Are you looking for a motherboard that gives solid performance? Let’s take a look at the newly released motherboard by GIGABYTE. It’s known as the GIGABYTE H370 AORUS Gaming 3 WIFI.
GIGABYTE has chosen their AORUS brand for Intel H370 motherboards’ most-awaited launch. GIGABYTE’s AORUS brand is known for offering products that are perfect for gaming enthusiasts.
The new H370 AORUS Gaming 3 WIFI is one of the brand’s initial release motherboards that support the newly released Intel chipset and processor lines. This board works well with the Intel LGA1151 Coffee Lake line as well as Dual Channel DDR4 memory that runs at up to 2667MHz.
Aside from its impressive performance, the GIGABYTE H370 AORUS Gaming 3 WIFI is also known for its affordable price. The H370 has been designed to enable PC users to access the Coffee Lake processors without the need to spend a lot of money on a high-end Z370 motherboard with loads of features that they probably won’t use.
GIGABYTE H370 AORUS GAMING 3 WIFI Review – Whats in the Box?
The GIGABYTE H370 AORUS Gaming 3 WIFI comes in a great quality box and all inclusions are securely packed in it. The packaging makes use of vibrant orange colour which matches the design of the motherboard itself.
On the front of the packaging you can see the Aorus logo and model name as well as some of the key features located at the bottom right.
Turning to the rear of the box you will find more detailed information about the H370 AORUS Gaming 3 WIFI as well as some additional key features of the product.
The items that you can find in the box aside from the motherboard are the documentation, a driver disc, 2 SATA cables, a Wi-Fi antenna, an I/O shield, the Intel 9560NGW WIFI module that includes the documentation and an antenna breakout plate, a G-Connector bracket which is used for activity LED and front panel button leads, and an AORUS case badge.
GIGABYTE H370 AORUS GAMING 3 WIFI Review – AORUS Just Keeps Being Awesome!
For a price-conscious motherboard, the GIGABYTE H370 AORUS Gaming 3 WIFI offers a lot of awesome features. It gets a massive serving of RGB LEDs – in the form of external device headers and onboard lighting. The external device headers include 2 RGBW headers and 2 addressable LED strip headers that have a jumper on each header which selects between 5V to 12V strip power.
GIGABYTE made sure that they are supporting today’s heavy graphic cards by boosting the primary x16 PCIe 3.0 slot as well as the x4 socket. These twin sockets enable you to have a CrossFire multiGPU setup.
GIGABYTE also enhanced the DIMM slots for the DDR4 dual-channel memory. The 8+2 power setup ensures stable system performance under load. The built-in sound card has been protected from the rest of the motherboard in order to avoid all kinds of unnecessary electrical noises.
The H370 AORUS board includes a black PCB that has black and chrome colored heat sinks protecting all important board components. The chipset heat sink and real panel cover are embellished with sophisticated AUROS series logos. A large part of the AUROS logo is silk-screened in the upper left part of the board. The ATX form factor offers an adequate surface area to accommodate the integrated features. It also enables the board to be compatible with a lot of available consumer enclosures.
The rear part of the board does not have any components, which is good in case of case mounting or CPU backplate mounting.
The H370 AORUS Gaming 3 WIFI has been designed with a 10-phase digital power system in an 8+2 power configuration. The CPU VRMs are cooled by dual aluminum heat sinks in a passive manner. The H370 AORUS’ 8-pin ATX12V power connector can be found in between the 2 VRM heat sinks, on the upper right part of the CPU socket. You can also find a 4-pin system fan headers near the ATX12V connector.
This motherboard has two integrated PCIe M.2 slots – one located in between the CPU socket (in slot M2M_32G) and another one located in between PCIe x1 slot 1 and the secondary PCIe x16 slot (in slot M2M_16).
The M.2 slot M2M_32G can support M.2 cards that are up to 110mm long and run with full x4 bandwidth. The other slot supports 80 mm cards that run with x2 bandwidth. GIGABYTE included an integrated cooler into the M2M_32G slot design. M.2 ports are tuned for M-key slot devices with PCIe x2, PCIe x4, standard SSD, and supported Intel Optane type M.2 drives. Both M.2 slots may be used in a RAID array.
