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EVGA Z68 FTW review

Tom Morgan
11 Mar 2012
Our Rating 
Price when reviewed 
192
inc VAT

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

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Specifications

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.

EVGA Z68 FTW

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.

EVGA Z68 FTW

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 socketLGA1155
Form factorATX
Size304x263mm
Processor supportCore i3, Core i5, Core i7 (Sandy Bridge)
Processor external bus200MHz (DMI)
Chipset north bridgeIntel Z68 Express
Chipset south bridgeIntel Z68 Express
Integrated graphicsNo
Supported memory typeDDR3 800/1066/1333/1600/1866/2133(OC)
Maximum memory speedPC3-17000
Memory slots4
Maximum memory16GB
Dual-channel supportyes

Buying Information

Price£192
Supplierhttp://www.scan.co.uk
Detailswww.evga.com

Internal Ports

Power connectors1x 24-pin ATX, 2x8-pin ATX
PCI-E x16 slots6
Dual graphics architectureSLI 8x/8x, CrossFireX
PCI-E x4 slots0
PCI-E x1 slots1
PCI slots0
Fan headers5
Floppy ports0
IDE ports0
Serial ATA ports6
RAID chipset (max disks)Intel Z68 Express (RAID 0, 1, 10, 5)

Features

Wired network ports2x 10/100/1000
Sound (ports)Realtek ALC889 (6x analogue out)
USB2 ports / headers6/2
Firewire ports / headers1/1
Legacy portsnone
Other ports2x USB3, 2x eSATA/USB, 2x SATA3
Cables included4x SATA, 1x Molex to SATA power, 1x SLI, 1x USB header cable, 1x USB3 header cable
Brackets included2x USB2, 1x 4-pin FireWire, 1x USB3
Software includedNorton Internet Security 2011

Setup and Overclocking

Voltage adjustmentCPU/RAM/chipset
CPU clock max adjustment200MHz

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