NZXT N7 Z690 : Alder Lake motherboard on DDR4 to keep costs down
NZXT, a well-known manufacturer of heat-dissipation systems and cases, has been expanding its component lineup, particularly motherboards, for several years.
The company manufactures mid- to high-end motherboards for Intel and AMD platforms.
The new motherboard pairs the Intel Alder Lake-S platform with the Z690 chipset, as the abbreviation suggests.
The new NXZT motherboard supports CPU and memory overclocking by incorporating all of the Intel Z690 chipset's additional features.
It offers ample I / O capacity and features a fairly sober and linear design.
One of the NZXT N7 Z690's unique features is that it supports DDR4 memory. It enables us to lower the overall cost of our build.
This motherboard is based on a solution developed by ASRock, a company that has demonstrated for years that it can produce high-quality products.
The NZXT N7 Z690 uses a white color for the dissipation system, as was predicted at the outset.We find a black PCB which makes the board quite pleasant.
This motherboard has a 12 + 1 phase VRM, as well as an 8pin + 4pin CPU connector, and appears to have all of the necessary cards to provide us with some overclocking satisfaction.
The system also has three M.2 connectors for PCI-E 4.0 SSDs and supports 128GB of DDR4 4800/5000 (OC) RAM in Dual-Channel mode.
The PCI-E 5.0 interface is present but reserved only for the first PCI-E x16 slot.
The remaining two use PCI-E 4.0 and PCI-E 3.0 interfaces, respectively, whereas the two PCI-E x1 are both PCI-E 4.0; the data sheet also mentions Dual-GPU (only AMD CrossFire-X).
Finally, the ports and connectivity department are well-sized; the latter includes WiFi 6E and Bluetooth 5.2, while the I/O panel includes two SMA wireless antenna connectors, HDMI 2.1 port, two USB 2.0 ports, two USB 3.2 Gen2 ports, three USB 3.2 Gen1 ports, Clear CMOS key, BIOS Flashback key, 2.5G LAN, 7.1 channel audio jack, and one optical S / PDIF output.
The proprietary NZXT CAM software, which allows you to manage and monitor all system parameters as well as RGB effects.
The Intel Core i7-12700K processor was used in our test on the NZXT N7 Z690, along with DDR4 3600 memories; this platform will be tested in various areas and compared to the same processor with DDR5 6000 RAM. Here's a breakdown of the setup:
- Processor : Intel Core i7-12700K
- Heatsink : NZXT Kraken X63
- Motherboards :
- NZXT N7 Z690 DDR4
- ASUS ROG Strix Z690-E Gaming WiFi DDR5
Corsair Vengeance RGB PRO 32GB 3600 MHz CL18
Corsair Vengeance DDR5 32GB 6000 MHz CL36
- Graphics card : NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 FE
- SSD Storage : Corsair MP600 PRO LPX 2TB
- Power supply : Corsair RM1000x 1000W
- Operating System : Windows 11 Pro
I can can safely say that the solution proposed by NZXT is well structured, rather complete (for a Z690 DDR4).
The NZXT N7 Z690 comes with a slew of features that let you fine-tune the various overclocking parameters, not just for frequencies but also for voltages.
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