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On Board Peripherals

The AMD B350 chipset is a single-chip solution. This chip offers six SATA-600 ports, supporting RAID (0, 1, and 10). The motherboard comes with those six ports.

Gigabyte AB350-Gaming 3Figure 4: the six SATA-600 ports

The AMD B350 chipset supports six USB 2.0 ports, two USB 3.0 (also called USB 3.1 Gen1) ports, and two USB 3.1 Gen2 ports. There are also four USB 3.0 ports controlled by the CPU.

The Gigabyte AB350-Gaming 3 offers five USB 2.0 ports, one located at the rear panel (low-noise port) and four available through two headers located on the motherboard. There are six USB 3.0 ports, four on the rear panel and two available through a header. There are also two USB 3.1 ports (both Type A).

The Gigabyte AB350-Gaming 3 does not support FireWire or Thunderbolt ports.

This motherboard comes with a high-end audio circuit. It uses a shielded Realtek ALC1220 codec, which offers 7.1 audio with a 120 dBA signal-to-noise ratio at the analog outputs. Unfortunately, no more specs of this codec are available. All the audio section is physically separated from the other circuitry by a line that reduces the interference and helps the audio section to achieve its nominal signal-to-noise ratios. All the capacitors on this circuit are audio models from Chemicon. The analog audio outputs are independent and the motherboard also comes with an on-board optical SPDIF output.

Figure 5 shows the audio section of the motherboard.

Gigabyte AB350-Gaming 3Figure 5: audio section

The portrayed motherboard has one Gigabit Ethernet port, controlled by a Realtek RTL8111G chip.

In Figure 6, you can see the motherboard rear panel with two USB 3.0 ports (blue,) a shared PS/2 keyboard/mouse connector, DVI-D output, HDMI output, one low-noise USB 2.0 port (black,) two USB 3.1 Type A ports (red,)  two USB 3.0 ports (blue,) a Gigabit Ethernet port, optical SPDIF output, and the analog audio jacks.

Gigabyte AB350-Gaming 3Figure 6: motherboard rear panel

The Gigabyte AB350-Gaming 3 has RGB (programmable) LEDs all around the motherboard. It also supports RGB LED ribbons.

In Figure 7, you can see the accessories that come with the Gigabyte AB350-Gaming 3.

Gigabyte AB350-Gaming 3Figure 7: accessories