Thursday, April 12th 2018

GIGABYTE X470 Aorus Gaming 5 and X470 Aorus Ultra Gaming Pictured

GIGABYTE's upcoming flagship socket AM4 motherboard, the X470 Aorus Gaming 7, eclipsed two other models by the company based on the AMD X470 chipset, the X470 Aorus Gaming 5 /WiFi, and the X470 Aorus Ultra Gaming, pictured below. The X470 Aorus Gaming 5 has two variants based on the inclusion of a WLAN module. Both boards are based on the same PCB design, but the Gaming 5 is slightly better endowed than the Ultra Gaming. First, the common features. Drawing power from a 24-pin ATX and 8-pin EPS connector, the board features a 11-phase VRM to condition power for the AM4 SoC. A single-phase VRM powers the memory.

Expansion slots include three PCI-Express x16, from which the top two are gen 3.0 and wired to the SoC (x16/NC or x8/x8), while the third slot is gen 2.0 and wired to the X470 chipset. Two gen 2.0 x1 slots make for the rest of the expansion. Storage connectivity includes two M.2 slots, from which the top slot is 32 Gbps, and the bottom one 16 Gbps; and six SATA 6 Gbps ports, from which two come directly from the AM4 SoC. USB connectivity includes eight USB 3.0 ports, and two USB 3.1 ports, from which one is type-C. Gigabit Ethernet powered by Intel i219-V controller, and high-grade onboard audio with Realtek ALC1220 (120 dBA SNR) CODEC, WIMA capacitors, ground-layer isolation, and dual headphones amps, make for the rest of them.
What differentiates the Gaming 5 from the Ultra Gaming, are the following:
  • The Gaming 5 features slightly better VRM cooling in the form of a nickel-plated copper heat pipe connecting the two VRM heatsinks. This helps offload some heat generated from the more high-current CPU phases onto the heatsink cooling lower current phases.
  • The rear I/O shroud runs the entire length of the board on the Gaming 5
  • The Gaming 5 features steel reinforcement for both the top two PCI-Express 3.0 x16 and the four DDR4 DIMM slots, while the Ultra Gaming lacks reinforcement for the DIMM slots.
  • The Gaming 5 features LED lighting elements on even the I/O shroud, and the top two PCI-Express 3.0 x16 slots, while the Ultra Gaming lacks it.
The X470 Aorus Ultra Gaming, X470 Aorus Gaming 5, and the X470 Gaming 5 WiFi could occupy three distinct sub-$220 price points. Source: VideoCardz
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5 Comments on GIGABYTE X470 Aorus Gaming 5 and X470 Aorus Ultra Gaming Pictured

#1
Hugh Mungus
Ultra gaming seems like great value! Better VRM cooling? Won't be necessary.

Wifi? I have ethernet ports.

Reinforced dimm slots? Useful, but my pc rarely gets moved and always stays in the study!

Lights? Don't care if they're not on the front of the case or on my desk.

Hopefully it'll cost €150 or so!
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#2
TristanX
Hopefully, they didn't used too strong and expensive power delivery circuits, as it will be wasted by low Ryzen OC ability
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#3
Hugh Mungus
"TristanX said:
Hopefully, they didn't used too strong and expensive power delivery circuits, as it will be wasted by low Ryzen OC ability
Exactly why vrm cooling upgrades don't matter. Unless you want the extra features, the budget mid-range ultra gaming seems to be just about the best motherboard deal in ages (from gigabyte at least)! Dual amp is actually more useful than you may think and it now finally is on a lower end mobo!
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#4
dj-electric
The Gaming 5 WiFi looks Juicy

i want one.
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#5
Rickkins
I think I'll be going with the Ultra as well. Already ordered my 2700.
Last year's gear will be going down to my son...
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