- Socket: AM4
- Chipset: AMD X370
- RAM Slots: 4
- Memory: 3200(O.C.)/2933(O.C.)/2667*/2400/2133 DDR4
- Ports: 1x PS/2 keyboard/mouse, 2x Gigabit LAN, 1x USB 3.1 Type-C (Thunderbolt 3), 1x USB 3.1 Type-A, 5x USB 3.0, 5x Audio ports, 1x Optical (SPDIF), 1x DisplayPort 1.2, 1x HDMI 1.4, 1x PCIe x16, 1x PCIe 3.0 x8, 1x PCIe 3.0 x4, 3x PCIe 3.0 x1, 6x SATA 6Gb/s, 3x SATA Express, 2x M.2 socket 3, 1x U.2 connector
- Solid performance
- Lots of fan headers
- Limited RAM compatibility
- Benchmark Results
- PCMark 8 Home: 4,058 (using Ryzen 5 1600)
- PCMark 8 Creative: 4,615 (using Ryzen 5 1600)
- PCMark 8 Work: 3,468 (using Ryzen 5 1600)
Since the emergence of AMD’s Ryzen platform, AM4 motherboards have been criticised for its poor RAM support. We recently got our hands on the AORUS AX370-Gaming 5 to see if the problem remains.
AORUS sticks with simple and clean for accessories here, with a simple box containing the motherboard and some accessories. These included a few cable ties, Velcro straps, decals for the I/O ports, and a CrossFireX bridge.
The motherboard itself is a lot more impressive in appearance. It uses the same design style we’ve seen in other AORUS motherboards: A white shroud that serves as an EMI shield covering the I/O ports and audio chipset, as well as metal brackets for the RAM and PCIE slots. Easily its most eye-catching highlight are the LEDs placed all over it, providing RGB illumination when it’s running.
Its layout is also similar, for the most part. The AX370-Gaming 5 has a single M.2 slot and a U.2 connector, both supporting NVMe SSDs, as well as eight SATA 6 Gb/s slots, so there’s no lack of storage expansion. It also has more than enough fan headers, with one for a CPU fan, another for a water cooling fan, four for chassis fans, and two that can be used for water cooling radiators.
Getting the system to boot up properly took some work, since we happened to be testing the AMD Ryzen 5 CPUs at the same time (see previous page); it couldn’t boot to Windows 10 properly until we flashed the latest BIOS version. Also, take note that the M.2 slot would be covered by a larger GPU, so you’ll have to remove the GPU if you want to install a M.2 component later.
Once we got the BIOS and driver updates all up, we found the AX370-Gaming 5 runs quite stable. Its performance isn’t top of the charts, nor does it have the Ryzen AGESA update yet, so there’s still some incompatibility with a lot of RAMs. BIOS support is also quite bare, with most of the utility software confined to actual Windows software instead of being built-into the BIOS; only the Smart Fan 5 and Q-Flash can be used at the BIOS level. It does have a lot of software applications that can be used freely, including a free one-year license for Xsplit Gamecaster and Broadcaster Premium.
CHIP CONCLUDE: It lacks extra goodies, but delivers on features and performance. If you haven’t upgraded your rig in ages and are finally looking to pull the trigger, this is a strong option to consider.
(previously published in issue June 2017)