COLORFUL B360M-HD PRO V20 Motherboard Review

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Starting up a build in Intel's launch of Coffee Lake back in 2017 was only met with Z370-chipset motherboards that options were somewhat limiting if you're planning to start a build during its early days. Thankfully, that's not the case anymore as we now have more chipsets that support Coffee Lake CPUs. With that said, COLORFUL sent us their C.B360M-HD PRO V20 motherboard for us to test out, and we’re eager to see what it's all about.




PACKAGING


The COLORFUL B360M-HD V20 PRO motherboard is on fire when it comes to packaging. It’s one of the most well-designed ones that we’ve come across. That boxart is quite artful if I do say so myself.


Once you open up the package, you’ll be met with the B360 motherboard itself together with the usual inclusions – the IO shield, 1 SATA cable, product manual, and a disk driver. Nothing special here, really. Just the usual stuff.

DESIGN


COLORFUL designs the B360M-HD PRO V20 motherboard with the right amount of aesthetics if I do say so myself. The black matte PCB with a bit of edgy flair is simply gorgeous to look at, and the touch of COLORFUL’s logo is done tastefully.


Moving forward, you’ll get four SATA ports for storage options, and sitting beside it are two USB headers together with the front panel and USB 3.0 header. Back panel options are also basic – you’ll get four USB 3.0 ports, two PS2 ports, an Ethernet port, VGA, DVI, and HDMI ports, and audio ports.  There’s also an M.2 slot here under the CPU socket. Moving further down below there’s one PCI-E 3.0 x16 slot and one PCI-E  3.0x1 slot.


PERFORMANCE

The COLORFUL C.B360M-HD PRO V20 is easily within the realm of affordable B360-chipset motherboard offerings, and for today’s testing we’ve gone ahead and built quite a pair together with Intel’s Pentium G5400 and MSI’s GeForce GTX 1050 2G OC.



CINEBENCH 

MAXON's CINEBENCH is a real-world cross platform test suite that tests out a computer's performance capabilities. It's an industry standard tool for benchmarking based on MAXON's award-winning animation software Cinema 4D.


3DMark Time Spy 

3DMark Time Spy is a DirectX 12 benchmark test for Windows 10 gaming PCs. Time Spy is one of the first DirectX 12 apps to be built the right way from the ground up to fully realize the performance gains that the new API offers. With its Extreme counterpart rendering visuals in 4K.


3DMark Firestrike

Fire Strike is a showcase DirectX 11 benchmark for modern gaming PCs. Its ambitious real-time graphics are rendered with detail and complexity far beyond other DirectX 11 benchmarks and games. With Extreme and Ultra versions raising resolution in 25650 x 1440 and 4K.


wPrime

wPrime is an industry standard benchmarking tool that test out a processor's performance by calculating square roots with a recursive call of Newton's method of estimating functions.


AIDA64 Memory Benchmark Tool

AIDA64 comes with a memory benchmark tool that tests out the read, write, copy, and latency of the system memory. latency is measured and recorded.


WINRAR Benchmark Tool

WINRAR has a built-in benchmark toolthat tests out the compression performance of the system that outputs a resulting speed in KB/s to index performance.


Super Pi

Super PI is a single threaded benchmark that calculates pi to a specific number of digits. Results in 32M tests are recorded.



AS SSD

AS SSD is a benchmark tool that reads and writes a 1GByte file as well as randomly chosen 4K blocks. This is done to test out the motherboard's M.2 storage controller.


Power Consumption

The power consumption is tested out first in the system's idle state, and load through AIDA 65's System Stability Test, which are then recorded with a watt-meter.


CONCLUSION

Starting up a build this time of the year opens us up with plenty of options to go for, the same with the COLORFUL B360M-HD PRO V20 motherboard. Its affordable price tag of around $80 definitely sets you up with a nice upgrade path without breaking the bank, especially if you start with something small like what we did with the Pentium G5400 and GTX 1050 combo.

If you're looking for a motherboard to kickstart a build, the COLORFUL B360M-HD PRO V20 presents itself as a great starter that spells more savings for other components in your setup.


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