Intel Z370 motherboards round-up: 17 times Coffee Lake

The best motherboards with the Z370-chipset

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Connectivity: Audio and video

The Realtek ALC1220 is responsible for the audio of most of the Z370-boards. On more expensive boards it is often combined with a headphone amplifier. An optical audio-output is found on all boards, but DTS Connect is only supported by two ASRock boards and the ASUS Prime. This means that if you want to connect a surround set via S/PDIF, your options are limited. 

  Codec S/PDIF DTS Connect Amplifier
ASRock Z370 Killer SLI Realtek ALC892 Ja Nee Nee
ASRock Z370 Extreme4 Realtek ALC1220 Ja Ja Nee
ASRock Z370 Gaming K6 Realtek ALC1220 Ja Nee Ti NE5532
ASRock Z370 Taichi Realtek ALC1220 Ja Ja Ti NE5532
ASUS Prime Z370-A Realtek ALC1220 Ja Ja Nee
ASUS ROG Maximus X Hero Realtek ALC1220 Ja Nee ESS ES9023P
ASUS ROG Strix Z370-E Gaming Realtek ALC1220 Ja Nee Nee
ASUS ROG Strix Z370-F Gaming Realtek ALC1220 Ja Nee Nee
ASUS ROG Strix Z370-I Gaming Realtek ALC1220 Ja Nee Nee
ASUS TUF Z370-Pro Gaming Realtek ALC887 Ja Nee Nee
Gigabyte Z370 Aorus Gaming 7 Realtek ALC1220 Ja Nee ESS 9018Q2C
Gigabyte Z370 Aorus Ultra Gaming Realtek ALC1220 Ja Nee Nee
Gigabyte Z370-HD3 Realtek ALC892 Ja Nee Nee
Gigabyte Z370-HD3P Realtek ALC1220 Ja Nee Nee
MSI Z370 Gaming Pro Carbon AC 2x Realtek ALC1220 Ja Nee Nee
MSI Z370 Godlike Gaming 2x Realtek ALC1220 Ja Nee ESS E9018
MSI Z370 SLI Plus Realtek ALC1220 Ja Nee Nee

HDMI is the most common monitor output with these Z370-motherboards. The Z370 Godlike Gaming is the only board that does not have any video-connectors whatsoever. Especially with ASUS we often find DisplayPort as well - with other manufacturers this is usually limited to the more expensive models. Only some midrange ASRock boards and a Gigabyte budget board have VGA. 

  VGA DVI HDMI DisplayPort
ASRock Z370 Killer SLI Nee Ja Ja Nee
ASRock Z370 Extreme4 Ja Ja Ja Nee
ASRock Z370 Gaming K6 Ja Ja Ja Nee
ASRock Z370 Taichi Nee Nee Ja Ja
ASUS Prime Z370-A Nee Ja Ja Ja
ASUS ROG Maximus X Hero Nee Nee Ja Ja
ASUS ROG Strix Z370-E Gaming Nee Ja Ja Ja
ASUS ROG Strix Z370-F Gaming Nee Ja Ja Ja
ASUS ROG Strix Z370-I Gaming Nee Nee Ja Ja
ASUS TUF Z370-Pro Gaming Nee Ja Ja Nee
Gigabyte Z370 Aorus Gaming 7 Nee Nee Ja Ja
Gigabyte Z370 Aorus Ultra Gaming Nee Ja Ja Nee
Gigabyte Z370-HD3 Nee Ja Ja Nee
Gigabyte Z370-HD3P Ja Ja Ja Nee
MSI Z370 Gaming Pro Carbon AC Nee Nee Ja Ja
MSI Z370 Godlike Gaming Nee Nee Nee Nee
MSI Z370 SLI Plus Nee Ja Ja Nee

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