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EVGA’s Z270 Stinger motherboard launched

EVGA Z270 Stinger

We’ve covered the 200-series boards from most of the big motherboard companies, but now we’re taking a quick look at EVGA’s offering, the Z270 Stinger.

EVGA Z270 Stinger

The Z170 Stinger was pretty lackluster, it looked nice, but didn’t have the features to justify its launch price of $199 (though it’s dropped precipitously in price since). The Z270 version though is an already big improvement in that regard by including more features and it is listed for $170 on EVGA’s website. The board has 4x SATA ports, 1x U.2, Intel NIC, 802.11ac wireless, USB 3.1 Type-A and Type-C, and a PCIe 3.0 x4 M.2 SSD slot on the backside.

Some of EVGA’s marketing material says the USB 3.1 is running of the Z270 PCH which is incorrect, the Intel 200-series chipsets do not support USB 3.1. Peering at the picture above though does not show a Thunderbolt 3 controller, so I believe those ports are off a typical ASMedia controller.

The USB 3.0 header placement and inclusion of a U.2 port annoy me, but otherwise this looks like a pretty solid Z270 Mini-ITX motherboard from EVGA.

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