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EVGA Z68 FTW review

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Price when reviewed : £192
inc VAT

An almost limitless feature set, but other motherboards present better value for money for non-overclockers


LGA1155, ATX, Intel Z68 Express chipset, supports: Core i3, Core i5, Core i7 (Sandy Bridge)

EVGA’s Z68 FTW is an LGA1155 motherboard aimed exclusively at overclockers and enthusiasts. It has all the features you’d expect from a high-end board, as well as several more that you probably didn’t even know you needed.


Running multiple graphics cards in SLI or Crossfire is practically recommended, because the Z68 FTW has an incredible five PCI-Express x16 slots. You’ll need to use at least one, however, because there’s no video outputs on the rear I/O panel to make use of an Intel processor’s integrated GPU. There’s also one PCI-E x1 slot, but the mammoth heat sink next to it could prevent you from using certain expansion cards. Its four memory lanes can hold a maximum of 16GB DDR3 RAM.


Six SATA ports and two SATA3 ports should be enough for several hard disks and optical drives, but there are two eSATA ports on the rear I/O panel if required. These are in addition to six USB ports and two USB3 ports, as well as a further four USB headers and two USB3 headers on the motherboard. Two Gigabit Ethernet ports, one FireWire and six analogue audio jacks complete the rear panel.

EVGA Z68 FTW ports

At stock settings, the Z68 FTW was outperformed by less expensive boards, but the wealth of overclocking options in the UEFI BIOS should let you push your components further than on other systems. There’s even a second eight-pin power socket on the motherboard to provide a more stable voltage to the processor and memory.

For most people, the Z68 FTW will seem like overkill. It’s an expensive board that is only worth its £192 price if you plan on building an overclocked gaming rig with two or more graphics cards. Everyone else will find the Asus P8Z68-V LX is better value for money.

Basic Specifications

Rating ****
Processor socket LGA1155
Form factor ATX
Size 304x263mm
Processor support Core i3, Core i5, Core i7 (Sandy Bridge)
Processor external bus 200MHz (DMI)
Chipset north bridge Intel Z68 Express
Chipset south bridge Intel Z68 Express
Integrated graphics No
Supported memory type DDR3 800/1066/1333/1600/1866/2133(OC)
Maximum memory speed PC3-17000
Memory slots 4
Maximum memory 16GB
Dual-channel support yes

Buying Information

Price £192

Internal Ports

Power connectors 1x 24-pin ATX, 2×8-pin ATX
PCI-E x16 slots 6
Dual graphics architecture SLI 8x/8x, CrossFireX
PCI-E x4 slots 0
PCI-E x1 slots 1
PCI slots 0
Fan headers 5
Floppy ports 0
IDE ports 0
Serial ATA ports 6
RAID chipset (max disks) Intel Z68 Express (RAID 0, 1, 10, 5)


Wired network ports 2x 10/100/1000
Sound (ports) Realtek ALC889 (6x analogue out)
USB2 ports / headers 6/2
Firewire ports / headers 1/1
Legacy ports none
Other ports 2x USB3, 2x eSATA/USB, 2x SATA3
Cables included 4x SATA, 1x Molex to SATA power, 1x SLI, 1x USB header cable, 1x USB3 header cable
Brackets included 2x USB2, 1x 4-pin FireWire, 1x USB3
Software included Norton Internet Security 2011

Setup and Overclocking

Voltage adjustment CPU/RAM/chipset
CPU clock max adjustment 200MHz

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