AORUS H370 Gaming 3 WiFi Review

Discussion in 'Reviews' started by rakesh_sharma23, Apr 4, 2018.

  1. rakesh_sharma23

    rakesh_sharma23 Active Member

    Joined:
    Dec 22, 2008
    Messages:
    266
    Likes Received:
    86
    Trophy Points:
    28
    Location:
    Jodhpur
    AORUS H370 Gaming 3 WiFi Review

    [​IMG]

    When the new Intel Coffee lake CPUs initially released, we only had the high-end Z370 chipset based motherboards available in market. But now Intel has officially announced their mainstream Intel chipset for Coffee lake support the H370 Express chipset, B360 Express chipset and the H310 Express chipset, all with socket LGA 1151support.

    The Intel H370 chipset is the most interesting chipset for consumes. It is mostly the overclocking part cut out variant of Z370 chipset with the new Integrated Intel Wireless-AC Support (CNVi) and Intel RST SATA RAID 0, 1, 5,10 support.

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]

    Below are few of the benefit uses gets with the Intel 8th Generation Core Processor
    • Increased multi-thread performance with up to 6 processor cores
    • Enhanced IA & memory overclocking with unlocked processors
    • "Always Available" with Modern Standby
    • Enhanced system responsiveness with Intel® Optane™ memory
    • Rec. 2020 & HDR for Blu-ray UHD playback
    • 4K content with HEVC 10-bit HW decode and HDCP 2.2
    • Fast browser & YouTube content viewing with VP9 HW decode

    Today we are reviewing an Intel H370 chipset from AORUS, the AORUS H370 Gaming 3 WiFi motherboard a feature packed full ATX board supporting new Coffee lake processors, Dual Channel Non-ECC Unbuffered DDR4, Intel® CNVi 802.11ac Wave2 2T2R WIFI, RGB FUSION with Multi-Zone Digital LED Light support and more.
    [​IMG]

    Now let’s see what this new Intel H370 chipset based AORUS gaming board have for us.

    Features
    • Supports 8th Gen Intel® Core™ Processors
    • Dual Channel Non-ECC Unbuffered DDR4
    • 8+2 Hybrid Digital PWM Design
    • Intel® CNVi 802.11ac Wave2 2T2R WIFI
    • ALC1220-VB with 114 (Rear)/110(Front) microphone in SNR, HD Audio with Smart Headphone AMP
    • Dual Ultra-Fast M.2 with PCIe Gen3 X4/X2 (1 with Thermal Guard) & SATA interface
    • RGB FUSION with Multi-Zone Digital LED Light Show design
    • Intel ® Native USB 3.1 Gen 2 with USB Type-C™ and Type-A +Front USB 3.1 Gen 1 Type-C™ Header
    • Intel® Ether LAN with CFOS Speed Internet Accelerator
    • CEC 2019 Ready, Save the Power as Easy as One Click
    • Smart Fan 5 features Multiple Temperature Sensors and Hybrid Fan Headers with FAN STOP
    • Anti-Sulfur Resistors Design
    • Ultra Durable™ 25KV ESD and 15KV Surge LAN Protection
    • Intel® RST SATA RAID support
    • Intel® Optane™ Memory Ready

    Specifications
    [​IMG]


    Package
    Looking at the front of the box, we see AORUS logo with motherboard model no. in big at center of the box. At the rear of the box, we find that AORUS goes into great detail on the specifications of the motherboard
    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]

    Inside the box
    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]

    Looks
    Board is a solid build on a black PCB with silver and little bit of orange colour theme gives the whole board an attractive looks.
    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]

    Layout
    Detailed layout of board.
    [​IMG]

    1. Intel LGA1151 socket, supporting New Intel’s 8th gen processors
    [​IMG]

    2. 4 DIMM Dual channel DDR4 memory slots with Armor supporting max. 64GB at 2666/2400/2133MHz and NO XMP support.
    [​IMG]

