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Connectivity: Audio and video

Not nearly every customer in this segment will use a separate graphics card. Because of this it is important that there are enough monitor connectors available for the integrated GPU. The most used connector is without a doubt HDMI: this is found on all boards. DVI is also present a lot. VGA is especially found on the cheaper models, while the more expensive ones sometimes also include a DisplayPort-output. Only the latter is enough to operate a 4K-monitor at 60 Hz.

Motherboard VGA DVI HDMI DisplayPort
ASRock Fatal1ty H270 Performance Ja Ja Ja Nee
ASUS Strix B250F Gaming Nee Ja Ja Ja
ASUS Strix B250G Gaming Nee Ja Ja Nee
ASUS Strix B250H Gaming Ja Nee Ja Nee
ASUS Strix H270F Gaming Nee Ja Ja Ja
Gigabyte B250-HD3P Ja Ja Ja Nee
Gigabyte B250M-DS3H Ja Ja Ja Nee
Gigabyte H270 Gaming 3 Nee Ja Ja Nee
MSI B250M Mortar Nee Ja Ja Ja
MSI H270 Gaming M3 Nee Ja Ja Nee

A lot of motherboards in this price range have solid audio equipment based on a Realtek ALC1220-codec. However, compared with high-end models any further functionality is more modest: only the ASRock Fatal1ty H270 Performance has a headphone amplifier; the arsenal of audio capacitors is usually not as big. DTS Connect, the technology that allows you to send surround sound via S/PDIF, is not supported by any of the tested boards. A few boards do not even have an optical audio-output.

ASRock Fatal1ty H270 Performance
ASRock is the only one to have a headphone amplifier.

Motherboard Audiocodec Amplifier TOSLINK (S/PDIF) DTS Connect
ASRock Fatal1ty H270 Performance Realtek ALC1220 Ti Ne5532 Ja Nee
ASUS Strix B250F Gaming Realtek ALC1220 - Ja Nee
ASUS Strix B250G Gaming Realtek ALC1220 - Nee Nee
ASUS Strix B250H Gaming Realtek ALC1220 - Ja Nee
ASUS Strix H270F Gaming Realtek ALC1220 - Ja Nee
Gigabyte B250-HD3P Realtek ALC892 - Nee Nee
Gigabyte B250M-DS3H Realtek ALC887 - Ja Nee
Gigabyte H270 Gaming 3 Realtek ALC1220 - Nee Nee
MSI B250M Mortar Realtek ALC892 - Nee Nee
MSI H270 Gaming M3 Realtek ALC1220 - Ja Nee

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