GIGABYTE"s Z370 AORUS Gaming 5 motherboard manages khổng lồ impress for its price & features. Join us as we thoroughly investigate it.

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We recently took a look at GIGABYTE"s AORUS Gaming 7 for the Z370 platform, and today we will look at its little brother, the Z370 AORUS Gaming 5. The Gaming 5 has fewer features than the Gaming 7 but also costs about $30 less. Saying it has fewer features isn"t the whole story though, as the Gaming 7 has two Gbit NICs, the Gaming 5 drops one of those for a WIFI controller.

While the two motherboards have the same look from afar, if we look closer we see some other differences in areas from USB lớn the VRM, so today we will dive deep into the Gaming 5 và see what it has to offer.


The Z370 AORUS Gaming 5 offers three M.2 slots, USB 3.1 on the rear IO, Wireless AC, intel Gbit LAN, USB 3.0, và SATA6Gb/s.


The Z370 AORUS Gaming 5 costs $169.99.

The box for the Z370 AORUS Gaming 5 uses similar box art as GIGABYTE"s Z270 AORUS Gaming 7, and packaging is similar as well and protects the motherboard from the elements.

The accessory package includes four SATA6Gb/s cables, IO shield, two temperature probes, RGBW extension cable, G-Connector, WIFI Antenna, M.2 screw kit, SLI HB bridge, driver DVD, và manual.

The Z370 AORUS Gaming 5 has a whopping eight fan hâm mộ headers, like its big brother. However, unlike its big brother, all eight are usable since there is no VRM fan hâm mộ plugged into one of the system fan headers. All fan hâm mộ headers can work in either PWM or DC mode. However, the headers circled in blue và pink are pump headers and operate at full tốc độ out of the box. The header circled in xanh offers up khổng lồ 3A, while the rest should tư vấn up lớn 1A.

The motherboard offers two external temperature probe headers (circled in green), & GIGABYTE includes two probes in the box. The motherboard"s màu sắc scheme is straightforward; a mixture of black, white, and silver/gray, which is what many people like. The motherboard does light up when turned on, but you can turn those lights off if you wish. The back of the motherboard is clean, clear, & under control.

The rear IO panel features PS/2 Keyboard/Mouse, two USB 2.0 ports, four USB 3.0 ports (two yellow are DAC-UP ports), USB 3.1 type-A, USB 3.1 type-C, HDMI, DisplayPort, two WIFI antenna connectors, hãng intel LAN, and 7.1 channel gold plated audio jacks with S/PDIF out.

The PCI-E layout is simple, the first two large reinforced and RGB infused PCI-E x16 slots operate at x16/x0 or x8/x8. The bottom x16 slot gets its bandwidth from the PCH and shares its bandwidth with M2P_32G (the slot will operate at x2 when a PCI-E SSD is installed in that M.2 slot). All three x1 PCI-E 3.0 slots are routed to lớn the PCH, but the bottommost slot shares its bandwidth with SATA3_1. There are three M.2 slots, all of them are x4 PCI-E 3.0 routed khổng lồ the PCH & offer SATA support, except for the bottommost M.2 slot that shares its bandwidth with the x4 PCI-E x16 slot that only offers PCI-E SSD support.

A total of six SATA 6Gb/s ports are on the motherboard, and they nói qua bandwidth with some of the M.2 slots & one of the x1 PCI-E slots, so you will need to lớn look at the manual for further clarification. We also get one USB 3.0 internal header, but also a USB 3.0 type-C internal header (not USB 3.1).

We find the clear plastic overlay on the right edge of the motherboard, & you can replace that with others of different designs (it also lights up). We find digital RGB và RGBW LED headers at the top of the motherboard. A jumper will allow you to switch between 5v & 12v digital RGB strip support. There is also an OC Button header, but I don"t see any OC button attachment on the market yet. The front panel header sits in the bottom right corner, and right above it is the Thunderbolt 3 GPIO header & a clear CMOS header.

Two USB 2.0 internal headers sit khổng lồ the left of a POST Code display. We are very pleased GIGABYTE included the POST code display, as it"s more important than power and reset buttons. We find another set of digital RGB và RGBW headers in the bottom left corner of the motherboard along with the 5v/12v jumper for the digital RGB header.

