This mid-priced motherboard is designed for gaming, so it’s no surprise that the box comes with Aorus branding. That’s the name used by Gigabyte for its high-performance products, and it carries a certain weight of expectation in terms of features and benchmarks.
Much like the Gigabyte Z270X GAMING 7 motherboard, the GAMING 5 model is an aesthetically pleasing platform fitted with the latest that technology can house like up-to 4000+ MHz XMP DDR4 memory, the fastest NVMe PCIe and M.2. storage unit support, lacking is an expensive 40 gb/s Thunderbolt chip and for this model the audio solution was dropped to ALC 1220, which is still a pretty awesome one to be honest. The Z270X GAMING 5 also comes with two physical M.2. slot, and combined with an PCIe M2 storage unit you could even set these up in RAID0 (albeit RAID is a bit of a thing of the past for consumers ever since SSDs emerged.
With the Z270X-Gaming 5, GIGABYTE included a variety of fan headers and temperature sensors normally only seen on the higher-end motherboards. They integrated temperature sensors into the CPU socket, VRMs, and chipset. Additionally, there are monitored fan headers spread throughout the board's surface, all supporting high current devices (fans or water pumps).
GIGABYTE supercharged the USB 3.1 ports integrated into the Z270X-Gaming 5, using an ASMedia 2142 controller chip. This controller chipset offers up to 16Gb/s bandwidth (PCIe 3 x2) per port instead of the 10Gb/s bandwidth (PCIe 2 x2) normally available via USB 3.1 Gen 2 connections.
The third PCIe x16 slot and the bottom M.2 slot (M2P_32G) share four lanes from the Z270 chipset. With no M.2 drive installed there, the third slot gets all four lanes. Install a PCIe x2 storage device in the bottom M.2 slot, and the third slot will still get two lanes to work with. A typical NVMe drive and its PCIe 3.0 x4 connection will deactivate the bottom PCIe 3.0 slot.
The first and second PCIe x1 slots each get one lane from the Z270 chipset. The third PCIe x1 slot shares its connectivity with one of the board's SATA ports. Now is as good a time as any to talk about how the Gaming 5 allocates PCIe lanes to its storage devices, so let's get to it.
Elsewhere, the design is a mix of monochrome. The rear IO and audio circuit is covered by a large, eye-catching white shield, while the southbridge has a chunk of black metal with a metallic Aorus logo on top. This board can’t match the huge, metal design of the top Asus models, but it remains one of the loudest on the market.
This board’s concentration on gaming means that it performed well in the 3D Mark Fire Strike benchmark. Its score of 6827 is towards the top of the table when it comes to Intel motherboards, and it’s only 17 points behind the top-scoring product – and that kind of slim margin won’t be noticeable in games.
- Review Price: £163.00
- ATX Form Factor
- Intel Z270 Chipset
- Intel LGA 1151 socket
- 4 x 4133MHz DDR4, maximum 64GB
- 3 x PCI-E x16, 3 x PCI-E x1
- 4 x USB 3.1, 1 x USB 3.1 Type-A, 1 x USB 3.1 Type-C, 2 x USB 2, 1 x PS/2, 2 x Gigabit Ethernet, 1 x DisplayPort, 1 x HDMI, 5 x audio, 1 x optical S/PDIF
- 1 x U.2, 2 x M.2, 3 x SATA Express, 6 x SATA 3
- 4x SLI and 4x CrossFire support
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