Gigabyte Aorus X370 Gaming 5 Socket AM4 Motherboard – First Look
Gigabyte teases their upcoming Aorus X370 Gaming 5 motherboard featuring X370 chipset and socket AM4 for the upcoming AMD Ryzen processors. If you noticed, the AX370 Gaming 5 looks very similar to the Aorus Z270 Gaming 5 motherboard – its Intel counterpart. This is a clue that the features present on the Z270 Gaming 5 are more or less similar with the AX370 Gaming 5. This could also mean that we may be seeing an Aorus AX370 Gaming 7 or even an AX370 Gaming 9 shortly after. I know Gigabyte is not the type of company that releases only a few models or variants of motherboard, like EVGA. They usually release a plethora of motherboards that targets each particular niche and budget range. We don’t have full details yet about the new AM4 motherboards, but expect that they will be released in a couple of weeks or less. We have seen leaks already regarding the whereabouts of the AMD Ryzen processors. I’m positive that both the AM4 motherboards and Ryzen processors will be officially launched side by side. In the meantime, check out the Aorus AX370 Gaming 5 AM4 motherboard below.
UPDATE: AMD Ryzen CPUs Now Available at Amazon UK here and Newegg here
UPDATE: Gigabyte AM4 Motherboards Now Available at Amazon UK here and Newegg here
Gigabyte Aorus AX370 Gaming 5 Motherboard
Again, Gigabyte didn’t release any information yet regarding their upcoming Aorus AX370 Gaming 5 AM4 motherboard. But they did release a lot of photos of the motherboard, giving us a clue on how will it look like and giving us some hint as to what features it will have. Judging from the looks of it, it’s a directly counterpart of the Z270 Gaming 5 motherboard. I’m positive that they will share most of the common or general features.
The Aorus X370 Gaming 5 AM4 motherboard features a 10 phase power design and has four DIMM slots for DDR4 memory; and obviously the new socket AM4 on the (top) center. It will also feature USB 3.1 Gen 2 with USB Type-C and Type-A ports, as you can see from the rear I/O ports below. It has four PCIe x16 slots with Dual Armor metal support. The first PCIe slot runs at x16, the second at x8 and the last one at x4. There are also three PCIe x1 slots. It will also support both AMD Crossfire and NVIDIA SLI multi-graphics configuration.
There’s a single M.2 and a U.2 connector that supports NVMe PCIe SSDs. It has dual LAN connections, one is Killer E2300 and the other one is an Intel Gigabit LAN, a common setup even with their Z170 motherboards. The GA-AX370 Gaming 5 may feature an ALC 1220 HD Audio with Sound Blaster X-Fi MB5, and will also have two USB DAC-UP ports on the rear side.
The said motherboard may also feature the Smart Fan 5 with multiple temperature sensors and hybrid fan headers. Gigabyte’s trade mark UEFI DualBIOS is definitely present on the Aorus AX370 Gamign 5; as well as the APP center including EasyTune and Cloud Station utilities.
And let’s now forget the RGB craze; the AX370 Gaming 5 will definitely feature Gigabyte’s RGB Fusion LED Light Show design and the swappable overlay for accent LED. If you’re not a fan of RGB, you can turn these LEDs off; and I’m pretty sure Gigabyte will release a non-RGB motherboard on a later date.
I’m not overly excited about the X370 motherboards, since it will more or less have the same set of features as their 200 series counter parts. Plus the design is very similar; you won’t be able to tell if it’s an AMD machine or Intel, specially when the CPU cooler is installed or when everything is installed. But I am more curious to see how fast the new AMD Ryzen processors can go. We’ll find that out soon, probably by February 28 or March 2.