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Review motherboard MSI Z87-GD65 GAMING Intel Z87

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Several years ago MSI used the GD65 index to denote the top-end motherboards. Subsequently, the arms race in the field of capacity expansion demanded more and more clever solutions — and the flagship Board began to receive the index of the GD80. Then marketers came to the conclusion that the combination of letters and numbers is not very attractive to users and, since the models on the Intel Z77 chipset, the top of the Board got its own brand of MPOWER. The output of the Intel Z87 has launched the next round of the competition, the functionality of the MPOWER series has ceased to meet modern requirements — and MSI has released an uncompromising monster Z87 XPOWER. This fee we will discuss later, but today let’s look at the most powerful of models of mid — level MSI Z87-GD65 GAMING.

So that the user does not have the feeling that he gets a mediocre cost, this model is related to Gaming series and equipped with a number of features that may be of interest to gamers. Among such features in the MSI include overclocking, resulting in Board supports a complete set of overclocking features. If the computer with the Z87-GD65 GAMING will be used for more serious purposes, then the Board provides a wide range of options: two additional channels SerialATA 6 Gb/s and support for embedded SSDS.

So, on paper this motherboard looks pretty interesting. It’s time to check in practice, how it meets stated specifications.

#Specification MSI Z87-GD65 GAMING

MSI Z87-GD65 GAMING
Processor Socket LGA1150
Support Intel Turbo Boost technology
Chipset Intel Z87 (PCH)
Communication with the processor: DMI 20 Gb/s
System memory Four 240-pin slots for DDR3 SDRAM DIMM
Maximum memory 32 GB
Supported memory DDR3 1066/1333/1600/…/3000
Possible dual-channel memory access
Support for Intel XMP
Graphics Three slots PCI Express x16
Support of technologies AMD CrossFireX and NVIDIA SLI
Support Intel HD Graphics
Expansion possibilities Four PCI Express x1 slots
Eight USB 2.0 (two built six additional)
Six USB 3.0 (four built, two additional)
Sound High Definition Audio 7.1
Network controller Gigabit Ethernet
Overclocking capabilities The frequency change Bclk 90 to 300 MHz in increments of 0,165 MHz, change multipliers CPU, PCIe/DMI
The change in voltage on the CPU, memory, MIS-IO, SA and chipset (PCH)
Utility MSI Command Center
MSI OC Genie
Disk subsystem Protocol support for SerialATA 6 Gb/s (six channels — Z87, c support for RAID)
Protocol support for SerialATA 6 Gb/s (two channels — ASMedia ASM1061)
One slot mSATA
Extensible Firmware Interface (EFI) Shell Click BIOS
2х64 Mbit Flash ROM, dip switch
Utility MSI M-Flash
The MSI Super Charger
MSI’s V-Check Points
Profile support
Utility Live Update 5
Different One serial port, one port for PS/2 keyboard or mouse
Buttons power, reset, CMOS reset, GO2BIOS, OC Genie
Seven-segment indicator POST-codes
STR (Suspend to RAM)
S/P-DIF Out
Power management The Wake-up from modem, mouse, keyboard, network, timer and USB
Main 24-pin ATX power connector
Additional 8 pin power connector
Monitoring Monitoring temperature of CPU, system, voltages, rotational speed of all the (5) fan
Technology SmartFan
Size Form factor ATX, 244×305 mm (9,6×12 inches)

MSI Z87-GD65 GAMING looks like.

In the box you will find the following:

  • motherboard;
  • user manual in English + brief installation instructions;
  • the description of the software;
  • DVD disk with software and drivers;
  • four cables SerialATA;
  • a set of additional connectors;
  • kit V-Kit for measuring voltages;
  • the cover on the rear panel of the housing;
  • flexible SLI bridge;
  • sticker MSI Gaming Series, the sign on the door.

Equipment is generally consistent with the Board — all the components you need in place.

Of additional elements, we note the set of V-Kit, which is used for direct monitoring of voltages via the module CheckPoint. For gamers there is a proprietary sticker and warning sign that can be hung on the door handle.

As for documentation, then we don’t have any complaints as to the content of the DVD. The last buyer will be able to find all necessary drivers, a number of proprietary utilities, and a trial version of antivirus Norton Internet Security. However, the multifunction utility Command Center on the disk is missing — it will need to download and install.

It should be noted that the installation of driver and utility is very simple, with its intuitive interface.

MSI Z87-GD65 комплектация 2

#The MSI Z87-GD65 GAMING

For example, the Z87-GD65 GAMING andthe MSI ngenera showed that he can do dark and gloomy charges. Such an attitude to painting boards we do not endorse, but have to note that in this direction there are almost all manufacturers. As for component diagram Board, the developers refused to support the PCI bus in favor of more PCI Express x1. Thus, they got rid of the need for additional controller simplifies PCB design and reduce the final cost of the product.

In addition to the four slots PCI Express x1 slots (all of them connected to the chipset), the Board has three PEG slots, which are serviced by the CPU controller PCI Express. Possible configurations of the distribution lines following: 16+0+0, 8+8+0 and 8+4+4.

The design of the Board does not cause difficulties when assembling the system, since the latches of DIMM slots not blocked by the first graphics card and the power connectors are installed properly, the edges of the PCB: main (24-pin) connector located on the bottom edge, and an additional (8-pin) on the right.

