The AMD X370 chipset provides a decent amount of IO expansion over the basics provided by the CPU. Most notably, the X370 chipset offers two USB 3.1 ports, which is a first for a platform chipset. The CPU will provide extra USB and storage, and the chipset compliments it. The X370 chipset is also one of only two that provides multi-GPU capabilities such as SLI or CrossFireX for your Ryzen CPU.
By taking a closer look, the GA-AX370 GAMING 5 ATX highlights multiple expansion slots consisting of two PCI-Express 3.0 x16 slots, one PCI-Express 2.0 x16 slot and three PCI-Express 2.0 x1 slots. In terms of storage, the motherboard does not offer the best options as it provides a single NVMe M.2 and U.2 connector and has prioritized SATA connectors (2 SATA Express and 8 SATA 6 Gb/s connectors) over an additional PCI-e x4/x2 M.2 connector that would have been much more appreciated. However, GIGABYTE has given a lot of thought and consideration for temperature control with the Smart Fan 5 which consists of 8 on board hybrid fan/watercooling headers, 9 temperature sensors and an interactive user interface for fan control. Lastly, it would be waste not to mention the on board acoustics that highlights two Realtek ALC1220 codecs paired with Creative’s Sound Blaster X-Fi MB5 software resulting in high definition audio.
- Lithium Battery Energy Content: 1 Watt Hours
- Motherboard type: DDR4
- Smart fan
- 5 HDMI outputs
The Gigabyte Aorus AX370-Gaming 5 motherboard includes all the features you demand on a modern motherboard. If storage options are your main focus, the AX370-Gaming 5 includes support for up to six SATA 6GB/s drives (which includes dual SATA Express ports), a single M.2 or U.2 slots, USB 3.1 Gen 1 and USB 3.1 Gen 2. Networking they have you covered as well, by implementing an Intel GbE NIC and a Killer E2500 GbE NIC. Memory support is provided by four DDR4 slots, allowing for up to 3200MHz memory in both ECC and non-ECC modules. Audio is supported by the dual Realtek ALC1220 7.1 audio codecs with support for Sound Blaster X-Fi MB5.
With an overwhelming amount of features and functionality, the GA-AX370 GAMING 5 ATX can reasonably be classified as a premium motherboard among the market. Some minor changes that would have been perfect include multiple M.2 connectors at a more convenient location across the board and a heat sink to go with it. Despite that, GIGABYTE really hit the mark with premium sound quality, well-rounded temperature control, a plethora of USB options and remarkable aesthetics supported by lighting and overall design in this motherboard.
The AORUS AX370-Gaming 5 picks up two swords by doubling up on many of its features, including the BIOS, audio codecs, and network options. There are a host of advanced control features ranging from performance related sensors, to aesthetic customisations all tied together by GIGABYTES APP Center software. There are some discrepancies noted in the performances between the PRIME X370 and the AX370-Gaming 5, and the truth is, these differences in performance are likely due to BIOS updates since the time of testing and there has been 2 BIOS updates for the Gaming 5 since initial testing, with the most recent being a few days ago (at time of writing).
This board is rather plain with only slight style elements coming from the shapes of the heat spreaders and back panel cover. But once power is applied, this board is gorgeous. LEDs line the two Gen3 PCIe x16 ports, regulator section, Amp-Up audio, and all four memory DIMM slots. Top it all off with a swappable overlay next to the power connectors and the system just oozes swagger. These locations are strategic and truly engulf any component with system wide color schemes. Tie that in with RGB Fusion and RGBW compatible headers and this system could rival the former Osborne Family Spectacle at Disney World.
Gigabyte has given several of its AM4 X370 motherboards the Aorus treatment. We examine the Aorus AX370-Gaming 5 – a motherboard that features Gigabyte’s Smart Fan 5 system and RGB Fusion LED lighting. Storage geeks will be happy to see the inclusion of M.2 and U.2, as well as 10Gbps USB 3.1 Gen 2, while users looking for a straightforward running process will appreciate Gigabyte’s UEFI-based XMP memory support.
Of All the features the AX370-Gaming 5 motherboard offers, it lacks a front panel 3.1 Gen 2 header. I think many people would be happy to have an additional pair of USB 3.1 Gen 1 (OMG can we go back to just saying USB 3.0) on the rear IO, moving a pair of USB 3.1 Gen 2 to the front, this would give better chassis compatibility, as well as removing that huge cluster of pins which are renowned for being remarkably fragile.
+ Attractive design
+ Customisable RGB LED lighting (can be controlled via mobile app)
+ Excellent performance
+ 8x 4pin hybrid fan headers (including 2x 24W support)
+ Features SATA Express, M.2, and NVMe U.2
+ 10x USB 3.1 ports (including 4x 3.1 Gen 2)
+ Dual ALC 1220 supported by premium Creative technologies
+ Dual Network (Killer E2500 + Intel)
+ Dual Armor DIMM and PCIe Metal Shielding
+ Onboard buttons/controls/indicators
+ Capable overclocker
+ Features onboard pins for an additional RGBW LED strip
+ HDMI 1.4b, (meaning that this is a top tier motherboard that will support the use of an A-Series APU)
- No front panel USB 3.1 Gen 2 connector
- M.2/U.2 share PCIe lanes (meaning only one can be used at a time)
- Locked Base clock
The AORUS AX370-Gaming 5 motherboard shows what the full unadulterated X370 experience is all about. There is an abundance of connectivity and storage options, custom lighting effects, and a near endless list of GIGABYTE exclusive technologies. If there is anything else you can think of that will make a motherboard better, GIGABYTE has added two of them.
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