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Connectivity: Network

The AMD chipsets do not offer network connectivity by default. The motherboards manufacturers will have to shop at one of the manufacturers of separate ethernet controllers. In the budget segment the manufacturers tend to opt for an Realtek chip, whereas in the more expensive segment we mainly only find Intel chips. Gigabyte has opted for a Killer chip on certain models.

An Aquantia chip is responsible for 5Gb ethernet on the ASRock Fatal1ty X370 Professional Gaming. You can use regular Cat5e network cables for that standard, however you of course need another PC, NAS or switch/router that supports such a fast wired network.


The Crosshair VI Extreme features fast 802.11ac WiFi.

We also find WiFi on a couple of boards. It's usually a relatively simple 433Mb/s adapter with one antenna, comparable in speed to WLAN controller found in many smartphones. The Crosshair VI Extreme from ASUS features a faster solution with two antennas - if you do want WiFi, but not the other features of the Extreme, there's also a variant of the Hero with wireless internet. ASRock has opted for fairly slow WiFi on the fairly expensive X370 Professional Gaming, which is a downside in our opinion. Unfortunately, lately this is a recurring phenomenon on high-end ASRock boards.

  LAN1 LAN2 WLAN
ASRock AB350M Pro4 Realtek Nee Nee
ASRock Fatal1ty AB350 Gaming ITX/ac Intel Nee Intel (433Mb/s)
ASRock Fatal1ty X370 Gaming ITX/ac Intel Nee Intel (867Mb/s)
ASRock Fatal1ty X370 Gaming K4 Intel Nee Nee
ASRock Fatal1ty X370 Professional Gaming Intel Aquantia (5Gb/s) Intel (433Mb/s)
ASRock X370 Killer SLI Intel Nee Nee
ASRock X370 Taichi Intel Nee Nee
ASUS Prime X370-Pro Intel Nee Nee
ASUS ROG Strix B350-F Gaming  Intel Nee Nee
ASUS ROG Strix X370-F Gaming Intel Nee Nee
ASUS ROG Crosshair VI Hero Intel Nee Nee
ASUS ROG Crosshair VI Extreme Intel Nee Qualcomm (867Mb/s)
Biostar X370GT3 Realtek Nee Nee
Gigabyte A320MA-M.2 Realtek Nee Nee
Gigabyte AB350 Gaming 3 Realtek Nee Nee
Gigabyte AB350N-Gaming WiFI Realtek Nee Intel (433Mb/s)
Gigabyte AX370 Gaming K3 Killer Nee Nee
Gigabyte Aorus AX370 Gaming 5 Intel Killer Nee
Gigabyte Aorus AX370 Gaming K7 Intel Killer Nee
MSI B350M Mortar Realtek Nee Nee
MSI B350 Tomahawk Realtek Nee Nee
MSI B350 Gaming Pro Carbon Intel Nee Nee
MSI X370 SLI Plus Realtek Nee Nee
MSI X370 Krait Gaming Realtek Nee Nee
MSI X370 Gaming Pro Carbon Intel Nee Nee
MSI X370 XPower Gaming Titanium Intel Nee Nee

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