Next to the CPU socket there are two 4-pin connectors (CPUFAN1, CPUFAN2) for connecting the respective cooler. Also the Board has three 4-pin connector (SYSFAN1 — SYSFAN3), with which you can enhance the cooling system. Speed of all connected fans are monitored by the motherboard, in addition, the user can control their speed.

On Board there are four 240-pin DIMM slots for memory modules DDR3. Note that the motherboard supports the memory frequency from DDR3-1066 to DDR3-3000, and the maximum amount of memory equal to 32 GB. And as soon as the charge voltage is applied, the light turns on Power button.

#Possible extensions

Due to the chipset Intel Z87, supports six SerialATA ports 6 Gb/s and allows you to combine drives into RAID arrays of levels 0, 1, 5 and 10. The appropriate ports are located near the chipset and oriented parallel to the plane of the Board and painted black.

In addition, the Board supports a couple of SerialATA 6 Gb/s with additional controller ASMedia ASM1061 (appropriate ports are located along with the rest; far left).

Between the CPU socket and the first PEG slot hidden mSATA slot that you can use to install SSD-drive. It should be borne in mind that this slot shares one channel SerialATA port ~ 6 ports will be.

Also on the motherboard has eight USB 2.0 ports: two located on the rear panel, and another six are connected by means of straps (not included). In addition, the Board supports six USB 3.0 ports, four of which are located on the rear panel, and two are connected by means of a plate (not supplied). We also note that the programmers have implemented technology MSI Gaming Device Port, which improves with high-precision gaming mice, but the company’s engineers do not regret the gold to the appropriate USB ports.

Board Z87-GD65 has eight-channel sound, and as the selected codec chip ALC1150. MSI representatives claim the use of very high-quality components in the audio subsystem, with the result that users will get a rich sound.

Also on Board is high-speed network controller Atheros Killer E2205 (Gigabit Ethernet), connected to a single bus line PCI Express.

Corresponding connector (RJ-45) displayed on backboard, which has the following configuration:

Note that the Board has three video outputs (VGA, DVI and HDMI), optical and coaxial S/P-DIF outputs, a set of standard audio outputs, one PS/2 port, and a button to reset the BIOS settings. There are four more buttons. One is for the system start (Power), and the other to reset (Reset), the third is called OC Genie (it is used to run the same function in the automatic overclocking).

The fourth button GO2BIOS button — used to easily enter the BIOS shell. Next to the buttons mounted seven-segment indicator POST-codes for the initial diagnosis of the system. In addition, next to the main power connector has two BIOS chips. Switching between primary and backup circuits is provided via a dip switch, which is located in the same place.

Another optional component is called a CheckPoint: it is located to the right of the main power connector and allows you to directly measure the operating voltages on the Board.

Before proceeding to the description of the BIOS settings, here is a traditional component diagram.

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Overview of Gigabyte Aorus Gaming H370 3 Wi-Fi: does it make sense to pay more?

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Chipset Intel H370, released in an updated line of monitors 300 series differs from Intel B360 increased from 12 to 20 lines PCI Express, two additional ports USB 3.1 Gen1 and RAID. No more functional in this set, there is no logic, and no features to overclock the processor and memory inherent in the older Intel Z370. That accounts for the motherboard manufacturers as something additional to get out, to differentiate their products, released on B360 and H370. A good example of such attempts was the motherboard Gigabyte Aorus Gaming H370 3 Wi-Fi, the review and testing which we have dedicated today’s article.

Well, since we recently tested the Gigabyte Aorus Gaming 3 B360 WiFi just on Intel B360, in this review we will compare these two Gigabyte to determine the feasibility of overpayment for the more expensive version.

