Gigabyte Aorus B360 Gaming 3 WIFI review

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Gigabyte Aorus B360 Gaming 3 (WIFI) motherboard
Gigabyte's budget offering at €119 for Coffee Lake

Gigabyte releases its very budget-friendly Aorus B360  Gaming 3 motherboard, we'll pair it with a six-core Core i7 8700K processor. The motherboard with AC WIFI will full throttle that proc, and costs only 119 Euro/USD. Compared to the H370 chipset you'll forfeit another few PCIe lanes and a bit of RGB bling. However you do not need tweaking options, pair it with the new Core i5 8600 (non-K), and you'll have the ability to create a beast of a gaming rig with the right graphics card. With a B360 chipset you get many of the features and functionality from that H370 and Z370 platform, yet scrap the tweaking and overclocking functions. This effectively means that K model processors are not something you should spend your money on as you cannot OC them easily anyway. Any B360 chipset based motherboard, however, offers plenty of features for both internal and external connectivity. For example, you will spot things like an HDMI port, USB 3.1 ports, six SATA3 ports, and even a full speed M.2 slots. There is a Gigabit Ethernet, 8-channel HD audio. There's also space a for a 1x Mini-PCIe Half-Size slot for a WLAN card (WIFI optional though). Heck, Gigabyte fabbed a nice looking board as well.

This Aorus B360 Gaming 3 we'll again pair with a Core i7 8700K, a motherboard positioned in the affordable mainstream segment of the Gigabyte line-up. It offers very okay looks, you can fit an M.2 SSD (with heatsink), a GigE Ethernet interfaces (Intel), and one reinforced full PCIe x16 slot. On the next few pages, I will take you guys a little deeper into the architecture and processor series that is Coffee Lake as well as the B360 chipset, followed by a benchmark session to see how well this motherboard performs and what it has to offer.  

Have a look first, this is what a budget product looks like anno the year 2018.


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