    3. ATX Power connector (24-pin EATXPWR)
    [​IMG]

    4. ATX CPU Power Connector (8-pin ATX12V).
    [​IMG]

    5. Back Panel Connectors : 1 x PS/2 keyboard/mouse port, 1 x DVI-D port, 1 x HDMI port, 1 x USB Type-C™ port, with USB 3.1 Gen 2 support, 1 x USB 3.1 Gen 2 Type-A port (red), 4 x USB 3.1 Gen 1 ports, 2 x USB 2.0/1.1 ports, 1 x RJ-45 port, 1 x optical S/PDIF Out connector, 5 x audio jacks (Center/Subwoofer Speaker Out, Rear Speaker Out, Line In, Line Out, Mic In)
    [​IMG]

    6. 7. 14.CPU fan connector, Water-pump-fan connector and 4 x system fan connectors
    [​IMG]

    8. USB Type-C™ port, with USB 3.1 Gen 1 support and 1 x USB 3.1 Gen 1 header
    [​IMG]

    9. 6 x SATA 6Gb/s connectors
    [​IMG]

    10. System Front panel Connector with different components debug LEDs
    [​IMG]

    11. USB 2.0 and COM port Connectors
    [​IMG]

    12. 7. AORUS H370 motherboard support dual RGBW LED strip and also 12V or 5V digital LED strips, rings, or matrices with the WS2812 LED Controller
    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]


    13. Thunderbolt headers and TPM Connector
    [​IMG]

    15. Front panel Audio connector
    [​IMG]

    16. 17. Dual PCIe Gen3 x4 M.2 connector. With a PCIe NVMe + SATA dual mode design, users can build a RAID storage system with two NVMe M.2 SSDs or a SATA Mode M.2 SSD + a general SATA SSD. Designed for flexibility and adaptation to fit most users’ and gamers’ requests.
    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]


    18. Expansion Slots : 1 x PCI Express x16 slot, running at x16 (PCIEX16), 1 x PCI Express x16 slot, running at x8 (PCIEX8), 4 x PCI Express x1 slots
    [​IMG]

    19. CNVI WIFI connector for installation of bundled Intel® CNVi 802.11ac Wave2 2T2R WIFI card
    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]
    Intel CNVi Wave2 802.11ac 2x2 wireless solution enables 1733 Mbps maximum theoretical data rates, 2x faster than standard 802.11ac 2x2 (867Mbps), and nearly 12x faster than baseline 1x1 BGN (150Mbps), and even faster than a Gigabit Ethernet connection.
    It’s improves in streaming, conferencing, gaming, data searing and downloading.
    [​IMG]

    Removing Heat-sinks
    AORUS used dense aluminum heatsink in this board. Heatsinks base is having thermal pad installed. Chipset heatsink is secured in place using screws and spacers, where as VRM heatsink used plastic plugs to secure them in place.
    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]

    Component Layout
    Let’s now see what all components AORUS have planned for this board.
    [​IMG]

    1. 2. CPU voltage regulator circuit has8+2 Phase PWM+ Lower RDS ON Semiconductor NTMFS 4C06N and 4C10N Power MOSFETS each with combined stage limited to 69A controlled by Intersil ISL95866 Hybrid Digital Four Phase PWM Controller supporting latest Intel 6 Core CPUs
    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]

    3. Single-Phase digital memory power supply section for DDR4 memories
    [​IMG]

    4. 5. PI3EQX1002B is PCIe-to-two-port USB 3.1 controllers and ASMedia ASM1442K single chip USB3.1 solution.
    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]
     
  2. OP
    OP
    rakesh_sharma23

    rakesh_sharma23 Active Member

    Joined:
    Dec 22, 2008
    Messages:
    266
    Likes Received:
    86
    Trophy Points:
    28
    Location:
    Jodhpur
    6. Intel Gigabit LAN solution.
    [​IMG]

    7. The ITE IT8686E chip provides the super I/O functions, such as fan control and system monitoring
    [​IMG]

    8. AORUS equipped this board with ALC 1220 120dB SNR HD Audio codec at the heart of the audio solution.
    [​IMG]

    ALC1220 120dB(A) SNR HD Audio with Smart Headphone Amp, it automatically detects impedance of your head-worn audio device, preventing issues such as low volume and distortion. New VB series audio controller streams your voice to the world vibrantly with both front/rear microphone SNR up to 110/114dB(A) along with premium quality CHEMI-CON audio capacitors for a warmer sound.
    [​IMG]

