Differences can also be observed in the area of network connectivity. Most manufacturers are at least reasonably unanimous in choosing a wired network controller. That's almost always an Intel WG-I211AT, except for two cheaper models that use a Realtek chip.
Another exception is the MSI X470 Gaming M7 AC, on which we meet a Killer-NIC. All motherboard manufacturers now also offer QoS-like functionality to other controllers via their own software, which is probably why the popularity of Killer chips among manufacturers is decreasing. To be honest, we are not really sad about that.
Many boards are also equipped with wireless internet. The ASUS RoG Crosshair VII Hero and MSI X470 Gaming Pro Carbon have been tested here in the WiFi version, but you can also buy identical models without WiFi for two tenners less.
The speeds of the wireless connection vary considerably. Gigabyte chooses Intel's latest top model, which theoretically goes up to 1730 Mbit/s and supports Bluetooth 5.0. This adapter can also be found on the ASRock X470 Gaming-ITX/AC. The MSI Gaming M7 AC has an older Intel chip that goes up to 867 Mbit/s and is limited to version 4.2 in terms of Bluetooth. Asus applies similar Realtek chips. The simple 433Mbit/s adapters that ASRock and MSI have mounted on Taichi and Gaming Pro Carbon AC respectively are downright shameful for this segment.
|LAN controller||WiFi controller||WiFi speed||Bluetooth version|
|ASRock X470 Gaming-ITX/AC||Intel WG-I211AT||Intel Wireless-AC 9260||1,730 Mbit/s||5.0|
|ASRock X470 Gaming K4||Intel WG-I211AT|
|ASRock X470 Master SLI||Intel WG-I211AT|
|ASRock X470 Taichi||Intel WG-I211AT||Intel Wireless-AC 3168||433 Mbit/s||4.2|
|Asus RoG Crosshair VII Hero WiFi||Intel WG-I211AT||Realtek RTL8822BE||867 Mbit/s||4.2|
|Asus RoG Strix X470-F Gaming||Intel WG-I211AT|
|Asus RoG Strix X470-I Gaming||Intel WG-I211AT||Realtek RTL8822BE||867 Mbit/s||4.2|
|Asus TUF X470-Plus Gaming||Realtek RTL8111H|
|Gigabyte X470 Aorus Gaming 5 WiFi||Intel WG-I211AT||Intel Wireless-AC 9260||1,730 Mbit/s||5.0|
|Gigabyte X470 Aorus Gaming 7 WiFi||Intel WG-I211AT||Intel Wireless-AC 9260||1,730 Mbit/s||5.0|
|Gigabyte X470 Aorus Ultra Gaming||Intel WG-I211AT|
|MSI X470 Gaming M7 AC||Killer E2500||Intel Wireless-AC 8265||867 Mbit/s||4.2|
|MSI X470 Gaming Plus||Realtek RTL8111H|
|MSI X470 Gaming Pro Carbon AC||Intel WG-I211AT||Intel Wireless-AC 3168||433 Mbit/s||4.2|