Gigabyte GA-AX370-Gaming K5 Review

The Gigabyte GA-AX370 Gaming K5 motherboard comes as another addition to the Gigabyte electronics family. This board has been specifically designed and marketed toward gamers with its list of features and networking abilities.

However, does it live up to the hype?

Gigabyte GA-AX370-Gaming K5 Review

So we took the GA-AX370 Gaming K5 board apart to see whether it’s truly a gamer’s dream. 

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GIGABYTE AORUS GA-AX370-Gaming K5 (AMD Ryzen AM4/ X370/ RGB FUSION/...
  • Supports AMD Ryzen & 7th Generation A-series/Athlon Processors
  • Dual Channel ECC/Non-ECC Unbuffered DDR4, 4 DIMMs
  • Fast 4 USB 3.1 Gen 2 with USB Type-C and Type-A
  • 2-Way CrossFire/SLI Multi-Graphics Support with Dual Armor and Ultra Durable Design
  • Ultra-Fast PCIe Gen3 x4 M.2 with PCIe NVMe & SATA mode support

Gigabyte GA-AX370-Gaming K5 (Our Review)

Overall Assessment

We inspected the board and found the full ATX suite with four DDR4M DIMM slots. This allows you to add four RAM cards which is great for increasing the speed and performance of your set-up. 

Gigabyte added three reinforced PCIe slots for extra stability. The board also supports PCIe x4 NVMe storage devices. This means you don’t have to worry about your components getting damaged when you install them.

The board has four USB 3.1 ports. We were a bit disappointed with the lack of USB 3.1 ports since most high-end motherboards offer at least five or six. It’s not a train smash since you can always add more with an adapter. 

The GA-AX370 sports onboard RGB lighting features which are great for polishing the aesthetics of your board. These features can also be found in the Gigabyte X470 AORUS Ultra Gaming and the Gigabyte X570 Gaming X,

We found the installation process straightforward. We didn’t experience any issues and the instructions and user guides were easy to understand. 

The various components and slots are neatly laid out and labeled so installation really shouldn’t be an issue. 

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GIGABYTE AORUS GA-AX370-Gaming K5 (AMD Ryzen AM4/ X370/ RGB FUSION/...
  • Supports AMD Ryzen & 7th Generation A-series/Athlon Processors
  • Dual Channel ECC/Non-ECC Unbuffered DDR4, 4 DIMMs
  • Fast 4 USB 3.1 Gen 2 with USB Type-C and Type-A
  • 2-Way CrossFire/SLI Multi-Graphics Support with Dual Armor and Ultra Durable Design
  • Ultra-Fast PCIe Gen3 x4 M.2 with PCIe NVMe & SATA mode support

The GA-AX370 supports AMD Ryzen processors. This board is the perfect addition to any Ryzen build since it allows you to push your CPU to the limit when overclocking, especially compared to other CPU brands. 

A major downside is the lack of onboard Wi-Fi. So, you’ll have to purchase an additional Wi-Fi module if you’d like to enable this feature. 

We’re disappointed at the lack of onboard Wi-Fi, especially since the GA-AX270 is marketed toward gamers. 

If you’d like a Gigabyte board that offers onboard Wi-Fi, we’d suggest you check out the Gigabyte Z390 AORUS Pro Wi-Fi or the Gigabyte B450 AORUS Pro Wi-Fi

Another disappointment is that there are no onboard graphics. So you’ll have to invest in a good graphics card if you want to game. This isn’t a huge issue: most intensive games need a dedicated graphics card to run anyway, but it would have been nice to see to get you set up without having to purchase an additional card.

Overall, this is a good board for most users who want to switch over to a Ryzen processor. The board runs flawlessly and we didn’t experience any issues when upgrading the BIOS or installing additional components. 

Pros

  • Offers great sensor readings
  • Great for gaming
  • Good overclocking abilities 
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GIGABYTE AORUS GA-AX370-Gaming K5 (AMD Ryzen AM4/ X370/ RGB FUSION/...
  • Supports AMD Ryzen & 7th Generation A-series/Athlon Processors
  • Dual Channel ECC/Non-ECC Unbuffered DDR4, 4 DIMMs
  • Fast 4 USB 3.1 Gen 2 with USB Type-C and Type-A
  • 2-Way CrossFire/SLI Multi-Graphics Support with Dual Armor and Ultra Durable Design
  • Ultra-Fast PCIe Gen3 x4 M.2 with PCIe NVMe & SATA mode support

Cons

  • Weak UEFI
  • Lacks onboard Wi-Fi 

Common Questions about Gigabyte GA-AX370-Gaming K5

Does the Gigabyte GA-AX370 Gaming K5 board support 9th Gen Intel Core processors?

The Gigabyte GA-AX370 Gaming K5 does not support 9th Gen Intel Core Processors. 

The board supports the AMD Ryzen and 7th Gen A-series processors. In our opinion, there’s not much to worry about. AMD Ryzen processors are designed and marketed with gamers in mind. 

However, if you are looking for a Gigabyte board that supports 9th Gen processors, we suggest you check out the Gigabyte Z390 AORUS Elite motherboard

How many M.2 storage slots does the Gigabyte GA-AX370 Gaming K5 board have?

The Gigabyte GA-AX370 Gaming K5 has eight M.2 storage slots which is impressive since most high-end boards only offer six. 

The additional M.2 slots are great if you’d like to add SSDs to improve the speed and efficiency of your storage. 

Customer Reviews

“When I bought the Gigabyte GA-AX370-Gaming K5 I was glad to see that everything worked right out of the box. I was able to easily install it and put all the hardware together. I have a 3200 MHZ Corsair memory and it had to be underclocked at 2933 MHZ. 

Thus far, I’ve owned three motherboards from three different brands and none of them were able to run my memory at full speed so I won’t hold it against this board since it’s nothing unusual. 

The BIOS was also super easy to navigate. I also didn’t need to upgrade the BIOS after installation which was a nice change after having to do it with my ASUS AM4 board and MSI board. Unlike those, the Gigabyte GA-AX370-Gaming board supported the 2.1 audio right out of the box. This made setting up the 2.1 in Linux so much easier. I am very happy.”

D. Corwin

5/5 Stars

“I’ve had this board for a few months now and it has been great right out of the box. Thus far, the only issue I’ve experienced is with the BIOS. The BIOS for this board is terrible. 

The F5 BIOS destroyed several of my RYZEN CPUs and the support just isn’t there. The only reason I’m not giving this a one-star review is because the majority of people are not updating their BIOS after every single release. 

Just know that if you are thinking about getting this board and plan to update the BIOS, do your research.”

Baphomet The Wanderer 

3/5 Stars

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