Review Index:
Feedback

GIGABYTE AX370-Gaming 5 Motherboard Review

Subject: Motherboards
Manufacturer: GIGABYTE

Introduction and Technical Specifications

Introduction

View Full Size

Courtesy of GIGABYTE

The GIGABYTE AX370-Gaming 5 board features a matte black PCB with with a white armor overlay protecting the rear panel and audio components. In line with their AORUS Intel boards, GIGABYTE spread RGB LEDs throughout the board's surface, configurable via the UEFI or the windows app. The board supports the AMD Ryzen processor line and Dual Channel DDR4 memory via the AMD X370 chipset. The AX370-Gaming 5 motherboard can be found at most retailers with an MRSP of $194.99

View Full Size

Courtesy of GIGABYTE

View Full Size

Courtesy of GIGABYTE

The following features have been integrated into the board: four SATA III 6Gbps ports; two SATA-Express ports; an M.2 PCIe Gen3 x4 32Gbps capable port; a U.2 PCIe Gen3 x4 32Gbps capable port; dual RJ-45 ports featuring an Intel I211-AT Gigabit NIC and a Rivet Networks Killer E2500 NIC; three PCI-Express x16 slots; three PCI-Express x1 slots; dual Realtek audio CODECs; an integrated HDMI video port; and USB 2.0, 3.0, and 3.1 Type-A and Type-C port support.

View Full Size

Courtesy of GIGABYTE

To power the board, GIGABYTE integrated integrated a 10-phase (6+4) digital power delivery system into the AX370-Gaming 5 board's design. The digital power system was designed with IR digital power controllers and PowIRstage ICs, Server Level Chokes, and Durable Black capacitors. The power components used are the same as those used to great effect on their AORUS Intel boards.

View Full Size

Courtesy of GIGABYTE

GIGABYTE integrated a variety of fan headers and temperature sensors into the board They integrated temperature sensors into the CPU socket, VRMs, and chipset. Additionally, there are monitored fan headers spread throughout the board's surface, all supporting high current devices (fans or water pumps), rated for up to 24W (2A at 12V).

Continue reading our preview of the GIGABYTE AX370-Gaming 5 motherboard!

View Full Size

Courtesy of GIGABYTE

GIGABYTE integrated multiple zones of RGB LEDs into the board's surface, including the audio chipset PCB line, around the primary and secondary PCIe x16 slots, around the Chokes, in between the memory slots, and underneath the chipset cooler. The LEDs can be configured in up to six pre-configured operation modes or configured for independent operation using the Advanced mode. GIGABYTE supports LED configuration via the UEFI or the RGB Fusion Windows applet.

View Full Size

Courtesy of GIGABYTE

The board's rear panel contains the following integrated ports: a hybrid PS/2 port, USB 2.0, USB 3.0, and 3.1 ports, an Intel I211-AT RJ-45 GigE port, a Rivet Networks Killer E2500 RJ-45 GigE port, an HDMI video port, and both digital and analogue audio ports.

Technical Specifications (taken from the GIGABYTE website)

CPU AMD Ryzen™ processor
AMD 7th Generation A-series / Athlon™ processor

(Please refer "CPU Support List" for more information.)

Chipset AMD X370
Memory 4 x DDR4 DIMM sockets supporting up to 64 GB of system memory
* Due to a Windows 32-bit operating system limitation, when more than 4 GB of physical memory is installed, the actual memory size displayed will be less than the size of the physical memory installed.

Dual channel memory architecture
Support for DDR4 3200(O.C.) / 2933(O.C.) / 2667* / 2400 / 2133 MHz memory modules
* Support for higher than DDR4 2667 MHz may vary by CPU.

Support for ECC Un-buffered DIMM 1Rx8 / 2Rx8 memory modules
Support for non-ECC Un-buffered DIMM 1Rx8 / 2Rx8 / 1Rx16 memory modules
Support for Extreme Memory Profile (XMP) memory modules

(Please refer "Memory Support List" for more information.)

