Supermicro SuperO C9 Z590-CGW Review: Server-Grade for Gaming?

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Supermicro SuperO C9 Z590-CGW Review: Server-Grade for Gaming?

The SuperO C9Z590-CGW is a server-class board that includes the basics as well as 10GbE and 2x USB 3.2 Gen2x2 Type-C ports. Priced at $429.99, it’s expensive, and there are better-looking and better-equipped options available around the same price.

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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Being a board from Supermicro, it’s not exactly shocking that function trumps aesthetics here. To that end, its appearance isn’t quite up to the heavily shrouded look of similarly competing alternatives. Although there are heatsinks on the M.2 sockets, you don’t find any shrouds or RGB LEDs. That isn’t bad for some, but those looking for any kind of RGB lightning need to look elsewhere.

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