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EVGA Z170 Classified 151-SS-E179-KR LGA 1151 Intel Z170 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Extended ATX Classified 4-Way Intel Motherboard

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The EVGA Z170 Classified 4-Way is engineered from the ground up to be the best overclocking motherboard on the planet. Featuring a next generation Intel Z170 Express Chipset with DDR4 3200MHz+ memory support, this motherboard is built to perform. Two SATA Express ports, up to eight SATA 6G ports, two USB 3.0 and two M.2 ports provide robust storage and I/O options, and with support for NVIDIA SLI technology, you can pair up four NVIDIA graphics cards for insane gaming performance. Creative Core3D Audio with audio isolation provide the cleanest sound possible with full Creative suite functionality.

 
 

Specs

  • Intel® Z170 Chipset
  • SLI - Up to 4 Way SLI
  • 2 USB 3.1, 8 USB3.0, 2 USB 2.0
  • 4 DIMMs, dual channel DDR4, 3200 MHz+, up to 64GB
  • Solid State capacitors
  • Form Factor - EATX
  • Dual Intel NICs, i219PHY and i210
  • Creative Labs 6 channel audio + optical out
  • M.2 Key M up to 32GB/s
  • M.2 Key E
  • Replaceable BIOS Chip
  • PCIE Disable Switches
 
 

A170 Platform Intel® Z170 Platform Unlocks Incredible Efficiency

Z170 Intel® Z170 Chipset

  • Supports up to 8 CPU threads (8-core)
  • Supports DDR4 Memory
  • First to support PCI-E 3.0 from PCH
  • USB 3.1 Support (EVGA Z170 Classified)
Performance Leadership

  • Up to 11% Faster CPU (SPECint_rate_base 2006)
  • 22% Lower TDP (65W vs 84W)
  • Up to 28% Faster Intel® HD Graphics (3DMark 11 Graphics Score)
 
 
Z170 8 Layer PCB

High layer count enhances stability both for heavy loads as well as high overclocking.

 
 
Z170 4-Way SLI® Support

The EVGA Z170 Classified is rated for up to 4-Way SLI® to handle the most demanding video loads.

 
 
Z170 M.2 Support

The Z170 CLASSIFIED includes support for full size storage and WiFi from the M.2 jacks.

 
 
Z170 High Gold Content For CPU Socket

Higher volume of precious metal (300% Gold) used in the sockets greatly improves the conductivity and produces a cleaner signal due to less resistance / impedance.

 
 
Z170 90 Degree 24-Pin 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.

 
 
Z170 8 Phase PWM

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

 
 
Z170 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.

 
 
Z170 Onboard Power, Reset and CMOS Reset Buttons

When testing on the Z170, 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.

 
 
Z170 Top Notch Integrated Peripherals

The Z170 Classified is not just focused on the upper end of extreme builds, but also with the smaller components as well. Creative Core3D audio and dual integrated Intel NICs ensure you have the best quality sound and network connection right out of the box.

 

Comparison Chart

EVGA MOTHERBOARD PART NO. FORM FACTOR DIMM SLOTS SLI POWER PHASES AUDIO USB 3.1 M.2 SATA 6G OVERCLOCKING
Z170 Classified 4-Way 151-SS-E179-KR EATX 4(64GB Max) 4-Way 8 Creative Core3D Yes 2 8(2 SATA-E) Best
Z170 FTW 140-SS-E177-KR ATX 4(64GB Max) 2-Way + PhysX 5 Realtek HD Audio NA 1 6 Better
Z170 Stinger 111-SS-E172-KR mITX 2(32GB Max) NA 4 Realtek HD Audio NA 1 4 Good
Z170
 

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2/ 5
EVGA Z170 Classified Design Flawed

Pros: Good looking. good feautures

Cons: I feel like there are major design flaws with this MOBO, this MOBO offers Raid with M.2 yet the only way to get 2 M.2 drives Key M, because different key types don't work well in raid together due to different speeds ect ect ect, to work while keeping your video card in x16 is to only run 1 Video Card because if you do as the manufacture states with 1/4 or 2/4 usage for SLI config on a 2 way SLI for lets say the new GTX 1080's it makes it impossible for you to maximize performance with this board despite the PCIE lanes available. Because of the PE1 Slot being so close to the CPU your almost forced to 1 use Water Cooled or move to PE2 and PE4 and go air cooled cus NOCTUA will touch ur GPU as will all other Air Coolers of overclocking potential. its a very limiting board.

