The wait is over as EVGA has officially released its best-in-class motherboard for Intel, the Z590 DARK. KINGPIN himself has designed this motherboard. The motherboard extracts every drop of juice from a Z590 Chip and fine-tunes it to perfection.
This motherboard is designed for unlocked 11th Gen ‘Rocket Lake’ CPUs. It has an exceptional build quality and a horizontally placed socket which has a vital role in pushing memory overclocks to their extreme limit.
Z590 is manufactured using a 10-layer PCB and gets its power from a 21-Phase VRM. An LGA 1200 socket is installed, which offers support for both 10th Gen and 11th Gen Intel CPUs. Power to the socket is supplied through two 8-pin connectors located next to the 24-pin power connectors. The connectors are placed at 90 degrees for easier cable management. At least three sets of copper heatsinks are used to cover the VRMs and the PCH. The heatsinks are interconnected through a massive copper heat pipe. A metallic frame is used to cover the heatsinks. The metallic covering leads to the I/O plate, which has an RGB lit’ Z590 DARK’ logo. Moreover, EVGA has also integrated dual PWM fans within the I/O plate that blow air towards the heatsink for increased cooling.
The motherboard comes with two DDR4 DIMM slots, which support up to 5333 MHz+ (OC) speeds. An untraditional horizontal placement is chosen for the slots so the lanes get closer to the CPU, which will improve the signaling and provide higher memory speeds. Unfortunately, only 64GB of RAM is supported.
For expansion, we have the two PCIe Gen 4.0 x16, a single PCIe Gen 3.0 x4, and 3 M.2 slots. One of the M.2 slots is a Gen 4 variant. The M,2 slots are located in between a bulky heatsink that has a “DARK” logo on the top.
The Z590 offers the following right-angled storage ports: 8 SATA III ports and a single U.2 port. A supplementary 6-pin power connector is provided in case someone wants to push PCIe lanes on the motherboard. Besides this, there are several I/O ports on the motherboard: audio PCB, a 7.1 channel audio jack, 4 USB 3.1 Gen 2 Type-A, 1 USB 3.1 Gen 2 Type-C, 2 USB 3.1 Gen 1, PS/2, Dual-Antennas, Dual Intel 2.5GbE NICs, HDMI/DP ports. EVGA has also installed Dual Probelt headers and multi-function POST indicators next to the BIOS reset and Power switches.
The high-end Z590 is available for $599. An X570 of the Dark Lineup is also under consideration.