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HWM (Malaysia) - - TEST - Gi­ga­byte AB350-Gam­ing 3 by John Law

Gi­ga­byte has been on a roll with its new AM4 moth­er­boards, now that AMD’s Ryzen CPUs are out in full swing. In our last is­sue, we had the chance to re­view not just the Ryzen 7 1800X CPU, but also the en­thu­si­astlevel top-tier AORUS AX370Gam­ing 5 moth­er­board. This is­sue, we’ll be re­view­ing Gi­ga­byte’s high­per­for­mance AB350-Gam­ing 3 moth­er­board, along with AMD’s more bud­get-ori­ented Ryzen 5 1500X.

Out of the box, the color of the AB350-Gam­ing 3’s PCB

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ac­tu­ally looks a bit dull, al­beit a bit glossier than the AORUS AX370-Gam­ing 5. Ports-wise, the AB350Gam­ing 3 has just four USB 3.1 Gen 1 ports, and two USB 3.1 Type-A ports lo­cated in its rear I/O. Look a lit­tle closer, though, and you’ll see that Gi­ga­byte has ac­tu­ally given the moth­er­board a fair bit of at­ten­tion. It has high-end au­dio ca­pac­i­tors and com­po­nents sol­dered onto the board, and the two main PCIe 3.0 slots have been re­in­forced with a metal shield to pre­vent the board from

At less than RM600, the AB350-Gam­ing 3 is a Ryzen board that’s bang for your buck.

be­ing dam­aged by ex­ces­sively heavy graph­ics cards.

It’s even got an M-Key M.2 con­nec­tor, mean­ing that you can in­stall an NVMe-based SSD, al­low­ing you to take ad­van­tage of lightning-fast trans­fer speeds and load­ing times. And de­spite its rel­a­tively hum­ble de­sign, those of you who like hav­ing PC com­po­nents breathe, pul­sate, or have static light, will be happy to know that the board is fit­ted with Gi­ga­byte’s RGB Fu­sion LEDs.

The moth­er­board’s phys­i­cal fea­tures and traits not­with­stand­ing, we can now move on to the more im­por­tant part of this re­view: its per­for­mance. As men­tioned in the first para­graph, we tested the moth­er­board with the Ryzen 5 1500X, one of the four Ryzen 5 CPUs.

On PCMark 8’s Cre­ative and Home Ac­cel­er­ated tests, the moth­er­board and CPU com­bi­na­tion man­aged to score 6,782 and 4,257 points, re­spec­tively. On Cinebench R15, the CPU’s four-cores and 8-threads was ac­tu­ally out­pac­ing In­tel’s own Core i5-7600K CPU be­tween an ap­prox­i­mate six and 10 per­cent.

If we’re to be frank, gam­ing on the AB350-Gam­ing 3 was rel­a­tively av­er­age, if not ad­e­quate for gamers look­ing for a midrange desk­top PC build. Be­tween dis­play res­o­lu­tions of 1,440p and Full HD run­ning on our NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080, games like Tom Clancy’s Ghost Re­con Wild­lands and To­tal War: Warham­mer, we were ac­tu­ally get­ting frame rates be­tween 50 and 80 fps. Bear in mind, this test was con­ducted with each game’s graph­ics set­ting cranked up to the high­est set­ting avail­able.

While the CPU is on par with its di­rect com­peti­tor, it’s only so be­cause of the moth­er­board.

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