Other Thoughts: I bought this board for the main purpose to SLI GTX 1080's and Raid 2 m.2 drives while using the PCIE that resides over the m.2 drive aswell for an m.2 adapter allowing me to use PLX and PCH lanes instead of CPU lanes thus allowing me to keep my GPU's at x16, instead what I have to do now is run PE1 and PE2 (refer to a close up of the motherboard to know what slots im talking about) thus forcing PE1 to be native x8 which defeats the purpose. So im faced with a choice between m.2 raid and sacrificing the speed of my GPU's or a single m.2 and max performance of 2 SLI'd GTX 1080's

I hope that EVGA comes out with a board that keeps the dual x16 sli going as I've yet to find a MOBO that does that while also keeping the SSD potential. in my opinion I would go with a ATX Board with 1 m.2 and 1 PCIE slot for raid 0 and then 2 PCIE Slots at x16 from PLX as NVIDIA or something

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5/ 5
Amazing support

Pros: Amazing 24/7 support with agents who work with you to solve any problems even if they need to bring in the engineering team and there is no additional support to buy or upsell here its just part of owning EVGA products.

Reliable products, I switched to EVGA and became a loyal customer after dealing with DOA and defective products from other companies about a decade ago and I but EVGA has never disappointed after 4 motherboards and six graphic cards dating back to the GeForce 6800 ultra (2004) all of which work like new today.

Flawless windows 10 support everything works as expected

Cons: The IO shield (Not the backplate) but the bracket that fits on the motherboard doesn't fit with my case but I'm using Thermaltake Tai-Chi which was discontinued over six years ago and nothing like that used to exist when the case was made.

The six pin PCIE plug that helps provide additional power for SLI configurations is set so low on the motherboard that it runs into the bottom of my case and I can't use it. However with a pair of EVGA Geforce 980 Ti SC cards I haven't noticed any problems in not using it.

Not a fan of the M.2 key locations however I believe they run off PCIE lanes and need that placement because every company puts them in the same area.

I don't know if this is exclusive to EVGA boards or all Z170 but I've experienced it with both the EVGA classified and FTW boards. windows 7 USB support is terrible beyond belief. I've spent over twelve hours using every CSM support, legacy and windows 7 installation setting offered in BIOS and every time USB support is so basic that even keyboard and mouse function is limited no scroll wheel or anything unless you install the USB host controller drivers (Nothing to do with my keyboard and mouse) The USB drivers never install properly and just disable your USB hub forcing you to reformat because Safe mode booting and every other option is useless and doesn't matter once windows boots it turns off power to USB ports. For every mouse or keyboard you use just don't plan on windows 7 unless your upgrading straight to windows 10 from it.

Other Thoughts: Amazing 24 hour support EVGA offers with all their products. I have been building computers for about twelve years now and been repairing them for even longer so I don't often get stumped but EVGA is always available with friendly technicians who can be clearly understood even at 3:00AM when no one else is around to help and they are extremely knowledgeable.

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Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
Verified Owner
5/ 5
Great Motherboard!

Pros: Great product for the knowledgeable PC enthusiast.
Many over clocking options and user friendly bios.

Cons: Needs bios updates for onboard GFX.
During setup after drivers where installed on Windows 10 Pro x64 if the pc goes to sleep then wakes up 3 out of 5 times it will display static on monitor and require a restart (this happens with HDMI port unknown on display port).

Other Thoughts: If you know nothing about computers other than gaming or you are just buying it because its one of the most expensive boards you can find for gaming DON'T BUY IT!!! This board is designed for heavy over clocking. Extreme damage to components if you don't know what you are doing.

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Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
Verified Owner
5/ 5

Pros: the UEFI bios works great. Boot times into windows 10 is about 10-12 seconds. Lots of USB ports and other features.
able to handle 4 way sli.
Bios updates come quickly and EVGA really supports its products. Best Customer service that I have ever encountered and not just in the computer industry. If you have a problem they will fix it.

Cons: none

Other Thoughts: I love it

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Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
Verified Owner
2/ 5
An exercise in compromise and more expensive than it's worth

Pros: Well it boots guess that's a pro, looks Pretty.

Cons: This is an 3/4 way SLI/Crossfire Board. Lets face it, there are better boards that are much cheaper, but the only other Z170 board that supports 3/4 way SLI with PLEX is $100
more. So why not go X99 for Multi GPU capability? The reason is M.2, specifically M.2 raid support on the Z170 chip set. Unlike real motherboard manufactures like MSI, Gigabyte and Asrock which can have up to 3 M.2 Socket 3 Key M raid capability, EVGA puts a grand total of 1
Key M and then squanders the limited amount of PCH PCIe 3.0 lanes on a M.2 Key E slot that
nobody uses.

But there's more, So what if you still want M.2 raid? Luckily there is an option, slot 5 is a PCH Controlled x4 PCIe 3.0 with Intel RST support, which includes raid. Great Right? Just buy an M.2 PCIe 3.0 4X adapter card in addition to the $400 you already paid for the motherboard and you have x16 x16 Multi GPU and M.2 raid, perfect right? Well no, a quick look at the EVGA Z170 Classified, manual reads "Slot 1 and 4 tested to be fastest for 2 way SLI due to more CPU derived PCIe lanes on slot 1". But using slot 4 covers over slot 5 making it unusable, so instead of x16
(Native) x16 slots 1 and 4 you are forced to use slots 1 and 2 and you are reduced to slot 1 being x8(Native) slot 2 x16.

