We can’t very well launch a completely new CPU with a new chipset without a motherboard right? Well MSI sent over their new Z170A Gaming M5 motherboard for us to test out Skylake and also to see what MSI has to offer in their new Z170 boards. Today I will be taking a look at their mid ranged gaming motherboard.  We have already seen how Skylake performs with our i7-6700K review, now I’m going to dig into the Z170A Gaming M5 and see what sets it apart from the competition. Enjoy!

Product Name: MSI Z170A Gaming M5

Review Sample Provided by: MSI

Written by: Wes

Pictures by: Wes

Amazon Link: HERE


CPU support Supports 6th Gen Intel® Core™ / Pentium® / Celeron® Processors
CPU socket LGA 1151
Chipset Intel® Z170 Chipset
Graphics interface

3 * PCI-E 3.0 x16, Steel Armor PCI-E slots, 2-Way NVIDIA® SLI®,

3-Way AMD CrossFire™ support

Display Interface 1 * HDMI, 1 * DVI Port – Requires Processor Graphics
Memory support 4 DIMMs, Dual Channel DDR4-3600+(OC)
Expansion slots 4 * PCI-E x1 slots
M.2 / SATA

2 * M.2 32 Gb/s, 6 * SATA 6 Gb/s

(4 ports reserved for SATA Express)

SATA RAID RAID 0, 1, 5, 10 – Available on SATA1 to SATA6

1 * USB 3.1 Gen2 Type-C, 1 * USB 3.1 Gen2 Type-A,

6* USB 3.1 Gen1, 6 * USB 2.0

LAN 1 * Killer™ E2400 Gigabit LAN
Audio 8-channel Audio Boost 3 with Nahimic


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garfi3ld replied the topic: #36946 07 Aug 2015 20:48
Today I follow up my Skylake review with a look at the motherboard I tested it on. Check it out!

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