Packaging and Accessories
With the new chipset MSI has also taken this chance to completely change the styling of their packaging. The box itself is the same as they have always been in the past but the cover doesn’t have that large dragon on it anymore. They went with a red background and put the motherboard name in big letters across the front. Then in the background we have a large photo of the motherboard. I’ve been preaching this for a long time, I would much rather see what I’m getting than all of the different artwork that the manufactures like to show off, especially with today’s video cards and motherboards looking so good. Unlike the front, the back of the box isn’t clean and simple. They had to pack a lot of information onto the back including photos and information on some of the main features. They also include a line drawing of the rear I/O panel to show you what to expect as well as a specification listing.
Inside the motherboard is wrapped up in a static protective bag and it sits on a cardboard tray. All of the accessories and documentation sit down under the board.
For documentation the Z170A Gaming M5 comes with a thick user manual as well as a quick start guide. You also get a thank you card that explains how to register your board. They slipped in a page full of SATA cable labels along with a door hanger a well. You also get a software/drive DVD and a metal MSI Gaming case badge. For accessories you get four black SATA cables, two of which have a right angled end on them. They also include a flexible SLI bridge that is also blacked out to match the board. Lastly you get the rear I/O panel, this is also blacked out with the exception of the red MSI Gaming logo and the outlines that help you know what is what.