Overclocking and Conclusion

Overclocking

To give a feel for the overclocking performance potential of the AX370-Gaming 5 motherboard, we attempted to push it to known CPU-supported performance parameters with minimal tweaking. At the stock base clock speed of 100Mhz, we were able to get the system stable at a 4.0GHz CPU speed across all cores and 3366MHz memory speed. This was done at a 1.45V CPU voltage, a 1.35V VddSOC voltage, a 2.12V VDD18 voltage, a +0.20 VDDP voltage, and a 1.37V memory voltage with all other values left at default settings. Unfortunately, the system would not stabilize at any CPU or memory speeds greater than those listed above. All overclocking sessions remained stable for over 4hrs. System stability was tested running the AIDA64 stability test in conjunction with EVGA's OC Scanner X graphical benchmark running at 1280×1024 resolution and 8x MSAA in stress test mode. Note that 8GB (2 x 4GB) of Corsair Dominator Platinum DDR4-4000 memory modules were used for the overclocking tests.

100MHz Base Clock Stats with 4.0GHZ CPU and 3366MHz memory speed

Note that this is is meant only as a quick preview of the board's performance potential.

Pricing

As of November 12, the GIGABYTE AX370-Gaming 5 motherboard was available from Amazon.com for $174.11 with Prime shipping. The board was also available from Newegg.com for $164.99 after $20 mail-in rebate.

Conclusion

The GIGABYTE AX370-Gaming 5 motherboard is an elegant solution, bringing the mix of quality and features that GIGABYTE's AORUS motherboard line has become known for.  It is a well designed solution, taking the design strengths from their Intel board lines for a strong yet elegant AMD x370 solution. The board features all the same features that have become come on the latest revisions of the Intel boards including integrated RGB LEDs and external RGB strip support, top notch sound, and a wide variety of storage options (including its PCIe x4 M.2 slot). It features a simple black and white aesthetic, easily finding a home in any enthusiast build. It performs as well as it looks both at stock and overclocked speeds and is one of the more easier to dial in AMD Ryzen-based boards.

Strengths

  • Stock and overclocking performance
  • Overclocking potential
  • Board aesthetics, layout, and design
  • UEFI BIOS design and usability
  • Variety of storage solution support including SATA, SATA-Express, U.2, and M.2
  • Network offerings – dual GigE ports and 2×2 802.11ac WiFi adapter ports
  • PCIe x1 slot 1 usable with dual slot video card seated in primary PCIe x16 slot
  • Configurable RGB LEDs using RGB Fusion through both UEFI and Windows app
  • CMOS battery placement

Weaknesses

  • Unable to run memory at rated 4000Mhz speeds

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