#Specifications and cost

H370 Gigabyte Aorus Gaming 3 WiFi
Supported processors Intel Core i7 / Core i5 / Core i3 / Pentium / Celeron
performed by LGA1151-v2 eighth-generation microarchitecture Core
Chipset Intel H370 Express
Memory subsystem 4 × DDR4 DIMM UN-buffered memory up to 64 GB;
dual channel mode memory;
support modules with frequency 2666/2400/2133 MHz;
support Intel XMP (Extreme Memory Profile)
GUI The integrated graphics core processor allows you to use the DVI-D port with max. resolution 1920 × 1200 pixels at 60 Hz and the HDMI port is version 1.4 with maximum resolution of 4096 × 2160 pixels at 30 Hz;
the maximum amount of allocated memory 1 GB
Connectors for expansion boards 1 slot PCI Express 3.0 x16, mode x16;
1 slot PCI Express 3.0 x16, x4 mode;
4 slot PCI Express x1 mode x1
The scalability of the video AMD 2-way CrossFireX Technology
The storage interface Intel Express H370:
– 6 × SATA 3 bandwidth of up to 6 Gbps (supports RAID 0, 1, 5 and 10);
– 2 × M. 2 (M. 2M with a capacity of up to 32 Gbit/s supports only PCI Express drives ranging in length from 42 to 110 mm, M. 2P bandwidth to 16 GB/s supports SATA and PCI Express storage devices ranging in length from 42 to 80 mm);
– support Intel Optane Memory
Network
interfaces
Intel Gigabit LAN I219-V (10/100/1000 Mbps);
wireless network controller GC-CI22M_A CNVi with support for 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac Wave2 and 11ac 160 MHz, Bluetooth 5.0, the ability to work in two bands and 2.5/5.0 GHz and a maximum bandwidth of 1.73 GB/s
Audio 7.1 CH HD audio codec Realtek ALC1220:
7 audio capacitor Fine Gold;
4 audiokommentare WIMA FKP2;
shielding of the audio processor;
– isolated from the PCB of the sound card;
– ratio of “signal to noise” 120 dB at 114 dB playback and when recording;
USB interface Intel Express H370:
– 5 port USB 3.1 Gen1 (2 on back panel, 3 – connect to the connectors on the PCB);
– 6 USB 2.0/1.1 ports (4 on back panel, 2 – connect to the connector on the PCB);
– 2 ports USB 3.1 Gen2 Type-C and Type-A on the rear panel
Connectors and buttons on the rear panel 2 USB 2.0/1.1 combo PS/2 port;
video port DVI-D;
video port HDMI 1.4 and 2 USB 3.1 Gen1;
ports USB 3.1 Gen1 Type-C and USB 3.1 Gen2 Type-A;
2 x USB 2.0/1.1 and LAN network socket RJ-45;
6 3.5 mm audio jacks
Internal connectors on the system Board 24-pin ATX power connector;
8-pin ATX 12V power;
6 SATA 3;
2 M. 2;
4-pin connector CPU fan with PWM support;
4-pin connector for pumps DLC;
3 4-pin connectors for case fans with PWM support;
2 4-pin RGB LED connector;
2 jumpers for power RGB LED connectors;
a group of connectors for the front panel;
audio connector for the front panel;
USB 3.1 Gen1 Type-C;
connectors USB 3.1 Gen1 to connect one port;
USB 2.0/1.1 for connecting 2 ports;
connector S/PDIF Out;
the Thunderbolt connector;
connector TPM (Trusted Platform Module);
connector COM port;
jumper Clear CMOS
BIOS 2 × 128 Mbit AMI UEFI BIOS with multilingual interface and the graphical user interface;
support for DualBIOS;
ACPI 5.0;
support PnP 1.0 a;
support SM BIOS 2.7;
support DMI 2.7;
support WfM 2.0
Controller I/O iTE IT8686E
Corporate functions, technologies and features APP Center:
– 3D OSD;
– @BIOS;
– AutoGreen;
– Cloud Station;
– EasyTune;
– Easy RAID;
– Fast Boot;
– Game Boost;
– ON/OFF Charge;
– Platform Power Management;
– RGB Fusion;
– Smart Backup;
– Smart Keyboard;
– Smart TimeLock;
– Smart HUD;
– System Information Viewer;
USB Blocker;
– V-Tuner;
Q-Flash;
Xpress Install
Form factor, dimensions (mm) ATX, 305 × 244
The warranty of the manufacturer, years 3
The minimum retail value, RUB.
9 860

#Packaging equipment

If you do not pay attention to one letter and one number in the title H370 Gigabyte Aorus Gaming 3 Wi-Fi on the box, it is easy to confuse it with Gigabyte’s Aorus Gaming 3 B360 WiFi – they are so similar. But the reverse side of the box details and useful information anymore, and it is hardly possible to confuse the packaging of these boards.

 

Look at the sticker on the end of the box and immediately proceed to components.

At first glance, everything is standard, not counting the small tab – external Wi-Fi module and antenna for it.

Not new and a set of labels Aorus series.

But enjoyable and an unexpected bonus included with the charge was led ribbon with a length of 60 cm.

In my memory this is the first case of such a configuration Board, and certainly the first in the budget segment, which H370 Gigabyte Aorus Gaming 3 Wi-Fi, and applies, as the cost of this model in Russia does not exceed 10 thousand rubles. We will add that charge is produced in China, and provides a three year warranty.

#Design and features

The Board is made in the full ATX format and has dimensions of 305 × 244 mm. Visually it looks much more interesting B360 Aorus Gaming 3 Wi-Fi, that we will many more times to mention. Cost gave not one, but two metallic PCI Express slots, said aluminum shell connectors of RAM and a scattering of bright capacitors in the audio room.

 

Not forgotten, and the heatsinks on the VRM and chipset, stylized in the General trend of the series of boards Aorus. Chipsety radiator and even has a backlight — it shines soaring up the head of an eagle.

 

The main features of this Board is painted with a colorful pattern.

To learn more about them will help for a more detailed description of the operation instructions of the Board.

Comparing the rear panel, two motherboards, one could say that they are identical, but one difference is still there: H370 both ports are fast USB 3.1 Gen2 (Type-C and Type-A), whereas the B360 high speed was only one port.

Looks like new without the shroud and radiator.

CPU socket LGA1151v2 here is no different and features.

Board supports all the processors produced in the moment in design LGA1151v2.

The first major difference from her sister with Intel B360 is a more powerful system processor power. Here the declared scheme “8+2”, but eight phases allocated for the processor, actually represent four phases with doublers. And another phase is reserved for food VCCSA and VCCIO.

The controller is exactly the same – Intersil 95866.

There are no differences in the connectors of power Board.

 

Intel H370 Express, which can easily compare with Intel B360 Express, also can not have any features.

But there are differences in the slots for RAM DDR4. Gigabyte Aorus Gaming H370 3 WiFi they got the metallic shell Armor Ultra Durable Memory and backlight.

