EVGA Z370 Classified K Review

Test Setup and Overclocking

EVGA Z370 Classified K Review

Test Setup

EVGA Z370 Classified K
Intel Core i7-8700K
Corsair LPX 4000MHz
Corsair LPX 3200MHz
Corsair MP500 M.2
nVidia GTX 980
Corsair HX1000i
Corsair H110i GT
Corsair ML Fans

Overclocking

Oh boy, talk about opening a can of worms. Depending upon your requirements the EVGA Classified is either one of the very best overclocking motherboards around, or one of the worst.

The BIOS is easy to negotiate and, to some degree, it does exactly what you would expect. Unfortunately the loadline calibration is totally borked, which means that we could get some seriously impressive CPUz screenshots of overclocks higher than you would attain from the majority of Z370 motherboards, yet the voltages were so unstable that it either fell over at the slightest hint of a benchmark, or the temperatures soared so high that we had to neuter it just to be able to get through the entirety of our test suite. Even in a stable state there was still a wild amount of fluctuation which you'll see in our forthcoming graphs.

-EDIT-

It turns out in EVGA BIOS when you enable their version of load line calibration (they just call it Vdroop) you are basically turning ON vdroop and in the exat opposite to all other brands you disable the option to make it better. So the auto option is actually disabled and enabling it makes the board droop from 1.3v to 1.22. Its utterly backwards and caused us a lot of confusion. 

Something in the BIOS (probably a hidden setting) is too high though because we found the board to be 6-10c hotter on average than other boards at the same volts / clocks.

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Most Recent Comments

13-03-2018, 11:30:04

AlienALX
Very strange board ! not in performance, as I know these have banging power stages but in design. You have this big white bit....... Then....... BLACK BLACK BLACK.

Very, very strange it almost looks lopsided. It needs more white. Even if it were the SATA ports or just something.Quote

13-03-2018, 11:36:25

tinytomlogan
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Originally Posted by AlienALX View Post
Very strange board ! not in performance, as I know these have banging power stages but in design. You have this big white bit....... Then....... BLACK BLACK BLACK.

Very, very strange it almost looks lopsided. It needs more white. Even if it were the SATA ports or just something.

Its silver not white.

Sadly even with all the power phases the bios needs work. Ive tested a lot of cheaper boards that out clocked and performed this.Quote

13-03-2018, 11:46:49

AlienALX
Looks white to me ! Weird

Yeah, one thing EVGA have never been fantastic with is bioses. Though Buildzoid did take apart one of their boards the other day and admitted it had the most outrageous overkill power phases he had ever seen. And expensive, too.Quote

13-03-2018, 13:25:36

NeverBackDown
I have an EVGA Z170 board and it's also a terrible overclocker.

I'd stay away in all honestyQuote

13-03-2018, 14:08:20

Avet
I really don't like EVGA's MBO design. They had few decent ones before, but now they look extremely cheep. Also they have issues all around. As Tom said, they need a bit of polish.Quote
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