Thermal Image Testing on AMD X370 Motherboards by ASUS, Gigabyte and MSI

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AMD X370 Motherboards Meet The FLIR Thermal Imager

Thermal performance is important to PC gamers and enthusiasts, so we wanted to take a look at VRM thermal performance on some of the AMD X370 motherboards that we have in our possession for testing. Those boards would be the ASUS ROG Crosshair VI Hero ($254.99), GIGABYTE GA-AX370-Gaming 5 ($194.99) and the MSI X370 XPOWER GAMING TITANIUM ($299.99).

AMD X370 Chipset Motherboards

We just got our hands on a FLIR ONE Thermal Imager for Android ($204.99) and thought we’d take a look at the surface tempeature on these three boards to see if one board maybe performed worse or better than the other two. The FLIR One has a Scene temperature range of -20° to 120°C and we are pretty certain that none of the components on our AMD X370 boards will get hotter than that or we have some serious issues!

FLIR ONE Thermal Imager for Android

Let’s take a look at our test system and then jump into the results!

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  • franklin bastidas

    el chipset?

  • Chucrute

    That thermal imaging on the msi titanium failed so miserably. You don’t need to get easy on MSI, we know it sucks, and the memory VRM is the only strong chain with that boards VRM.

  • IS

    Good stuff. Very insightful! If you can please also do test with overclock. After all these boards are geared towards the oc/gaming community! Keep it up!

  • Hi Nate. I have a suggestion. You did this test with Corsair with Corsair H110i which has no direct airflow to the motherboard. Perhaps you can do some tests with Wraith Spire? Wraith Spire should provide some airflow to other components around the CPU socket. So, perhaps the temperature can be lower on other components, except the CPU itself.

  • Coach

    Nice work. Now, I need to get some air on my memory VRMs on my Gigabyte/Aorus AX370-Gaming 5. Funny thing, on HWBOT.org, in the Ryzen Rookie Rumble: I am currently in 1st place in the Memory clocking challenge. I merely have my memory set to the XMP setting @2933 mhz. No real overclocks there, other than what the memory is advertised to be able to run at.

  • HERETIC

    Good one Nathan.
    Be nice to see thermal imaging done on all SSD’s during reviews especially
    M2-NVME…………………………..

  • Alex Alexandrewitsch

    Sorry i dont understand englisch so good. Which is the best board? Thank u very much for this cery interessting stuff.

  • Illusio13

    Good dudes; love to see these type of articles; very informative and shows at stock no problems but gives us a better idea if overclocking.

    Moar please!

    • Nathan Kirsch

      Thank you!