Gi­ga­byte Aorus B360 Gam­ing 3

GREAT PRIC­ING WITH A FEW SAC­RI­FICES

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Gi­ga­byte’s Aorus motherboards are con­tin­u­ally im­press­ing us thanks to the very good value they of­fer. Ob­vi­ously Gi­ga­byte is be­ing very ag­gres­sive on price in re­cent times. Most Aorus boards place a strong em­pha­sis on de­sign and aes­thet­ics thanks to a healthy dose of RGB light­ing. We were big fans of the Aorus X470 Gam­ing 5 in our AMD X470 moth­er­board roundup, so how does this value B360 con­tender fare in a highly com­pet­i­tive mar­ket­place?

Aorus motherboards have a his­tory of be­ing re­ally loaded up with RGB light­ing, with some ex­am­ples over­do­ing it per­haps. The B360 Gam­ing 3 RGB implementation di­als it back a notch, with just the chipset heatsink and au­dio PCB sep­a­ra­tion line fea­tur­ing RGB light­ing. The lit­tle or­ange ac­cents look nice, and there’s silk screened im­age of the Aorus hawk. Over­all it’s a good look­ing moth­er­board that looks like it should be worth more than its $185 street price.

A vis­ual in­spec­tion of the board re­veals a few lit­tle nuggets. In ad­di­tion to the stan­dard pair of M.2 slots, there’s an ad­di­tional slot for an In­tel Wi-Fi card. Gi­ga­byte of­fer a vari­ant of the Gam­ing 3 with this card in­cluded for a few bucks more. There’s also a chunky M.2 heatsink po­si­tioned above the top most PCIe slot. This po­si­tion means your M.2 drive should stay nice and cool thanks to air­flow that’s likely to pass over it from ei­ther a CPU cooler or to­wards the rear case fan. On the down­side, we note the pres­ence of push pins for the PWM heatsinks. We’d like to see screws used here.

In the quest to de­liver a moth­er­board at a cheaper price than com­pet­ing Asus and MSI prod­ucts, Gi­ga­byte has un­for­tu­nately had to sac­ri­fice a few fea­tures. The power de­liv­ery sys­tem is noth­ing too fancy. It’s still ad­e­quate for non-over­clocked use but it’s no­tice­able. It’s the only moth­er­board in the test that uses the older Real­tek ALC892 au­dio con­troller. If ana­logue au­dio or head­phone per­for­mance is vi­tal for you, this is some­thing you’d want to keep in mind.

The I/O area con­tains an ad­e­quate com­ple­ment of ports as you’d ex­pect, but it’s not the class leader in this roundup. There’s four USB 2.0 ports and just a sin­gle Type-A USB 3.1 Gen 2 port. There are three Gen 1 ports, one of which is Type-C. This should be ok for most, but an ex­tra cou­ple USB 3.1 Gen 1 or 2 ports would be wel­come. The video out­puts con­sist of DVI-D and HDMI ports. Round­ing out the rear ports is a sin­gle Gi­ga­bit LAN port con­trolled by an In­tel I219-V chip. There’s a set of six ana­logue ports, but no S/ PDIF port so you’ll need to use an al­ter­na­tive out­put if you if in­tend to use a dig­i­tal au­dio sig­nal.

The Aorus B360 Gam­ing 3 per­formed par­tic­u­larly well in our gam­ing tests, win­ning ev­ery test, though as al­ways the dif­fer­ences be­tween motherboards are small. It was the only board to crack 5000 points in our PC Mark test too. Over­all the Gi­ga­byte was strong in all tests. The Gi­ga­byte UEFI implementation is sim­ple and easy to use, and re­ally that’s all you need for a B360 moth­er­board. The key fea­tures are easy to ac­cess. Given that B360 motherboards do not al­low over­clock­ing, just a few sim­ple lit­tle ad­just­ments are re­quired to get your sys­tem up and run­ning. Gi­ga­byte has clearly tried to keep the B360 Gam­ing 3 at an af­ford­able price level rel­a­tive to other pre­mium B360 boards, but this means a few things have had to be sac­ri­ficed. If these lit­tle things are not im­por­tant to you, then by all means the Aorus B360 Gam­ing 3 will de­liver very good per­for­mance and look good while do­ing it. Per­haps a hy­po­thet­i­cal B360 Gam­ing 5 with a few ex­tra bells at about $220 odd would be the true gem we would like to see.

“It was the only board to crack 5000 points in our PC Mark test too”

KEY SPECS

In­tel B360 Chipset • Socket 1151 Sup­port for 8th Gen­er­a­tion In­tel Core Pro­ces­sors • 2x M.2; 6x SATA; 1x USB 3.1 Gen 2, up to 5x USB 3.1 Gen 1, up to 6x USB 2.0 • In­tel I219-V Gi­ga­bit LAN • 7.1 chan­nel ALC-892 Au­dio • ATX Form Fac­tor

$185 • www.gi­ga­byte.com.au

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