Gigabyte is well known for making some of the best motherboards regardless of the chipset. We can’t hold Gigabyte responsible for the limitations or issues that are clearly related to the processor. When an issue is found, Gigabyte works hard on the offending component to find a resolution. For example, when we first took a look at the AX370-Gaming 5 motherboard, the memory slots would not work above 2933MHz. Through multiple UEFI updates they have resolved the issue and now two different memory kits run great at 3200MHz.
One of the recent “features” on gaming motherboards is the inclusion of RGB LED’s. On the AX370-Gaming 5 motherboard there are six RGB LED zones which are individually addressable. In addition, if you want to light up your system more, you have the option to connect two RGB 5050 LED strips. We have seen these features on their other modern motherboards with RGB Fusion. However, on the AX370-Gaming 5 they have now included the option to control the RGB lighting on select peripherals. This feature might be backwards compatible to their other modern RGB Fusion motherboards, but don’t take my word for that.
So, how did the Gigabyte Aorus AX370-Gaming 5 motherboard perform. As we all know, if an application is designed to take advantage of the extra cores and hyperthreading capabilities, then the AMD Ryzen processor really shines, we saw this in the benchmarks such as Cinebench and SiSoftware Sandra CPU Arithmetic. However, for those that don’t care about that and just want to game. The AMD Ryzen and the Gigabyte Aorus AX370-Gaming 5 motherboard performed rather well; typically within a few percentage points of the highest scores.
The Gigabyte Aorus AX370-Gaming 5 motherboard is feature packed, including support for a wide range of storage devices that includes the latest M.2 and U.2 drives. Video is supported up to Quad GPU SLI and Quad GPU Crossfire. If you are looking to build a system based on the AMD AM4 platform, the Gigabyte Aorus AX370-Gaming 5 motherboard would be a perfect starting point. It is easily purchased online for $189.99 with free shipping which of course includes Gigabyte’s 3 year warranty. If AMD’s past history continues, you can look at using this motherboard through multiple CPU upgrades over that 3 years, and quite possibly even longer.
Legit Bottom Line: The Gigabyte Aorus AX370-Gaming 5 motherboard is a great starting point for your AMD AM4 system. The AMD Ryzen processor might not perform as well as the Intel processor in single CPU focused applications, but the AMD Ryzen outperforms the current Intel processors when you start doing multi-tasking and using applications that are multi-threaded.