SuperMicro SuperO C9 Z590-CGW – Tom’s Hardware

Supermicro is best known for server hardware, but the company does occasionally dabble in the consumer-focused space. Its latest offering on that front is the SuperO C9Z590-CGW, a board based around Intel’s flagship mainstream chipset. The motherboard (which is still basically server-class) includes native PCIe 4.0 support (with Rocket Lake CPU), a Marvell 10 GbE NIC and two USB 3.2 Gen2x2 Type-C ports. There’s three M.2 slots, though not much else has changed on this RGB-free board compared to the previous-gen model. At $429.99, the CGW (the CG, without Wi-Fi, is $409.99) is a full-featured Z590-based motherboard looking to make a place for itself in a crowded premium segment.

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SuperMicro SuperO C9Z590-CGW – KitGuru

Instead we have been told the SuperO C9Z590-CGW will cost £419 here in the UK and for that sort of money we expect a premium motherboard that behaves perfectly, delivers good performance and is supplied with a list of impressive features. Instead we have a Z590 motherboard that performs poorly out of the box and which has features that are nothing special.

SuperO could help the C9Z590-CGW by fixing the BIOS and lowering the price to a sensible level, but you still have a bit of a conundrum where the offer is a gaming platform with 10 Gigabit Ethernet and nothing in the way of RGB. You may think that sounds like a confusing combination of features and frankly, we have to agree.

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Supermicro SuperO C9Z590-CGW – TweakTown

The SuperO C9Z590-CGW is one of two SKUs available for purchase with the Z590 chipset; the other, the C9Z590-CG, would omit the W in the model and come without WiFi6 and BT 5.1. That said, both SKUs are stacked with connectivity, including 5, 10, and 20Gb/s USB 3.2 on the rear I/O and 10Gbe from the Marvell AQC113C chipset.

Running through the platform specifications, this board does support 11th Gen Intel Rocket Lake CPUs, with RAM support for JEDEC 2133-3200MHz and XMP up to 4000MHz. The maximum memory capacity is 128GB with 32GB DIMMs.

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Supermicro SuperO C9Z590-CGW – FunkyKit

There were no problems with stability or performance during all our tests. The CPU overclocks well and even higher than on some other motherboards. However, I wish to see better compatibility with higher frequency memory kits. RAM is stable and for most users, DDR4-3600 is still more than enough but the competition offers much higher speeds.

Gamers may also want RGB and ARGB connectors which are not available on the CZ590-CGW. For me, it’s not an issue as I’m not a fan of flashy PC and I know that many users dislike RGB lighting too. It’s just a standard nowadays that gaming motherboards have these connectors onboard.

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Supermicro Intel Z590 Motherboards Revealed

AS CES continues, we now have details available on Supermicro’s Intel Z590 motherboards. Two models have been revealed, the C9Z590-CG and the C9Z590-CGW. Both boards are equipped similarly, with the -CGW featuring an integrated Wi-Fi 6 + Bluetooth 5.1 solution. Similar to other Z590 motherboards, they feature both a 1GbE and 10GbE onboard, support three M.2 devices (1 @ PCIe 4.0, 2 @ PCIe 3.0), 4 SATA ports and more. While not top-of=mind for most enthusiasts, Supermicro is known for making high quality products. Head on over to their website to read more on both of these boards.