MSI Z270 Gaming M5 review – gaming, gaming, gaming!

One by one, the new motherboards for Intel Kaby Lake platform arrive in the office and wait patiently to be tested. I admit, I have a real joy to get my hands on them and to share my impressions with you.

MSI 200 series consists of 3 Gaming segments plus the Pro series. The manufacturer will release boards categorized in Enthusiast Gaming, Performance Gaming and Arsenal Gaming, each segment offering unique features for its users. There will be Z270, H270 and B250 motherboards, covering all requirements and budgets.

I am opening our MSI reviews for 2017 with their Z270 Gaming M5 motherboard, part of the Enthusiast department. The name already shows the orientation of the device, so let’s see how actually this board runs the new Kaby Lake CPUs.

For start, MSI dropped the A/X indicative after the Z270 label. So no Z270A/ Z270X versions this time.




MSI Z270 Gaming M5


- Intel Socket 1151 for 7th / 6th Generation Core i7/i5/i3/Pentium/Celeron

- Supports Intel Turbo Boost Technology 2.0


- Intel Z270


- 4x DDR4 memory slots, support up to 64GB

- Supports DDR4 3800MHz +

- Dual channel memory architecture


- ALC S1220 HD Codec with Audio Boost 4

- 7.1-Channel High Definition Audio

- Supports S/PDIF output


- Killer E2500 Gigabit LAN


- 2x PCIe 3.0 x16 (x16, x16/x8)

- 1x PCI-E 3.0 x16 running at x4

- 3x PCIe 2.0 x1


Intel Z270 chipset:

- 2x Turbo M.2 Socket 3, with M Key

- 6x SATA 6Gb/s ports

- 1x Turbo U.2 port

- Supports Intel Smart Response Technology, Intel Rapid Recovery Technology

USB ports

Intel Z270 chipset:

- 4x USB 3.0 ports (2 back, 1 header)

- 7x USB 2.0 ports (3 back, 2 headers)

ASMedia USB 3.1:

- 2x USB 3.1 ports (Type-A + Type-C)

Form Factor

- ATX Form Factor
- 12 x 9.6 inch (30.5 x 24.4 cm)


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