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Gigabyte AB350-Gaming 3 Motherboard Review

ATTO Disk Benchmark

The ATTO disk benchmark is a Windows-based utility for testing storage performance of any storage drive or controller. We use the default benchmark setup.

M.2 PCIe Performance

For M.2 testing we use a Toshiba OCZ RD400 256GB M.2 PCIe NVMe SSD.

Excellent performance from Gigabyte’s M.2 slot wired directly to the AM4 CPU. No slowdowns for transfer rates were observed during our testing.

USB 3.0 5Gbps & USB 3.1 Gen 2 10Gbps Performance

We test USB 3.0 5Gbps and USB 3.1 Gen 2 10Gbps performance using a pair of Corsair Force LE 120GB SSDs in RAID 0 connected to an Icy Box RD2253-U31 2-bay USB 3.1 enclosure powered by an ASMedia ASM1352R controller.

Gigabyte’s inclusion of 10Gbps USB 3.1 Gen 2 ports is rare for a motherboard in this price range, despite the connections being made available by AMD’s B350 chipset. As such, Gigabyte takes a commanding lead in external transfer rate performance compared to options from competing vendors.

Put simply, if you want transfer rates to an external drive that are more than twice as fast as ASRock, MSI, and ASUS offerings in this price range, the Gigabyte AB350-Gaming 3 will give you just that.

SATA 6Gbps Performance

For SATA 6Gbps testing we use a SK Hynix SE3010 960GB SSD.

SATA 6Gbps performance is without restrictions, irrelevant of whether the CPU- or chipset-based ports are used.

Audio

Rightmark Audio Analyser is a freeware benchmarking utility designed to objectively test the performance characteristics of audio solutions. We setup a line-in line-out loop and execute the record/playback test before generating the results report you see below. A sampling mode of 24-bit, 192 kHz was tested.

According to RMAA, overall performance from Gigabyte’s audio solution is ‘very good’. The use of Realtek’s high-performance ALC1220 codec, compared to the older ALC892 offered by competitors, gives the Gigabyte AB350-Gaming 3 an advantage in terms of audio solution quality at this price point.

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  • Rocky40

    Thank You for the review very well done and lots of useful information here. I have to build systems for my customer a lot and reviews like this are really helpful for me. If I was to choose between these three boards I would not have a problem using any of them in a build I put my store name on. But if it came right down to it I probably would choose the Gigabyte board just because with those extra features it puts more boxes to check off on the spec sheet.

  • Luke, I love that your reviews go into details on fabrication. It’s info I’ve not found anywhere else. The AB350-Gaming 3 features everything I’m after. I don’t need multiple graphics cards or support for more storage, but I’d be willing to pay a little more for a slight step up which doesn’t compromise on power and thermal considerations. Without Kitguru reviews of all the boards, I’m not sure where to look. Does the AX370-Gaming K3 fit the bill? What about the MSI B350 Gaming Pro Carbon? Any guidance would be much appreciated.