The motherboard"s heat sinks make solid contact with the MOSFETs và the PCH.

GIGABYTE Z370 AORUS Gaming 5 Circuit Analysis

Circuit Analysis

The phases we see here are split into an 8+3 phase configuration for the CPU VCore và the iGPU voltage rail. We get four phases doubled to eight through doubling the number of VRM power stage components on each driver output, và we get three true phases for the iGPU from the PWM controller. We are not certain on the ratings on the capacitors or inductors, other than the capacitors are solid polymer capacitors.

The VRM on this motherboard uses Intersil"s ISL95866 4+3 phase PWM controller. It offers four phases for the CPU VCore, & on that rail, it has two integrated driver outputs and GIGABYTE adds two more drivers (ISL6625A) for a total of four driver outputs. These four driver outputs goto two sets of power nguồn stage components. The On Semiconductor NTMFS4C06N is the low-side MOSFET, and the NTMFS4C10N is the high-side MOSFET for each of the power nguồn stages. Each power nguồn stages get ones high-side & one low-side MOSFET if we consider each nguồn stage và individual phase by inductor count. The VCCSA và VCCIO get their nguồn from their one single phase VRMs. Each uses a Richtek RT8120D (single phase PWM with integrated driver) & two ON Semiconductor MOSFETs.

The memory VRM uses a Richtek RT8120 single phase PWM with integrated driver và powers a two-low-side MOSFET & single high-side MOSFET power nguồn stage made up of On Semiconductor NTMFS4C06N MOSFETs. On the rear IO panel, we have two DAC-UP 2 ports, & these are powered by their own regulator, the Richtek RT8288A, which gives the user control over the power khổng lồ the two yellow USB ports.

GIGABYTE Z370 AORUS Gaming 5 Circuit Analysis Continued

Z370 AORUS Gaming 5 Circuit Analysis Continued

While the Gaming 7 offered an ESS Sabre DAC & dedicated nguồn source for the audio section of the PCH, the Gaming 5 offers just a Realtek ALC1220. GIGABYTE kept the WIMA và Nichicon audio capacitors, & the PCB layout looks very clean.

The NIC on the motherboard is from an hãng intel i219v controller, which is a PHY that works with the integrated MAC in the PCH. Wireless AC support comes from an hãng sản xuất intel Wireless-AC 3165 controller, which only offers up to lớn 433Mbps.

An ASMedia ASM3142 và a Texas Instruments HD3220 provide USB 3.1 đầu ra for the rear IO with a type-C switch. An ASMedia ASM1442K is a màn chơi shifter & provides HDMI and DVI đầu ra on the rear IO.

An ITE IT8295FN is a microcontroller programmed to output digital RGB support for the digital RGB headers. The main Super IO controller is an IT8686E, and it provides system monitoring, fan hâm mộ control, và the PS/2 port on the rear IO panel.

An IT8795E is an embedded controller that expands the Super IO"s tín đồ control & monitoring capabilities. The motherboard does tư vấn dual BIOS, so we find two 128Mbit/16MB BIOS ROMs on the motherboard.

BIOS & Software


The UEFI BIOS offers two operating modes, an Easy Mode, và a Classic Mode. The Classic Mode is the advanced mode with all the intricate settings for overclocking và configuring your system correctly. While there is no menu menu of settings for configuring the fans, you bởi vì get a GUI graph where you can configure the fans. RGB LED support is also built into the UEFI, but it is extremely basic. The UEFI worked well and didn"t seem buggy, but the red and black color theme is kind of dark.

BIOS, BIOS Setup, USB Blocker, Cloud Station, EasyTune, Fast Boot, PlatformPowerManagment, RGB Fusion, SIV, Smart Backup, Smart TimeLock, Smart Keyboard, và VTuner.

Test System Setup

Steven"s Motherboard thử nghiệm System Specifications

Motherboard: GIGABYTE Z370 AORUS Gaming 5 CPU: Intel vi xử lý core i7 8700K Memory: Corsair Dominator Platinum (2x8GB) 3200MHz Storage - M.2 Drive: Intel 750 400GB U.2 BIOS: F4

The Z370 AORUS Gaming 5 is an RGB LED beast. It has so many RGB LEDs built into pretty much everything, & it does a great job of offering up some cool effects. The best part is that you get two RGBW headers and two digital RGB headers so that you can add a ton more lights.


