GIGABYTE B360 AORUS GAMING 3 WIFI Motherboard Review (Page 2)

| May 17, 2018 at 10:00 am CDT
Rating: 91%Manufacturer: GIGABYTE

Packaging and Overview

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The box and packaging are basic, but they get the job done.

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The accessory package includes IO shield, WIFI antenna, two SATA6Gb/s cables, Intel Wireless AC 1.733Gbps card, G-Connector, driver DVD, and manual.

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There are a total of five fan headers on the motherboard; one is hidden near the 8-pin CPU power connector. All the fan headers support both PWM and DC operation modes. The header at the bottom of the motherboard is also a pump header, so it runs full speed by default. The motherboard's aesthetics are very similar to the H370 Aorus Gaming 3 WIFI, where you get a lot of black, but also silver and orange. The back of the motherboard is pretty bare.

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The rear IO panel features four USB 2.0 ports, two USB 3.0 ports, PS/2 keyboard/mouse port, DVI, HDMI, USB 3.1 type-A, USB 3.0 type-C, 1Gbit LAN, and 7.1 audio outputs.

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The PCI-E layout facilitates a single x16 slot (top one) that connects to the CPU and operates at x16 PCI-E 3.0. The second x16 slot is x4 PCI-E 3.0 connected to the chipset, while the third x16 slot is x1 connected to the PCH. The other two x1 slots are PCI-E 3.0 connected to the PCH. The top M.2 slot has a heat sink for your M.2 card, and it operates at PCI-E 3.0 x4 and also supports SATA drives.

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The second M.2 slot is x2 PCI-E 3.0 and also supports M.2 drives. The CNVI card slot is where you install the WIFI card, and it shares all of its bandwidth with the USB 2.0 port right under the LAN port on the rear IO.

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There are two 90-degree angled SATA6Gb/s ports, and four straight SATA6Gb/s ports. Near the ports are boot LEDs and the front panel header.

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A USB 3.0 internal header is located below the 24-pin power connector, and a Thunderbolt 3 GPIO header can be found near it. At the top right corner of the motherboard, we find an RGBW LED header and a digital header with 5v/12v switch jumper.

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At the bottom of the motherboard, we find another RGBW header and another digital RGB header with 5v/12v switch jumper. There is also a USB 2.0 header at the bottom, a TPM header, and a COM header. The heat sinks use a push-pin style mechanism to lock down to the motherboard.

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