NZXT Z370 N7 Motherboard Review

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The packaging for the N7 looks very professional. It is almost a treatise on modern minimalist design. Simple, clean, efficient.

NZXT Z370 N7 Motherboard Review  

Opening the box gives a similar feeling of having stepped into an Apple store or architects office. Everything has its place and there is a place for everything.


NZXT Z370 N7 Motherboard Review  
NZXT Z370 N7 Motherboard Review  

This crisp and clean aesthetic continues onto the N7 motherboard itself. NZXT have utilised a PCB cover that should be familiar to anyone who has followed certain extinct tiger motherboard models. Whether you like it or not, it's usually nice to see the chips and capacitors covered up in this manner. As you can see from the pictures below though, the N7 covering isn't so much hewn from a single piece, but rather looks a bit like it's been put together from a selection of disparate parts.


NZXT Z370 N7 Motherboard Review  

This feeling of a cover that wasn't designed as a whole is only exacerbated by the different coloured whites. It's almost like a trip back to the early days of white hardware wherein the whites were slightly yellow. The main event is certainly not as white as the additional coverings which lends a piecemeal feel to the whole proceedings.


NZXT Z370 N7 Motherboard Review  

One thing that the N7 most definitely doesn't lack for is cooling options. Dedicated pump headers and fan headers abound on both the top end of the motherboard above the CPU socket, and the bottom edge alongside the USB headers. If you're the type of person who demands maximum air-cooling possibilities then you'll be pleased with what the N7 has to offer.


NZXT Z370 N7 Motherboard Review  
NZXT Z370 N7 Motherboard Review  

Thankfully if you aren't overly keen on the "four different shades of white" housing it is easy to remove, and given that NZXT have taken the curious step of using plastic for the M.2 heatspreader - or rather heat insulator - then it's something worth seriously considering.


NZXT Z370 N7 Motherboard Review  

NZXT Z370 N7 Motherboard Review  

Lastly the IO section has a reasonable selection of USB ports and display outputs, although once again the lack of USB 3.1 Type-C connectors, and indeed WiFi, on a motherboard at this price point is disappointing.


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Most Recent Comments

05-07-2018, 11:29:29

demonking
Sounds to me like the purse made all the decisions for this one. Shame really the look of these is what will sell them but no enthusiast is going to be happy with it with such a bad Bios and the whole m.2 issue
lets hope they do a rev 2.0 with re-written BIOSQuote

05-07-2018, 12:07:05

Greenback
Seems like a missed opportunity and a money making exercise considering for the price how little it comes with considering you can get the hero for lessQuote

05-07-2018, 13:10:36

Dicehunter
For the M.2 cooling if the owner was willing to bust out a dremel they could simply attach some white or black heatsinks to the NVME drive and then just mark and cut the cover so it goes over the heatsinks.Quote

06-07-2018, 09:07:59

tinytomlogan
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Originally Posted by Dicehunter View Post
For the M.2 cooling if the owner was willing to bust out a dremel they could simply attach some white or black heatsinks to the NVME drive and then just mark and cut the cover so it goes over the heatsinks.

Shouldnt have to for a board that costs THIS much..........Quote

06-07-2018, 09:16:29

Dicehunter
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Originally Posted by tinytomlogan View Post
Shouldnt have to for a board that costs THIS much..........
I agree but it's something that can be easily fixed if you have a dremel Quote
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