I specifically purchased an EATX case for this motherboard, but after getting it installed I
still could not plug the 6 pin PCIe at the bottom of the board because someone designed the
plug pointed down at the power supply. If you use the I/O shield, it will block the placement of a video card on slot 1. I literally had to take a drill and cut a slot in the mounting hole so Icould move the I/O shield to not short out my video card.

EVGA software is a problematic, the only thing that I use on PrecisionX 16 is the on screen display (OSD) and it only works 10% of the time. You can adjust the fan profile IF you have patience and a high DPS mouse but I had to reboot my computer to have it reliably take
effect, So I use MSI afterburner instead. I'm not sure what the plasma video test is supposed to prove, But PrecisionX 16 looks like a class A program compared to the BIOS
1.05 which still has problems with memory detection and EVGA UEFI BIOS is a mess and completely
incoherent, I challenge you to create an M.2 raid with that interface.

Other Thoughts: On another note I recently purchased $3000 worth of EVGA products, five Video cards and a motherboard. When I attempted to post a link on the EVGA forums to a water block for an EVGA product someone was looking for, I couldn't because I needed a minimum of 50 posts in order to link.

What turned out to be EVGA policy to prevent spam, quickly escalated into a series of personal attacks, verbal
abuse, offensive images and intimidation posted by the EVGA community on the EVGA forums in a thread that I
started. Apparently if I have less than 50 posts not only am I not allowed to link, I was not even "entitled" to
even post an opinion let alone a complaint, no matter how many EVGA products I buy. Someone suggested I had to
purchased at least $5000 to take me seriously.

I was told I was insane, disgusting and a liar and when one forum poster was through with his harassment of me
noted he had just hit 1500 posts. Because it was the public forum I was informed that I didn't "deserve" to own
EVGA products, then linked me to EVGA support website to return my merchandise. When I complained about my
treatment on the EVGA forums, I was told it was considered acceptable because I would have been treated worse on the ASUS forums.

It took almost a day and two pages of harassment before the moderators removed the personal attacks and offensive images but left the verbal abuse. Then quietly locked the thread to hide it, because the intimidation "has run it's course" and before you say it, I'm not alone. I usually buy MSI or Gigabyte but decided to go all EVGA this time and boy am I sorry.

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Dear Scott H.,

I would like to thank you for your feedback about your EVGA Z170 motherboard. I can assure you that we are here to assist and support you as best we can. The forum information you have provided, has been escalated for review. Should you or any potential EVGA customer ever have any questions or concerns with any EVGA product, then I would encourage you to contact our 24 hour Presales Support team by phone 1.888.881.3842 and pressing option 3 or by email: Newegg@EVGA.com so that we can further assist you.

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Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
Verified Owner
3/ 5

Pros: 4-way SLI with PLX, 8 SATA ports, Hardware seems to be of decent quality, decent board layout

Cons: The UEFI BIOS that comes on the board is extremely buggy. The BIOS must be updated to version 1.04 to even install Windows 7 since there is no proper keyboard emulation and Windows 7 does not include USB 3 drivers. However the Marvell SATA driver will cause Windows 7 x64 to BSOD with BIOS version 1.04. I think I finally have everything working now that BIOS 1.05 was released but it was quite a headache.

Other Thoughts: This is not only a problem with EVGA specifically but I have had way more issues with every single UEFI BIOS than I have ever had with any classic BIOS. UEFI BIOS developers need to stop spending their time trying to make the BIOS look all fancy with animations and mouse support and instead focus on making the BIOS actually do its job correctly the first time.

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Manufacturer Response:
Dear David C.,

I would like to thank you for your feedback about your EVGA Z170 Classified motherboard. I can assure you that we are here to assist and support you as best we can. Should you have any questions or concerns with your EVGA product, 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
Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
Verified Owner
4/ 5
Good, Stable Board

Pros: Good component spacing. Fits in my Lian-li case with plenty of room for running clean cables. No issues thus far with overclocking.

Cons: Motherboard needs to be updated to the latest BIOS version to allow for installing Windows 7, and even then I had a terrible time getting the installer to run off of a USB key. I got sick of trying to get it to work, so I upgraded my backup of Windows 7 to Windows 10 and then did a fresh install on the new system.

Memory timing were wrong with automatic settings, so I had to manually set all of my timings.

Other Thoughts: Not really a con, but a bit of a let-down: no eSATA port on the board. I was planning on moving away from eSATA on my external backup eventually anyway, but the port on this board would have been nice.

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Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
Verified Owner
4/ 5
first time evga buyer

Pros: clean looking board. lots of features. about the only board with 4 full length pcie slots.

Cons: the included evga i/o shield cover that hides all the i/o components on the inside of the case BLOCKS pcie slot 1. have to leave this part in the box.

Other Thoughts: i cannot get my intel 750 pcie drive to initialize when i set the memory to 3000 Mhz in bios. the system otherwise runs fine at that setting. i don't know if it's a bios issue, or a limitation on the 750's. evga support told me to check ratios that don't even exist in bios. so i'm at a loss on that.

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