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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

Here are key points about the ASUS AX370-Gaming 5.

 

What's Hot

 

Quality Design: The AX370-Gaming 5 uses decent quality components, especially on the control and power stage side of the VRM, where you get a full International Rectifier solution. GIGABYTE also implemented the correct re-drivers for the USB 3.1 from the X370 chipset. GIGABYTE also added in extra power circuitry for the internal USB 3.0 headers and some of the rear to implement their voltage control scheme for the USB ports.

 

 

USB Variety: GIGABYTE decided to leave the USB 3.1 on the rear IO instead of implementing an internal header, resulting in four USB 3.1 ports on the rear IO. They also have a plethora of USB 3.0 internal headers and rear IO ports, and two internal USB 2.0 headers. If that wasn't enough, GIGABYTE went and added voltage control for the two internal USB 3.0 headers and two rear IO ports so that you can increase or even turn off the power side of the USB ports.

 

Two Audio Codecs: The ALC1220 has an integrated amplifier and 120dB SNR, but only for one output, so GIGABYTE gets around this by doubling the number of audio codecs so the front and rear IO both get the headphone jack that is amplified and can do 120dB SNR.

 

Dual NICs: GIGABYTE made sure to integrate two NICs into the Gaming 5, something that isn't so common among Ryzen motherboards. You get one killer e2500 and an Intel i211AT, and while they can't team, you can use them at the same time.

 

Fan Control: When GIGABYTE launched their Aorus motherboard line, they also heavily revamped and improved fan control. With eight headers that all auto sense PWM/DC mode and support up to 2A of current, you don't really need a fan controller. UEFI control is decent, and GIGABYTE adds in two external temperature probes you can use as a reference, or you can use the list of built-in temperature sensors to control your fans.

 

What's Not

 

No External Clock Gen: GIGABYTE has other X370 based motherboards with a dedicated clock generator to go over the 3200MHz memory mark (based on maximum memory multiplier of 32x), but the AX370-Gaming 5 doesn't have one. However, this might not be a big issue for most people because it's hard enough to go over 3000MHz.

 

 

Final Thoughts

 

GIGABYTE's AX370-Gaming 5 is a high-end Ryzen motherboard equipped with a very healthy serving of features. The motherboard has the fast M.2 slot, a U.2 port, tons of fan headers, extra USB 3.1, USB power control, and an interesting take on getting 120dB SNR amplified audio to the front and rear of the motherboard.

 

The RGB's are also present if that's your cup of tea, and in some areas like the LED strip, they are done tastefully and add aesthetic value to the motherboard.

 

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The motherboard's VRM uses an IR digital solution, and the resulting temperatures are comparable to that of other vendors' high-end products. GIGABYTE's new Aorus brand is all about the high-end, and the AX370-Gaming 5 holds up that appeal and prestige on the AMD side of things.

 

If you are in the market for a well-equipped X370 motherboard with a plethora of useful features, the Aorus AX370-Gaming 5 might be the right fit for you.

Product Summary Breakdown

TweakTown award
Performance91%
Quality94%
Features95%
Value90%
Overall TweakTown Rating93%

The Bottom Line: GIGABYTE's Aorus AX370-Gaming 5 is loaded with the latest features, RGB charisma, and solid quality hardware.

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