Unfortunately, all 64 GB of memory will be able to work at a frequency not higher than 2667 MHz, what would the XMP profiles, they are not supported. A list of certified memory modules and kits is quite extensive, but the sense of it due to this limitation a little. We would add that the power system memory dual channel.

Equipment slots PCI Express Gigabyte Aorus Gaming H370 3 Wi-Fi other than B360 for Gigabyte Aorus Gaming 3 Wi-Fi. Metallic shell here have already both PCI Express x16 3.0, but they also can only work under the scheme x16/x4 and only two graphics cards on GPUs from AMD. NVIDIA graphics card you can install only one.

In addition, the Board has four PCI Express x1 slots.

In terms of ensuring work outputs H370 Aorus has no differences from B360 Aorus — it is equipped with the same controller ASMedia ASM1442Kresponsible for this functionality.

There is no difference in the number of SATA III ports with maximum bandwidth of 6 GB/s, but Gigabyte’s Aorus Gaming H370 3. they are soldered in the usual, horizontal orientation and supports the creation of RAID levels RAID 0, 1, 5 and 10.

Ports for the SSD modules working Protocol NVMe, on Board two. Top only supports PCI Express flash drives, ranging in length from 42 to 110 mm and can provide bandwidth up to 32 Gbps, but the bottom will be able to work with SATA drives, however, the length from 42 to 80 mm While its maximum capacity is limited to 16 GB/s.

Of the limitations when combined SATA and M. 2 ports can be noted that disabling the second SATA port when set to the lower M. 2 SATA drive.

In total H370 Gigabyte Aorus Gaming 3 Wi-Fi is equipped with thirteen USB ports (with a maximum of 14 for this chipset). Six of them are standard USB 2.0: 4 located on the rear panel and 2 on the PCB. Five ports USB 3.1 Gen1 is distributed: two displayed on the rear panel, three can be picked up from the PCB.

Two port high-speed USB 3.1 Gen2 (Type-C and Type-A) placed on the rear panel (red). Additional controllers for such ports, the Board did not have.

Network interfaces Gigabyte Aorus Gaming H370 3 WiFi exactly the same as on the Gigabyte Aorus Gaming 3 B360 WiFi: wired network organizes Intel I219-V and the wireless module Intel Wireless-AC 9560 installed in the port of CNVi.

There is also a version H370 Gigabyte Aorus Gaming 3 without WiFi, which is offered at the price of 860 rubles below.

Another significant difference (after the CPU power circuit) H370 Aorus Gaming 3 from B360 Aorus Gaming 3 is the processor. If the previously discussed motherboard installed Realtek ALC892 audio codec, the heroine of today’s tests is a more serious Realtek ALC1220. In addition, there are not four, but seven audio capacitor Fine Gold, complemented by four capacitors WIMA FKP2.

These elements together with the shielding of the audio processor and the protection zone audio non-conductive strips has resulted in the ratio of “signal to noise” at the level of 120 dB at 114 dB playback and recording.

And that’s Super I/O controller, it is exactly the same – iTE IT8686E.

Accordingly, the possibility for monitoring and fan control Gigabyte Aorus Gaming H370 3 Wi-Fi the same as Gigabyte and Aorus Gaming 3 B360 WiFi.

Board supports the DualBIOS technology is implemented in two 128-bit chip with the ability to automatically restore the primary from backup.

Illumination system RGB Fusion on Board wider than H360 Aorus, as highlighted not only the area of audio and chipsety heatsink, but the RAM slots, and a replaceable led strip along the 24-pin power connector.

It is controlled by the BIOS or the software.

In addition, facilities include led strip, which is implemented via a controller iTE 8295FN-56A. Recall that complete with H370 Gigabyte Aorus Gaming WiFi one such tape is.

The set of connectors on the bottom edge of the PCB is not different in both motherboards.

Indicator POST-codes here you will not find.

In terms of cooling H370 Gigabyte Aorus Gaming 3 Wi-Fi is no different from Gigabyte Aorus Gaming 3 B360 WiFi.

Nevertheless, we again note a good plate radiator to drive in the first M. 2 port.

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The review and testing of the motherboard Gigabyte AORUS Gaming 3 B360 WiFi: easy and inexpensive

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Today we will continue our acquaintance with the new motherboards on the Intel 300 series, begun in the article about MSI B360M Mortar “Ilya Muromets”, and pay attention to the product of another manufacturer – Gigabyte. There is no doubt that soon with his new “catch up” with ASUS and ASRock, but Gigabyte has marked the mass execution of these PLA — only one Intel Express B360, the company has released as many as 15 models. So to speak in relation to this segment boards, the flagship among these is a 15 Gigabyte AORUS Gaming 3 B360 WiFi, studying and testing, which we’ll do today.

It should be noted that a kind of “topbot” motherboard did not prevent the manufacturer to set a pretty tempting price — in Russian stores B360 Gigabyte AORUS Gaming 3 Wi-Fi can be found at a price less than 8000 rubles. But what will please users ofthe technical and functional side B360 Gigabyte AORUS Gaming 3 WiFi?

