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MSI Z270 Gaming M5 Intel Z270 (Socket 1151) DDR4 ATX Motherboard

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Z270 Gaming M5 Intel Z270 (Socket 1151) DDR4 ATX Motherboard

  • Skylake/Kabylake
  • DDR4 2133-3600+
  • 3x PCIEx16
  • 3x PCIEx1
  • 3x M.2(Key M)
  • 6x SATA 6Gb/s
  • 2x USB 3.1 TypeC
  • 7x USB 3.1 TypeA
  • 7x USB2.0
  • Crossfire/SLI
  • Killer E2500 LAN
 

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Stock Code: MB-31U-MS

EAN: 4719072490638

MPN: 7A78-001R

Manufacturer: MSI

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Z270 Gaming M5 Intel Z270 (Socket 1151) DDR4 ATX Motherboard

Z270 Motherboard (ATX) for Gamers, with 3× PCIe 3.0 x16 (x16/x8/x4), 2× USB 3.1 (1x Type A & 1x Type C), 2× M.2 (PCIe 3.0 x4) & 1× U.2 (PCIe 3.0 x4), 6× USB 3.0 + 6x SATA 6G, MSI Mystic Light LED Control

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Product Description

The MSI Z270 Gaming M5 is an ATX motherboard utilising Intel's Z270 chipset for Intel processors from the 6th ("Skylake") and 7th (“Kaby Lake”) generations on socket LGA 1151. The chipsets from the 200 series, known as "Union Point", come with up to 24 PCIe Express 3.0 lanes and bring more overall HSIO lanes (High Speed I/O) as well, thereby enabling more internal connections (such as SATA or PCIe slots) to be used simultaneously. As a Z270 motherboard, the Z270 Gaming M5 enables overclocking of K-series CPUs, which offer completely unlocked multipliers.

The Features of the MSI Z270 Gaming M5 - An Overview:

  • 3× PCIe (3.0) x16 (16/8/4) & 3× PCIe (3.0) x1
  • 2× USB 3.1 (Type A & Type C) / 6× USB 3.0
  • 2× M.2 (PCIe 3.0 x4) / 1× U.2 (PCIe 3.0 x4) / 6× SATA 6G
  • Supports up to 64 GB DDR4-RAM at 3.866 MHz
  • MSI Mystic Light LED-Control
  • CPU Overclocking via Multiplier & Baseclock

The MSI Z270 Gaming M5 in Detail

The MSI Z270 Gaming M5 is a very well-equipped ATX-Mainboard with Intel’s Z270 chipset for Intel's processors of the 6000- and 7000 series. This black-themed board comes with three PCIe x16 slots, of which one is connected to the chipset via a full 16 lanes, while the other PCIe x16 slots are connected electrically with four i.e eight total data links. For I/O options and expansion cards the board comes with three PCIe x1 slots and supports NVIDIA's SLI- as well as AMD's CrossFireX technology.

The motherboard provides DDR4 RAM compatibility over 4 DIMM slots in ultra-fast dual-channel mode. The memory banks take up to 64 GB RAM and, depending on the processor installed, supports memory clocks of either 2.133 MHz (with Skylake CPUs) or 2.400 MHz (with Kaby Lake CPUs), and overclocking also allows memory modules rated at speeds of up to 3.866 MHz.

In order to connect the very fastest data storage devices, the board comes with two M.2 slots for extreme NVMe M.2 SSDs, as well as six SATA 6G ports for 3,5" or 2,5" hard drives and SSDs (including RAID support). The M.2 ports are connected via four PCIe lanes on the 3.0 standard to the chipset and, in combination with the NVMe protocol, enable a data transfer rate of almost 4 GB/s. This allows M.2 PCIe SSDs to function up to eight times faster than SATA 6G SSDs! One of the particularly unique features of the MSI Z270 Gaming M5 is the MSI Mystic Light LED controller with RGB-LED header.

