Gigabyte B450M-DS3H Preview
Category : B450
Published by Luca Rocchi on 09.08.18
With the B450M-DS3H, Gigabyte has a well equipped entry-level motherboard in its portfolio, which comes with a bunch of interesting features. The motherboard sports micro-ATX form factor, four SATA ports and one M.2 connector. Apart from that the B450M-DS3H features a black color scheme. At the moment this model is listed for 74 Euro on Geizhals.





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Specs and Delivery

Chipset AMD B450
Memory Dual Channel DDR4, 4 x DIMM, Max. 64 GB DDR4, 3200 OC, Non-ECC, Un-buffered Memory
Slots
  • 1 x PCIe 3.0 x16 (x16)
  • 1 x PCIe 3.0 x16 (max at x4 mode)
  • 1 x PCIe 3.0/2.0 x1
Audio Realtek ALC887
  • 7.1-Channel High Definition Audio
  • Supports S/PDIF input/output
Storage AMD B450 chipset
  • 4 x SATA3 6Gb/s
  • 1 x M.2 ports
Network
  • Realtek GbE Lan chip
Internal Connectors
  • 1 x 24-pin ATX main power connector
  • 1 x 8-pin ATX 12V power connector
  • 1 x CPU fan header
  • 1 x system fan header
  • 1 x M.2 Socket 3 connector
  • 4 x SATA 6Gb/s connectors
  • 1 x front panel header
  • 1 x front panel audio header
  • 1 x S/PDIF Out header
  • 1 x CPU cooler LED strip/RGB LED strip header
  • 1 x USB 3.1 Gen 1 header
  • 2 x USB 2.0/1.1 headers
  • 1 x Trusted Platform Module (TPM) header
  • 1 x serial port header
  • 1 x Clear CMOS jumper
Extrenal Connectors
  • 1 x PS/2 keyboard/mouse port
  • 1 x DVI-D port
  • 1 x HDMI port
  • 4 x USB 3.1 Gen 1 ports
  • 4 x USB 2.0/1.1 ports
  • 1 x RJ-45 port
  • 3 x audio jacks
Formfactor Micro-ATX (24.4cm x 21.5cm)


  • Gigabyte B450M DS3H
  • Gigabyte B450M DS3H
  • Gigabyte B450M DS3H
  • Gigabyte B450M DS3H



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Features

Smart Fan 5

Gigabyte Smart Fan 5 provides customizable settings for fans that have been attached directly to the onboard fan headers. It allows you to tune your fans automatically or manually, easily allowing you to either configure a silent or a high-airflow system.
 

RGB Fusion

RGB Fusion is an Gigabyte software tool to control the onboard RGB lighting or RGB LED strips that have been connected to the onboard RGB Fusion headers. It allows you to select any color which is in the RGB spectrum and therefore enables users to individualize the looks of their motherboards.
 

M.2 Support

The B450M-DS3H motherboard from Gigabyte features one M.2 slot which is placed between the PCIe slots. This motherboard can be equipped with one 22110 M.2 SSD, where the figures behind the "22" stand for the actual length of the M.2 SSD in millimeter. The slot is connected via four PCIe x4 lanes, offering up to 32 Gbps bandwidth.


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Layout


The Gigabyte B450M-DS3H motherboard comes with a great looking design. The PCB has a matte black finish and the heatsinks feature black covers. As the name suggests, the motherboard comes with micro-ATX form factor. The layout has been well thought and there are plenty of useful features, like four SATA ports and an M.2 Gen 3 x4 slot. The B450M-DS3H is an entry-level motherboard and it's mainly designed for entry-level gaming PCs and office setups.

  • Gigabyte B450M DS3H
  • Gigabyte B450M DS3H
  • Gigabyte B450M DS3H
  • Gigabyte B450M DS3H


The Gigabyte B450M-DS3H comes with a digital 4+3 phase power design. The CPU is backed up by four phases, the other phases are splitted between the iGPU and memory. In general the power design on this board is more than adequate for the job at hand. Since we are talking about an entry-level motherboard, we don't expect any extreme design. Digging a little bit deeper into the details we find a PWM controller that's been labelled ISL95712 from Intersil and ON Semiconductor 4C10N chips.
  • Gigabyte B450M DS3H
  • Gigabyte B450M DS3H
  • Gigabyte B450M DS3H


This board has been equipped with a total of four DIMM-slots. Officially supported is everything up to DDR4-3200. There is enough space between the DIMM-slots and the CPU socket which means that you wont encounter compatibility problems with big coolers even when you choose to install RAM with big heatspreaders. Also supported are Xtreme Memory Profiles (XMP) in version 2.0.



The southbridge as well as the current converters are being held at adequate temperatures via passive heatsinks. The heatsink for the current converters is made from one aluminium block. The southbridge heatsink is quite simple and flat.

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Connectors and I/O


In total, Gigabyte equipped the B450M-DS3H motherboard with four SATA connectors, which have all been placed in the bottom right corner close to the PCIe slots. Furthermore there is a M.2 slot compatible with 22110 units. Having a closer look at the full-sized PCIe slots, we find two PCIe 3.0 x16 and one PCIe 2.0 x1 slot. This model isn't compatible with NVIDIA SLI and AMD CrossFire. Regarding onboard audio there is a Realtek ALC887 solution.

  • Gigabyte B450M DS3H
  • Gigabyte B450M DS3H
  • Gigabyte B450M DS3H
  • Gigabyte B450M DS3H


The Gigabyte B450M-DS3H motherboard features a total of two fan headers, which is enough to provide some fresh air. A closer look at the pictures below shows where they have been placed. All the fan headers feature 4-pin and support PWM functionality. Therefore it's possible to control fan speeds from within Windows as well as the BIOS.

  • Gigabyte B450M DS3H
  • Gigabyte B450M DS3H


Connectors





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Conclusion

Overall   + -
It's quite obvious that the Gigabyte B450M-DS3H is a product where the vendor is aiming for an attractive price point. This motherboard features a great looking design, which has been kept in black. Apart from that there are features like a couple of 4-pin PWM headers and a good storage solution. The Gigabyte B450M-DS3H is currently listed on Geizhals for 74 Euro.  

- Design
- Layout

 
       
Layout   + -
The layout of the Gigabyte B450M-DS3H has been well thought. Since the B450M-DS3H is a budget-oriented solution, it's no surprise that there aren't gaming features like plastic covers or RGB LEDs. Apart from that we like the placement of SATA ports and M.2 slot. In order to keep the price low, Gigabyte has replaced the ALC892 audio chip with the cheaper ALC887.   - Space around the CPU socket - Realtek ALC887


Page 1 - Introduction Page 4 - Layout
Page 2 - Specs and Delivery Page 5 - Connectors and I/O
Page 3 - Features Page 6 - Conclusion