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EVGA Z97 Classified (152-HR-E979-KR )LGA 1150 Intel Z97 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Extended ATX Intel Motherboard

  • Intel Z97
  • Core i7 / i5 / i3 / Pentium / Celeron (LGA1150)
  • DDR3 2666+/2400/2133
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Engineered for the enthusiast and built form the ground up to give you all the essentials you need for overclocking. Comes with a GUI BIOS that is focused on functionality, new software interface for overclocking in the O.S., ultra high quality components, premium Creative Core3D audio, robust PCI-E 3.0, and memory trace layout.

It starts with a full 8 Layer PCB, improving overall overclock stability and PCB cooling. The memory trace layout is optimized for compatibility, improved overclocking and 4 DIMM memory support. The Z97 Classified also features a 8 Phase PWM for the cleanest variable power switching and efficient power to your CPU. The PCI-E layout is improved, PCI-E 3.0 compatibility, and 4-Way SLI support in E-ATX form factor. A slew of great onboard devices including additional 2 Port SATA 6G controller for a total of 8 SATA 6 ports, Dual Intel Gigabit LAN's and a USB 3.0 controller for a total of 6 USB 3.0 devices.

The GUI BIOS has been further enhanced, and is brought down to a very lean state while achieving its main goal of keeping it easy to use and follow while not compromising at all on functionality. The way a modern BIOS should be.

Features

  • 8 Layer PCB
  • 4 DIMMs for up to 32GB of DDR3 RAM
  • Memory speeds up to 2666MHz and above
  • 4 way SLI
  • Dual Intel Gigabit NIC's
  • 8 total internal SATA3/6G ports
  • E-ATX form factor
  • Native USB3 support
  • Right Angled 24 pin for easier access
  • PCI-E Disable Switches
  • Integrated Display Ports
  • Creative Core3D
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  • 8 LAYER PCB

High layer count enhances stability both for heavy loads as well as high over-clocks.

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  • HIGH GOLD CONTENT FOR CPU SOCKET

Higher volume of precious metal (Gold) used in the sockets greatly improves the conductivity and produces a cleaner signal due to less resistance/impedance. The Z97 Classified features 300% more gold than the standard Z97 Socket.

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  • PCI-E DISABLE SWITCHES

No need to remove a card when testing, instead you can disable the slot with a dip-switch, this can greatly reduce the time spent in troubleshooting , as you do not need to disassemble anything to isolate PCI-E components.

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  • 4 WAY SLI SUPPORT + PHYSX

The Z97 Classified is rated for 4 Way SLI to handle the most demanding video loads.

Z97
  • 90 DEGREE 24PIN CONNECTOR

Not having the main power for the board facing perpendicular makes it easy to get the cables routed well and out of the way.

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  • ONBOARD POWER, RESET AND CMOS REST BUTTONS

When testing on the Z97, or running it in a benching environment where you do not need to worry about wiring the board to a case to have access to power and reset buttons, they are built onto the board.

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  • 8 PHASE PWM

An 8 Phase PWM helps to ensure that the power reaching the processor is clean and stable.

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  • TOP NOTCH INTEGRATED PERIPHERALS

The Z97 Classified is not just focused on the upper end of extreme builds, but also with the samller components as well. As such dual Display Ports, Creative Core3D onboard sound, also dual integrated INTEL NIC's so you have the best quality network connection right out of the box.

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  • TRIPLE BIOS SUPPORT

The Z97 Classified comes preloaded with triple BIOS for ultimate protection. Whether you pushed a brink OC until it is not bootable, or you suffered a power outage during a BIOS flash, you can always switch to another BIOS, boot as usual, then if desired, hot-flash the faulted BIOS.

UEFI

Z97

These motherboards also feature EVGA's new GUI BIOS that focuses on the best overclocking support, functionality, and are straight and to the point, the way a modern BIOS should be.