The I/O panel of this motherboard offers connectivity to the new USB specification, USB Type C, a port with a new slim profile and the ability to be plugged in either way. Apart from the Type C port the motherboard also offers backwards compatibility with USB 3.1 Type A. USB 3.1 ports are rated for a maximum achievable throughput of 10 Gbit/s, twice as fast as traditional USB 3.0 ports! As far as input devices and other gaming peripherals are concerned, the I/O panel also offers 2 USB 3.0 and USB 2.0 ports respectively.

If no graphics card is available, the integrated GPU on the Skylake or Kaby Lake CPU allows for monitors to be connected directly to the rear of the motherboard - and both HDMI and DisplayPort connectors are provided for this purpose. Internally the motherboard offers - among other functions - five 4-pin headers for PWM fans as well as XMP support and an array of overclocking features.

Technical Details:
  • Format: ATX
  • Chipset: Intel Z270 ("Union Point")
    Socket: 1151 (for 6th and 7th generation Intel CPUs ("Skylake"/"Kaby Lake")
  • RAM: 4× DDR4 (Skylake: DDR4-2.133, Kaby Lake: DDR4-2.400, OC max. 3866 MHz)
    Dual-Channel
  • Slots (physical):
    1× PCIe 3.0 x16
    1× PCIe 3.0 x16 (electrical x8)
    1× PCIe 3.0 x16 (electrical x4)
    Compatible multi-VGA configurations: 2-Way SLI (Quad-GPU), 3-Way CrossFireX (Quad-GPU)
    3× PCIe 3.0 x1
  • Internal Connectors:
    6× SATA 6G
    1× U.2 (PCIe 3.0 x4)
    2× M.2 (PCIe 3.0 x4)
    4× USB 3.0 (two headers)
    4× USB 2.0 (two headers)
    5× Fans (4-Pin PWM)
    1× Mystic Light RGB LED Strip Header
    Power/Reset/LED/Front Audio
  • External Connectors:
    1× PS/2 Keyboard/Mouse
    2× USB 3.1 (1× Type A and 1× Type C)
    2× USB 3.0
    2× USB 2.0
    1× Gigabit LAN (Killer E2500)
    1× HDMI 1.4b
    1× DisplayPort 1.2
    1× USB BIOS Flashback Button
    1× Clear CMOS Button
    1× S/PDIF (optical)
    5× Audio (7.1)
  • Power Supply:
    1× 24-Pin EATX
    1× 8-Pin ATX 12V
 

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Product Specification:

CPU Socket
1151
Form Factor
ATX
Motherboard Chipset
Intel Z270

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Can't go wrong

Although this isn't exactly a cheap motherboard, it has the features you'd expect and some extra bells and whistles too, such as some chipset lighting, amazing appearance, good VR support, USB 3.1 Gen2 port etc.

The overclocking preset that the motherboard has for the i5 works very well which I'm happy with and the support software and section of MSI's website is great too, was easy to find and get everything I needed to get everything updated and ready to go.

This board is also great for RAID 0 M.2 drive configurations, as MSI has software/features that makes this easier too.

Luke 2017-02-06

Highly Recommended

I chose the MSI Z270 M5 for my 7700k build after having the Z170 M7 previously for my 6700k as I had no issues with my previous build. Firstly the board is visually appealing as I wanted all black, using the LEDs only for colour, this board was exactly what I was looking for. I was already impressed with the build quality of the z170 m7, but I feel the z270 m5 looks more refined. I feel the board is really good value for money as it has so many features and more than I would need at this stage. Installation was easy and the manual is clear. The BIOS and the software in the OS are simple to use and reliable. I have already recommended this motherboard to friends and can’t speak more highly of it and MSI as a brand.

ArronRS 2017-02-05

Great Board

Although this isn't exactly a cheap motherboard, it has the features you'd expect and some extra bells and whistles too, such as some chipset lighting, amazing appearance, good VR support, USB 3.1 Gen2 port etc.

The overclocking preset that the motherboard has for the i5 works very well which I'm happy with and the support software and section of MSI's website is great too, was easy to find and get everything I needed to get everything updated and ready to go.

