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GIGABYTE Z370 AORUS Gaming 5 Motherboard Review

By: Steven Bassiri | Socket LGA 1150/1151 in Motherboards | Posted: 1 week, 3 days ago
TweakTown Rating: 92%Manufacturer: GIGABYTE

Packaging and Overview

 

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The box for the Z370 AORUS Gaming 5 uses similar box art as GIGABYTE's Z270 AORUS Gaming 7, and packaging is similar as well and protects the motherboard from the elements.

 

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The accessory package includes four SATA6Gb/s cables, IO shield, two temperature probes, RGBW extension cable, G-Connector, WIFI Antenna, M.2 screw kit, SLI HB bridge, driver DVD, and manual.

 

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The Z370 AORUS Gaming 5 has a whopping eight fan headers, like its big brother. However, unlike its big brother, all eight are usable since there is no VRM fan plugged into one of the system fan headers. All fan headers can work in either PWM or DC mode. However, the headers circled in blue and pink are pump headers and operate at full speed out of the box. The header circled in blue offers up to 3A, while the rest should support up to 1A.

 

The motherboard offers two external temperature probe headers (circled in green), and GIGABYTE includes two probes in the box. The motherboard's color scheme is straightforward; a mixture of black, white, and silver/gray, which is what many people like. The motherboard does light up when turned on, but you can turn those lights off if you wish. The back of the motherboard is clean, clear, and under control.

 

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The rear IO panel features PS/2 Keyboard/Mouse, two USB 2.0 ports, four USB 3.0 ports (two yellow are DAC-UP ports), USB 3.1 type-A, USB 3.1 type-C, HDMI, DisplayPort, two WIFI antenna connectors, Intel LAN, and 7.1 channel gold plated audio jacks with S/PDIF out.

 

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The PCI-E layout is simple, the first two large reinforced and RGB infused PCI-E x16 slots operate at x16/x0 or x8/x8. The bottom x16 slot gets its bandwidth from the PCH and shares its bandwidth with M2P_32G (the slot will operate at x2 when a PCI-E SSD is installed in that M.2 slot). All three x1 PCI-E 3.0 slots are routed to the PCH, but the bottommost slot shares its bandwidth with SATA3_1. There are three M.2 slots, all of them are x4 PCI-E 3.0 routed to the PCH and offer SATA support, except for the bottommost M.2 slot that shares its bandwidth with the x4 PCI-E x16 slot that only offers PCI-E SSD support.

 

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A total of six SATA 6Gb/s ports are on the motherboard, and they share bandwidth with some of the M.2 slots and one of the x1 PCI-E slots, so you will need to look at the manual for further clarification. We also get one USB 3.0 internal header, but also a USB 3.0 type-C internal header (not USB 3.1).

 

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We find the clear plastic overlay on the right edge of the motherboard, and you can replace that with others of different designs (it also lights up). We find digital RGB and RGBW LED headers at the top of the motherboard. A jumper will allow you to switch between 5v and 12v digital RGB strip support. There is also an OC Button header, but I don't see any OC button attachment on the market yet. The front panel header sits in the bottom right corner, and right above it is the Thunderbolt 3 GPIO header and a clear CMOS header.

 

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Two USB 2.0 internal headers sit to the left of a POST Code display. We are very pleased GIGABYTE included the POST code display, as it's more important than power and reset buttons. We find another set of digital RGB and RGBW headers in the bottom left corner of the motherboard along with the 5v/12v jumper for the digital RGB header.

 

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The motherboard's heat sinks make solid contact with the MOSFETs and the PCH.

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