Gigabyte Motherboard: How about X670E AORUS AX

Just last month, AMD finally launched a new generation of Ryzen 7000 series processors, along with its flagship X670/X670E chip motherboards. Perhaps now many rich friends have used AMD this new platform, which is indeed more expensive than Ryzen 5000 series. However, I believe that the vast majority of friends are still in a wait-and-see state. After all, the 13th generation of Intel is flexing our muscles. Therefore, today we will evaluate Gigabyte X670 AORUS ELITE AX and help you make your decision.


Let’s start with a quick look at the AMD Ryzen 7 7700X. At present, there are four versions of Ryzen 7000 series released by AMD. Ryzen 5 7600X, Ryzen 7 7700X, Ryzen 9 7900X and Ryzen 9 7950X. From the perspective of positioning, this processor belongs to the mid-range level. The specific parameters are new ZEN4 architecture, 5nm process, 8-core, 16-thread design, basic frequency 4.5GHz, BOOT frequency 5.4GHz, L3 cache 32MB, TDP 105W.

On the other hand, Gigabyte released three new motherboard, X670E AORUS XTREME, X670E AORUS MASTER and what we will talk about, X670 AORUS ELITE AX. Also, it is the least expensive one.

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The Gigabyte X670 AORUS ELITE AX does not provide many accessories. Except the motherboard, there are the Wi-Fi antenna base, M.2 hard disk screws, 2 SATA hard disk cables, jumper assistance tools, AORUS metal stick and manual.

CPU base and memory

The protective cover of the CPU base is customized with the top cover, just as the heat dissipation armor does. Also, it is the iconic carved head of Gigabyte. In terms of memory, the Gigabyte X670 AORUS ELITE AX is equipped with four DDR5 DIMMs that support XMP and EXPO technology. With this function, the DDR5 memory can be easily overclocked in the BIOS, so that the performance of DDR5 memory can be better released.


On the upper right side of the motherboard, that is, above the memory slot, there is an interface for RGB lighting synchronization. In fact, there are two 12V 4-pin 12V RGB interfaces and one 3-pin 5V RGB interface. At the same time, there are two multi-function buttons under the interface of RGB light synchronization. What’s more, it can not only be set as switch/restart, but also set to clear BIOS, switch RGB light into safe mode.


The Gigabyte X670 AORUS ELITE AX is equipped with a total of three PCIe slots, the first of which is directly connected to the CPU. In addition, it adopts metal armor design to prevent motherboard deformation due to heavy graphics card. The protocol is PCIe 4.0X16. The remaining two slots provide channels for the Southbridge chipset, which are PCle 4.0X4 and PCIe 3.0X2.

As for the M.2 slot, the Gika X670 AORUS ELITE AX packs a total of four. The M.2 slot under the CPU provides an exclusive channel and supports PCIe 5.0×4. However, the M.2 solid state that uses PCIe 5.0 is not online yet. The remaining M.2 solid state interfaces are provided by chipsets and support PCIe 4.0X4. It is worth mentioning that the M.2 slot uses the screw free quick disassembly design.

The motherboard is equipped with 4 SATA interfaces, and the front USB 3.2 Gen1 interface is side designed. There is a slot above the SATA port for connecting to the THB_U4 expansion card and a USB 3.2 Gen 2×2 Type-C front port. Motherboard I/O interface is also very rich, At the top are Q-Flash Plus button, SMA antenna, HDMI 2.0, 4 USB 2.0, 6 USB 3.2 Gen 1, 2 USB 3.2 Gen 2 (red), USB 3.2 Gen 2X2 Type-C, and 2.5G RJ45 network port and 3 audio ports. Whether it’s for aggregate video output or peripheral needs, the Gigabyte X670 AORUS ELITE AX meets the needs of the vast majority of users.

South Bridge Chipset

Both the X670 and X670E use a dual-chip design, which enhances and expands on the one hand, while preventing the single chip from overheating on the other. You should know that the South bridge chipset of the previous generation X570 motherboard should be cooled by the fan, and the later X570S can get rid of the fan by lowering the Southbridge voltage.


Now let’s talk about GCC, Gigabyte Control Center. As a newly designed APP, GCC is not only powerful, but also very conveinent when using. It can not only download the driver and software, but also adjust the fan speed, RGB lighting and overclocking, which is also very friendly to the novice. By default, fans have four gears: silent, normal, full speed, and manual. Setting a threshold can balance heat dissipation efficiency and silence.

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Generally speaking, compared with the previous generation of Ryzen, this generation of Ryzen 7000 series has made progress. Coupled with the main board such as the Gigabyte X670 AORUS ELITE AX, it fully explains the slogan “GO ELITE is powerful”. Both performance release and power consumption experience of the whole machine are good, except that the temperature is slightly higher than intel. The overall performance is in line with expectations.

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