This board is also great for RAID 0 M.2 drive configurations, as MSI has software/features that makes this easier too.

Luke Turner 2017-02-03

Beautiful Motherboard

I'm new to PC building given that I favour mobility above all else and have always used a laptop for gaming but I finally decided to try and mix in a bit of desktop gaming, and given that my current and by far the best laptop I ever owned is an MSI, I was very happy to lean towards buying more of their products.

Though this motherboard is my first, it certainly does not disappoint. It's design and aesthetics, as superficial as those details may seem to some people, are simply fantastic. I love it's clean, elegant and high-quality look without going overboard on trying to appeal to more hardcore and very young gamers with bold designs and I often find myself watching it through the window of my case and drinking in it's sleek look.

As far as practicality goes, this board has more than I could ever need and offers me comfort in that knowledge especially since I've already made an extra purchase or two that I was not counting on initially which were easily catered to by this board. The M.2 heatshield is a nice bonus too considering I've read a lot about their tendency to become incredibly hot and I welcome the presence of anything that makes me feel like my components are being maintained as efficiently as possible.

Even if anything should go awry, I have confidence in MSI's RMA policy too given my experience with my laptop which was nothing short of complete disappointment in the past with other brands.

Simply put, I love this board and I look forward to relying on MSI products in the future too. Highly recommended.

Gavin C. 2017-01-31

Excellent product, even better aftercare

After searching for a Z270 board for my new build, I chanced upon the MSI M5 on a promotion, I have to say that I am really pleased with the board and it has outperformed my expectations on several levels.
First thing I must mention is the motherboard’s features and build quality. Being the latest generation of intel’s chipsets, the board is a showcase for new tech, the main feature to talk about for me being the dual M.2 interfaces. I have come from a budget SSD to an M.2 drive and the difference in speed is beyond comparable, I would wonder what taking it forward and running a dual M.2 RAID setup will be like? All the while the board is surrounded by accents and details which give the unique MSI dragon scale look, the aggressive styling really is appreciable in an open window case. With the central RGB lighting projecting a great glow, it is a seriously good looking board.
Moving onto the BIOS, the features and easily accessible with plenty of scope for detailed tweaking of your settings. It’s easy to navigate and even gives you an overview of all the active interfaces and sockets which are occupied, all the way from fan inputs to SATA plug-ins. For an overclocking novice like myself the one button OC, Game boost, has made my 7600k clock to 4.5Ghz without breaking a sweat. I look forward to cranking it up even higher in the future to see what this can do!
Overall I am extremely happy with my purchase, and would like to give a big shout out to the aftercare team at MSI for taking such detailed care to their customers. Since the beginning, they have helped me with the various promotions and advantages they have on offer and I can fully recommend anyone looking for an upgrade to go MSI.

Thomas Cowie 2017-01-27

Great

The new M5 is great. For starters the colour scheme is so much better than the last board as they’ve toned down the red and black look in favour for black and grey which I personally think looks a lot better and now it will match with many more components. This new motherboard is also a lot stronger and more rugged than the previous version. The steel armour around 2 of the PCI-E x16 slots and the RAM slots mean that the video card and ram will be held securely. The RBG light controls are also very good and the board is not overdone with them unlike some others in this category. I have not tried to overclock on this board yet so thus cannot comment on this but early results from those who have tried it seem to be positive. And finally there's the new M.2 shield which really helps to keep my M.2 cool.

Alex Rutherford 2017-01-26

The greatest motherboard i have ever had!

I never buy products from any other company, only MSI as their products' quality are second to none, i love that you just click game boost on the BIOS to get an INSTANT 4.8 GHz boost, without you having to change any voltages so its really easy. The LED debug screen at the bottom displays the CPU's temp in real time which is great if you do not have monitoring software. The LEDs on this motherboard are vibrant and just beautiful. The blue and red colours are in my opinion the best. The two m.2 solid state drive slots have guards on them which is a great feature. the second m.2 slot has a heat spreader guard to keep the temperatures really low. The matte black/ metallic guards around the board make it really easy to put into any case and make it look fantastic. I am so glad i bought this motherboard, i honestly am in love with it.

