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Conclusions

The coming of the new AM4 platform from AMD heated the competition between the main CPU manufacturers. The AM4 socket promises to be interesting from entry computers to high-end systems.

In this platform the B350 chipset is the mid-range model, being the obvious choice for a mid-range motherboard like the Gigabyte AB350-Gaming 3, that actually comes with all the features most of the users will need, like six SATA-600, six USB 3.0 and two USB 3.1 ports. The high-end audio codec and the programmable RGB lights are the highlights of this motherboard.

One of this motherboard’s biggest limitations is actually a chipset limitation: the slot configuration. It brings only one PCI Express 3.0 x16, which makes it a good choice only for systems with a single video card. ┬áThe fact it doesn’t bring any other PCI Express 3.0 slot (also a chipset limitation) can be a problem if you want to use a PCI Express 3.0 x4 SSD that uses the add-on card form factor. However, there is support for PCI Express 3.0 x4 M.2 SSDs. We also missed at least one type C USB port.

Anyway, if you want to build a computer based on an AM4 CPU, and will not use more than one video card, the Gigabyte AB350-Gaming 3 is a good choice.