The integrated cooler/cover plate is made of aluminum. This thin plate has a thermal tape. It fits well over the installed M.2 device and passively cools the upper part of the SSD’s PCB. This type of passive cooler works great even with the slightest airflow over it. It reduces temperature by up to 10C.
The H370 AORUS has 4 DIMM slots (which includes a Dual Channel Memory mode) that are active with the modules in 1/3 or 2/4 slots. It also supports up to 64GB memory running at up to 2667MHz. The slots are enhanced with a metal cage that is located between and around the slots. This gives additional strength and support to the whole construction. RGB LEDs are also placed between the DIMM slots’ inner edges. They give ground-effects look when powered.
Below the DIMM slots, you’ll find a USB 3.0 header, a 4-pin fan header, the 24-pin ATX power connector, a 5-pin RGBW LED header, an LED power select jumper, and a 3-pin LED header. The upper right part of the DIMM slots houses the CPU and CPU_OPT 4-pin fan headers. The 5-pin RGBW LED header can support standard 4-wire RGB as well as 5-wire RGBW strips. On the other hand, the 3-pin LED header can support single-colored LED strips.
The LED power jumper enables you to specify the voltage supply of LED headers (switchable between 5V and 12V). Below the DIMM slots and along the motherboard’s edge, there is an illuminated strip with switchable plastic element.
The Intel H370 chipset, which is protected by a black heat sink with chrome overlay, is stamped with the AORUS logo. The chipset sink contains RGB LEDs that illuminates the AORUS logo when the board is powered.
Aside from the 2 PCIe x4 M.2 slots, this board also has 6 SATA III ports and a USB 3.0 port on the right side of the chipset heat sink. It has 6 PCIe slots – 2 PCIe x16 slots and 4 PCIe slots x1 slots. The PCIe x16 slots may be used in x16 / x4 mode. Both the primary and secondary PCIe x16 slots are enhanced with steel overlays for extra strength when the board is used vertically. Below the PCIe x1 slot 3, you will find the CMOS battery as well as the M.2 x1 port. The latter supports M.2 accessory cards that are 30mm long (like a WiFi card).
The H370 AORUS’ integrated audio components can be found above the PCIe ports. You’ll see AMP-UP Audio logo stamped into the audio chipset’s surface. The audio subsystem is placed on a separate PCB to minimize distortion and line noise caused by the other integrated components. The PCB’s separator line light up according to the configured color scheme on Windows RGB Fusion applet. The front panel audio connector can be found on the lower right part of the audio PCB (board’s upper left part).
GIGABYTE incorporated support for the connection of RGB and single color LED strips into the motherboard using the RGB LED and single color LED headers at the upper left and lower right corners of the board. The 5-pin RGBW header located at the upper left side of the board can support both RGBW LED and standard RGB strips. On the other hand, the 3-pin LED header can support single color LED strips only. There is a jumper located above the 3-pin LED header and it controls the voltage supply of LED headers (both 5V and 12V strips are supported).
When an RGB LED strip is connected a header, the strip color and activity are synchronized with the board’s integrated LEDs. The board has an outer RGB strip connected to the header in its upper left side. Aside from the RGB header, the board also has multiple integrated RGB zones – around the CPU VRM heat sinks, in the Z370 chipset, in the rear panel cover, in between the DIMM slots, in the strip along the lower part of the board by the DIMM slots, and integrated into the bottom of the audio separator line.
The upper left side of the board houses the front panel audio header, the LED power jumper, the CMOS battery (below PCIe x1 slot 3), a 5-pin RGBW LED header, and a 3-pin LED header. The header tagged as LED_C1 is actually an LED debug header that is used for factory validation.
The middle left part of the board houses the serial port header, the Thunderbolt C header, and the USB 2.0 header. The M.2 x1 port is located above the chipset. It is used for M.2 PCIe x1-style cards just like the 802.11AC WIFI card that’s included in the set.
The lower left part of the board houses the Thunderbolt C header, a system fan header, the trusted module port header, system status LEDs, and the front panel header. The system status LEDs illuminate during system start up if there are problems with the CPU, DRAM, PCIe x16 slots, or general drive-related boot.