Scott 2017-01-24

Great Board!

I am extremely happy with the Z270 Gaming M5. It rams a ton of ports on the back and the mother board itself is stunning. The board is stealthy looking and would compliment a dark theme. Personally I have a jet black case, Ram, graphics car and power supply. So it is safe to say that the board goes well with this theme. It has many features for overclocking and with my Intel 6700k it is running safe and sound at an automatic overclock that you activate in the BIOS. It runs very stable at these speeds and I imagine would run even faster with a new Kabylake based processor. This is not my first MSI motherboard and it will not be my last. I can safely recommend this to anyone with an eye on port options, aesthetics, Overclocking options and much more!

Phill 2017-01-23

quality product

a fantastic motherboard that works perfectly and i hope will work perfectly in the years to come. many I/O ports on the back, many Fan headers for the many fans i have and topped of with a modest amount of RGB LED lighting, brilliant if you are willing to pay a bit extra than other competing products

Royston Scott 2017-01-23

Brilliant!

a fantastic motherboard that has served me well thus far, really good if your willing to spend a bit more!

William Scott 2017-01-23

Excellent Motherboard

Normally I'm a bit of an Asus fan boy but the looks and the features of the Gaming M5 board, I decided to go for MSI this time and I'm glad I did!

It's all the little things that make the different from the reassuring and positive "click" when inserting the RAM to the little BIOS debug code on the bottom left of the motherboard which when booted to windows, this shows the CPU temperature.

If you're like me and are really finicky over cable tidying, you'll be pleased to know that all the fan headers are in convenient locations. The USB 3 header and sata headers on the board are at 90 degree angles so that the cables don't have to be bent round.

The BIOS is easy to navigate round and the onboard fan control is perfect as you can create your own fan curve.

I was a bit spectacle as to whether the on board sound would be any good. I can say that this has now made my Creative XFI Fatality sound card redundant as I found the on board sound to be really good!

Overall it's a really well built motherboard with a lot of features to play with and looks excellent in any windowed case.

Jake 2017-01-23

amazing motherboard

This is an amazing motherboard, it's got everything I need: It has Kaby lake, It has M.2 Slot it has USB type C ports. As a fan boy of MSI I was very excited to when I heard this was revealed and went straight to it. A luxurious motherboard with a luxurious colour that I couldn't recommend to anyone more. It goes perfect with my colour scheme that being said most of it is MSI anyway. It fits perfectly within my Corsair High Airflow case and looks amazing in it. Seriously wouldn't recommend this case more. Thank you MSI and thank you Overclockers.

Sam 2017-01-23

Awesome

Can't really fault this motherboard at all, installed like a charm and had zero issues. I honestly couldn't believe the build quality very sturdy and complete something I usually don't expect for a motherboard priced in this bracket to be honest. I've always gone for Asus boards however thought I'd give MSI a try this time around and honestly very impressed would definitely buy another board from them or any of their other products. The RGB on the board are really quite good I didn't expect much however they match my colour scheme extremely well and I'm very impressed with the range of colours. Would highly recommend to anyone looking to buy an Z270 board.

Ben 2017-01-23

Excellent Motherboard

Jake 2017-01-22

A great board with great features

I am very pleased with the Z270 Gaming M5. It packs a ton of I/O ports and is very pleasing on the eye. I have a black case and this compliments it well with its stealth like looks. Photos really don’t do it justice. It is a great overclocking motherboard and I have paired this with an Intel 6700k. I have clocked it a fair bit with the auto OC’ing feature and it runs very stable. This is my third MSI motherboard and I would not hesitate to recommend this to anyone.

phillip george 2017-01-21

Awesome

Can't really fault this motherboard at all, installed like a charm and had zero issues. I honestly couldn't believe the build quality very sturdy and complete something I usually don't expect for a motherboard priced in this bracket to be honest. I've always gone for Asus boards however thought I'd give MSI a try this time around and honestly very impressed would definitely buy another board from them or any of their other products. The RGB on the board are really quite good I didn't expect much however they match my colour scheme extremely well and I'm very impressed with the range of colours. Would highly recommend to anyone looking to buy an Z270 board.

