SuperMicro C9Z390-PGW Z390 LGA1151 Motherboard Review

Motherboards/Intel S1151 by stefan @ 2019-02-10

SuperMicro have quite impressed us with their latest C9Z390-PGW board, that features server-quality hardware components for the VRMs, a Broadcom ExpressLane PLX PEX 8747 that is able to take x16 lanes from the CPU and outputs no less than x32 PCI-E 3.0 lanes, that helps when using dual-VGA configurations, no less than two LAN interfaces, one being 10Gbit (Aquantia® AQC107 10G Ethernet Controller) and a good Realtek ALC1220 implementation. Wi-Fi is also available via the pre-installed Intel AC 9560 module, that also comes with Bluetooth 5.0 compatibility.

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Packaging, A Closer Look Part I

SuperMicro has recently sent us their high-end offering regarding the Z390 chipset series that carries a C9Z390-PGW code name. Besides the durable VRM area, it incorporates many more as well: 10G LAN, no less than two M.2 and two U.2 ports for expanding the storage capabilities, enough USB 3.1 and 3.0 for connecting other devices, and more.


The motherboard has arrived in a medium-sized cardboard enclosure (for a motherboard), that contains the main product, along with its bundle and documentation:




The motherboard interfaces are described in more detail on the back:




After lifting the box, cover, we will have a clear view on the included accessories:




If we do look in more detail, we will get to see the I/O shield, four SATA cables, two antennas for the Wi-Fi interface, a disk with drivers and utilities, a case badge but also some SATA cable stickers:




The Quick Reference Guide is available as a short manual version; the full manual can be downloaded in electronic format from SuperMicro’s website:





The motherboard is held secure inside a cardboard tray, but also wrapped inside an anti-static bag:




The C7Z390-PGW board sports a gunmetal color scheme for the heatsinks and a black PCB; the large PCH/M.2 heatsink arrangement remind us of the MSI X470 Gaming M7 AC:




Let’s take a closer look at the board layout; near the 8-pin power connector we will get to see a PWM CPU fan header:




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