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GIGABYTE AX370-Gaming 5 (AMD X370) Motherboard Review

By: Steven Bassiri | Socket AM4 in Motherboards | Posted: Mar 28, 2017 3:40 am
TweakTown Rating: 93%Manufacturer: GIGABYTE

Packaging and Overview

 

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GIGABYTE's box design is identical to their Intel mainstream motherboards. The box and packaging are done well enough so that the motherboard is protected in transit.

 

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The accessory package includes four SATA6Gb/s cables, RGBW extension cables, two external temperature sensors, SLI_HB bridge, IO shield, Aorus Velcro cable ties, G-Connector, SATA cable labels, Aorus case badge, driver DVD, and manual.

 

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GIGABYTE offers eight fan headers circled in red; they are all auto sensing DC/PWM mode headers and all support 2A of current. I like the fan wars going on right now; it seems that the consumer ends up winning in the end. The motherboard also offers two external temperature sensor inputs, and you select between those two and multiple built-in temperature sensors as the reference for the fans. Full GUI control over the fans is available in the UEFI and Windows.

 

The Aorus color theme is easy to match, since white matches most colors, and RGB LEDs can be used to overpower the default color theme of the motherboard. GIGABYTE used a lot of RGB LEDs built into the motherboard, so if you like RGBs, you will like this motherboard. The backside of the motherboard is bare of many components.

 

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The rear IO panel features PS/2 Keyboard/Mouse, two USB 3.0 DAC-UP2 ports (yellow), four USB 3.0 ports, three USB 3.1 type-A ports, one USB 3.1 type-C port, HDMI, Intel Gbit LAN, Killer Gbit LAN, and 7.1 audio outputs with S/PDIF optical.

 

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The PCI-E layout is very similar to that of most other Ryzen motherboards. The first and second x16 PCI-E 3.0 slots are wired so that they can operate at x16/x0 or x8/x8. The last x16 slot is wired to the chipset and offers PCI-E 2.0, and shares its x4 of bandwidth with the three x1 PCI-E 2.0 slots.

 

The PCI-E x16 slots are reinforced with a metal shroud so that heavy GPUs do not damage the slot. There are eight SATA 6Gb/s ports, four of which double as two SATA Express ports. There is also a U.2 port.

 

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The U.2 port and M.2 port share x4 PCI-E 3.0 from the CPU, and operate at 32Gb/s. Two internal USB 3.0 headers site below the 24-pin connector and utilize USB 3.0 DAC-UP 2, which allows you to control power to the USB ports to either turn them on or increase power over defaults for longer cables.

 

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GIGABYTE/Aorus's accent strip is an example of well executed RGB LED use, it's not offensive to the eyes, and it diffuses the light evenly illuminating the pattern in the acrylic strip. OC features are also present; there is an OC button, a power button, a clear CMOS button, and a reset button. The reset button is the white one.

 

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A POST code display can be found at the bottom of the motherboard next to two USB 2.0 internal headers. The motherboard also has boot LEDs, located to the right of the POST code display. Aorus is currently offering RGBW headers, which are backward compatible with RGB strips. RGBW adds an extra pin for a dedicated white LED on the strip.

 

A switch for manually choosing which of the two BIOS ROMs is present, as is a switch to disable the Dual BIOS recovery feature. If you are wondering what LED DEMO does, it's for an external power input to illuminate the LED capabilities of the motherboard without actually having to power it; it's more for internal use.

 

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GIGABYTE also provides a normal RGB header, most likely to be used with AMD's Wraith coolers that have built in RGB LEDs. The heat sinks are all screwed into the motherboard.

 

The heat sinks and shields are all screwed into the motherboard.

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