MSI Z170A GAMING M5 Review & Specifications

MSI Z170A GAMING M5 Socket 1151 Z170 DDR4 M.2 USB 3.1 Type-C

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Supports 6th Gen Intel® Core™ / Pentium® / Celeron® processors for LGA 1151 socket
Supports DDR4-3600+(OC) Memory
DDR4 Boost: Give your DDR4 memory a performance boost
USB 3.1 Gen2 2X FASTER: USB 3.1 Gen2 offers performance twice as fast as a regular USB 3.0 connection
Twin Turbo M.2 64Gb/s + Turbo U.2 ready + USB 3.1 Gen2 Type-C + Type-A combo + SATA 6Gb/s
GAMING LAN with LAN Protect, powered by Killer™: The best online gaming experience with lowest latency
Audio Boost 3: Reward your ears with studio grade sound quality
Nahimic Audio Enhancer: Immersive sound quality that pushes the limits of reality
Game Boost: This one goes up to eleven; 11 levels of easy overclocking
GAMING Hotkey: Assign macros, launch your favorite games or do real-time overclocking using a single button
Designed for overclocking: with OC Essentials and OC Engine 2
XSplit Gamecaster v2: 1 year free premium license to show off your skills and achievements to the world
SteelSeries Certified: Optimized for SteelSeries gaming gear
Military Class 5: The latest evolution in high quality components featuring the brand new Titanium Chokes
MULTI-GPU with Steel Armor: Steel Armor PCI-E slots. Supports NVIDIA SLI™ & AMD Crossfire™
Click BIOS 5: Award-winning brand new Click BIOS 5 with high resolution scalable font
GAMING CERTIFIED: 24-hour on- and offline game testing by eSports players for the best gaming experience

Specs Overview

Model
  • Z170A GAMING M5
  • 7977-001R
Release Date August 2015
Socket LGA1151
Form factor ATX
Chipset Intel Z170
Supported Memory DDR4:
2133Mhz 2400Mhz 2800Mhz 3000Mhz 3200Mhz
SLI Support
CrossFire Support
RAID Support
Onboard USB 3.0
SATA 3 Gbps Ports 0
SATA 6 Gbps Ports 2
SATA Express Ports 2
M.2 Ports 2
mSATA Slots 0
RAM Slots 4
Maximum Supported RAM 64GB

Score Pangoly

90

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Critic Reviews

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MSI Z170 GAMING M5 Motherboard Review. It's that exciting time again, a new chipset and set of CPU's has arrived from Intel. We've covered the last few major launches both Z87 and Z97. While Z97 was mostly met with praise the thorn in its side from t ...

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The Z170 gaming series reviews from MSI started with Z170A Gaming M5 motherboard. It left me with a very good impression.The red and black aspect is quite nice while the features like DDR4 Boost, Military Class 5 components and overclocking capabilit ...

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It's a shame the latest EFI seemed to hamper overclocking, but unless you're looking for an every day overclock of 4.6GHz or over, or want to use the Z170A Gaming M5 to benchmark, then something in the region of 4.3-4.5GHz is perfectly achievable wit ...

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CPU

• Supports 6th Gen Intel® Core™ i3/i5/i7 processors, and Intel® Pentium® and Celeron® processors for Socket LGA1151
* Please refer to CPU Support for compatible CPU; the above description is for reference only.
 


Chipset

• Intel® Z170 Express Chipset
 


Main Memory

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

• 3 x PCIe 3.0 x16 slots (support x16, x8/x8, x8/x8/x4 or x8/ x8/x1 modes)
• 4 x PCIe 3.0 x1 slots
 


Onboard Graphics

• 1 x HDMI™ port, support a maximum resolution of 4096x2160@24Hz, 2560x1600@60Hz
• 1 x DVI-D port, support a maximum resolution of 1920x1200@60Hz
 

 
Multi-GPU Support


• Supports 3-Way AMD® CrossFire™ Technology
• Supports 2-Way NVIDIA® SLI™ Technology
 


Storage

• Intel® Z170 Express Chipset
• 6 x SATA 6Gb/s ports* (4 ports reserved for SATA Express port)
• 2 x 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**
• 2 x SATAe ports (PCIe 3.0 x2)***
• Supports Intel® Smart Response Technology for Intel Core™ processors

* 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.


RAID

• Intel® Z170 Express Chipset
- 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

ASMedia® ASM1142 Chipset
- 1 x USB 3.1 Gen2 (SuperSpeed USB 10Gbps) port on the back panel
- 1 x USB 3.1 Gen2 Type-C port on the back panel


• Intel® Z170 Express Chipset
- 6 x USB 3.1 Gen1 (SuperSpeed USB) ports (4 ports on the back panel, 2 ports available through the internal USB connector)
- 6 x USB 2.0 (High-speed USB) ports (2 ports on the back panel, 4 ports available through the internal USB connectors)
 


Audio

• Realtek® ALC1150 Codec
- 7.1-Channel High Definition Audio
- Supports S/PDIF output
 

 
LAN 

• 1 x Killer™ E2400 Gigabit LAN controller
 

 
Internal I/O Connectors

- 1 x 24-pin ATX main power connector
- 1 x 8-pin ATX 12V power connector
- 6 x SATA 6Gb/s connectors
- 2 x SATAe connectors
- 2 x USB 2.0 connectors (supports additional 4 USB 2.0 ports)
- 1 x USB 3.1 Gen1 connector (supports additional 2 USB 3.1 Gen1 ports)
- 2 x 4-pin CPU fan connectors
- 3 x 4-pin system fan connectors
- 1 x Front panel audio connector
- 2 x Front panel connectors
- 1 x TPM module connector
- 1 x Serial port connector
- 1 x Chassis Intrusion connector
- 1 x Slow mode switch
- 1 x Clear CMOS jumper
- 1 x 2-Digit Debug Code LED
 

 
Back Panel I/O Ports

- 1 x PS/2 keyboard/ mouse port
- 2 x USB 2.0 ports
- 1 x DVI-D port
- 1 x USB 3.1 Gen2 port
- 1 x USB 3.1 Gen2 Type-C port
- 4 x USB 3.1 Gen1 ports
- 1 x HDMI™ port
- 1 x LAN (RJ45) port
- 1 x Optical S/PDIF OUT connector
- 5 x OFC audio jacks
 


BIOS

• The motherboard BIOS provides "Plug & Play" BIOS which detects the peripheral devices and expansion cards of the board automatically.
• The motherboard provides a Desktop Management Interface(DMI) function which records your motherboard specifications. 
 


Dimension

• 12 in. x 9.6 in. (30.5 cm x 24.4 cm)
• ATX Form Factor
 


Mounting

• 9 mounting holes

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