Overclocking Results

CPU Overclocking

He Z370 AORUS Gaming 5 overclocked our CPU lớn 4.9GHz with ease. We phối VCore to lớn 1.300v, internal và external LLC to lớn Turbo (that was maximum for external), CPU ratio lớn 49x, XMP lớn enable, and just restarted. Everything worked perfectly. However, if you are going khổng lồ overclock the CPU this high, I would suggest positive airflow in your case or a fan blowing on the VRMs.

Compatible Memory Overclocking Kits

In this section, I overclock four memory kits only using XMP, if the kit works then the results are below. I welcome memory vendors to lớn send in their kits to lớn be tested on each motherboard.

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Corsair Dominator Platinum 3200MHz C16 8GBx2

As you can see above, the Dominator kit worked perfectly.

G.Skill TridentZ RGB 3600MHz C16 8GBx2

The board easily overclocked the Dominator Platinum RAM khổng lồ 3200MHz.

CPU, Memory, & System Benchmarks


These tests are done out of the box, so I have decided to include whether or not the vendor has implemented some type of default overclocking, such as multi-core enhancement. Multi-core enhancement is when the motherboard vendor pushes all cores khổng lồ maximum turbo speeds instead of just one or two.

MCE, as I will gọi it, can cause instability if your CPU isn"t great, & we would hope vendors would have it off by default, but it does offer a không lấy phí performance boost out of the box. Some motherboards also might increase the BCLK a bit over stock to lớn score higher, và some might even mess with the turbo boost table.

If we standardize settings, then most motherboards should perform the same, but in this case, we haven"t. Overall, the Z370 AORUS Gaming 5 is a formidable motherboard in CPU, GPU, & memory benchmarks and maintains decent performance. It doesn"t use your typical MCE, but some of the time I felt there was some type of boost within Intel"s maximum and minimum ranges.

System IO Benchmarks

CrystalDiskMark SATA6G:

The Z370 AORUS Gaming 5"s M.2 và SATA performance is solid all around, but the board has aggressive power nguồn savings for SATA on, which has resulted in slightly lower speeds in 4K write. Networking performance is solid, but the WIFI controller isn"t the fastest.

Audio RMAA 5.5:

I disable all audio features, mix the correct bitrates, và then test the audio with a loopback test.

Sound Judgment by Ear: Very Good, but I thought the audio was clean & more on the Excellent side. There are five ratings for audio: 1. Problems, 2. Okay, 3. Acceptable, 4. Very good, 5. Excellent

Thermal Imaging & Power Consumption

System nguồn is measured at the wall with an AC power nguồn meter.

Note on Thermal Images: In the temperature section, we use our Seek thermal imaging camera to lớn capture the surface temperatures of major components on the board. I look at the VRM và then all other things that light up the screen. If there is something to worry about, then I will state it. Otherwise, I will just show the hotter running parts of the board for fun. Unless some component is over 80-90C, then there isn"t anything to worry about.

All systems will act differently, so I will look for commonalities, such as how far from the VRM the heat spreads through the PCB & the difference in temperature between the front side và backside of the PCB. Keep in mind, the majority of the heat from the VRM goes into the PCB as it is a giant soldered on copper heat sink. A larger difference in temperature between the back & front of the PCB points towards a more effective heat sink.

Thermal Testing at Stock Speeds:

The image on the left is always at idle, & the image on the right is at load. During ALL TESTS, fans to the right of the motherboard from the (Corsair H110i) radiator are left on automatic mode (ramps with internal block temperature). Additionally, a 120mm fan is situated right above the VRM, & it blows down at a medium rate (very quiet). Thermal Images are taken at loop 15 of hãng sản xuất intel Burn Test

Up-close of the back of the VRM.

Thermal Testing at 4.9GHz/1.3v Overclocked Speeds:

The image on the left is always at idle, và the image on the right is at load. During ALL TESTS, fans to the right of the motherboard from the (Corsair H110i) radiator are left on automatic mode (ramps with internal block temperature). Additionally, a 120mm fan hâm mộ is situated right above the VRM, and it blows down at a medium rate (very quiet). We standardize this chạy thử with a 4.9GHz on all cores with 1.3V real under load and take pictures at the 80% mark of HandBrake rendering a 4K video.

