Gigabyte Aorus H370 Gaming 3 WiFi Motherboard Review



/ 8 months ago

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A Closer Look


The H370 has both the hallmarks of a budget board, as well as a premium board. For starters, it has that freaking ugly brown PCB, haven’t seen one of those for a while. However, with the chrome and black, as well as the orange highlights, it kind works. It’s not an ugly board overall, but it’s not the most beautiful either.

Despite not being an overclocking motherboard, it still packs some pretty serious looking power delivery hardware. This is good news, as even non-K-series CPUs can still be power hungry. For those wanting to ensure they get reliable round-the-clock performance, it’s ticking the right boxes.

There’s some chunky VRM cooling, as well as a plastic shroud keeping things tidy.

M.2 Cooling

However, the top M.2 slot also has a pretty sizable heatsink built-in too. M.2 drives do get toasty, so if this keeps them cool, they’re less likely to throttle performance.

Brown PCB may look cheap, but the hardware on the board certainly doesn’t. There are four DIMM slots, each reinforced with armor and featuring strips of LED lighting for some added flair. There’s also a lightbar on the side of the motherboard for some more RGB thrills.

Connectivity

Connectivity looks decent though, with six SATA ports on offer. There’s also a USB 3.0 header, as well as a few USB 2.0 headers.

Both the full-size PCIe slots come with an armored design, ensuring they can withstand the weight of modern and bulky GPUs and their respective coolers. They haven’t skimped on the audio hardware either. It comes mounted on a separate trace, features some gold capacitors and again shows us that affordable doesn’t mean a lack of features.

Rear I/O

Finally, the Rear I/O is looking pretty decent too. There are two display outputs, with HDMI and DVI on offer. Furthermore, there are seven full-size USB ports, as well as an additional Type-C, so hooking up lots of peripherals should be a breeze. While there are also six audio jacks, although no sign of an Optical output, unfortunately.

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