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NZXT N5 Z690 Review – better than expected!

NZXT is back with some new motherboards – this time they based on Intel’s Z690 chipset. Today Leo checks out the N5 model priced at £209.99, and stay tuned for our review of the N7 as well.

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00:00 Start
00:57 Unboxing and board layout
02:08 Removing the VRM heatsinks
03:03 I/O panel and on-board headers
04:54 M.2 installation is fiddly
05:52 Processor time
06:37 Test setup
07:24 Leo looks at the BIOS
09:26 It’s fun and games with NZXT CAM…
10:11 Cinebench R23 mobo behaviour
11:21 The benchmarks
14:34 So what does Leo think?

N5 Z690 £209.99/$239.99

Test System:
Processor: Intel Core i9-12900K (16 cores/24 threads)
CPU Cooler: Corsair H150i Elite LCD
Motherboard: NZXT N5 Z690 and N7 Z690
Memory: 32GB Corsair Vengeance LPX DDR4-3600
Graphics card: Palit RTX 3080 Gaming Pro 10GB
Power supply: Seasonic Prime Titanium 850W
SSD: 500GB Sabrent Rocket 4.0 M.2 NVMe
OS: Windows 11

Smart styling
Good support for M.2 storage
DDR4 support helps you save money
Performance is decent

CAM software can be flaky
The VRMs will not appeal to overclockers
Another 5V ARGB header would be useful
Single internal USB 2.0 header

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