Ben 2017-01-20

Great motherboard, great brand

All I can say is thanks MSI, you managed to make a great motherboard which fits my needs perfectly I'm new to ddr4 and you made it possible.

Sam white 2017-01-20

A quality motherboard

I bought this motherboard to go with a new Kaby lake CPU and so far i am impressed with the result. The packaging has a nice premium feel, and is suitably robust to keep everything safe. The box contains the usual mix of manuals, driver CD’s and sata cables, but also includes a MSI logo for your case and some cable labels. Installation is straightforward, there is plenty of clearance around the screw holes, and a sufficient space around the CPU socket to install a water cooling block without feeling cramped. There is also a dedicated fan header for a water pump on the right of the motherboard.
The steel reinforcement on the PCI and memory slots are great and make pushing these components in feel a lot safer, there is also a steel heat shield around the second M.2 slot, however as this space is shared with a PCI slot you won't be able to get to it without removing anything moderately long installed in that space. As its not a component i fiddle with a lot i don't see this being an issue, and there is always an M.2 slot above the top lane if this bothers you. There is a U.2 slot for a bit of future proofing.
As far as connectivity goes there is plenty, i tend to go quite heavy on the hard drives, additional USB ports and disk drives, and i haven't run out so far. There are two USB3.1 Gen2 ports on the back, including a USB type C port, a connection i think we will see more and more of as time goes on. Two internal USB 3.1 Gen1 ports mean i can expand the number rear USB ports and connect my case's front usb headers at the same time.
The attention to detail is solid, even the rear of the board which is likely to go unseen is well finished with an angled design, and the southbridge has RGB lighting to match your colour scheme. If i had one complaint it would be the CPU power socket can be quite hard to reach as there is an extensive shroud on the heatsink, it seems like this could have been avoided but it doesn't create too many problems.
Overall i am very happy with this motherboard, i would strongly recommend it to anyone.

Rick 2017-01-19

Outstanding motherboard

I bought this motherboard to go with a new Kaby lake CPU and so far i am quite impressed with the result. The packaging has a nice premium feel, and is suitably robust to keep everything safe. The box contains the usual mix of manuals, driver CD’s and sata cables, but also includes a MSI logo for your case and some cable labels. Installation is straightforward, there is plenty of clearance around the screw holes, and a sufficient space around the CPU socket to install a water cooling block without feeling cramped. There is also a dedicated fan header for a water pump on the right of the motherboard.
The steel reinforcement on the PCI and memory slots are great and make pushing these components in feel a lot safer, there is also a steel heat shield around the second M.2 slot, however as this space is shared with a PCI slot you won't be able to get to it without removing anything moderately long installed in that space. As its not a component i fiddle with a lot i don't see this being an issue, and there is always an M.2 slot above the top lane if this bothers you. There is a U.2 slot for a bit of future proofing.
As far as connectivity goes there is plenty, i tend to go quite heavy on the hard drives, additional USB ports and disk drives, and i haven't run out so far. There are two USB3.1 Gen2 ports on the back, including a USB type C port, a connection i think we will see more and more of as time goes on. Two internal USB 3.1 Gen1 ports mean i can expand the number rear USB ports and connect my case's front USB headers at the same time.
The attention to detail is solid, even the rear of the board which is likely to go unseen is well finished with an angled design, and the southbridge has RGB lighting to match your colour scheme. If i had one complaint it would be the CPU power socket can be quite hard to reach as there is an extensive shroud on the heat sink, it seems like this could have been avoided but it doesn't create too many problems.
Overall i am very happy with this motherboard, i would strongly recommend it to anyone.

Richard 2017-01-16

Great motherboard, trusted company!

What can I say great motherboard that suits all my needs, love the colours as well. Perfect motherboard for anyone after a high end rig!

Sam White 2017-01-16
 

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