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EVGA Z790 DARK K|NGP|N Motherboard Review @ BSN

Dan Kennedy



Introduction to EVGA Z790 DARK K|NGP|N Motherboard

The EVGA Z790 DARK K|NGP|N Motherboard is the newest addition to EVGA’s DARK product line. It is aim at enthusiasts who want high-end performance. This motherboard has been designed for overclockers, gamers, and other enthusiasts who want the best possible performance from their system. In this review, I will take a closer look at the EVGA Z790 DARK K|NGP|N Motherboard and see if it lives up to the hype.

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My Experience with the Computer Systems

In the early 90s, my first computer system, the 30386, had a genuine Intel CPU. Throughout the years, except for a few occasions when I tried CPUs from other brands like Cyrix and AMD, I have primarily used Intel CPUs in my systems. Intel has generally been seen as outperforming AMD, especially in the consumer market. However, when it comes to building a new system, I have always considered motherboard quality and features to be extremely important, in addition to CPU and memory performance.

In my past reviews, I have emphasized the significance of a well-built and feature-rich motherboard. While AMD’s partners have introduced impressive models, such as the X570 and the latest X670E, there are still Intel-based motherboards that seem to be one step ahead. The Z790 DARK K|NGP|N Motherboard by EVGA combines their extensive knowledge and expertise, and based on my previous experiences with their products, I have high expectations for this particular model.

EVGA follows a philosophy of intelligent innovation, market knowledge, and real-time operation. They continuously identify market needs and provide solutions through product differentiation and customer-focused programs. With their headquarters in Brea, CA, EVGA has a global presence, including EVGA GmbH in Munich, EVGA LATAM in Miami, and EVGA Hong Kong. For more information about EVGA, you can visit their website at

Details of EVGA Z790 DARK K|NGP|N Motherboard

Let’s delve into the details of the Z790 DARK K|NGP|N motherboard. It features a 21-phase digital VRM and is compatible with Intel’s 12th and 13th generation LGA1700 CPUs. For the purpose of Z790 reviews, I will be using the Intel Core i9-13900k. Like its predecessor, this motherboard fully supports DDR5 RAM, allowing for a maximum capacity of 64GB with clock speeds of 8000MHz and above. It also accommodates PCIe 5.0 cards, offering two EMI shielded and reinforced x16/8 full-length slots.

However, it is worth noting that Intel did not design their Z790 chipset with full support for the PCIe 5.0 standard. Consequently, Gen5 SSDs are not fully supported by these motherboards, as utilizing them would halve the available bandwidth for your graphics card (although some Intel partners have found workarounds). To address this limitation, the Z790 DARK K|NGP|N motherboard includes three PCIe 4.0 Gen4 M.2 sockets.

Improved Durability & Performance

In addition to these features, the motherboard boasts a 14-layer PCB for improved durability and performance, a 100% copper heatsink equipped with twin fans for the VRM, a full backplate, a single PCIe 3.0 x4 slot, six native Intel SATA 6Gb/s ports that support RAID 0/1/5/10, two ASMedia (ASM1061) SATA 6.0Gb/s ports, 4 ARGB headers, right-angled ports for power and SATA connectors, a Marvel 10GbE Ethernet port, an Intel i226-V 2.5G Ethernet port, an Intel AX211 dual-band Wi-Fi 6E/BT v5.2 module, and the Realtek ALC1220 7.1 onboard sound card.

The DARK series of motherboards by EVGA caters to enthusiasts and overclockers, so this model is equipped with various features to accommodate such users. These include a multi-function indicator, power and reset buttons, clear CMOS buttons (available both internally and externally), a safeboot button (which boots directly into the BIOS without altering your settings, which can be helpful if your system fails to boot), PCIe disable switches (allowing users to disable).

Quality & Features

EVGA Z790 Specifications

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