GIGABYTE AORUS AX370 GAMING 5 AM4 AMD X370 Ryzen Series ATX Motherboard Review: Page 4 of 11
Posted by Paul Malfy on Friday, April 7, 2017 - 8:00am
A Closer Look
There is no denying that the X370 GAMING 5 is a beautiful motherboard. The X370 GAMING 5 looks very similar to the Z270X GAMING 5. The main difference being the AM4 socket and X370 Chipset. However, the designs are almost identical with the new AORUS branding, a black, white and silver color scheme. This board supports all current Ryzen 7 processors. It will also support all upcoming Ryzen 5 and 3 processors, as well as all upcoming APUs. This is why there is a single HDMI 1.4 port on the I/O. The yellow USB 3.1 ports also feature USB DAC-UP 2. This provides clean, isolated and low-noise power while adding the ability to compensate for voltage drop.
The AORUS X370 GAMING 5 also features dual Gigabit LAN ports. One being the Killer E2500 gaming network in the other in Intel gigabit LAN. The Killer E2500 is a high-performance, adaptive gigabit Ethernet controller that offers better online gaming in media performance compared to standard Ethernet controllers. The Intel gigabit LAN is the most popular choice with gamers and deliver several performance-enhancing features such as advanced and direct handling and jumble frame support for extra-large data packages.
The I/O also features a single USB 3.1 gen 2 type C, 3 USB 3.1 gen 2 type A, 6 USB 3.1 gen 1 Type A, 2 Ethernet ports, a single SPDIF out, 5 x 3.5 mm jacks and a single PS2 port for legacy keyboards and mice. The AORUS X370 GAMING 5 features AMP-UP AUDIO with high-end audio capacitors. It also features dual ALC1220 Codecs and a high-performance multi-channel high-definition Audio Codec with 120dB surround sound. Other audio features include Smart Headphone AMP, 114dB SNR and hardware decoding of DSD128. This guarantees you the best possible audio quality from your computer.
Along with 8 x SATA 6 ports and two SATA express, the x370 GAMING 5 offers a single M.2 (SATA 6 or NVME PCIe Gen 3 X4) port and a single U.2 (NVME PCIe Gen 3 X4). The M.2 slot can fit an M.2 drive up to 22110, 22mm wide and 110 mm long. This allows you to use both SATA and PCIe based M.2 drives with the X370 GAMING 5.
The AORUS X370 GAMING 5 features a 6+4 phase power delivery design equipped with 4th gen. IR digital power controllers and 3rd gen. PowIRstage ICs featuring Isense technology. This helps evenly distribute the thermal loading between the PowerIRstage® ICs, preventing the overheating of each individual PowerIRstage®, giving your motherboard longer life, and better stability. For those who don’t use a speaker on your motherboard, there are diagnostic LEDs on the motherboard. These onboard LEDs are controlled by the BIOS and indicate if there is a malfunction with one of the major components. These components include CPU, RAM, graphics cards, or storage drives.
The AORUS X370 GAMING 5 has dual Gigiabut LANs. One the Killer E2500 Gaming Network, the other the Intel Gigabit LAN.
The I/O consists of a single PS/2 port, 1 x HDMI port, 1 x USB 3.1 gen 3 Type-C, 3 x USB 3.1 Gen 2, 6 x USB 3.1 Gen 1 ports, 2 x RJ-45 LAN ports, 1 x optical S/PDIF Out connector and 5 x 3.5mm audio jacks.
The CPU is powered by a single 8-pin CPU connection.
To the right of the IO, there is a single 8-pin CPU power connector, next to and above the two heatsinks for cooling the 6+4-phase power delivery system on the X370 GAMING 5. Below the top heatsink is the AM4 socket that supports all Ryzen 3, 5, and 7 CPU and their upcoming APUs as well.
This board can handle up to 64 gb of DDR4 up to 3200 MHz.
This board has 8 x SATA 6 and 2 x SATA EXPRESS.
The X370 GAMING 5 has a single U.2 connector.
There is a total of 2 front USB 3.0 headers, with support for 4 USB 3 ports in the front I/O.
The board is a power button on the board, as well as an OC button.
The X370 GAMING 5 has a 6+4 phase power delivery.
The AMP-UP audio uses high-end audio capacitors.
The AX370 GAMING 5 has a single PCIe gen 3 x4 M.2 slot.
The board can support up to an M.2 22110 form factor drive.
The PCIe slots are armored to reinforce the slots. This helps prevent heavy graphics cards from sagging.
Not only are the PCIe slots armored to prevent cards from sagging, but they have a double locking bracket for better retention. The armor make the retention up to 3.2 times stronger than the average PCIe slot. The first lock being near the front of the PCI slot, the second lock being near the back where it traditionally is. The DIMM slots are also armored.
This is a bios board and here are the bio switches.
Board has a single RGBW header, for RGB fusion compatible LED strips.
Here are the 2 BIOS chips, and an additional RGB LED header.
You see several of the 8 hybrid fan headers the board has to offer.
This board supports two-way crossfire and two-way SLI.
Around the socket is the preinstalled AM4 mounting bracket. Many companies have put out adapters for cooling solutions such as Cooler Master for their Hyper 212 Evo. However, many other companies are putting them out as well. This board can handle up to 64 GB of RAM running at 3200 MHz. That being said, I was not able to run my RAM past 2400 MHz. This is not the fault of the board, but rather the processor. I’m sure this will be ironed out in with future updates. Next to before DIMM slots is your standard 24-pin connector.
To the far right of board, you find a swappable LED overlay. This overlay can be swapped out for different designs. Going down the right side of the board, you find two front USB 3.0 connections. Directly beneath USB 3.0 connections is a single U.2 connector. Next to the U.2 connector are the 2 SATA Express and 8 SATA 6 ports. To the left of the SATA ports is the heatsink for the chipset. Beside the chipset are the 3 x PCIe x16 slots. One running in PCIe x16, one in PCIe x8 and the third running in PCIex4. There are also 3 PCIe x 1 slots. In between the top two PCIe slots is a single M.2 slot. This slot supports both SATA M.2 drives and PCIe Gen 3 X4 M.2 drives. The board has support for up to Type 22110 drives.
Here you see a shot of the back of the board.
This motherboard has a swappable LED overlay, next to the 24-pin connector.
Along the bottom of the board, from right to left we start with the front panel connections. This board also offers GIGABYTE's G-Connector. The G-Connector is a small plastic clip you can plug the front panel connectors into. This allows you to plug them all in as one plug saving time and frustration while attaching the front panel connections. Directly next to the front panel connections are 3 of the 8 hybrid fan headers this board has to offer. Next you find the postcode LED indicator. If the board fails to post, the error code will appear on this LED indicator in the form of letters and/or numbers. Next you find 2 USB 2.0 headers, and TMP connection. An RGBW header for connecting RGB Fusion compatible LED strips. Next are 2 BIOS switches, and LED Demo header and the HD Audio connector for the front panel audio jacks.
Like the PCIe slots, the DIMMs are also reinforced.
The X370 GAMING 5 has the on the AM4 socket.
Around the power delivery is one of the 6 RGB zones on the motherboard.
The AORUS logo is above the I/O.
The power delivery has heatsinks to help with heat dissipation.