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

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Gigabyte GA-AX370-Gaming 5 Thermal Performance:

Gigabyte GA-AX370-Gaming 5 Thermal Image

Next up we have the Gigabyte AX370 Gaming 5 motherboard ($194.99) running on the same exact setup with the AMD Ryzen 7 1700 processor and Corsair Vengeance LPX 64GB (4x16GB) DDR4 memory kit. Gigabyte went with a 10 phase digital power delivery design in a 6+4 configuration for the processor and goes into detail about how well it works on the boards landing page.

Gigabyte Digital PWM Design

“AX370-Gaming 5 features a 6+4 phase power delivery design equipped with 4th gen. IR digital power controllers and 3rd gen. PowIRstage ICs featuring Isense technology, which provides more precise current sensing accuracy. This helps evenly distribute the thermal loading between the PowerIRstage ICs, preventing the overheating of each individual PowerIRstage, resulting in longer lifespan and better reliability.” – Gigabyte GA-AX370-Gaming 5 (rev. 1.0) landing page

Gigabyte GA-AX370-Gaming 5 Thermal Image CPU Phases

After doing a 10 minute stability test with AIDA64 we noticed that the highest surface temperature on the CPU VRM phases was actually the capacitors and they were hitting just shy of 49C.

Gigabyte GA-AX370-Gaming 5 Thermal Image Memory U Phases

The Gigabyte GA-AX370-Gaming 5 has a two phase memory VRM that we found to be running at around 47C, so the memory and CPU power phases are close to temperature to one another on this board. During this time the motherboard temperature sensor was reading 23C, the M.2 PCIe NVMe SSD was sitting at 29C and the AMD Ryzen 7 1700 processor running at stock settings was at just 38C (we ran out of thermal paste and switched brands, so CPU temperatures aren’t comparable between boards). Once again the hottest spot on this X370 board wasn’t the processor or chipset!

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  • What about the Chipset Temps what?.

  • 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!