EVGA Z87 Stinger Review
featuring GTX 760 FTW and 500B PSU
More and more recently we are seeing mini-ITX boards with full size desktop like features and performance. Recently EVGA joined that club with the release of the Z87 Stinger. Today we will take a look at that board along with their GTX 760 FTW! All powered by their 500B PSU.
The EVGA Z87 Stinger
EVGA use a compact box which focuses on branding and a few key features. Inside is some product documentation, a software CD, SATA cables and an I/O shield. EVGA also bundle a cover for the I/O area which we screw into place if needed.
EVGA use a predominantly black colour scheme on this board with a hint of red on the chipset heatsink and I/O area cover. Powering the board we have one 8-pin connector and a 24-pin connector which sit on the edge of the PCB, one right and one at the top. These power the 6 phase power design which sits around the 1150 CPU socket; set out to allow for larger coolers. The Z87 Stinger also features solid capacitors, more gold in the CPU socket and enhanced Vdroop control. Also worthy of note is the 3-year warranty on this board.
Looking round the board, a single PCIe 16x slot is located on the bottom edge of the PCB and then towards the bottom right we find our drive connectors. There are four in total, supporting RAID 0, 1, 5, 10 and JBOD. Also in this area of the PCB we find an internal USB 3.0 connector with a second top left. The two memory slots are split into a dual channel configuration allowing speeds above 2600MHz with XMP profile support also included and EVGA have managed to fit in a mini-PCIe slot for half size Wi-Fi cards.
At the back panel we start connectivity with a Bluetooth unit which sits above two USB 2.0 ports. Next to them is an eSATA connector and two USB 3.0. Next up are 2x USB 2.0 and 2x USB 3.0 which sit beneath the Intel GB LAN port. Adding to the on-board power/reset buttons we next find a clear CMOS switch and that sits beside out two display outputs, DisplayPort and HDMI. Finally there are our 3.5mm and optical audio connectors which are powered by the Creative Sound Core3D.
For overclocking and tuning EVGA offer E-Leet which shares a lot of functionality with CPUz with an added panel for overclocking.
EVGA use a GUI BIOS on the Stinger and it is set out with a summary area on top and tab layout below. Overclocking options are available and BIOS flashes can be performed in DOS or via a windows tool.