EVGA has a really great motherboard in the Z390 FTW. I really like that they have not conformed like all the other motherboard brands and loaded this board with RGBs and other useless features. It seems EVGA is more about adding features that most users will actually take advantage of. Even though there are not RGBs on this board you do get two 4-pin RGB headers so you can connect RGB fans or LED strips if that your thing.
The board overall looks great, again nothing is overdone. You have that nice black PCB with black and silver accents. The anodized aluminum piece that connects the two VRM heatsinks and the rear I/O really sets this board off.
Notable features on this board are power and reset buttons on the board itself, a clear CMOS button on the rear I/O, a dedicated USB 2.0 port on the board for flashing your BIOS (no CPU needed), an internal USB 3.1 Gen 2 type-C header, all of the 90-degree connections, and the POST code display that doubles as a live CPU temperature display.
When it comes to Z390 features this board has everything that you want as well. You have two M.2 slots (PCI-Express 3.0 x4), USB 3.1 gen 2 support, and multi-GPU support. The only thing I really see that is missing is a USB 3.1 gen 2 Type-C connection on the rear I/O. There are four Type-A ports, but no type-C port.
Overall performance of the board is good and we did not notice any issues with any of our benchmarks. When it comes to overclocking the new “OC Robot” feature is quite good and makes overclocking a breeze. We were able to achieve a stable overclock of 5.2 GHz across all eight cores of our Core i9-9900K, which is better than the 5.1 GHz we achieved on all other Z390 boards up till this point.
Right now this board is selling at our favorite online retailer for $229.99 at our favorite online retailer. Overall ThinkComputers gives the EVGA Z390 FTW Motherboard a 9 out of 10 score.
– Sleek design with no RGBs
– Good performance and excellent overclocking
– Easy to navigate BIOS
– OC Robot
– No USB Type-C on the rear I/O
– 90-degree connections could cause issues with certain cases