Summary and Conclusion

Performance

The H370 AORUS Gaming 3 WIFI motherboard performed surprisingly well given its positioning as a mainstream consumer class product. It easily matched performance with its enthusiast-class big brother, the Intel Z370-based board, that in itself being no small feat. Unfortunately, no overclocking results were shown because of non-board related processor issues we encountered with our test CPU.

Pricing

As of April 03, the GIGABYTE H370 AORUS Gaming 3 WIFI motherboard was available from Amazon.com for $139.99 with Prime shipping. The board was also available from Newegg.com for $139.99.

Conclusion

To be blunt, I really didn't know what to expect going into this review. Being a consumer-grade chipset, the H370 held little allure for me since I tend to drift more towards the higher end enthusiast chipsets for my personal systems. Let's just say that the GIGABYTE H370 AORUS Gaming 3 WIFI motherboard proved me dead wrong about the H370 chipset, and the abilities of a consumer-grade board in general. The board had a design and layout nearly identical to it's enthusiast grade breathren, offering the same black style PCB with full RGB LED support. When I say full, I mean full – 5 integrated LED zones as well as two sets of LED headers for hooking up both RGB and single color LED strips to sync with the board. The board was designed with all Intel-based ports and devices, including the USB 3.1 Gen2 ports (which are typically ASMedia-controlled). The board even has three (yes, you read that right three) integrated M.2 ports. Two of them are SSD compatible with the other supporting 30mm PCIe x1 accessory cards. In the case of the H370 AORUS Gaming 3 WIFI board, this was the ideal place for the included M.2 Intel 9560 WIFI card. The one minor shortcoming of the board was with is chipset-controlled M.2 port. That port (in the middle of the PCIe section of the board) only supports up to PCIe x2 bandwidth instead of the expected x4 bandwidth.

Strengths

  • Stock performance
  • Overclocking potential
  • Board aesthetics, layout, and design
  • UEFI BIOS design and usability
  • Board integrated networking options and performance
  • Use and performance of Intel-controlled USB 3.1 Gen2 ports
  • Configurable RGB LEDs using RGB Fusion applet
  • Hinged M.2 cover plate / heat sink for CPU M.2 slot/li>
  • Dual sets of RGB and single color LED headers
  • CMOS battery placement
  • Inclusion of user customizable effect bar below DIMM slots

Weaknesses

  • Lack of hinged cover plate / heat sink for both M.2 slots
  • PCIe x2 bandwidth limitation on chipset-controlled M.2 slot
  • Memory speeds limited to 2667MHz due to H370 chipset limitations

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