Here are key points about the GIGABYTE Z370 AORUS Gaming 5.
Fan Control: The motherboard might not cost as much as its bigger brother, but it does carry the same fan control system. That includes all headers getting PWM/DC mode hybrid support, the ability to reference one of many temperature sources, and a 3A pump header. The motherboard also carries two external temperature sensor headers, and inside the box, you will find two temperature probes.
RGB Lighting and Aesthetics: GIGABYTE is crazy about RGBs and for a good reason; many people actually like RGB LEDs. While the opponents of RGB LEDs are a bit louder than the proponents, many people I talk to in stores and in private actually like them, and I do as well. GIGABYTE has great support for RGB, RGBW, UV, 5v Digital, and 12v Digital RGB LED strips. The motherboard also has many RGB LEDs built into the heat sinks, shields and the side overlay. The side overlay is interchangeable as well and allows you to customize your system to your likes.
Intel NIC and WIFI: The motherboard carries an Intel NIC and an Intel WIFI card, which many users prefer as the brand for their NIC (especially if they virtualize or run a non-Window OS).
USB on Rear IO: We get a wide variety of USB headers on the rear IO, from USB 3.1 to USB 2.0. Aside for USB 3.1 type-A and type-C ports, we get two USB 3.0 ports that have their own dedicated voltage controller (yellow ports). DAC-UP 2 allows users to control the voltage compensation level (for longer USB cables and VR), and to even disable all USB power to those two ports to reduce noise if outputting data to an external audio DAC.
POST-Code Display: Power, reset, OC, and ECO buttons are nice, but they are redundant, but what isn't redundant is the POST code display. The POST code display is one of the most vital tools to diagnosing any boot issues, and at the sub-$200 range we don't expect to see one, but alas, the Z370 AORUS Gaming 5 has one!
WIFI Card is 1x1: While the WIFI card is Wireless-AC, it's also an Intel Wireless-AC 3165 controller, meaning it's a 1x1, or 433Mbps controller, instead of a 2x2 867Mbps controller.
The GIGABYTE Z370 AORUS Gaming 5 is a well-rounded motherboard, and for $40 less than its big brother, there are some differences. While it maintains the same fan control system, triple M.2 slots, PCI-E solution, and aesthetics, it does lose some features. You get a much more basic VRM, you lose a wired NIC for a wireless one, the type-C internal header is USB 3.0 (instead of 3.1), and audio is a bit different. However, many people would prefer to pay a little less and get a more basic feature set, but the Z370 AORUS Gaming 5 still maintains a healthy feature set, it does not lack compared to competition from other vendors in the same price range.
The UEFI was working well, overclocking worked well, you just need to make sure to maintain positive case air pressure or have a fan blow at the VRM area if you use an AIO watercooler.
Overall, if you want a solid Z370 motherboard for under $200 that offers many premium and vital features, the Z370 AORUS Gaming 5 is definitely worth a look.
Product Summary Breakdown
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The Bottom Line: GIGABYTE's Z370 AORUS Gaming 5 chimes in under the $200 mark with a ton of features, both under the hood and in front of your eyes.
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- Page 1 [Introduction, Specifications, and Pricing]
- Page 2 [Packaging and Z370 AORUS Gaming 5 Overview]
- Page 3 [GIGABYTE Z370 AORUS Gaming 5 Circuit Analysis]
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- Page 5 [BIOS and Software]
- Page 6 [Test System Setup]
- Page 7 [Overclocking]
- Page 8 [CPU, Memory, and System Benchmarks]
- Page 9 [System IO Benchmarks]
- Page 10 [Thermal Imaging and Power Consumption]
- Page 11 [What's Hot, What's Not & Final Thoughts]
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