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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
  12. View All

Motherboard Design

As said earlier, the B360 Gaming 3 WiFi looks like a standard ATX, but once you install it on a motherboard tray you’ll notice slimmer design. As a result, one of the mounting holes in its midsection does not match with standard 24.4 cms layout.

Layout Overview

There is a plastic overlay over the VRMs and rear I.O ports with AORUS branding and styling. The rest of the implementations are pretty standard.

The EPS and four-pin fan header placements are standard. Behind the EPS ATX 12V connector, there’s a sys_fan header. There are a total of five four-pin fan headers- SYS FAN 1/2, SYS FAN3 PUMP, CPU and CPU OPT which you can use for the AIO pump header or the CPU air cooler’s second fan. The sys_fan1 placement is annoying because of the plastic overlay.

To the left of the 24 pin ATX connectors are the sys_fan 2 headers, a USB 3.0 header and a Thunderbolt 3 header in case you’re planning to use a Thunderbolt 3 add-in card.

LED Madness!!

The motherboard has limited RGB bling- one around the audio area and the chipset sink. In total, there are four RGB headers- two for the three-pin digital LEDs (D_LED1 and D_LED2) accompanied with a 5v/12v jumpers marked as SW and SW2 (in pairs and placed towards top right and another towards the bottom). The four-pin RGBW pins are also placed in these two corners (LED_C1 and C2). The four-pin RGBW LED_C1 and C2 are for the 5050 RGBW LED strips providing power to a length of 2 meters and the other two for digital LED strips up to 5 meters. They are connected to respective jumpers to toggle between 5v and 12v supply. All of these are located towards the top right corner of the DIMM slots. Notice there are no metal wraps for the DDR4 slots, but you’ll have them for the 1st PCIe x16 slot.

SATA ports placement

If this was using the current ATX form factor layout, AORUS could have easily fit all six right-angled SATA ports towards the lower right side. Between the SATA ports are diagnostic LEDs for CPU, RAM, VGA and boot indicator. Not a lot of cases provide ample cable management towards the base, with an exception to slide in front panel wiring. AORUS emphasizes in aesthetics so they should have thought about this. SATA ports placements are preferred to be at a corner with right-angled slots for good reason.

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