EVGA Announces Z690 DARK KINGPIN and Z690 CLASSIFIED Motherboards

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EVGA has announced two Z690 motherboards for 12th Gen Intel Core processors. EVGA Z690 motherboards use the ELEET X1 software for monitoring, overclocking, and tuning. Pricing and availability have not been announced.


For the serious overclocker is the EVGA Z690 DARK KINGPIN. The KINGPIN product line is well known as the premier line for EVGA. With 21-phase VRM power delivery and a 10-layer PCB, it is aimed at power-hungry processors.

  • Memory: DDR5 (maximum frequency clocks unannounced)
  • NVME M.2: PCIe Gen 5 and Gen 4 support, 3 x M.2 Key-M slots
  • USB: 8 x SATA 6 Gb/s ports
  • LAN: 2 x 2.5 Gbps ports
  • WiFi: 6E
  • Bluteooth: 5.2
  • Audio: 7.1 channels HD audio
  • CPU AIO: 2 pump headers

EVGA DARK motherboards blaze the trail for other boards to follow, and the Z690 DARK K|NGP|N is no exception. The ability to destroy world records is insignificant next to the power of a 21-phase VRM and a 10-layer PCB – capable of driving the most powerful 12th Gen Intel Core processors. With DDR5, PCIe Gen5, and PCIe Gen4 M.2 NVMe support, a new DARK age of overclocking will rise as quickly as new hardware becomes available. Multiple USB options, 8x SATA 6Gb/s ports, 2x 2.5Gbps NICs + Wi-Fi 6E / BT 5.2, 7.1 HD audio, 3x M.2 Key-M slots, and 2x pump headers exclusively built for CPU AIO cooling help round out everything else you need in a premium motherboard. The Z690 DARK K|NGP|N is today’s choice for the future of overclocking and gaming.

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The EVGA CLASSIFIED series is a more economical solution for overclockers with a more budget-friendly price point. Power delivery is achieved via a 19-phase VRM solution on a 10-layer PCB.

  • Memory: DDR5 (maximum frequency clocks unanounnced), teased at up to 128 GB
  • NVME M.2: PCIe Gen 5 and Gen 4 support
  • LAN: 2 x 2.5 Gbps ports
  • WiFi: 6E
  • Bluetooth: 5.2
  • Audio: 7.1 channels HD audio

The EVGA Z690 CLASSIFIED is revealed as the latest addition to EVGA’s most-respected line of motherboards. Although few details are known, this motherboard is rumored to fully support the latest 12th Gen Intel Core Series Processors and take full advantage of PCIe Gen5 and PCIe Gen4 M.2 NVMe SSDs. Other reports indicate that the EVGA Z690 CLASSIFIED provides unbeatable power, performance and stability via a 19-phase VRM and 10-layer PCB. EVGA neither confirms nor denies support for 128GB of DDR5 memory, 2x 2.5Gbps NIC + Wi-Fi 6E / BT 5.2, 7.1 HD audio, or multiple USB options. All evidence points to the conclusion that this board is designed for the ultimate gaming experience; everything else is Z690 CLASSIFIED.

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Peter Brosdahl
As a child of the 70’s I was part of the many who became enthralled by the video arcade invasion of the 1980’s. Saving money from various odd jobs I purchased my first computer from a friend of my dad, a used Atari 400, around 1982. Eventually it would end up being a lifelong passion of upgrading and modifying equipment that, of course, led into a career in IT support.

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