A Colorful’s Latest Motherboard Series
The Chinese manufacturer Colorful is well-known for its GPUs – I’ve been using their variant of the GeForce RTX 4080 for just over a year – and the brand is venturing into other areas, including memory, motherboards, and storage. Their latest products in the Z790 motherboard series are the iGame Z790D5 Ultra and Flow, and while the latter looks interesting on its own, I’m interested in the Ultra model.
On one hand, the Z790D5 Ultra features an iridescent pattern that looks great; it serves as a beautiful contrast with the white color scheme you get with the rest of the board. Colorful touts gold-plated contacts on the PCIe and RAM slots, with the latter also receiving a reinforced alloy design. The board can accommodate up to 192 GB of DDR5 RAM at speeds of up to 8200 MT/s and there are six SATA ports.
You also get 2.5 Gigabit Ethernet connectivity, Wi-Fi 6E, customizable RGB lighting through Colorful software, and a debugging LCD. The Ultra model features four USB 2.0 ports, two USB 3.2 Gen 2 ports with 5 Gbps connectivity, three USB 3.2 Gen 2 ports with 10 Gbps connectivity, and a single USB-C port that can be used to charge other devices through the USB PD 3.0 standard at 30W.
Overall, it seems like an intriguing motherboard, but we’ll have to wait and see how much it will cost when it hits stores at the end of 2023. Z790 motherboards are certainly not lacking at the moment, and I’m testing some from ASUS and other brands. Colorful has a decent presence in Asian markets, but with their motherboard still unknown, they will need to be aggressive to challenge more established brands.