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Part of the excitement about the Ryzen launch is the possibility of getting high performance at a much lower price than the premium that Intel has had on it recently. With the new CPUs, some of the new X370 boards have pushed their pricing up with all of the added features. Well, this is where the B350 chipset comes in. AMD dropped the number of USB and SAT ports on the B350 and you can’t get SLI on a B350 board but they still allow overclocking and the prices for B350 boards are a lot cheaper. This will come into play more with the mid range Ryzen CPUs, but even paired with the Ryzen 7 1700, a B350 board can be a good value. So today I’m going to check out the AB350 Gaming 3 from Gigabyte as it seems to fit the bill perfectly with a good feature list at a good price.

Product Name: Gigabyte AB350 Gaming 3

Review Sample Provided by: Gigabyte

Written by: Wes

Pictures by: Wes

Amazon Link: HERE

 

Specifications

CPU

AM4 Socket:

AMD RYZEN™ processor

Chipset

AMD B350

Memory

4 x DDR4 DIMM sockets supporting up to 64 GB of system memory

* Due to a Windows 32-bit operating system limitation, when more than 4 GB of physical memory is installed, the actual memory size displayed will be less than the size of the physical memory installed.

Dual channel memory architecture

Support for DDR4 3200(O.C.)/2933(O.C.)/2667/2400/2133 MHz memory modules

Support for ECC Un-buffered DIMM 1Rx8/2Rx8 memory modules (operate in non-ECC mode)

Support for non-ECC Un-buffered DIMM 1Rx8/2Rx8/1Rx16 memory modules

Onboard Graphics

Integrated Graphics Processor:

1 x DVI-D port, supporting a maximum resolution of 1920x1200@60 Hz

* The DVI-D port does not support D-Sub connection by adapter.

1 x HDMI port, supporting a maximum resolution of 4096x2160@24 Hz

* Support for HDMI 1.4 version.

Maximum shared memory of 2 GB

Audio

Realtek® ALC1220 codec

High Definition Audio

2/4/5.1/7.1-channel

Support for S/PDIF Out

LAN

Realtek® GbE LAN chip (10/100/1000 Mbit)

Expansion Slots

1 x PCI Express x16 slot, running at x16 (PCIEX16)

* For optimum performance, if only one PCI Express graphics card is to be installed, be sure to install it in the PCIEX16 slot.

* Actual support may vary by CPU.

(The PCIEX16 slot conforms to PCI Express 3.0 standard.)

1 x PCI Express x16 slot, running at x4 (PCIEX4)

* The PCIEX4 slot shares bandwidth with the PCIEX1_2 and PCIEX1_3 slots. The PCIEX4 slot operates at up to x2 mode when the PCIEX1_2/PCIEX1_3 slot is populated. The PCIEX4 slot operates at up to x4 mode when both of the PCIEX1_2 and PCIEX1_3 slots are empty.

* Actual support may vary by CPU.

1 x PCI Express x16 slot, running at x1 (PCIEX1_3)

2 x PCI Express x1 slots

(The PCIEX4 and PCI Express x1 slots conform to PCI Express 2.0 standard.)

Storage Interface

1 x M.2 connector (Socket 3, M key, type 2242/2260/2280/22110 SATA and PCIe x4*/x2 SSD support)

* Actual support may vary by CPU.

6 x SATA 6Gb/s connectors

Support for RAID 0, RAID 1, and RAID 10

USB

Chipset:

2 x USB 3.1 Gen 2 Type-A ports (red) on the back panel

2 x USB 3.1 Gen 1 ports (available through the internal USB header)

5 x USB 2.0/1.1 ports (1 port on the back panel, 4 ports available through the internal USB headers)

CPU:

4 x USB 3.1 Gen 1 ports on the back panel

Internal I/O Connectors

1 x 24-pin ATX main power connector

1 x 8-pin ATX 12V power connector

1 x M.2 Socket 3 connector

6 x SATA 6Gb/s connectors

1 x CPU fan header

1 x water cooling CPU fan header

2 x system fan headers

1 x system fan/water cooling pump header

1 x front panel header

1 x front panel audio header

1 x S/PDIF Out header

1 x USB 3.1 Gen 1 header

2 x USB 2.0/1.1 headers

1 x Trusted Platform Module (TPM) header

1 x CPU cooler LED strip/RGB LED strip extension cable header

1 x RGB (RGBW) LED strip extension cable header

1 x Clear CMOS jumper

Back Panel Connectors

1 x PS/2 keyboard/mouse port

1 x DVI-D port

1 x HDMI port

4 x USB 3.1 Gen 1 ports

2 x USB 3.1 Gen 2 Type-A ports (red)

1 x USB 2.0/1.1 port

1 x RJ-45 port

1 x optical S/PDIF Out connector

5 x audio jacks (Center/Subwoofer Speaker Out, Rear Speaker Out, Line In, Line Out, Mic In)

I/O Controller

iTE® I/O Controller Chip

H/W Monitoring

Voltage detection

Temperature detection

Fan speed detection

Overheating warning

Fan fail warning

Fan speed control

BIOS

2 x 128 Mbit flash

Use of licensed AMI UEFI BIOS

Support for DualBIOS™

PnP 1.0a, DMI 2.7, WfM 2.0, SM BIOS 2.7, ACPI 5.0

Unique Features

Support for APP Center

@BIOS

3D OSD

AutoGreen

BIOS Setup

Cloud Station

Color Temperature

EasyTune

Fast Boot

Game Boost

ON/OFF Charge

RGB Fusion

Smart Backup

Smart Keyboard

Smart TimeLock

System Information Viewer

USB Blocker

USB DAC UP 2

V-Tuner

Support for Q-Flash

Support for Xpress Install

Bundle Software

Norton® Internet Security (OEM version)

cFosSpeed

Operating System

Support for Windows 10 64-bit

Support for Windows 7 64-bit

* Please download the "Windows USB Installation Tool" from GIGABYTE's website and install it before installing Windows 7.

Form Factor

ATX Form Factor; 30.5cm x 23.0cm

 

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