GIGABYTE AORUS AX370 GAMING 5 AM4 AMD X370 Ryzen Series ATX Motherboard Review



RGB lighting has become a staple with most enthusiast grade hardware these days. You can customize the RGB lighting through GIGABYTES new RGB fusion app, found in the App Center. You can use this app, among others through GIGABYTEs APP Center. Using the RGB Fusion software, you can customize your motherboard with 16.8 million colors. The X370 GAMING 5 has 6 programmable sections in which you can set different colors and effects. Speaking of which, there are 7 different lighting effects. The effects are Pulse, Static, Flash, Color Cycle, Intelligent and Music. You can also save 3 different profiles in memory. You can also import and export additional profiles.

The RGB fusion software has 2 settings, basic and advanced.

In the advanced mode, you can sit each zone on the motherboard separately. The six different zones are shown above.

You can also set the lighting on compatible peripherals.

My G. Skill KM780R is compatible with GIGABYTES RGB fusion software.


Blender is a professional free and open-source 3D computer graphics software product used for creating animated films, visual effects, art, 3D printed models, interactive 3D applications and video games.

The results with blender were very impressive. Our 1800x rendered the above picture in 22.84 seconds.

Here is the render time using a 5960x running at 4.6 GHz. Over 8 seconds slower than the 1800x on the AORUS x370 GAMING 5.

PassMark Performance Test 9

PassMark Performance Test 9 is an easy to use, PC speed testing and benchmarking. PassMark Performance Test allows you to objectively benchmark a PC using a variety of different speed tests and compare the results to other computers.

  • Find out if your PC is performing at its best.
  • Compare the performance of your machine to similar machines.
  • Measure the effect of configuration changes and upgrades.
  • Avoid paying big bucks for poor performance.
  • Make objective independent measurements on which to base your purchasing decision. You can also import and export additional profiles.

The Passmark rating on the X370 GAMING 5 with the 1800x was 5571.

Super PI Modded 1.5

Super PI is popular with the overclocking community and enthusiasts, both as a benchmark to test the performance of these systems and as a stress test to check that they are still functioning correctly. The program was written by D.Takahashi in collaboration with Dr.Y.Kanada. The current world record for calculating PI was set in 1995 when a supercomputer, at Tokyo University, calculated PI to 4,294,960,000 decimal points.

To calculate pi to 32 million decimal points, it took 9 minutes and 4.241 seconds.


HandBrake is a free and open-source video transcoder, originally developed in 2003 by Eric Petit to make ripping a film from a DVD to a data storage device easier. Essentially, it can convert video to almost any modern format. HandBrake is available for Linux, macOS, and Windows. The workload video file is a ~6.27 GB, 3840 x 1714, 73.4 Mbps, 24fps, H.264, .mov video file that is transcoded to a ~1480 MB, 1920×858, ~17.1 Mbps, 24fps, H.264, .mp4 video file.

The 1800x encoded the 12:14 second video in 5 minutes and 59 seconds.

Fritz Chess

Developed in the early 1990s, Fritz Chess is a benchmark where a computer-generated game of chess is played out. Since then, it has had several updates. The most recent being Fritz 15, released in November of 2015. This benchmark uses the CPU to calculate each move and is a great CPU benchmark

The 1800x ran the Fritz benchmark a relative speed of 32.52 and 15610 kilo nodes per second.

Cinebench R15

Based on MAXON’s award-winning animation software Cinema 4D, CINEBENCH is a real-world cross platform test suite that evaluates your computer’s performance capabilities. It has both the single thread and full performance test for your CPU, as well as an Open-GL test for your GPU. Cinebench R15 is one of the most widely used benchmarks used to test the performance. It puts the CPU under 100% load, but only for a very short time. Its gives a good baseline for your CPU. However, I wouldn’t use it for testing the stability of an overclock. I ran Cinebench with the CPU was overclocked to 4.041 GHz. The first run gave me an overall score of 1742 cb with a single thread of 161 cb. Out of curiosity, I also ran Cinebench R15 with AMDs SMT, or simultaneous multithreading disabled. To my surprise, the 1800x still scored 1213 cb with SMT off.

The Ryzen 7 1800s scored overall, 1742 CB and a single core score of 161 CB. That’s an impressive score. Especially since our 5960x @ 4.85 GHz scored 1790 CB. The 1800x score was slightly lower, but at a clock speed of only 4.041 GHz.

Even with SMT disabled, the 1800x still achieved a score of 1213 CB. Not bad at all.


This benchmark shows a rating in MIPS (million instructions per second). The rating value is calculated from the measured speed, and it is normalized with results of Intel Core 2 CPU with multi-threading option switched off. So, if you have modern CPU from Intel or AMD, rating values in single-thread mode must be close to real CPU frequency. There are two tests, compression with LZMA method and decompression with LZMA method. Once the total passes reach 100, the score is taken.

It took the 1800X 24 minutes and 5 seconds to reach 100 passes on the 7-zip benchmark test.


Written by Alexander J. Lee, y-cruncher, (y for gamma) is a number crunching program that can compute various mathematical constants. Originally, it was a small program specialized for computing the Euler-Mascheroni Constant. (Which uses gamma as its symbol, hence the name). It has since gained the ability to compute other constants. It is the first of its kind that is multi-threaded and scalable to multi-core systems. Since it first launched in 2009, it has become a favorite benchmarking and stress-testing application for PC enthusiasts.

We tested using the built-in benchmarks to compute Pi to 1 Billion Digits.

The total computation time was 99.416 seconds in Y-Cruncher.

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