- Z170A GAMING M5
Socket / CPU
Black / Red
- 2-Way SLI Capable
- CrossFire Capable
PCI-E x16 Slots
PCI-E x8 Slots
PCI-E x4 Slots
PCI-E x1 Slots
SATA 6 Gb/s
Depends on CPU
Onboard USB3.0 Headers
- 161 points
- 30 months ago
from completed build Licensed Driver
Works great, looks great. Does everything I need it to.
- 69 points
- 38 months ago
from completed build My Man Corner
Fantastic looking board, all of the features I needed. I kinda destroyed the USB 3 header for my front panel USB ports but that is simply my own fault
- 63 points
- 44 months ago
from completed build Ruby
Really solid motherboard overall and comes with features (USB 3.1-C, M.2 slots, U.2 slot) that should keep it relevant for some time now. As most reviews will say, the BIOS interface is relatively easy to use, although it can be difficult to find certain specific features if you don't read the manual. I took a star away because I have had intermittent boot issues, but they seem to go away quickly, so I haven't diagnosed a cause for these issues yet. Aesthetically, I don't like how the MOSFET covers look like they're covered in a red sticker instead of the nice metallic finish on the other parts of the motherboard, but otherwise it's a very good-looking motherboard.
- 61 points
- 42 months ago
from completed build Codename Prophet (First-time Build) (Update 1/28/2016)
Easy BIOS setup and interface, lots of overclocking tweaks and sleek looking heat-spreaders. Never thought I could get my 6600k OC'ed at 4.7GHz, but this motherboard knows what he's doing.
- 40 points
- 45 months ago
from completed build Iron Man (Jarvis) Build
I heard nothing but good things about his mobo and the color scheme couldn't be better if it was tailor made. The BIOS was so easy a monkey could do it. Everything updated smoothly and there were no issues at all with installing Windows 10 on it. Great board and love the features.
- 30 points
- 41 months ago
from completed build Son's Red & Black Rig
Red & Black and had everything my son needed. No trouble getting to anything to install it. BIOS Menu is nice and easy
- 29 points
- 47 months ago
from completed build My first self built gaming rig
This motherboard is pretty solid for me.
Has all the ports I need and was easy to set up with the UEFI for all my components.
I was very worried about making my first build but the MSI EUFI was pretty easy to use.
- 29 points
- 40 months ago
from completed build Devil's Advocate - PC & Setup
Not the best motherboard, but it gets the job done.
- 25 points
- 52 months ago
from completed build Editing Workstation / Gaming Rig (Skylake Build)
Got a code D0 (late CPU initialization) on my first boot attempt. Reseated the CPU and that seems to have fixed it.
Everything was working great, but after downloading all the MSI utilities and drivers, PC is now shutting down completely when going into sleep mode. Trying to power back on results in an "early south bridge initialization" mobo error code. I have to turn the power supply off and on to get it booted again.
So... no using sleep mode for now! I tried reverting to the previous BIOS after updating, but that didn't fix it. Still trying to figure out what's causing the problem...
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