The clean cut Gigabyte GA-AB350-Gaming 3

Subject: General Tech | March 24, 2017 - 06:27 PM |
Tagged: gigabyte, AB350-Gaming 3, b350, amd, ryzen

The design of the Gigabyte GA-AB350-Gaming 3 is quite spartan, but don't let that fool you as it is heavily infected with RGB-itis.  This brand new AMD motherboard is a hair thinner than your average ATX motherboard, at 305x230mm but that doesn't mean the board is lacking in features.  There is a single x16 PCIe 3.0 slot, and a sole x4 PCIe 2.0 slot with three  x1 PCIe 2.0 slots for additional cards.  Of the six SATA ports, only four can be used if you install an M.2 SSD, a reasonable pool of drives for most.  There is HDMI 1.4 and DVI connectors on the back, along with a half dozen USB 3.1 ports on the back of which two are Gen 2 and four Gen 1.  Check out the full review at Modders Inc.

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"AMD is back with a new CPU line-up that brings competitive performance once again against Intel’s current generation of processors at a lower price. In true AMD fashion, the AM4 motherboard line offers the same value alternative as well, offering the latest features similarly found on the latest generation Intel processors natively including USB 3.1 Gen 2, M.2 NVMe support …"

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March 24, 2017 | 07:03 PM - Posted by ajoy39

Is the motherboard pictured the one being described? Post says the board has 1 PCI 3.0x16, 1 2.0x4 and 3 PCI 2.0x1 but the picture has 3 x16 slots and 2x1? is the description the way they're wired not the physical layout?

March 26, 2017 | 03:58 PM - Posted by Kanishka Ray (not verified)

The picture is correct. However, those are not three PCIe x16 slots. The two metal reinforced slots are for Crossfire, are technically capable of being run PCIe x16 3.0 on their own, but will only run the top card at x16 3.0 and the second card at x4 2.0. The one at the bottom is only capable of being run at x4. This is limitation of the chipset/CPU which only provides 24 PCIe lanes.

March 24, 2017 | 07:32 PM - Posted by pdjblum

are there really enough people who want and are willing to pay more for rgb to justify the focus mobo and other parts makers are giving it?

i guess so

very weird though

March 25, 2017 | 02:06 AM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

LED is the future. Just see any futuristic movie from nineteen sixties.

March 25, 2017 | 12:15 PM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

No the 1960s where lava lamps and colored oil blobs floating in pyrex glass trays placed on overhead projectors. LEDs are more late late 1970s and more bigtime into the 1980s with that Tron style of mood lighting transmitted down leaky light pipes/strips to accent all those big 1980s hairstyles that made the hair gel folks so rich!

LED technology was still relatively new in the 1960s and where only beginning to be used in the mid to late 1970's in a larger way. Neon was still in great use in the 1960s and even into the 1980 before neon began to be supplanted by more full color LED/light pipe technology of todays gaming rig abominations.

March 25, 2017 | 10:33 AM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

You would think that RBG is expensive, but the reality is that you just need three voltage controlled pins and a ground and the surface mount LEDs cost around 5 cents each. The reason that everything has RBG this year is because the infrastructure exists to get a controller, headers and diodes on the boards for less than a dollar. Even if many people don't want RGB, the cost is less than adding a couple more USB or SATA ports.

March 25, 2017 | 05:58 PM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

I think that all motherboards have had LED controller chips for any old status LED usage and it's that just recently folks have gone crazy over all that uncessry LED lighting bling bling. So this new and shiny craze is more of a marketing gimmick to make more sales to the monobrows that are impressed by all them lights and shiny things that make pretty reflections off of cletus's 20 pound belt buckle.

March 24, 2017 | 08:29 PM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

Jeremy if a motherboard has a LED controller chip on it does that necessarly make that MB a gaming MB?

Don't server motherboards have LEDs, Maybe for status lights(LEDs usually red) and would that reguire some sort of LED controller chip.

March 26, 2017 | 06:42 PM - Posted by Jeremy Hellstrom

I'd have to say it is the manufacturer that makes the call.  Their marketing team randomly slaps Gaming into the name of some boards.

March 27, 2017 | 11:07 AM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

Will this MB work with OS/2 Warp (don't laugh as auto teller machines and such may be a good usage model and other legacy uses)?

Arca Noae is working on a new release of the X86 OS/2 called "Blue Lion".

"Blue Lion wants to be a modern 21st Century OS/2 Warp, with support for the latest hardware and networking standards, a modern accelerated graphics driver, support for new cryptographic security standards, full backward compatibility with legacy OS/2, DOS and Windows 3.1 applications, suitability for use in mission-critical applications, and also, it appears, the ability to run "ported Linux applications". Blue Lion, which appears to be in closed beta with March 31st 2017 cited as the target release date, will come with up to date Firefox browser and Thunderbird mail client, Apache OpenOffice, other productivity tools, a new package manager, and software update and support subscription to ensure system stability"(1)


"A 21st-Century Version Of OS/2 Warp May Be Released Soon"

March 27, 2017 | 12:43 PM - Posted by Jeremy Hellstrom

I haven't the foggiest, have not thought of OS/2 in years.  I will keep an ear out.

March 25, 2017 | 01:32 AM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

Hi pcper,

Here is a video of an AMD R7 1700@4 GHz with 3600 MHz memory:

MindBlank Tech: RYZEN + 3600MHZ RAM - closing the 7700K gap in gaming?

In GTA 5, AMD is beating Intel core i7-7700K @5 GHz (Intel fanboys should watch the above video and cry.

It would be fantastic if pcper can reproduce these results. .

March 25, 2017 | 05:47 AM - Posted by Justin150 (not verified)

In GTA 5, AMD is beating Intel core i7-7700K @5 GHz (Intel fanboys should watch the above video and cry.

Really, you have one youtube reviewer and one game (actually there were a couple of score draws running the memory at same speed) which are not yet verified elsewhere

What does seem to be the case is that Ryzen is sensitive to memory speeds and at this stage is a bit immature as a platform. Then again it has only been out for a month so the upgrade since launch is impressive. Give it another couple of months for motherboards/bios to mature further and it may well be a completely viable alternative to i7-7700K - that way there is a reasonable chance that Intel will cuts prices which is a good thing for all

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