In this review we looked at the Aorus AX370 Gaming 5 motherboard. As the name suggests this board is part of the Aorus Gaming Series from Gigabyte and can easily be the centerpiece of any high-end gaming build. One of these that I find important is the dual ALC 1220 audio solution that for once scored “Excellent” in the Rightmark Audio tests. Of course drivers play a huge role in quality audio and support for Sound Blaxter X-FI doesn’t hurt. Killer Networks Ethernet controllers are a common feature found on gaming motherboards and the Aorus AX370 Gaming 5 comes equipped with dual E2500 controllers onboard
Maybe one of the most iconic features found on the Aorus AX370 Gaming 5 is the RGB Fusion LED lighting system with full spectrum lights scattered around the motherboard. These can be controlled using the included RGB Fusion application and the settings are on the motherboard. By default all of the lights are a neutral red and can be changed to any color with a variety of different effects across three different profiles.
Overall motherboard layout is quite good and follows a standard design layout that was established way back with the Z68. The design supports up to three graphics cards but is clearly optimized for dual card operation and supports the new PCI Express 3.0 standard which is native to the Zen CPU architecture.
This brings me back to the question of "what makes a good gaming motherboard?" and while quality audio and high speed network make the experience better the subtle things like appearance and configurability help personalize your build. Combine that with a full RGB setup including case, cooling and extra light strips and you not only have a system you can game on but one you’ll be proud to show off to your friends.
Dual Card SLI Support
Extra space between video card slots
Dual M.2 Slots
Power IR Digital PWM
High Quality Audio
Killer Networks Onboard
RGB color rendering gets washed out with some colors
Some LED lights get hidden when hardware is installed
Is SATA Express still a thing?