#Specifications and cost

Gigabyte AORUS Gaming 3 B360 WiFi
Supported processors Intel Core i7 / Core i5 / Core i3 / Pentium / Celeron
performed by LGA1151-v2 eighth-generation microarchitecture Core
Chipset Intel B360 Express
Memory subsystem 4 × DDR4 DIMM UN-buffered memory up to 64 GB;
dual channel mode memory;
support modules with frequency 2666/2400/2133 MHz;
support Intel XMP (Extreme Memory Profile)
GUI The integrated graphics core processor allows you to use the DVI-D port with max. resolution 1920 × 1200 pixels at 60 Hz and the HDMI port is version 1.4 with maximum resolution of 4096 × 2160 pixels at 30 Hz;
the maximum amount of allocated memory 1 GB
Connectors for expansion boards 1 slot PCI Express 3.0 x16, mode x16;
1 slot PCI Express 3.0 x16, x4 mode;
1 slot PCI Express x16 3.0, mode x1;
2 PCI Express x1 Gen 3
The scalability of the video AMD 2-way CrossFireX Technology
The storage interface Intel Express B360:
– 6 × SATA 3 bandwidth of up to 6GB/s;
– 2 × M. 2, bandwidth of each up to 32 GB/s (M. 2A supports SATA and PCI Express storage devices ranging in length from 42 to 110 mm, M. 2P supports SATA and PCI Express storage devices ranging in length from 42 to 80 mm);
– support Intel Optane Memory
Network
interfaces
Intel Gigabit LAN I219-V (10/100/1000 Mbps);
wireless network controller GC-CI22M_A CNVi with support for 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac Wave2 and 11ac 160 MHz, Bluetooth 5.0, the ability to work in two bands and 2.5/5.0 GHz and a maximum bandwidth of 1.73 GB/s
Audio 7.1 CH HD Realtek ALC892 audio codec:
– 4 audio capacitor;
shielding of the audio processor;
– isolated from PCB sound card
USB interface Intel Express B360:
– 5 port USB 3.1 Gen1 (3 on rear panel, 2 are connected to the connector on the PCB);
– 6 USB 2.0/1.1 ports (4 on back panel, 2 – connect to the connector on the PCB);
– 1 port USB 3.1 Gen2 Type-A on the rear panel
Connectors and buttons on the rear panel 2 USB 2.0 /1.1 combo PS/2 port;
video port DVI-D;
button O. C.;
video port HDMI 1.4 and 2 USB 3.1 Gen1;
ports USB 3.1 Gen1 Type-C and USB 3.1 Gen2 Type-A;
2 x USB 2.0/1.1 and LAN network socket RJ-45;
6 3.5 mm audio jacks
Internal connectors on the system Board 24-pin ATX power connector;
8-pin ATX 12V power;
6 SATA 3;
2 M. 2;
4-pin connector CPU fan with PWM support;
4-pin connector for pumps DLC;
3 4-pin connectors for case fans with PWM support;
2 4-pin RGB LED connector;
2 jumpers for power RGB LED connectors;
a group of connectors for the front panel;
audio connector for the front panel;
USB 3.1 Gen1 to connect 2 ports;
USB 2.0/1.1 for connecting 2 ports;
connector S/PDIF Out;
the Thunderbolt connector;
connector TPM (Trusted Platform Module);
connector COM port;
jumper Clear CMOS
BIOS 2 × 128 Mbit AMI UEFI BIOS with multilingual interface and the graphical user interface;
support for DualBIOS;
ACPI 5.0;
support PnP 1.0 a;
support SM BIOS 2.7;
support DMI 2.7;
support WfM 2.0
Controller I/O iTE IT8686E
Corporate functions, technologies and features APP Center:
– 3D OSD;
– @BIOS;
– AutoGreen;
– Cloud Station;
– EasyTune;
– Fast Boot;
– Game Boost;
– ON/OFF Charge;
– Platform Power Management;
– RGB Fusion;
– Smart Backup;
– Smart Keyboard;
– Smart TimeLock;
– Smart HUD;
– System Information Viewer;
USB Blocker;
– V-Tuner;
Q-Flash;
Xpress Install
Form factor, dimensions (mm) ATX, 305 × 225
The warranty of the manufacturer, years 3
Minimum retail value for you! 8 200

#Packaging equipment

Making a small cardboard box that comes B360 Gigabyte AORUS Gaming 3 Wi-Fi made in the General design series motherboards AORUS. It is moderately bright and is easily recognized on store shelves. The reverse side of the box is quite informative — it is possible to even find brief characteristics of the Board.

 

Even shorter performance listed on the sticker with the barcode from one of the ends of the box.

Equipment was surprisingly rich for the Board budget class. In addition to traditional components such as SATA cables, manual DVD or connector G-Connector in the box is the external wifi module and antenna for it.

Available this Gigabyte model in China and provides a three year warranty. In Russia, as we have said, Gigabyte’s AORUS Gaming 3 B360 WiFi is now available for purchase at a price of about eight thousand. Sure it’s not the cheapest Board on chipset Intel B360, but even in comparison with the entry-level models on a set of system logic Intel Z370 the same Gigabyte it is much more affordable.

#Design and features

B360 Gigabyte AORUS Gaming 3 Wi-Fi can be called a fee, the classic ATX layout and design, as nothing eye-catching or out of the ordinary she is not. However externally it looks quite interesting.

 

Aggressive look give the Board the sharp edge of the casing area ports, finned heat sink of the first M. 2 port and radiators on the VRM circuits and chipset.

