Z270 Micro-ATX review: four motherboards compared

Small Kaby Lakes

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Connectivity: Network

The Kaby Lake chipsets have an integrated network controller, which requires a so-called Physical Layer chip (PHY). It is a bit cheaper than a full network controller from Intel, even though it's quite pricey - for this reason most truly low-end boards still feature a Realtek controller. The boards in this test all feature an Intel or Killer network controller however.

Pretty much all manufacturers have opted for Intel network controllers this generation. All Micro-ATX boards in this test use the integrated network controller of the chipset, that can be used by implementing the WG-I219V PHY on the board. The ASUS Strix Z270G Gaming also comes with an 867 Mbps Qualcomm WLAN controller.

Motherboard LAN WLAN
ASRock Z270M Extreme4 Intel WG-I219V -
ASUS Strix Z270G Gaming Intel WG-I219V Qualcomm 867 Mbps
Gigabyte Z270M-D3H Intel WG-I219V -
MSI Z270M Mortar Intel WG-I219V -

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