    A semi-transparent line on motherboard separates the whole audio section from the rest of the board in order to minimize interference. So licensing under Stereo mode produces high audio quality with excellent dynamic range.
    [​IMG]

    RightMark Audio Analyzer (RMAA) suite is used for testing AORUS High Definition audio against Asus Xonar U7 External Sound card. You can see clearly the difference between Noise level, dynamic rang and Total harmonic distortion percentage produced by AORUS High Definition audio.
    [​IMG]

    RMAA Asus Xonar U7
    [​IMG]

    RMAA AORUS Audio
    [​IMG]

    9. Intel H370 Chipset.
    [​IMG]

    10. AORUS uses MXIC MX 2SL12873F a capacity of 128 Mb for storing UEFI BIOS.
    [​IMG]



    Testing
    CPU - Intel Core i7 8700K
    Board - AORUS H370 Gaming 3 WiFi
    RAM - 4 X 4GB Dominator DDR4 3000Mhz
    HDD - Seagate 2TB FireCuda SSHD
    SSD - Corsair Force GT 240 SSD
    Cooler - Cooler Master Masterliquid Pro 280
    GFX - AORUS RX 570
    PSU - Cooler Master V1200

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]


    BIOS
    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]


    Bundled Softwares
    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]


    Benchmarks
    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]

    Power Consumption
    Wattage reading as per displayed by APC Pro 1000VA (Model no. BR1000G-IN) UPS.
    [​IMG]

    Pros
    • Nice Features
    • Great RGB support
    • Integrated Intel Wireless-AC 9560 802.11ac Wave2
    • Five Hybrid Fan Pin Headers
    • Good value for money
    • Nice Audio

    Cons
    • Nil

    Conclusion

    AORUS has one again introduced a great motherboard for people looking for Intel Coffee lake update but are not interested in all the overclocking features that Z370 chipset provided. Actually till date Z370 chipset based motherboards were the only options for Intel’s 8th Generation processors.

    The AORUS H370 Gaming 3 WiFi motherboard is offering all the latest features like Intel Optane, Dual Ultra-Fast M.2 with PCIe Gen3 X4/X2 and new Integrated Intel Wireless-AC 9560 802.11ac Wave2 along with RGB FUSION with Multi-Zone Digital LED Light Show design. But the best part is now Intel H370 chipset supports Intel® RST SATA RAID with Intel’s 8th Generation processing power, make AORUS H370 Gaming 3 WiFi motherboard most suitable for budget workstation or development type system build .

    Manufacturers Info

    Site Link

    Source / More info

    Thanks.
     
    Nerevarine likes this.
  3. Nerevarine

    Nerevarine Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Feb 6, 2011
    Messages:
    5,832
    Likes Received:
    128
    Trophy Points:
    63
    Location:
    Pune
    Well done dude, big fan of your reviews.
    Do you do SBC reviews, like Raspberry Pi 3 B+
     
  4. ULTRON 17

    ULTRON 17 Member

    Joined:
    Oct 8, 2014
    Messages:
    50
    Likes Received:
    7
    Trophy Points:
    8
    Excellent Review dude. :clap2::clap2::doogone:
    But u tell me why the Ram is running on 2127 mhz. in stead of 3000 mhz mentiond above.
     
  5. OP
    OP
    rakesh_sharma23

    rakesh_sharma23 Active Member

    Joined:
    Dec 22, 2008
    Messages:
    266
    Likes Received:
    86
    Trophy Points:
    28
    Location:
    Jodhpur
    Intel H370 chipset dont support XMP profiles or Memory OC.. so maximum support for DDR4 2666/2400/2133 MHz memory modules.

    Following is the maximum frequency i had with this board.
    [​IMG]
     
  6. ULTRON 17

    ULTRON 17 Member

    Joined:
    Oct 8, 2014
    Messages:
    50
    Likes Received:
    7
    Trophy Points:
    8
    Thanks
     

Share This Page