EVGA’s much awaited Z87 Classified motherboard is now finally released. Its been quite a while since Intel announced the Z87 chipset and Haswell platform; since then EVGA has been working on their flagship motherboard. The Classified products always hold a special position in the EVGA’s product stack and overall market; the Z87 Classified is no different. Its designed to be the best in the market for those who cannot afford to compromise on anything. Major highlights of the Z87 Classified include a fresh design, beefy VRM and 4-way GPU configuration support.
Designed on an 8-layer EATX PCB, the Z87 Classified holds an LGA1150 socket at its heart with support for all the latest Haswell CPUs along with the usual four memory slots with support for up to 32GB of 2666+ MHz DDR3 memory. In terms of expansion slots, it comes with five PCIe x16 slots, one PCIe x1 slot and one mPCIe/mSATA slot. It supports multi-GPUs in x16/x16, x8/x8/x8 and x8/x8/x8/x8 configurations. In terms of storage connectivity options it comes with 8 SATA III and 6 USB 3.0 ports. It has an Intel network controller along with Creative Sound Core3D Quad-Core audio processor for 6-channel HD audio output.
These were all the usual things, the real highlight of the Z87 Classified lie in its value added overclocking features. Its has a solid 8-phase VRM for CPU along with two 8-pin EPS connectors which can provide up to 600W of power. And then it has onboard power, reset and clear CMOS buttons along with voltage readout points and PCIe disable switches. It also comes with onboard CPU temperature monitor and POSCAP capacitors. On the software side of things, it comes with brand new UEFI BIOS with triple BIOS switch. Its also supports EVGA’s renowned E-LEET X Tuning utility.
Its is available right now on EVGA’s website for $399 (part no: 152-HW-E878-KR) with three years warranty. However, according to EVGA official at their forums, they’ve limited quantity of this motherboard so you might want to grab yours quick.