GIGABYTE GA-AB350 Gaming 3 Review

👤by Tony Le Bourne Comments 📅26-06-17
Test Setup & Overclocking
Test Setup
CPU AMD Ryzen 7 1800X
Cooling Noctua U12S
Motherboard GIGABYTE GA-AB350 - Gaming 3
Memory 2x 8GB Corsair Vengeance LPX 3200MHz @ 2667MHz
Graphics AMD Radeon RX 480 8GB
Storage Corsair Force LE 480GB
PSU Corsair RM750X 80 Plus Gold Certified PSU

Cinebench R15 – CPU/OpenGL Score
x264 HD 4.0 – 1st and 2nd pass encoding
SiSoftware SANDRA – CPU & Memory benchmarks
POV-RAY – CPU benchmarks
TrueCrypt – CPU benchmarks
AIDA64 – CPU benchmarks & Memory
PCMark 8 – Home Suite & Photoshop
3DMark FireStrike – 3D Benchmark
Games – Rise of the Tomb Raider & Total War: WARHAMMER

Other Software
Temperature Analysis: Aida64 & Ryzen Master
Stress Testing Software: AIDA64 Stability Test
CPU Specification Monitoring: CPU-Z
Performance Monitoring: MSI Afterburner

The BIOS is very similar to the X370 Gaming 5/K7 motherboards, featuring a neat layout, and easy mode, and Smart Fan controls, though it would be nicer to have all the overclocking options in one convenient tab. The only real downside that we discovered in the BIOS is the lack of a manual CPU VCORE voltage setting, which means that you can only adjust the CPU voltage by the dynamic offset.

Considering the voltage settings, we were able to get a comfortable 4.02GHz from the AB350-Gaming 3, and with it a decent performance bump. The offset voltage appeared to jump to around 1.47V, which is fine for testing, but may make finding a suitable permanent overclock setting a little more difficult to find. Interestingly however, this board had no problem using the memory XMP for 3200MHz while both at stock and overclocked settings.

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