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GA-AB350-Gaming 3 vs MSI B350M GAMING PRO

Is is worth the few more bucks? I don't have the best headset in the world so if there is a slight difference in sound I might not notice it. I plan on using it with a Ryzen 5 1600 and two 8gb ram sticks. If you need more details please let me know.
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    Erat999 said:
    Is is worth the few more bucks? I don't have the best headset in the world so if there is a slight difference in sound I might not notice it. I plan on using it with a Ryzen 5 1600 and two 8gb ram sticks. If you need more details please let me know.


    It really depends on your priorities as to the ports/connections and features of what each motherboard offers.

    Whichever motherboard you choose between the Gigabyte AB350 Gaming 3 and the MSI B350M Gaming Pro, you'd get the following similar features:

    Both support overclocking the Ryzen 5 1600 CPU
    Both have 1x M.2 socket
    Both have 2x PCIe2.0 x1 slots
    Both use Realtek RTL8111 LAN controller
    Both have 1x USB3.0 (19-pin) internal header and 2x USB2.0 (9-pin) internal headers
    Both have 1x 4-pin RGB LED strip header
    Both have Debug LEDs (CPU, DRAM, VGA, and BOOT)
    Both require a 24-pin ATX power cable and an 8-pin EPS/ATX12V power cable from your PSU
    Both have a Black + Red color scheme

    However, at current prices, the $20 difference between the cheaper MSI and the more expensive Gigabyte is evident due to the following major differences:

    Gigabyte has 7 (4 + 3) power phases | MSI has only 5 (3 + 2) power phases
    Gigabyte has 4x RAM slots (up to 64GB capacity) | MSI has only 2x RAM slots (up to 32GB)
    Gigabyte has 1x PCIe3.0 x16 + 2x PCIe2.0 x16 slots (runs at x16/x4/x1) | MSI only has 1x PCIe3.0 x16 slot
    Gigabyte can support multi-GPU (2-way CrossFire) | MSI only supports single GPU
    Gigabyte has 6x SATA 6Gb/s ports | MSI has only 4x SATA 6Gb/s ports
    Gigabyte uses Realtek ALC1220 audio codec | MSI uses only Realtek ALC887 audio codec
    Gigabyte has 5x 3.5mm audio jacks at rear panel | MSI has only 3x 3.5mm audio jacks at rear panel
    Gigabyte has a total of 7x USB ports at rear panel | MSI has a total of 6x USB ports at rear panel
    Gigabyte has 2x USB3.1 (Type-A) + 4x USB3.0 + 1x USB2.0 | MSI has no USB3.1 (only 4x USB3.0 + 2x USB2.0)
    Gigabyte has a total of 5x 4-pin fan headers | MSI has only a total of 3x 4-pin fan headers
    Gigabyte has DualBIOS (exclusive Gigabyte feature) | MSI has none
    Gigabyte is ATX-sized | MSI is only mATX-sized
    Gigabyte has customizable RGB ambient LED lighting | MSI has only Red ambient LED lighting

    So, specs-for-specs, the Gigabyte is the better motherboard, and the above differences in features are what you get for the additional $20. If the above ports/connections and features are of a priority to you, then, by all means, get the Gigabyte. If not, then, the MSI can suffice.
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    Erat999 said:
    Is is worth the few more bucks? I don't have the best headset in the world so if there is a slight difference in sound I might not notice it. I plan on using it with a Ryzen 5 1600 and two 8gb ram sticks. If you need more details please let me know.


    It really depends on your priorities as to the ports/connections and features of what each motherboard offers.

    Whichever motherboard you choose between the Gigabyte AB350 Gaming 3 and the MSI B350M Gaming Pro, you'd get the following similar features:

    Both support overclocking the Ryzen 5 1600 CPU
    Both have 1x M.2 socket
    Both have 2x PCIe2.0 x1 slots
    Both use Realtek RTL8111 LAN controller
    Both have 1x USB3.0 (19-pin) internal header and 2x USB2.0 (9-pin) internal headers
    Both have 1x 4-pin RGB LED strip header
    Both have Debug LEDs (CPU, DRAM, VGA, and BOOT)
    Both require a 24-pin ATX power cable and an 8-pin EPS/ATX12V power cable from your PSU
    Both have a Black + Red color scheme

    However, at current prices, the $20 difference between the cheaper MSI and the more expensive Gigabyte is evident due to the following major differences:

    Gigabyte has 7 (4 + 3) power phases | MSI has only 5 (3 + 2) power phases
    Gigabyte has 4x RAM slots (up to 64GB capacity) | MSI has only 2x RAM slots (up to 32GB)
    Gigabyte has 1x PCIe3.0 x16 + 2x PCIe2.0 x16 slots (runs at x16/x4/x1) | MSI only has 1x PCIe3.0 x16 slot
    Gigabyte can support multi-GPU (2-way CrossFire) | MSI only supports single GPU
    Gigabyte has 6x SATA 6Gb/s ports | MSI has only 4x SATA 6Gb/s ports
    Gigabyte uses Realtek ALC1220 audio codec | MSI uses only Realtek ALC887 audio codec
    Gigabyte has 5x 3.5mm audio jacks at rear panel | MSI has only 3x 3.5mm audio jacks at rear panel
    Gigabyte has a total of 7x USB ports at rear panel | MSI has a total of 6x USB ports at rear panel
    Gigabyte has 2x USB3.1 (Type-A) + 4x USB3.0 + 1x USB2.0 | MSI has no USB3.1 (only 4x USB3.0 + 2x USB2.0)
    Gigabyte has a total of 5x 4-pin fan headers | MSI has only a total of 3x 4-pin fan headers
    Gigabyte has DualBIOS (exclusive Gigabyte feature) | MSI has none
    Gigabyte is ATX-sized | MSI is only mATX-sized
    Gigabyte has customizable RGB ambient LED lighting | MSI has only Red ambient LED lighting

    So, specs-for-specs, the Gigabyte is the better motherboard, and the above differences in features are what you get for the additional $20. If the above ports/connections and features are of a priority to you, then, by all means, get the Gigabyte. If not, then, the MSI can suffice.


    Cheers mate, this will make my choice easier!
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