Testing on a Pi is Raspberry Pi 3 Model B Plus Rev 1.3 - revision a020d3
Download the 'with desktop' version from the site (SHA starts 49a6b8) directly (i.e. not torrent)
SHA - checked fine using Quick Hash for Mac (Version 1.0 (13))
Imaged using Etcher for Mac (Version 1.5.30) with verification on to a Samsung 64Gb class 10 card (not new)
Image verification reported fine
Added blank ssh and my standard (Stretch) wpa_supplicant.conf files to boot via copy / paste
Booted fine in well under a minute
SSH worked fine (raspberry.local) and allows me in - VNC rejected (as expected)
Set password, boot to GUI, enabled VNC, expanded storage and rebooted
VNC - could not show the desktop (known bug - set size in raspi-config to Mode 35) and rebooted - VNC connected fine
Desktop wallpaper changed without me doing anything - changed from the 'road' to the 'temples'
APT update / upgrade updated and upgraded 30 packages
Manual reboot - VNC auto connected fine
Running YouTube full screen (over VNC at HD) @ 720p60 gave me around 70% CPU on all cores - YouTube dropped down to 480p then 360p with no reduction in CPU
Buster ran fine on this Pi 3B+ except for the known VNC quirk and a wallpaper change.