 

The dimensions are 305 × 225 mm, ie it is slightly narrower than a standard plat form factor ATX.

Familiarize yourself with the location of basic elements on the PCB can in the following diagram.

Here’s a more accurate and detailed their position we took from the instruction manual.

Of the features back panel will select only two outputs and the fact that of the two red USB ports, only one is a high-speed USB 3.1 Gen2 Type – A, but the Type-S there is the usual USB 3.1 Gen1 (nee – USB 3.0).

Without a casing and radiators charge looks, bluntly, simply.

In the CPU socket LGA1151v2 no features — even contact of the needle without gilding, typical of the more expensive Gigabyte boards.

The list of supported processors, which includes all released today, CPU design LGA1151v2, posted on the support page of the Board.

The system processor power seven phase, but directly on the CPU core has only four phases and the remaining three, apparently, the power supply for the VCCSA and VCCIO power circuits.

Power management of the processor arranges for the controller Intersil 95866.

Both the power connector on the PCB is oriented with latches on the outside.

 

No proprietary features there is also no.

Chipset Intel Express B360 on the Board covered with a large flat heat sink, with which it is in contact through a crystal very dry thermal grease.

Four DIMM slots for RAM standard DDR4 maximum total capacity of 64 GB didn’t get here branded metallic shell Armor Ultra Durable Memory and other budget Gigabyte.

The list of officially supported modules occupies 4 A4 pages of small print, but the maximum memory frequency will not exceed 2667 MHz. Of course, supports XMP (Extreme Memory Profile), which will also be restricted to this one frequency. Power system memory dual channel.

Unlike RAM slots, one PCI Express Gigabyte AORUS Gaming 3 B360 WiFi still got aluminum shell. Due to this slot has become stronger at the break in 1.7 times, and the pulling — in 3,2 times.

This is just the primary slot PCI Express 3.0 x16 for graphics cards connected to the CPU. But the maximum throughput mode for the second slot is only x4, which automatically deregisters the supported NVIDIA SLI. It remains only AMD CrossFireX — and that in a dubious mode x16/x4.

However, for the creation of the multiprocessor graphic bundles, often purchased the motherboard a completely different level.

For switching PCI-Express Gigabyte AORUS Gaming 3 B360 WiFi is provided ASM1480 production ASMedia.

The other PCI Express slots are able to operate only in x1 mode and is designed for expansion cards.

Here it may be noted that the operation of the video outputs on the Board provides controller ASMedia ASM1442K.

All six ports are SATA III 6Gbps on the Gigabyte AORUS Gaming 3 B360 WiFi implemented by the chipset Intel Express B360. The first and second placed in the usual horizontal orientation, but the connectors from third to sixth in the vertical.

Bandwidth up to 32 Gbps for the SSD modules working Protocol NVMe, ready to provide two M. 2 port. Both support SATA, and PCI Express drives, but the top allows you to install modules in length from 42 to 110 mm, and the lower only from 42 to 80 mm.

Drives at the top M. 2 are cooled by a heatsink via thermal pads. To use all the SATA ports and the M. 2 will not work due to limitations of the chipset. Collaboration option ports for the drives are listed in the table below.

The lack of USB ports on the Gigabyte AORUS Gaming 3 B360 WiFi there, although they are implemented only by the capabilities of the chipset Intel. Eight of them are located on the rear panel, including one high-speed USB 3.1 Gen2 Type-a, And another four connect to the connectors on the PCB.

Board is equipped with two NICs. Wired network organizes a cheap chip Intel I219-V ($1,72) with an additional hardware protection against voltage surges and static, as well as support software and traffic prioritization cFosSpeed.

In turn, the wireless network is provided by controller GC-CI22M_A CNVi with support for 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac Wave2 and 11ac 160 MHz, and Bluetooth 5.0. It is able to operate in two bands of 2.5 and 5.0 GHz and a maximum capacity of 1.73 GB/s. This controller is implemented in a separate module Intel Wireless-AC 9560 socket CNVi. Very nice for a budget motherboard. By the way, in the Gigabyte range, there is a version B360 AORUS Gaming 3 without WiFi, which costs about 800 rubles cheaper.

Motherboard integrated 7.1-channel HD audio codec entry-level – Realtek ALC892. Despite its cheapness and, bluntly, is far from ideal sound quality, the developers screened the very chip metal cap and added her four capacitors.

In addition, the zone audio on-Board shielded by a pair of conductive strips.

For the functions of the Super I/O on Board iTE controller is responsible IT8686E.

With it, Gigabyte AORUS Gaming 3 B360 WiFi is able to simultaneously manage up to five fans/pumps DLC with PWM support and monitor the temperature with six built-in sensors.

The latter is already supported by recent versions of the monitoring programs.

On-Board two 4-pin RGB LED connector for led strips, controlled by controller iTE 8295FN-56A.

Proprietary illumination system in products Gigabyte is called RGB Fusion. This model highlighted area of audio and chipsety radiator. Color, intensity, and lighting modes can be configured using the same application.

The bottom edge of the PCB is reserved for the set of standard connectors.

Unfortunately, there is no indicator POST-codes, or at least auxiliary led, indicating a problem with the processor, memory or other components of the Board.