Onboard Graphics Integrated Graphics Processor:
1 x HDMI port, supporting a maximum resolution of 4096x2160@24 Hz

* Support for HDMI 1.4 version.
Maximum shared memory of 2 GB
* Actual support may vary by CPU.

Audio 2 x Realtek® ALC1220 codecs
Support for Sound Blaster X-Fi MB5
High Definition Audio
2/4/5.1/7.1-channel
Support for S/PDIF Out
LAN 1 x Intel® GbE LAN chip (10/100/1000 Mbit) (LAN1)
1 x Rivet Networks Killer™ E2500 LAN chip (10/100/1000 Mbit) (LAN2)

* Teaming is not supported.

Expansion Slots 1 x PCI Express x16 slot, running at x16 (PCIEX16)
* For optimum performance, if only one PCI Express graphics card is to be installed, be sure to install it in the PCIEX16 slot.
* Actual support may vary by CPU.

1 x PCI Express x16 slot, running at x8 (PCIEX8)
* The PCIEX8 slot shares bandwidth with the PCIEX16 slot. When the PCIEX8 slot is populated, the PCIEX16 slot operates at up to x8 mode.
* Actual support may vary by CPU.
(The PCIEX16 and PCIEX8 slots conform to PCI Express 3.0 standard.)

1 x PCI Express x16 slot, running at x4 (PCIEX4)
* The PCIEX4 slot shares bandwidth with all of the PCI Express x1 slots. The PCIEX4 slot operates at up to x4 mode when all of the PCI Express x1 slots are empty.

3 x PCI Express x1 slots
* All of the PCI Express x1 slots share bandwidth with the PCIEX4 slot. The PCIEX4/PCIEX1_2/PCIEX1_3 slot operates at up to x1 mode when the PCIEX1_1 slot is populated; the PCIEX4 slot operates at up to x2 mode when the PCIEX1_2/PCIEX1_3 slot is populated.
(The PCIEX4 and PCI Express x1 slots conform to PCI Express 2.0 standard.)

Storage Interface 1 x M.2 connector (Socket 3, M key, type 2242 / 2260 / 2280 / 22110 SATA and PCIe x4* / x2 SSD support)
* Actual support may vary by CPU.

1 x U.2 connector
* When the U.2 connector is populated, the M.2 connector becomes unavailable.

2 x SATA Express connectors
8 x SATA 6Gb/s connectors
Support for RAID 0, RAID 1, and RAID 10

* Refer to "1-8 Internal Connectors," for the installation notices for the M.2 and SATA connectors.

Multi-Graphics Technology Support for NVIDIA® Quad-GPU SLI™ and 2-Way NVIDIA® SLI™ technologies
Support for AMD Quad-GPU CrossFire™ and 3-Way AMD CrossFire™ technologies

* Actual support may vary by CPU.

USB Chipset+ASMedia® USB 3.1 Gen 2 Controller:
1 x USB Type-C™ port on the back panel, with USB 3.1 Gen 2 support
1 x USB 3.1 Gen 2 Type-A port (red) on the back panel

Chipset:
2 x USB 3.1 Gen 2 Type-A ports (red) on the back panel
6 x USB 3.1 Gen 1 ports (2 ports on the back panel, 4 ports available through the internal USB headers)
4 x USB 2.0/1.1 ports (available through the internal USB headers)
CPU:
4 x USB 3.1 Gen 1 ports on the back panel

