Been running since launch. With the latest bios = now near perfect.
I have had this board with a ryzen 7 1700 in it (cooled with a corsair h110i aio) along with 32gb (2x16gb) of g.Skill tridentz 3200mhz cl15 dual-rank ddr4 up and running since march 13th (just 11 days after the ryzen 7 launch), so i feel like i have a pretty good background of experience on this particular motherboard and how it's changed/improved since launch. First things first, if you are having any problems with yours (esp. Ram compatibility issues), update the bios!!!!!!!! The latest bios update from mid-june fixes just about every major problem i still had left with this motherboard (vastly better memory compatibility/stability, advanced memory timing options, much improved overall system stability, slightly faster cpu oc with less voltage then pre-update, etc...), so i'd like to give an a+ shout-out to the gigabyte bios team!!! You guys have consistently beat the other am4 mobo manufacturers in getting the latest agesa updates from amd tested, baked into the different mobo model bios', and finally released to the public (including releasing beta versions before all the bugs have been squashed; letting people test out the new agesa changes waaaay before they would appear in any kind of bios update (even a beta) from another company (for 22.214.171.124, gigabyte had a beta out more than a month before anyone caught up, and were 1 of the first to drop the real thing). In continuation on the bios topic, the interface (advanced, not the 1-screen) is largely great (love smartfan 5 to freaking death), and has steadily improved since launch with added features, options, and refinements.Moving to the hardware itself, i have nothing but good things to say. The 6+4 vrm power phase design (at least on the gaming 5 & k7, the k5 uses their b350, 4+3 vrm setup instead (despite being an x370 board)), which might not match some of the others in sheer phase numbers (looking at you asrock using 2x, 2x worse performing power phases to look better in a # vs # comparison), they are superior in both efficiency and longevity per phase, when compared to those being used in other manufacturer's high end x370 boards. It might not hit the absolute highest oc's of any am4 out there, but what it can hit (which is absolutely nothing to scoff at, 4ghz @ 1.38v on my 1700 in my case) will be likely be more stable & power efficient, with cleaner power delivery than on most competitors boards (esp. Those from asrock. No matter how many power phases they try to throw on their new boards, it still doesn't change the fact that the phases are almost always pieces of leaky, absolute garbage. A crappy vrm's dirty power delivery can't be cleaned up no matter how many more crappy vrm phases you add to send the current through). While the vrm phases themselves might be absolutely top of the line (for a mainstream platform like am4), the heat-sinks on them definitely leave a little to be desired. Using an aio (i.E. No active cooling) and 1.38v vcore, and 1.125v vsoc, they tend to sit in the low-mid 70°c's during stress-testing, which isn't out of control by any-means (these particular phases only start to truly lose efficiency after around 80°c or so), but definitely warmer than i would like or needs to be. By adding significantly more, and finer fins on top of the heat-sinks, (so they aren't visible when the boards looked at, head on) instead of the just a handful they have now, they could have kept vrm temps smack-dab in the efficiency sweet spot, even when the board/cpu is absolutely cranked; without requiring active vrm cooling (i.E. Like a downward facing cpu air cooler, ala the wraith spire). Now, moving on from the cpu, as far as memory is concerned, it's power phase is of the exact same premium quality as the cpu's and should have no problems pushing whatever ddr4 voltages you might need (within reason). And with the most recent bios/agesa update, memory support has become plug-&-play for the vast majority of 2-dimm kits clocked 3200mhz and under, using the built in xmp (or similar) profile. The exceptions to this are primarily high-capacity, dual-rank sticks like the vast majority of 16gb dimms, which might require a little manual adjustment still (i.E. Mine works at either 3200mhz cl 16 (, 18, 18, etc...) or 2933mhz cl 14 (14, 14, etc...), but not quite the rated 3200mhz cl15 yet). Another thing to be aware of is that max ram clock-speed drops significantly when going from 2 to 4 dimm's so keep that in mind when putting your build together. If you need 32gb, 16gbx2 will be far superior to 8gbx4 for ex (for ex. I can hit 