The GIGABYTE H370 AORUS Gaming 3 WIFI’s rear panel assembly houses these integrated ports: 2 black USB 2.0 parts, 2 red USB 3.1 Type A and C 10Gbps ports, 2 blue USB 3.0 ports, a hybrid PS/2 port, HDMI and DVI-D video ports, Intel I219-V RJ-45 port, and 5 analog audio output ports.The H370 chipset controls all USB ports, including the USB 3.1 ports.
This board includes applications such as App Center, Norton Internet Security (OEM version), and cFosSpeed. The App Center contains the following: @BIOS, 3D OSD, AutoGreen, Cloud Station, Easy RAID, EasyTube, Game Boost, Fast Boot, ON/OFF Charge, RGB Fusion, Platform Power Management, Smart Backup, Smart TimeLock, Smart Keyboard, Smart HUD, USB Blocker, System Information Viewer, and V-Tuner.
The latest version of Unified Extensible Firmware Interface (UEFI) is bundled with the H370 AORUS Gaming 3 WIFI motherboard. The UEFI offers full mouse and keyboard support while navigating the BIOS pages. By default, users see the Easy Mode interface when accessing the UEFI. The Classic mode screens can be accessed by pressing F2 or through the Classic button located at the upper right part of the screen. It can also be set as the default user interface on the UEFI BIOS tab.
The UEFI is easy to use and responsive. It is designed in a way that beginner and advanced users can easily find what they are looking for. The Easy Mode screen displays everything in a readable format. On the other hand, the Classic mode displays everything that you would expect from a typical BIOS. By pressing the F12 key, you will be able to take screen shots from within the BIOS. Screen captures are saved to an attached USB device in a 1024 x 768 bitmap format.
8+2 Hybrid Digital Power Design
If you are the type of person who does a lot of things with your computer, this motherboard will suit you. Whether you do gaming, work on your tasks, or watch high definition movies, you’ll surely love the GIGABYTE H370 AORUS Gaming 3 WIFI. With its 8+2 hybrid power digital design, it ensures that you can do all of the tasks that you need to do all at the same time. This kind of design enables the motherboard to have stable performance under heavy load.
Immersive VR Gaming Experience
This motherboard also gives immersive VR gaming experience to its users. If you are into VR gaming, you’ll love this one because it makes sure that your gaming experience is top-notch. Getting an impressive VR gaming experience may not be possible for other affordable motherboards, but the GIGABYTE H370 AORUS Gaming 3 WIFI can do what others cant for such an affordable price tag.
With its audio specifications (Realtek ALC1220 codec, support for S/PDIF Out, 2/4/5.1/7.1-channel), it provides high definition audio. It also has 6 audio jacks. Its incredible audio features are helpful for gaming, watching movies, listening to music, or other tasks that require sounds.
Smart Fan 5
Now, let’s talk about its Smart Fan 5. It is a great cooling technology that cools the system quietly. When combined with multiple temperature sensors and developed user interface, hybrid fan headers can give in-depth control over fans as well as noise and temperature levels. One of the advantages of hybrid fan headers is its ability to detect installed devices automatically and supply accurate PWM and voltage signal. This makes the motherboard become cooling friendly. With these smart fans, nothing can go wrong. Smart Fan 5 can also configure fans in order to provide real-time readings from various thermal sensors. There are different sensors in critical areas of the motherboard and they allow for a fine tune response to various loading situations and fan configurations.
The RGB Fusion application includes a good list of lighting options that can be accessed with just a few clicks. Hardcore lighting fans has an Advanced Mode that lets you adjust multiple zones in an independent manner.
GIGABYTE H370 AORUS Gaming 3 WIFI’s performance is fueled by Optane. Optane memory speeds up traditional storage devices, reduces boot times, and enhances the system’s overall performance. It is a non-volatile memory that makes your everyday PC a performance-driven system. With just a simple BIOS Update, you will be able to enjoy it.
Let’s take a look at the technical aspect of the H370 AORUS Gaming 3 WIFI motherboard.
The CPU supports the 8th Generation Intel Core i7, i5, i3, Pentium, and Celeron processors. It uses an Intel H370 Express Chipset and includes 4 x DDR4 DIMM sockets that support up to 64GB memory. It provides support for ECC Unbuffered DIMM 1Rx8/2Rx8 memory modules, non-ECC Unbuffered DIMM 1Rx8/2Rx8/1Rx16 memory modules, DDR4 2666/2400/2133 MHz memory modules, and Extreme Memory Profile memory modules. It also supports 2666 MHz or XMP memory for 8th Generation Intel Core i7 and i5 processors.
