ECS’ Leet Gaming Z370-Lightsaber is a tidy weapon for a civilized age

Elitegroup Computer Systems doesn't get the attention that its larger peers do, but ever since the release of the legendary K7S5A motherboard, I've had a soft spot for the company. That's right—ECS is still making motherboards, and the company's just revealed its latest offering: the Leet Gaming Z370-Lightsaber. Predictably, this ATX motherboard uses Intel's latest Z370 chipset and takes eighth-generation Intel Core CPUs.

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This ECS offering has all the trappings you'd expect from a modern mobo with a Z-series Intel chipset. There are four DIMM slots supporting DDR4 memory at up to 3200 MT/s, a trio of PCIe x16 slots, and a pair of M.2 sockets connected to PCIe 3.0 x4. The standard six SATA ports are present, as are a pair of USB 3.1 Gen 2 ports. Realtek's ALC1150 codec handles audio output, while a Killer E2500 chip does Ethernet duty.

The Leet Gaming Z370-Lightsaber is kitted out for overclockers. Besides the rather chunky VRM heatsinks, it has onboard buttons to power up the machine and to reset it when things go wrong. A nearby set of diagnostic LEDs should help figure out what happened during a failed overclocking attempt. Three other buttons offer a convenient way to update the BIOS, reset CMOS settings, or fire up the "quick OC" feature. While we didn't spot any pump-specific connectors, the board has five fan headers. It also has four 5-pin RGB LED light strip connectors.

There's currently no word on stateside availability or pricing for the Leet Gaming Z370-Lightsaber. We wager that since this board doesn't bother with flashy trim, it'll ring in at a lower price than its similarly-specced competitors.

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    • LoneWolf15
    • 2 years ago

    (Riffing on Cheap Trick)

    Mother told me, yes she told me, I’d meet boards like you…
    She also told me, “Stay away, you never know what you’ll catch”…

    • ronch
    • 2 years ago

    Good grief. I thought there’s something wrong with the socket because it looks like an LGA Intel socket then I realized I mistook this for an AMD X370 board. (@_@;)

      • derFunkenstein
      • 2 years ago

      yeah we’re going to be in for a world of hurt.

    • ronch
    • 2 years ago

    ECS is BACK!! Alright!!

    Should be called E[b<]LEET[/b<]Group Z[ombie]370-[b<]Gaming++++[/b<]

    • Chrispy_
    • 2 years ago

    What are ECS BIOSes like?

    I haven’t touched ECS for a very long time, I was burned back when they were called PC Chips.

      • DrDominodog51
      • 2 years ago

      I wouldn’t touch this with a 10 foot pole. I’ve heard that their BIOSes are legendarily bad.

    • not@home
    • 2 years ago

    The title had me thinking “Whoa, ECS make a small lightsaber” How disappointed I was to discover it was a motherboard.

    • swaaye
    • 2 years ago

    Hmmm I dunno. I think if it’s called LIGHTSABER the entire PCB should glow and have full RGB config. lol

    But yeah look at those heatsinks that might actually do some transfer to the air. It’s post-space age tech.

    • Waco
    • 2 years ago

    Those VRM sinks actually looks like heatsinks. Perhaps this trend of function over form will catch on…

      • MOSFET
      • 2 years ago

      They remind me of the several Asus M5A-990FX PRO R2 mobos that are sitting in my garage waiting to be ebayed.

        • Waco
        • 2 years ago

        ASUS did stick to functional stuff for a while before they became obsessed with the GAMERZ STYLE ZOMG type of sinks that are just hunks of featureless metal.

        • just brew it!
        • 2 years ago

        Those were very nice motherboards for the price. I’m still running one in my main rig. 😉

      • Mentawl
      • 2 years ago

      That was my first thought too. I’d be tempted to give them money purely for that.

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