4-pin 12 V power connector paired to deliver power to the CPU. The remaining components on the board are powered by a 24-pin 12V power connector.

Rear I/O is modest but practical, with two USB 3.2 G2 Type-A and three USB 3.2 G1 Type-A; interestingly, NZXT doesn’t include any Type-C connectivity on the rear panel. Also on the rear panel are five 3.5mm audio jacks and one S/PDIF optical output powered by a Realtek ALC1220 HD audio codec, with two antenna ports for unspecified Wi-Fi 6E CNVi. Completing the rear panel is a single HDMI TM video output with a single Realtek RTL8125BG 2.5 GbE controller.

The NZXT N7 Z790 is slated to launch with an MSRP of $300 and will be available in Q4 2022 in the US. NZXT hasn’t said if this will be released in other regions or not.

Source: NZXT

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