AORUS B360 Gaming 3 WIFI Motherboard Review

  1. About the new Intel chipsets and AORUS B360 Gaming 3 WIFI...
  2. Motherboard Design
  3. Motherboard Design (Contd...)
  4. Power Delivery, Heatsink Design BIOS and Layout Overview
  5. How its tested??
  6. PCMark 8 and Memory Profile benchmark
  7. SATA Performance Testing
  8. Boot Load Timings
  9. Transfer Test
  10. Conclusion
  11. Online Purchase Links

Front Panel I/O

The base has all the required headers in well-placed areas. From its left, you have the front audio headers, SPDIF_OUT header, the LED headers which were addressed earlier, PORT, TPM, USB 2.0, the SYS_FAN3 header, front panel connectors with clear CMOS pins above it. The front panel connectors are colour coded and you’ll need to use the provided header clamp.

Rear I/O

There are four USB 2.0 ports with a PS/2 keyboard/mouse port, a DVI-D port, USB 3.1 Type A ports followed by HDMI, USB 31. Type A + C (marked in red), a single RJ45 port and all the audio jacks. There is no optical out connector.

Sub-components overview

The motherboard uses Realtek ALC892 audio codec paired with high-end audio capacitors. The B360 Gaming 3 WiFI uses an Intel Network controller (Intel i219v gigabit) and an ITE86868 for I/O and fan/voltage monitoring/control.

PCIe Slot Layout

The PCIe x16 with x16 3.0 bandwidth is sandwiched between the PCIe x1 slots, followed by two more PCIe x16 slots- one for X4 mode and the last which runs on x2 if the PCIe x1 or the second PCIe x16 slot @ x4 is used. I am not sure why AORUS states SLI/CrossFire support as the second slot only provides x4 if no other PCIe x1/last PCIe x16 slots are not used. The bandwidth does not split as X8/X8 (like the Z370 chipset) if the first two PCIe x16 slots are occupied by two graphics cards. The first PCIe x16 3.0 slot has a metal plate on it. AORUS claims provide additional re-enforcement. Note that it only has the metal rims around the PCIe x16 slot. The B360 Gaming 3 WIFI does not have those ‘double-locking bracket’ pegs which are inserted through the PCIe x16 slots where its soldered on the side of the PCB.

M.2 Slots

There are three M.2 slots. The first slot has a metal heatspreader supporting up to 110mm length M.2 storage while the third support up to 80mm. The one between the first PCIe x16 and the PCIe x1 is for the CNVi modules which AORUS provides with this model. Next to it is the CMOS battery placement.

M.2 Sink Design

These are however one-sided heatspreader. This should work better if it is secured against the M.2 storage card,  but there’s nothing to clamp it on. You’ll see this on M.2 heatsinks like EKWB EK-M2 kit which has a backplate for the M.2 accompanied with two thermal pad strips for both sides and clamps secure all of them together. The effectiveness of such heatsinks is very depended on good contact and airflow. It is no different from the usually preferred bolt-kits for CPU air coolers.

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