Here are key points about the GIGABYTE H370 AORUS GAMING 3 WIFI.
Looks and feels High-end: The H370 Aorus Gaming 3 WIFI is has an H-series chipset and is a gaming 3, but it oddly looks much more like a gaming 7 and offers many features we would expect from a premium motherboard. It has tons of LEDs and LED features, dual M.2 slots, shields, and heat sinks over everything. If you are an enthusiast with a non-K 8th Gen CPU, then you could go with this and just tell people it's a Gaming 7.
Intel's new WIFI: Intel's new Wireless-AC solution integrated into the chipset offers very good performance in theory. While we don't have the hardware to test it over standard 5GHz 2x2, we are told by a 3rd party that they are seeing close to 1Gbit speeds in real testing, so it's should be able to offer as much throughput as a Gbit NIC when we get routers capable of handling the 160MHz band.
Dual BIOS: Dual BIOS is a feature GIGABYTE had on every motherboard at one time, but ROM costs forced them to only provide it on high-end motherboards. The good news here is that the Gaming 3 has it!
A bit low on USB 3.0: The rear IO panel only has two USB 3.0 ports (although it does have two USB 3.1 ports, one being type-C) and internally you get one USB 3.0 header. Instead you get four USB 2.0 ports. As things go we can't expect as much from H370 as we do from Z370, I would have liked to see some of that USB 2.0 turned into USB 3.0.
If it looks like a high-end motherboard and offers premium features like a high-end motherboard, then it most likely is a high-end motherboard. The GIGABYTE H370 Aorus Gaming 3 WIFI is what I would consider a pretty high-end H370 motherboard. It offers Intel's premium WIFI controller technology, USB 3.1, dual M.2 slots, and a solid layout for gamers.
It didn't skimp in the VRM area, its VRM looks very similar to what I have found on GIGABYTE's Z370 Gaming 5 motherboard, and you can't overclock CPUs on this motherboard so the VRM isn't that important for performance but rather longevity. If you want a solid performing H370 motherboard, give the GIGABYTE H370 Aorus Gaming 3 a look.
The Bottom Line: If you are looking for an H370 motherboard with the same quality and features as many more expensive Z370 motherboards, give the H370 Aorus Gaming 3 WIFI a look.
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- Page 9 [Thermal Imaging and Power Consumption]
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