MSI Z170A Gaming M5 Intel Z170 (Socket 1151) DDR4 ATX Motherboard

Z170A Gaming M5 Intel Z170 (Socket 1151) DDR4 ATX Motherboard

  • Skylake 6th Gen
  • DDR4
  • 3x PCIE x16
  • 4x PCIE x1
  • 6x SATA 6Gb/s
  • SATA-Express
  • M.2 (SATA/PCIE)
  • Gigabit LAN
  • 7.1 HD Audio
  • 1x USB3.1
  • 6x USB3.0
  • 6x USB2.0
  • 1x 5Gb/s USB Type C
  • Crossfire/SLI
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Stock Code: MB-305-MS

EAN: 4719072412814

MPN: 7977-001R

Manufacturer: MSI

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Z170A Gaming M5 Intel Z170 (Socket 1151) DDR4 ATX Motherboard

The MSI Z170A GAMING M5 motherboard is designed to provide gamers the best gaming experience through genuine GAMING design, best-in-class gaming features and the latest technology. The Z170A GAMING M5 motherboard is an engineering masterpiece tailored to gaming perfection.

By fully isolating the memory circuitry from other components, DDR4 Boost ensures the memory signal to stay pure for maximum performance and stability.

Twin Turbo M.2 delivers next generation M.2 performance through a PCI-Express 3.0 x4 interface. Delivering transfer speeds 3 times as fast as conventional M.2 solutions, up to 64 Gb/s.

The ultimate audio solution for gamers, powered by Nahimic Audio Enhancer. With dual OPA1652 AMPs and metal EMI Shielding you get breathtaking sound quality.

MSI GAMING LAN is powered by the Killer LAN E2400 Network Controller featuring intelligent AES 2.0 to automatically prioritize games above other applications. GAMING LAN uses LAN Protect with 15KV anti-surge protection for safety, highlighted with a red LED in the LAN port.


CPU Supports 6th Gen Intel Core i3/i5/i7 processors, and Intel Pentium and Celeron processors for Socket LGA1151
Chipset Intel Z170 Express Chipset
Memory 4x DIMMs, max. 64GB, DDR4 3600(OC)/ 3200(OC)/ 3000(OC)/ 2800(OC)/ 2600(OC)/ 2400/ 2133 MHz
- Dual channel memory architecture
- Supports ECC, un-buffered memory
- Supports Intel Extreme Memory Profile (XMP)
Slots 3x PCI Express 3.0/2.0 slots* (support x16, x8/x8, x8/x8/x4 or x8/ x8/x1 modes)
4x PCI Express 3.0/2.0 x1 slots
*Steel Armour PCIe slots 1 and 2 have more solder points on the PCB for more strength and protects the PCI-Express signals against electromagnetic interference
Multi-GPU Support Supports 2-Way NVIDIA SLI Technology
Supports 3-Way AMD CrossFire Technology
Onboard Graphics Integrated Graphics Processor - Intel HD Graphics support
Multi-VGA output support: 1x HDMI port, 1x DVI-D port
- Supports HDMI with max. resolution 4096 x 2160 @24Hz / 2560 x 1600 @60Hz
- Supports DVI-D with max. resolution of 1920 x 1200 @60Hz
Storage Intel Z170 Express Chipset with RAID**** and supports Intel Smart Response Technology
6x SATA 6Gb/s ports* (4 ports reserved for SATAe)
2x M.2 slots* supports PCIe 3.0 x4 and SATA 6Gb/s standards, 4.2cm/ 6cm/ 8cm length M.2 SSD cards. Supports PCIe 3.0 x4 NVMe Mini-SAS SSD with Turbo U.2 Host Card**
2x SATAe port (PCIe 3.0 x2) ***
* M.2, SATA and SATAe ports maximum support 1x M.2_PCIe + 6x SATAs or 1x M.2_SATA + 1x M.2_PCIe + 4x SATAs. Please refer to page 34 for M.2 slots with examples of various combination possibilities
** The Turbo U.2 Host Card is not included, please purchase separately
*** SATAe port is backward compatible with SATA
***** Supports RAID 0, RAID1, RAID 5 and RAID 10 for SATA storage devices. Supports RAID 0 and RAID1 for M.2 PCIe storage devices (M.2 PCIe RAID volume can be created with UEFI BIOS)
USB Intel Z170 Express Chipset
6x USB 3.1 Gen1 (SuperSpeed USB) ports (4 ports on the back panel, 2 ports available through the internal USB connector)
6x USB 2.0 (High-speed USB) ports (2 ports on the back panel, 4 ports available through the internal USB connectors)
1x USB 3.1 Gen2 (SuperSpeed USB 10Gbps) port on the back panel (ASMedia ASM1142 Chipset)
1x USB 3.1 Gen2 Type-C port on the back panel (ASMedia ASM1142 Chipset)
Audio Realtek ALC1150 8-channel Audio Boost 3 with Nahimic
Nahimic Audio Enhancer: Immersive sound quality that pushes the limits of reality
Audio Boost 3: Reward your ears with studio grade sound quality
Supports S/PDIF output
LAN Killer E2400 Gigabit LAN
Dimensions ATX form factor: 30.5cm x 24.4cm)


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Very good motherboard

This is a Great motherboard, there is a lot of features on this board, lots of overclocking features also and the bios actually has helpful descriptions for most of the features so that you will know what the settings are for.

James Mann 2016-01-15

msi looking good

Bought this board as part of my new build and so far so good,very stable but mostly got it because of the look :)

chris 2015-12-03

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  • eTeknix - Editor's Choice

    “The MSI Z170A GAMING M5 might not be the best performer in synthetic tasks, but its exceptional feature list and gorgeous styling makes it a marvellous accompaniment to any Skylake build. Furthermore, the staggering connectivity options offers a great deal of flexibility and caters to users with ultra fast storage devices.”

  • GeekTech - Gold

    "The performance numbers were solid across the board. The board took the 6700k for a ride and was easily able to push it to its limits. In the end we got a very sturdy 4.7GHz overclock and overall a rock steady system."

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