As for cooling, here B360 Gigabyte AORUS Gaming 3 Wi-Fi does not disappoint. The VRM circuits installed finned aluminum heatsinks with thermal seals, the chipset is cooled by a flat heat sink of a large area with thermal paste, and drives in the first M. 2 port with the temperature regime will help to manage thick plate with ribs.

Here is everything you need to know about the technical side of the Board B360 AORUS Gaming 3 Wi-Fi. Now look at her shell program and try to find something new in comparison with what we have seen with other motherboards.

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Motherboard MSI B360M Mortar Ilya Muromets: what are you, Ilya?

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With the release of the new Intel 300-series motherboards for processors Coffee Lake-S should be seriously cheaper. This, in fact, main and only goal of the emergence of new sets of system logic — nothing new H370, B360 and H310 does not bring, but on the contrary, they are simplified in comparison with the flagship Intel Z370. However, the reduction is a worthy goal, but some manufacturers every circuit, even the most affordable, want to apply it as something special.

Among them are well known to you and MSI, who presented on the Russian market cost of Intel B360 taking into account the specifics of Russian culture and its original name MSI B360M Mortar Ilya Muromets.

Looking ahead, frankly, that there is nothing heroic in this Board no, but it has a very nice and promising title, the picture on the box and the bonus inside it may play a positive role in the sales of this model. We are with you interested in more applied aspects of a new motherboard, which we now examine.

#Specifications and cost

MSI B360M Mortar Ilya Muromets
Supported processors Intel Core i7 / Core i5 / Core i3 / Pentium / Celeron
performed LGA1151v2 eighth-generation microarchitecture Core
Chipset Intel B360
Memory subsystem 4 × DDR4 DIMM UN-buffered memory up to 64 GB;
dual channel mode memory;
support modules with frequency 2667/2400/2133 MHz;
support Intel XMP (Extreme Memory Profile)
GUI The integrated graphics core processor allows you to use the HDMI port (resolution up to 4096 × 2160 @ 30 Hz) DisplayPort port (resolution up to 4096 × 2304 at 60 Hz) and DVI-D port (resolution up to 1920 × 1200 at 60 Hz);
the ability to simultaneously connect three displays
Connectors for expansion boards 2 PCI Express 3.0 x16 modes x16, x16/x4;
2 PCI Express x1 Gen 3
The scalability of the video AMD CrossFireX Technology
The storage interface Intel B360:
– 4 × SATA 3 bandwidth of up to 6GB/s;
– support for RAID 0 and 1, Intel Rapid Storage, Intel Smart Connect Technology and Intel Smart Response, NCQ, AHCI and Hot Plug;
– 2 × M. 2, bandwidth of each up to 32 GB/s (M. 2_1 supports SATA and PCI Express storage devices ranging in length from 42 to 110 mm, M. 2_2 supports PCI Express drives ranging in length from 42 to 80 mm);
– support Intel Optane Memory
Network
interfaces
Gigabit Ethernet controller Intel Gigabit LAN I219V (10/100/1000 Mbit);
support LAN Protect
Wireless network interfaces No
Audio 7.1 CH HD Realtek ALC892 audio codec:
– Audio Boost;
– sound capacitors Chemi-Con;
– isolated from the PCB of the sound card;
– left and right channels are separated in different layers of the PCB;
– protection from clicks;
gold – plated audio connectors
USB interface Intel B360:
– 2 ports USB 3.1 Gen1 (connect to the connectors on the system Board);
– 6 ports USB 2.0 (4 on back panel, 2 are connected to the connectors on the system Board);
– 3 port USB 3.1 Gen2 (Type-C and Type-A rear panel + Type-C via internal header)
Connectors and buttons on the rear panel 2 USB 2.0 ports and a combo PS/2 port;
video port DVI-D;
video ports DisplayPort and HDMI;
2 port USB 2.0 and LAN-socket RJ-45;
2 port Type-C and Type-A;
optical S/PDIF output interface;
5 3.5 mm gold-plated audio connectors
Internal connectors on the system Board 24-pin ATX power connector;
8-pin ATX 12V power;
4 SATA 3;
2 M. 2;
4-pin connector CPU fan with PWM support;
3 4-pin connectors for case fans with PWM support;
USB 2.0 connector to connect 2 ports;
USB 3.1 Gen1 to connect 2 ports;
connector USB 3.1 Gen2 port, Type-C;
connector 5050 RGB LED 12 V;
a group of connectors for the front panel;
audio connector for the front panel;
connector TPM (Trusted Platform Module);
connector Chassis Intrusion;
connector additional card Thunderbolt;
jumper Clear CMOS
BIOS 128 Mbit AMI UEFI BIOS with multilingual interface and the graphical user interface;
ACPI 6.0;
support SM BIOS 3.0
Controller I/O Nuvoton NCT6797D-M
Form factor, dimensions (mm) Micro-ATX, 243 × 243
The warranty of the manufacturer, years 3
The minimum retail price, RUB. n/a

#Packaging equipment

MSI B360M Mortar Ilya Muromets is sealed in a compact box, on the front side which depicts the ancient hero with sword and shield. The reverse side of the box is traditionally reserved for the description of the characteristics of the Board, a brief list of features and connectors on the rear panel.

 

Even more brief performance is given and on the sticker with the barcode from one of the ends of the box.

Complete with motherboard are two SATA cables with latches, blanking plug on the rear panel, the MSI Gaming sticker, manual, DVD with drivers and utilities.

