MSI Z270 M5 Gaming Motherboard Review


Recently, I purchased the MSI Z270 M5 Gaming Motherboard. This was for the purpose of redeveloping my personal rig with the intention of getting the latest and greatest hardware! On initial outlook I was open minded having never owned an MSI motherboard previously and only an MSI R9 390 Graphics Card. This board is an alternative for the M7 which only has a few differences.

The build quality is fantastic, I noticed that the board layout is clear and I especially enjoyed the rugged-tactical look the board has. It may be worth noting this motherboard is aimed at enthusiast gamers; as VR Ready, DDR4 Boost, MSI Gaming app and Killer E2500 Gigabit LAN all work fluidly together to enhance your experience. I have tested all of these features and although not required you may benefit from installing the applications as you can configure almost anything. From LED’s to Gaming boost facilities. Everything is included!

As a bonus WTFast Gaming VPN, For Honor are now available with every purchase. MSI are fantastic with bundles included with their products, because of this; these are an added bonus to their fantastic products.

We tested the motherboard with an Kaby Lake Intel Core I7-7700K, ASUS Strix GTX 1070 with 16GB DDR4 RAM. The initial boot time was around 4 seconds, we have been able to stress the Gaming LAN card. Using Killer’s app it was able to prioritise traffic.

Contents of the Box:

  • Good, clear and useful instructions should a user require them.
  • CD for Intel Motherboard Drivers
  • Additional stickers that allow a consumer to label each individual cable – 12 stickers were provided!
  • 4 x SATA connectors ( 2 of which are Right angle)
  • Nvidia SLI Cable
  • MSI Z70 M5 Gaming Motherboard – Military Class 5 protection!

Pictures of the MSI Z270 M5 Gaming Motherboard:

MSI Z270 M5 Gaming Motherboard

Conclusion:

In conclusion, there was absolutely no faults with this motherboard. The onboard ports for audio and the ability for two M.2 SSD’s the opportunities are endless. The motherboard has a feature for Windows 10 modes. This includes overclocking because every system builder wants their optimum performance! The backlit LED’s add to the design and the heat dissipation is well worth the money. Having a slight-disadvantage of no CD drive I found MSI’s site easy to navigate and the drivers were found in a matter of minutes.

From a price perspective we paid £192.00 however this has now dropped to just above £170.00 which is more than reasonable for the fantastic quality of this motherboard.

Albeit rare, we have awarded this motherboard with 5 out of a total 5 for all the reasons included as part of this review! This review was not endorsed nor sponsored by MSI, the review includes my honest and truthful opinion of using this motherboard for over a month.

 

Should you have any questions please feel free to comment or contact myself directly!

 

Purchase & More information:

MSI Z270 M5 Gaming Motherboard – Amazon UK!

More information is available from MSI’s website – Here!

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