Taking us into the final weeks of the summer, we have a new giveaway courtesy of the always awesome Supermicro. The company has sent our community team one of their Z390 ATX motherboards, the SuperO C9Z390-CGW, and one lucky reader is going to win it. So if you’re angling to build a new gaming system around one of Intel’s Socket 1151 9th Gen Core CPUs, then this may be just the part you need to get started.
The C9Z390-CGW is a premium version of Supermicro’s well-regarded ATX sized C9Z390-CG, taking the important elements from that board while adding some additional features. There are a pair of full-length PCIe 3.0 x16 slot with steel slot reinforcement, as well as an unreinforced PCIe 3.0 x4 slot and a trio of x1 slots. The board also includes two PCIe 3.0 x4 M.2 slots, placed above and below the x16 slots respectively. Also included are the usual six SATA ports, which are angled towards the front of the board.
|Supermicro C9Z390-CGW ATX Motherboard|
|Memory Slots (DDR4)||Four DDR4
Supporting 128 GB
Up to DDR4-3866
|Video Outputs||1 x HDMI 1.4b
2 x DisplayPort 1.2
|Network Connectivity||Intel I219-V Gigabit
Aquantia AQC107 10G
Dual Band 802.11ac + BT 5.0
|Onboard Audio||Realtek ALC1220|
|PCIe Slots for Graphics (from CPU)||2 x PCIe 3.0 x16|
|Onboard SATA||6 x|
|Onboard M.2||2 x PCIe 3.0 x4|
|USB 3.1 (10 Gbps)||3 x Type-A Rear Panel
1 x Type-C Rear Panel
1 x Type-C Header
|USB 3.0 (5 Gbps)||2 x Type-A Rear Panel
2 x Type-A Header
|RGB||2 x 12v|
|Power Connectors||1 x 24-pin ATX
1 x 8pin CPU
Controller-wise the board is using a Realtek ALC1220 HD audio codec to power the five 3.5 mm audio jacks and S/PDIF optical output on the rear, an Intel I219V Gigabit controller for the GigE LAN port, and a dual-band 802.11ac wireless networking adapter is also included. Unique to this board as a premium feature is a 10GigE controller in the form of Aquantia’s popular AQC107 controller, feeding the board’s high-speed Ethernet port. The rest of the rear panel is comprised of three USB 3.1 Gen2 Type-A ports, one USB 3.1 Gen2 Type-C port, two USB 3.0 Type-A ports, a PS/2 combo port, and a trio of display outputs consisting of two DisplayPort 1.2 outputs and an HDMI 1.4b port.
The gaming-focused board also includes a pair of 12v headers for RGB lighting. The motherboard itself is also equipped with RGB LEDs, offering numerous lighting options. Control is provided via SuperMicro’s SUPERO Booster software.
The giveaway is running through September 6th and is open to all US residents (sorry, ROW!). You can enter below, and you can find more details (and the full discussion) about the giveaway over on the AnandTech Forums.