Internal I/O Connectors 1 x 24-pin ATX main power connector
1 x 8-pin ATX 12V power connector
1 x U.2 connector
1 x M.2 Socket 3 connector
2 x SATA Express connectors
8 x SATA 6Gb/s connectors
1 x CPU fan header
1 x water cooling CPU fan header
4 x system fan headers
2 x system fan/water cooling pump headers
1 x front panel header
1 x front panel audio header
1 x S/PDIF Out header
2 x USB 3.1 Gen 1 headers
2 x USB 2.0/1.1 headers
1 x Trusted Platform Module (TPM) header
1 x CPU cooler LED strip/RGB LED strip extension cable header
1 x RGB (RGBW) LED strip extension cable header
2 x temperature sensor headers
1 x Clear CMOS jumper
1 x power button
1 x reset button
1 x Clear CMOS button
1 x OC button
2 x BIOS switches
Back Panel Connectors 1 x PS/2 keyboard/mouse port
1 x HDMI port
1 x USB Type-C™ port, with USB 3.1 Gen 2 support
3 x USB 3.1 Gen 2 Type-A ports (red)
6 x USB 3.1 Gen 1 ports
2 x RJ-45 ports
1 x optical S/PDIF Out connector
5 x audio jacks (Center / Subwoofer Speaker Out, Rear Speaker Out, Line In, Line Out, Mic In)
I/O Controller iTE® I/O Controller Chip
H/W Monitoring Voltage detection
Temperature detection
Fan speed detection
Overheating warning
Fan fail warning
Fan speed control

* Whether the fan (pump) speed control function is supported will depend on the fan (pump) you install.

BIOS 2 x 128 Mbit flash
Use of licensed AMI UEFI BIOS
Support for DualBIOS™
PnP 1.0a, DMI 2.7, WfM 2.0, SM BIOS 2.7, ACPI 5.0
Unique Features Support for APP Center
* Available applications in APP Center may vary by motherboard model. Supported functions of each application may also vary depending on motherboard specifications.
  • @BIOS
  • 3D OSD
  • AutoGreen
  • BIOS Setup
  • Cloud Station
  • Color Temperature
  • EasyTune
  • Fast Boot
  • Game Boost
  • ON/OFF Charge
  • RGB Fusion
  • Smart Backup
  • Smart Keyboard
  • Smart TimeLock
  • System Information Viewer
  • USB Blocker
  • USB DAC UP 2
  • V-Tuner

Support for Q-Flash
Support for Xpress Install

Bundle Software Norton® Internet Security (OEM version)
Operating System Support for Windows 10 64-bit
Support for Windows 7 64-bit

* Please download the "Windows USB Installation Tool" from GIGABYTE's website and install it before installing Windows 7.

Form Factor ATX Form Factor; 30.5cm x 24.4cm

November 25, 2017 | 10:55 AM - Posted by Chaitanya (not verified)

This motherboard is lacking the clock generator found on both K5 and K7 which would limit some memory overclocking. If possible test either of those motherboards for memory overclocking on ryzen.

November 27, 2017 | 07:18 AM - Posted by Nikolai Stefanov (not verified)

Yeah it lacks the bclk but I have no problem with my r5 1600 to run at 3.95 and the memory to run 3200 ( enabled the XMP and it works , no problems what so ever ) and this is the top in the spec sheet so I consider it a win :)

November 30, 2017 | 02:17 AM - Posted by khanmein

Finally, I saw a Handbrake v1.0.7. I'm not a Gigabyte fan, but this motherboard is not too shabby at all.

Weaknesses;

M.2 placement below the PCIe x16 which can build up heat.

Lousy UEFIs bios.

https://www.win-raid.com/t2739f44-OFFER-Gigabyte-GA-AX-Aorus-Gaming-BIOS...

http://www.xtremesystems.org/forums/showthread.php?293203-Gigabyte-Aorus...

November 27, 2017 | 12:42 PM - Posted by Rocky123 (not verified)

Great review thank you.

This looks like a very nice board for those looking to get into the Ryzen platform and it seems to overclock very good as well.

Post new comment

The content of this field is kept private and will not be shown publicly.
  • Lines and paragraphs break automatically.
  • Allowed HTML tags: <a> <em> <strong> <cite> <code> <ul> <ol> <li> <dl> <dt> <dd> <blockquote><p><br>
  • Web page addresses and e-mail addresses turn into links automatically.

More information about formatting options

By submitting this form, you accept the Mollom privacy policy.