GIGABYTE GA-AB350 Gaming 3 Review

👤by Tony Le Bourne Comments 📅26-06-17
Packaging, Bundle & First Look

The packaging displays the product name in large, and is strongly suggestive of vivid colouring and RGB lighting.

The reverse side gives detailed information about various features including RGB Fusion, Smart Fan 5, AMP-UP audio and more.

Inside the box we find the manual, installation guide, driver disc, 4x SATA cables, a 'G-Connector' (for quick installation of the front panel headers), the rear I/O plate, and an RGBW LED extension cable.

The motherboard itself is coloured in a very dark-brown (near black) with red accents, some would prefer then motherboard to be entirely neutral coloured to allow the RGB LED lighting to add the colour. Though, that doesn't distract too much from the design of the board which is rather attractive anyway. There is a 1x slot space between the CPU socket and the primary PCIe x16 slot which provides extra clearance for large coolers, and should you wish to use multiple graphics cards, both the primary and secondary PCIe x16 lanes feature the Ultra Durable metal shielding. Though not immediately apparent, it is worth noting that this motherboard is a slim ATX form factor (30.5cm x 23cm vs 30.5cm x 24.5cm), which means that there will be an overhang in regards to the mounting of this motherboard in your chassis. So take care when installing memory and, more importantly, the 24pin ATX power cable, as excess pressure without support could cause unwanted flex/damage. We would recommend holding the underside of the motherboard to give additional support while doing this.

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