SuperO C9Z490-PGW is a unique and well-designed motherboard. Its server origins are evident, giving us high stability and excellent performance. Having said that, the more advanced configurations in the BIOS may cause issues with some users. There is however, an easy mode that is suitable for less advanced users. Enthusiasts and overclockers should feel great with various settings in BIOS/UEFI.
SUPERO, the consumer-oriented sub-brand of Supermicro brings its latest professional gaming flavor to Intel’s updated 300 series platform in the form of the Pro Gaming C9Z390-PGW. Featuring flagship gaming features like support for 10-Gigabit Ethernet, Dual M.2 and Dual U.2 storage connections, DDR4-4000+ memory speeds, 140W TDP CPU’s and up to Quad graphics solutions thanks to the integrated PCIe switch that gives you 32 PCIe lanes for x16/x16 or x8/x8/x8/x8 connections to the CPU for unsurpassed performance. With a flagship feature list and an enterprise pedigree, how does the C9Z390-PGW do in the real world? Let’s find out!
Today, I will be taking a look a the flagship arrival in Supermicro’s latest gaming motherboard portfolio, the SuperO C9Z390-PGW. SuperO is the official gaming brand of Supermicro which produces high-end and mainstream motherboards for the gaming audience. These boards are known to utilize the high-quality precision and components of the server level design that you expect from Supermicro and that is essentially what I am going to test out in this review.
Today we take at our first Supermicro Z390 motherboard, the C9Z390-PGW. It is positioned to be a very high-end motherboard with 10Gbit LAN and even a chip that doubles PCI-E lanes. Doubling the x16 lanes from the CPU to x32 gives the motherboard a special feature not many other motherboards can claim to have. Let's take a look at the new motherboard.
Looking for a new Z390 motherboard for your work or gaming PC? Cool, SuperMicro has their new C9Z390-PGW. However, are you also tired of that “slow” Gigabit networking? Then this may be the motherboard for you. Not only does it pack in a lot of high-end features, but it also has the incredible Aquantia AQC107 10G Ethernet Controller, as well as Intel PHY i219V Gigabit LAN, and 802.1ac WiFi+BT5.0. Most consumers don’t need 10G LAN, or even three different network connections onboard, but there’s a growing market and you know who you are.
The Z390 launch is going off in style, with us having quite a few boards for this launch, including two from Super Micro. However, this one is pretty special, as it’s the only board we have for review that isn’t ATX! Even better, it’s mini-ITX, making it attractive for those seeking to build more compact systems around the Z390 platform. With support for both 8th and 9th Gen Intel CPUs, this may prove to be a very popular motherboard. Of course, we’ll be testing ours with the new flagship Intel Core i9-9900K, which is sure to put the motherboard through its paces better than any other.