Up-close of the front and back of the VRM.

The Z370 AORUS Gaming 5"s thermal performance is acceptable. There are many VRMs out there with similar configurations; 8 phases doubled by doubling component count on each driver, and they perform mostly the same depending on cooling. I would bởi vì my best to ensure positive air pressure in my case or have a fan blowing in the direction of the VRM if you are using watercooling on the CPU.

Anything under 60C is great, 60-80C is acceptable, và anything above 80C is a bit worrisome (if at stock).

What"s Hot

Fan Control: The motherboard might not cost as much as its bigger brother, but it does carry the same fan hâm mộ control system. That includes all headers getting PWM/DC mode hybrid support, the ability lớn reference one of many temperature sources, & a 3A pump header. The motherboard also carries two external temperature sensor headers, and inside the box, you will find two temperature probes.

RGB Lighting và Aesthetics: GIGABYTE is crazy about RGBs and for a good reason; many people actually like RGB LEDs. While the opponents of RGB LEDs are a bit louder than the proponents, many people I talk to lớn in stores & in private actually lượt thích them, và I vì as well. GIGABYTE has great support for RGB, RGBW, UV, 5v Digital, and 12v Digital RGB LED strips. The motherboard also has many RGB LEDs built into the heat sinks, shields và the side overlay. The side overlay is interchangeable as well and allows you lớn customize your system to lớn your likes.

Intel NIC và WIFI: The motherboard carries an intel NIC và an intel WIFI card, which many users prefer as the brand for their NIC (especially if they virtualize or run a non-Window OS).

USB on Rear IO: We get a wide variety of USB headers on the rear IO, from USB 3.1 to lớn USB 2.0. Aside for USB 3.1 type-A and type-C ports, we get two USB 3.0 ports that have their own dedicated voltage controller (yellow ports). DAC-UP 2 allows users to control the voltage compensation màn chơi (for longer USB cables & VR), và to even disable all USB power khổng lồ those two ports khổng lồ reduce noise if outputting data lớn an external audio DAC.

POST-Code Display: Power, reset, OC, and ECO buttons are nice, but they are redundant, but what isn"t redundant is the POST code display. The POST code display is one of the most vital tools to lớn diagnosing any boot issues, và at the sub-$200 range we don"t expect lớn see one, but alas, the Z370 AORUS Gaming 5 has one!

What"s Not

WIFI thẻ is 1x1: While the WIFI thẻ is Wireless-AC, it"s also an intel Wireless-AC 3165 controller, meaning it"s a 1x1, or 433Mbps controller, instead of a 2x2 867Mbps controller.

Final Thoughts

The GIGABYTE Z370 AORUS Gaming 5 is a well-rounded motherboard, và for $40 less than its big brother, there are some differences. While it maintains the same fan hâm mộ control system, triple M.2 slots, PCI-E solution, & aesthetics, it does chiến bại some features. You get a much more basic VRM, you thua thảm a wired NIC for a wireless one, the type-C internal header is USB 3.0 (instead of 3.1), và audio is a bit different. However, many people would prefer khổng lồ pay a little less và get a more basic feature set, but the Z370 AORUS Gaming 5 still maintains a healthy feature set, it does not lack compared to competition from other vendors in the same price range.

The UEFI was working well, overclocking worked well, you just need khổng lồ make sure lớn maintain positive case air pressure or have a fan blow at the VRM area if you use an AIO watercooler.

Overall, if you want a solid Z370 motherboard for under $200 that offers many premium & vital features, the Z370 AORUS Gaming 5 is definitely worth a look.

The Bottom Line: GIGABYTE"s Z370 AORUS Gaming 5 chimes in under the $200 mark with a ton of features, both under the hood & in front of your eyes.

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Steven Bassiri

Steven went from a fledgling diễn đàn reader in 2003 lớn one of the internet"s brightest tech stars by 2010. Armed with an information systems degree, a deep understanding of circuitry, & a passion for tech, Steven (handle Sin0822) enjoys sharing his deep knowledge with others. Steven details products down to lớn the component level to highlight seldom explained, & often misunderstood architectures. Steven is also a highly decorated overclocker with several world records.

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