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  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 3 years
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 3 years


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  • samuel s.
  • 4/15/2015 12:25:43 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsevga best of the best

Pros: easy to install and run no probles and looks great

Cons: wish they would make a amd version

Other Thoughts: evga 2nd to no one

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  • James G.
  • 3/11/2015 9:58:35 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggsFalse claims made in item description

Pros: Great looking, sturdy motherboard. The board will run 2 GPUs in x8 X x16 mode (see cons) which is more than other Z97 based boards will do

Cons: DOES NOT DO Dual GPUs at x16 speed as claimed in the product description UNLESS you use two specific PCIe lanes that impossible to use for those of us with 2 ea 3 slot cards. EVGA SUPPORT is clueless about this issue yet I found on their forum that it is a known issue that cannot be solved due to the architecture of the Z97. Unfortunately it was not an EVGA person that was able to identify the issue. 2 eggs removed (misleading advertising, lack of advertised functionality).

Other Thoughts: There are NUMEROUS connectors (ECP among others I couldn't readily identify on this mobo - GPU Link, yep the board does that but try and find anything in the documentation on it). 1 egg removed for this issue.

If th is issue can be solved, I would very much appreciate EVGA support responding to this review.

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  • Ian S.
  • 3/6/2015 7:42:12 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsGreat Board

Pros: Board looks great and is very sturdy. Easy to install and well labeled.
Bios is easy and well done.

Cons: Memory location is a little close to the CPU and heat sink next to CPU is a little high, both of these caused issues for me and the CPU fan/heatsink.

Other Thoughts: I bought two of these boards and they both work great so far. I had no real issue on the installs, except for the CPU fans/heat sinks that I purchased with it. On one the CPU fan hit the boards heatsink and the memory's heatsink in slot one on the other the fan only hit the memory's heatsink so I removed it. Besides that I love the boards.

Manufacturer Response:

Dear Ian S.,

I would like to thank you for your positive review regarding the EVGA Z97 Classified motherboard. I will be sure to forward you concerns regarding the CPU socket location and fan/heat sink installation troubles you experienced for further review. Should you have any further concerns in the future, then I would encourage you to contact our 24 hour Technical Support team by phone 1.888.881.3842 and pressing option 1 or by email: Newegg@EVGA.com, so that we can further assist you.

Sincerely,
EVGA Customer Support

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  • Istvan K.
  • 1/20/2015 4:43:07 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsExcellent MOBO if you can get it at a good price

Pros: Solid, well built board
Probably the best passive heatsink on a z97 mobo
Triple BIOS
PLX Chip for additional PCIE lanes (becoming more important these days)
Simplistic design with very few third party controllers (less can go wrong)
Creative Core 3d Audio (excellent sound!!!)
Dual NICs
Nice BIOS interface (but not for everyone)

Cons: Not a lot of internal or external usb headers (if that matters)
No m.2 or sata express, only mSATA
dual displayport onboard only (if you care about this), etc
Fan control only through BIOS (no software in OS)

Other Thoughts: I got this mobo on a sale when it was almost $100 off. At that price it was totally worth it. If your just looking for a very solid board and dont want a lot of bloated software attached, this is it. While it doesnt have m.2 on board, thats ok bc many boards place these in silly spots and so a pcie card would be better anyways. Plus the fact that it has a PLX chip and a good implementation to lower graphics card latency, will allow you to get a lot more out of your pcie bandwidth which is more important than onboard pcie.

While this board may not be for everyone, it was definately the right board for me. Its got it where it counts and is a premium product.

