EVGA Z87 Stinger (Intel LGA 1150)

EVGA Z87 Stinger (Intel LGA 1150)

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Introduction



EVGA is probably one of the more popular brands out there for Nvidia videocards, but they also have a few other tricks up their sleeve. Having recently introduced the Hadron Air, EVGA knows that you want a motherboard to go with it. EVGA case, EVGA PSU, EVGA videocard, EVGA motherboard – they almost got your entire build covered. Add memory, drives, and OS, and you have a tiny PC, and one that is, in the perfect world, ready to clock to the limits.

The base of such a build, the EVGA Z87 Stinger is a tiny mITX Z87-based board with a six-phase VRM design and EVGA's own take on what it takes to clock Haswell to the limit. Having not had much experience with EVGA motherboards, I was keen to see what EVGA had, and the company even uses my favorite colors, red and black. I was not expecting much since they make videocards first, but immediately jumped on the chance to get my hands on the board when given a few images. Packing a Creative Sound Core3D audio CODEC and Bluetooth (but no Wi-Fi), the dual-duty EVGA Z87 Stinger is ready to game and overclock.



Specifications

Specifications
CPU SUPPORT:4th Gen Intel Core i7/i5/i3/Pentium/Celeron processor family for the LGA 1150 Socket
POWER DESIGN:CPU Power: 6 Phases
Memory Power: 1 Phase
CHIPSET:Intel Z87 Express
INTEGRATED GRAPHICS:Dependant on installed CPU
MEMORY:2 x DIMM, Max. 16/32 GB, DDR3 1066 to DDR3 2666+(OC)
BIOS:AMI UEFI BIOS with 64 Mb Flash ROM
SLOTS:1 x PCI Express 3.0 x16 slot
1 x mSATA/mPCIe slot
HDD CONNECTVIITY:4 x SATA 6.0 Gb/s (Intel Z87)
NETWORKING:1 x Giga PHY Intel I217V
PORTS:6 x USB 3.0 ports (2 at front panel, 4 at rear panel)
6 x USB 2.0 ports (2 at front panel, 4 at rear panel)
1 x RJ45 LAN connectors
1 x Audio block with 5 audio jacks
1 x eSATA port
1 x Optical S/PDIF port
1 x HDMI-out port
1 x Displayport
1 x Bluetooth Antenna 1 x CMOS Clear Switch
AUDIO:Creative Core3D HD Audio Codec
FAN HEADERS:3 x 4-pin PWM
FORM FACTOR:mITX Form Factor (170 mm x 170 mm)
EXCLUSIVE FEATURES:
  • 300% more gold content in CPU socket
  • EVGA Vdroop Control
  • EVGA E-LEET Tuning Support
  • Onboard Clear CMOS, Power, Reset
  • Onboard CPU Temperature Monitor
  • Creative Sound Core3D
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