Bonus included is a fabric pad for a computer mouse with the same pattern as on the box.

Board is produced in China, and provides a signature three-year warranty. In Russia, this model has not yet appeared in the sale, and in foreign stores it’s worth $ 100, not counting shipping costs. If you do a direct translation into the current dollar exchange rate, we get about 6.2 thousand rubles, which is really quite inexpensive for LGA1151v2.

#Design and features

The Board is made in a format micro-ATX and has dimensions 243 × 243 mm. It is based on dark, almost black PCB, painted grey and white lines.

 

From the design elements, we note the heatsinks on the VRM circuits, where it also bears the name of Russian heroes and tab series.

The layout of the major components on the PCB shown in the diagram from the instruction manual.

 

A distinctive feature of the rear panel MSI B360M Mortar Ilya Muromets — the lack of USB 3.0 ports: here only USB 2.0 and two SuperSpeed USB 3.1 Gen2.

It also derived a combined PS/2 port, three video output, network socket RJ-45 and six audio jacks — it is a normal set of ports for a budget motherboard.

The heatsinks on the VRM-chains are attached to the PCB with screws, but chipsety plastic studs. So if problems with removal of the radiators and there, with only the smallest of them.

The CPU socket design LGA1151v2 on the Board the most common, without covering the contact of the needles with gold and hole for temperature sensor.

Starting with the first (and only) BIOS version, the Board supports all Intel processors released in a design LGA1151v2.

On the CPU power allotted four phases for the VCCIO and VCCSA — just one more.

Not claimed no proprietary technology, including not declared compliance with the standard Military Class 3/4/5 or the use of durable components. It’s very simple and inexpensive, that for boards of this class is more than natural. The power management processor is responsible, the controller RT3607BC production Richtek.

We add that the external clock frequency BCLK on the Board there.

Standard power connector 24-and 8-contacts is oriented with latches on the outside.

 

On-chip Intel B360, released according to the norms of 14-nm process technology, applied thermal paste and not thermal pad.

It is possible to study according to the following scheme.

The maximum amount of RAM of standard DDR4 with the MSI B360M Mortar Ilya Muromets can reach 64 GB. Declared support for the brand MSI DDR4 Boost, consisting in the most optimal wiring paths of the motherboard, which, according to developers, should improve the overclocking potential of the memory modules.

The catch here is only one – maximum memory frequency with which the fee will work, does not exceed 2667 MHz. The above will not set the BIOS, although the marketing materials for “Ilya Muromets” appears the figure of 4000+ MHz. But there is XMP support with indicator light and a large number of manufactured modules DDR4. Food memory is allocated only one phase.

But “Ilya Muromets” got one “sword-kladenets” in the form of enhanced aluminum slot PCI Express 3.0, connected to the processor and operating in the mode of x16, and one “stick” in the form of PCI Express 3.0 x4, which, however, can be combined with a full PCI Express slot to provide the two graphics cards in mode AMD CrossFireX.

In addition, the Board has two PCI Express x1 slots with a closed end for expansion cards. For switching PCI-Express on the Board answer two chips ASMedia ASM1480 production.

MSI B360M Mortar Ilya Muromets only got four SATA III with a capacity of up to 6 GB/s is max for Intel B360, and additional controllers on the Board there. Two ports on the PCB are arranged horizontally and two vertically.

There are on the Board and two M. 2 port with the maximum capacity of each up to 32 GB/s. the upper M. 2_1 supports both SATA and PCI Express storage devices ranging in length from 42 to 110 mm, and the lower M. 2_2 — only PCI Express flash drives, ranging in length from 42 to 80 mm.

In total MSI B360M Mortar Ilya Muromets is equipped with 11 USB ports (also the max for the Intel B360). Six of them are displayed on the rear panel (it’s 4 USB 2.0 and two USB 3.1 Gen2), and another pair of USB 2.0 and USB 3.1 Gen1 can connect to the internal connectors. Finally, from the PCB it is also possible to take a single port USB 3.1 Gen2, which provides for a special connector.

Wired network interface Board is implemented by the controller Intel I219V.

From its features, we note support technology Lan Protect – protect from lightning and static electricity up to 15 kV. At the software level to optimize the traffic will help the utility MSI GAMING LAN Manager.

Deciding that the hero music to have fun once MSI is installed on the Board with a simple audio processor Realtek ALC892, adding to its eight capacitors Chemi-Con and protection from clicks.

To improve the sound quality needs breeding left and right channels in separate layers of the PCB, gold plated connectors and insulation of the entire audiosony on the PCB is non-conductive strip.

I/O functions on the Board vested in the controller Nuvoton NCT6797D-M.

Both MSI B360M Mortar Ilya Muromets you can connect four fans with PWM control. Their setting is available in BIOS and software MSI Command Center.

As for the backlight, on the PCB Board it, but there is an RGB connector, which can connect led strip and set the modes of operation through the application MSI Mystic Light.

At the conclusion of the external review MSI motherboards will bring a photo of the connectors on the lower edge of the PCB.

We would like to note the massive aluminum heatsinks on the VRM circuits boards – are not often seen on flagship models, but here the MSI is clearly not skimped on the metal.

In this case, the chipset is set into a small flat heatsink in contact with the crystal using thermal grease. However, a 14-nanometer Intel B360 with his six watts of heat dissipation won’t need to.

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