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  • John S.
  • 12/29/2014 10:39:09 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week

3 out of 5 eggsGreat, but too much and not a whole lot of support from the manufacturer

Pros: This motherboard offers lots of great features
Comes with a non generic sound card, but it is ancient
Looks aesthetically amazing!!
Great cooling

Cons: My power supply is in the way of some of the connectors
Hard to plug in sata connectors
Helluva expensive, got for christmas though
Manual didn't state which ram slots to put in dual channel or single channel just how to put ram in
My kingston hyperx predator 2666 2x4gb wasen't compatible, so my new rig is now pointless until new ram comes in

Other Thoughts: Other than the price and memory compatibility it's a fabulous motherboard if you want to shell out the $300+ for it

Manufacturer Response:

Dear John S.,

Thank you for your feedback in regards to the EVGA Z97 Classified motherboard. I can assure you that we are available to assist and support you with any questions or concerns you may have. I would encourage you to contact our 24 hour Technical Support team by phone 1.888.881.3842 and pressing option 1 or by email: Newegg@EVGA.com, so that we can further assist you.

Sincerely,
EVGA Customer Support

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  • Chad H.
  • 12/27/2014 9:12:43 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGreat Board

Pros: A great board with a lot of great features. It has an easy to navigate BIOS. Solid for SLI and overclocking.

Cons: Price

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  • Nicholas V.
  • 11/30/2014 2:13:09 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsONLY PCIe 1 WORKS

Pros: It's a nice looking board with plenty of room.
It's a large board.
It runs cool.
3 different BIOS to select.
PCIe Dipswitches to enable each lane.

Cons: Size.
Dip-switches are extremely small and Can't be configured while a card is in slot 1 due to positioning.
very few USB 2.0 headers.
Right angle power connectors other than the CPU Power.
Right angle USB 3.0 header. Broke upon installation of my USB 3.0 cable.

Other Thoughts: It's a nice LOOKING board, the bios are easy enough to navigate, and it runs cold, but since I received a board that will not allow me to run SLI with a 4790k on a 1000w PSU. In fact, literally only PCIe lane 1 will register that there is a card in the first place...

Manufacturer Response:

Dear Nicholas V.,

The Z97 Classified motherboard does have different a few different PCIe lane setups to run SLI. You can take a look at our Z97 Motherboard manual on the EVGA website. Should you need any further assistance, then I would encourage you to contact our 24 hour Technical Support team by phone 1.888.881.3842 and pressing option 1 or by email Newegg@EVGA.com, so that we can further assist you.

Sincerely,
EVGA Customer Support

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  • Chad H.
  • 11/23/2014 9:20:19 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsDOA, but great connections

Pros: Lots of connections and easy to use

Cons: Dead on arrival. I'm currently RMAing the product to get a replacement. If it works I'll update my review. Sadly the board was non-functional when I received it.

Manufacturer Response:

Dear Chad H.,

We do appreciate your feedback in regards to the EVGA Z97 Classified motherboard. We are available to assist you as best we can. Should you have any further concerns with your replacement motherboard, then I would encourage you to contact our 24 hour Technical Support team by phone 1.888.881.3842 and pressing option 1 or by email: Newegg@EVGA.com, so that we can further assist you.

Sincerely,
EVGA Customer Support

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  • Wilbur Y.
  • 11/19/2014 3:30:53 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGood MB

Pros: lots of connections for what you need

Cons: nothing

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  • Steven C.
  • 9/14/2014 12:00:18 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGreat MoBo

Pros: A lot of people said this MoBo was rushed to keep up with the competition, however it's proven to be a very solid board with a simple, easy to use bios. Everything works great so far. Onboard Creative sound surprised me, And the NICs are as fast as a Intel PCI-express card running Intel's drivers. Can't complain about the board's performance. Not much flex in the board it's self, very ridged.

Cons: Price. Only one USB 2.0 header as most cases have a front panel with both 2.0 and 3.0. People using some after market cooling require that header for power. Minimal documentation comes with the board, after a google search I realized there is a full manual for this board and there is no link to it from the manual that's shipped with the board, what's up with that?

Other Thoughts: Easiest bios to configure. Solid board when clocking your Haswell to 4.6-4.8GHz underwater. Memory slots are different, only one clip? Really? how often do you swap memory, do we really need this? Spend the money on another USB 2.0 header. Just my opinion.

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