3200mhz with my 2x16gb, but you'd be lucky to break 2666mhz w/ 4x8gb sticks).Moving away from primary performance (solid to freaking exceptional), the build quality is absolutely fantastic!!! All electronic components are of very high quality (i.E. Using premium capacitors throughout the entire board, and not just for audio (though the nichicon caps used there are totally fantastic), all the pci-e & dimm slots feature well anchored steel shielding to prevent any flex/bending (no matter how big a gfx card you throw in there), the fit and finish of all machined parts is damn near impeccable and put together in a completely rock solid fashion with no cheap flex or give to be found. The premium fit & finish continues with the matte black pcb, which is not only absolutely striking, but manages to near completely hide any visible wire traces across the entire board from a normal viewing distance (even around the cpu socket, which is almost nothing but wire traces) giving the board an exceptionally clean & consistent look/finish that contrasts most wonderfully with all the board's off-white accent pieces (vrm heat-sink's, i/o shield, chipset heat-sink, etc...), leading to a totally brilliant visual design for any black & white monochrome build. What if you're build isn't monochrome though? Gigabyte has got you covered there with one of the most in-depth and extensive rgb led board setup's i've ever seen. Practically every part of the board has (or is lined with), fully, on-the-fly controllable (even from your phone in real time) rgb led's letting you change/adapt your build's color visible scheme on a whim (as the board itself is neutral colors, any "color" scheme would have to come from the led's and other parts, though being b&w, it fits with, and accentuates nearly any color combo in existence). This is something i really like for a number of reasons, 1st - it's entirely up to the end user whether to use them at all, and with led's being a very personal preference, that's a great thing, 2nd - the boards base-colors (or lack thereof) are perfect for showcasing colored lighting, true making it one of the most visually adaptable/flexible boards i've ever laid eyes on, and 3rd - it's so easy to change or turn on/off (turning the led controller sw into a phone app was genius) that it promotes experimenting. Overall, i find it extremely difficult to find any fault with gigabyte's visual result/performance on the aorus x370 gaming 5.Finally, from a features standpoint; it might not be the most absolutely feature (and often gimmick tbh) packed am4 x370 board out there, but the one's it does bring the table are almost entirely actually useful, or at the very least, serve a discernible/testable purpose. For example, this is perhaps the only am4 board to use 2x, high-end audio chipsets/codecs. (2x realtek alc1220 in this case); one to solely control the rear panel, and another exclusive to the front. This lets you use both at the same time with absolutely no quality/bit-rate/cleanliness loss. Even the single codec boards that can run multiple audio inputs/outputs simultaneously; there is a huge performance/quality hit to doing so; not here. For musicians, this lets you record from 2 audio devices at once (via the 1/8" input jacks, using a 1/4" adapter if necessary) without needing any kind of audio interface/ i/o on hand, with no quality loss. For many, that's huge. Other similarly handy/forward thinking features included are the 5x "hybrid" fan headers which can automatically take either a fan, aio pump, or custom loop pump without any work on your part (the fan/pump's temp curve can then be custom edited with gb's smartfan 5 software either in the bios or win), along with having 2x bios chips on-board (vs 1) giving you a backup in-case an update ever gets botched, or you screw up the settings to the point it won't post anymore. For oc/tweaking enthusiasts like myself, this is huge!!!! (saves more headaches than any other single board feature i can think of).In conclusion, nearly every problem i've had with this board since launch has been the fault of amd, not gigabyte (from rushing the am4/ryzen launch, though with very good reason); and with the most recent bios/agesa update have nearly entirely been fixed. As long as you update the bios first thing after you put your pc together, i literally cannot think of a reason i wouldn't recommend this board to somebody else outside of it's price-range. Someone looking for a true budget option would likely be far better served with 1 of the many b350 offering's available than a high-end (but not quite top-o-line) x370 board such as this.