This board’s Integrated Graphics Processor-Intel HD Graphics support 1 x DVI-D port (1920×1200@60 Hz maximum resolution) and 1 x HDMI port (4096×2160@30 Hz maximum resolution). Its audio specifications include Realtek ALC1220 codec, support for S/PDIF Out, 2/4/5.1/7.1-channel, and high definition audio.
It uses Intel GbE LAN chip (10/100/1000 Mbit) and GC-CI22M_A CNVi wireless module, and supports AMD Quad-GPU CrossFire and 2-Way AMD CrossFire technologies. The USB ports included in this board are the following: 1 USB Type-C port that has USB 3.1 Gen 1 support, 1 USB Type-C port on the back panel, 1 red USB 3.1 Gen 2 Type-A port on the back panel, 4 USB 3.1 Gen 1 ports, and 6 USB 2.0/1.1 ports.
The internal I/O connectors of this board include: 1 24-pin ATX power connector, 1 8-pin ATX 12V connector, 1 CPU fan header, 1 water cooling CPU fan header, 2 system fan headers, 1 system fan/water cooling pump header, 2 digital LED strip headers, 2 digital LED strip select jumpers, 2 RGBW LED strip headers, 6 SATA 6Gb/s connectors, 2 M.2 Socket 3 connectors, 1 front panel header, 1 front panel audio header, 1 USB Type-C port, with USB 3.1 Gen 1 support, 1 USB 3.1 Gen 1 header, 1 USB 2.0/1.1 header, 1 serial port header, 1 S/PDIF Out header, 1 Thunderbolt card connector, 1 Trusted Platform Module header, and 1 Clear CMOS jumper.
The back panel connectors include 1 PS/2 keyboard/mouse port, 4 USB 2.0/1.1 ports, 1 DVI-D port, 1 HDMI port, 1 USB Type-C port with USB 3.1 Gen 2 support, 1 USB 3.1 Gen 2 Type-A port (red), 2 USB 3.1 Gen 1 ports, 1 RJ-45 port, and 6 audio jacks.
The H370 AORUS uses the iTE I/O Controller Chip and ATX Form Factor (30.5cm x 24.4cm). Its hardware monitoring specifications include voltage detection, fan fail warning, fan speed control, fan speed detection, overheating warning, temperature detection, and water cooling flow rate detection. It supports Window 10 64-bit and is bundled with Norton Internet Security (OEM Version) and cFosSpeed.
How it Performs
When it comes to performance, the GIGABYTE H370 AORUS Gaming 3 WIFI doesn’t disappoint. It is indeed a super capable Coffee Lake motherboard. The H370 AORUS does very well in the Civilization VI tests. Its ASMedia chip is a bang for your buck.
The GIGABYTE H370 AORUS Gaming 3 WIFI can easily match the performance of its big brother – the Intel Z370-based motherboard.
The motherboard fully supports VR however you will require a beefy GPU to run VR at an acceptable rate. We highly recommend the GTX1080 G1 from Gigabyte as it runs VR like its a piece of cake.
Now, what’s the verdict? The GIGABYTE H370 AORUS Gaming 3 WIFI is definitely one of the new motherboards that are worth checking out. Gaming enthusiasts will surely love and enjoy everything that it offers. For less than $150, this board is absolutely worth every penny. With its stock performance, aesthetics, design, layout, overclocking potential, integrated networking options and performance, and UEFI BIOS usability, there’s nothing to complain about.
Updating the BIOS on this GIGABYTE motherboard is simple and easy. There are simple tools that can help you update the BIOS in a worry-free way. With GIGABYTE’s DualBIOS Technology, the onboard backup BIOS will always be ready to function if something goes wrong.
With GIGABYTE H370 AORUS Gaming 3 WIFI’s awesome features, capabilities, and reasonable price, what more can you ask for?
Where to Buy
If you are ready to experience the solid performance of the new GIGABYTE H370 AORUS Gaming 3 WIFI you can pick one up for only $239AUD from your local PC retailer. For more information check out the H370 AORUS Gaming 3 WIFI product page.