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GIGABYTE H370 AORUS Gaming 3 WIFI Motherboard Review

Subject: Motherboards
Manufacturer: GIGABYTE

CPU Cooler Fit and Included Accessories

CPU Cooler Fit

To test the amount of space surrounding the CPU socket, we mounted the Noctua NH-D15 cooler to the CPU socket. This behemoth CPU air cooler sports a dual fan construction and two huge vertical cooling towers.

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When oriented in its default configuration with air blown towards the rear panel of the case, the Noctua cooler fits well into the CPU socket area of the H370 AORUS Gaming 3 WIFI board. The spacing surrounding the socket is more than sufficient to accommodate the cooler. Further, the spacing between the CPU socket area and the primary PCIe x16 slot is most than sufficient to support both the larger cooler and a full sized card in the primary PCIe x16 slot.

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The Noctua hold down mechanism is large enough to qualify the socket space for use with the majority of mount methods included with a CPU cooler. The Noctua mount fits well to the CPU socket with no tight areas or contact points evident between it and the on board capacitors, chokes, or VRM heat sinks.

Included Accessories

The H370 AORUS Gaming 3 WIFI motherboard comes with all the necessary components and accessories to get the board up and running, as well as some enthusiast level accessories to sweeten the deal.

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The board's motherboard manual is deceptively slim, containing a good deal of information describing all integrated components and board functions with clear and concise language. Also included is a driver DVD with all necessary hardware drivers and Window's utilities and an AORUS-branded case badge.

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The board's rear panel shield is an aluminum plate with a black overlay with an GIGABYTE AORUS series logo. The port identifying text and icons are printed in white text on its surface. The contrast in color between the text / icons and plate background make for easy reading under most lighting conditions.

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GIGABYTE included two black 6Gb/s rated SATA cables for use with the integrated port. The cables have integrated port locks and a mix of straight and 90 degree connectors.

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For use with the on-board front panel header, GIGABYTE included G Connector device. You simply plug the front panel case leads into the G Connector, locking the plugs in place, and then plug the G Connector into the front panel board header. It makes the installation of the front panel plugs much easier. The G Connector housing has notched arms that lock the case header plugs in place within the housing.

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For use with the integrated M.2 PCIe x1 port, GIGABYTE included an Intel 2x2 802.11AC WIFI card with dual antenna ports integrated into a rear panel upright for rear case mounting. For use with the integrated WI-FI card, GIGABYTE includes a dual-plug antennae. The antenna leads plug directly into the provided ports integrated into the rear panel and can be swiveled in a 180 degree arc for optimal signal reception.

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For use with the illuminated LED strip, GIGABYTE included two plastic strips - the default with a tribal type design, and a custom one with the AORUS logo and our company name (PC Perspective).

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