MSI Z270 Gaming M5 Kaby Lake SLi/CrossFire ATX Motherboard

MSI Z270 GAMING M5, Intel Z270, S 1151, DDR4, SATA3, U.2, M.2, 2-Way SLi/3-Way CrossFire, GbE, USB 3.1 Gen2 A+C, ATX

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Kaby Lake Z270 Motherboard. MSI GAMING M5

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M5 Motherboard from msi. Z270 master level Gaming

GAMING M5 is a Z270 motherboard that has been built by MSI with pure game enhancing power. Featuring VR Boost technology and gaming device ports to help with gaming performance, golden audio jacks and Audio Boost 4 to enhance sound and various other aspects such as DDR4 capabilities, Armor components and RGB LED. The Master Level GAMING M5 will push your gaming PC to the next generation.

Intel Z270

CPU Socket

Form Factor

RGB LED Control

Mystic Light
Custom RGB Lighting with Mystic Light

Customize and set up your own color scheme with RGB Mystic Light. Select any of the colors from the palette using your smartphone or the MSI Gaming App to match your system style. Bored of the same colors? Simply change the complete look of your system in 1 second!

Compatible Mystic Light Brands

MSI Command Center

Fan Headers
Silent Fan and Header Control

MSI FAN headers automatically detect fans running in DC or PWM mode for optimal tuning of fan speeds and silence. Hysteresis also makes your fans spin up fluently to make sure your system stays silent, no matter what.

MSI Gaming Boosts

Game Boosting Tech
Enhanced Gaming Performance with MSI M5

Outsmart and outperform your opponents in-game using an array of unique MSI GAMING tools. Clever hardware & software tools, created to keep you one step ahead of the competition and boost your skills.

Z270 X-Boost & OPTANE Power

X-Boost and Optane
Storage power pushed further with X-Boost and Intel

XBoost - When enabled, X-Boost auto-detects and optimizes your SSDs to keep your system fast and maximize storage performance, making sure you reach the battlefield even quicker or saving you a lot of time when transferring data.
Intel Optane Ready - This new technological marvel brings game-changing performance to memory and storage devices. Allow Optane caching to boost your storage devices for an even faster gaming system!

M.2 Protection & Cooling

M-2 Protection
Smart MSI Shield M.2 technology

Connect your M.2 device safer & easier while keeping it cooler for the best performance using the unique M.2 Shield. MSI M.2 Shield features cooling pads to lower the temperature of your M.2 device and avoid any possible throttling, causing it to slow down. Be sure your system stays blazing fast with M.2 Shield!

U.2 Performance & Protection

U-2 Protection
Next Generation SSD Ready

Next generation SSDs demand a next generation connector. U.2 delivers just that with performance up to 32 Gb/s per device. The U.2 connector on this MSI GAMING motherboard also features Steel Armor for enhanced protection.

VR Gaming Ready

VR Ready
Become Immersed in Virtual Reality

VR Ready - Want the best of the best VR experience without any compromise? Through joint efforts with major VR brands, combined with unique MSI features geared to VR, MSI brings gamers and VR professionals a vivid, smooth and realistic experience in which content truly comes alive.
VR Boost - Traditional USB ports can suffer signal drops, significantly impacting performance of connected devices. VR Boost, only on MSI, is a smart chip that ensures a clean and strong signal to a VR optimized USB port, giving you an enjoyable VR experience.

Audio Boost 4 Tech

  • Isolated Audio with LED Line LED Line
  • Chemi-Con Audio capacitors Audio Capacitors
  • Nahimic 2 Sound Tracker Nahimic Sound Tracker
Game Audio enhanced in-game or out

Like a dedicated sound card Audio Boost offers two independent audio processors with dedicated amplifiers to allow gamers to play music on a speaker system, while playing in-game amplified sound on headphones at the same time!

Killer LAN Connection

lowest latency gaming power

Get ready to crush your enemies on the battlefield with MSI GAMING LAN. Featuring the highest quality components tuned to deliver the best online gaming experience without lag.
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DDR4 Memory Capabilities

DDR4 Memory Performance
Unmatched Signal Purity & Compatibility

Memory Signal Purity - MSI motherboards are crammed with features to fuel your gaming rig’s memory with more speed, higher overclockability and increased stability.
Best Compatibility - Optimized traces and a fully isolated memory circuitry ensures perfect stability and performance, so you never have to worry about your system crashing during games.


DDR4 Memory Performance DDR4 Memory Performance
USB Device with maximized performance

Transfer your favorite games, music and movies over USB faster than ever. MSI offers a wide variety of options to connect and boost your USB 3.1 devices, delivering lightning-fast transfer speeds!
MSI Lightning USB see in RED other USB in GREY.

High-Quality Components

DDR4 Memory Performance
Built with everlasting quality

Only the finest quality components and latest innovations are used. Rigorous quality testing under the most extreme conditions ensures a super reliable, high performance motherboard.
MSI Steel Armor - Reinforced, heavy soldered connections
Others - No strengthening

Core Specifications
Form Factor ATX
CPU Socket 1151
Chipset Intel Z270
RAM Memory Support
Memory Type DDR4
Memory Channel Dual (2)
Memory Type (ECC) Non-ECC
Memory Type (R/U) UDIMM (Unbuffered)
Memory Speed (Mhz)
  • DDR4 - 2133
  • DDR4 - 2400
  • DDR4 - 2600(OC)
  • DDR4 - 2800(OC)
  • DDR4 - 3000(OC)
  • DDR4 - 3200(OC)
  • DDR4 - 3600(OC)
  • DDR4 - 3800(OC)
Max. Memory Capacity 64GB (4x16GB)
Audio Realtek ALC1220 7.1 HD Audio
Graphics Support
Primary GPU Interface PCIe 3.0 (x16)
SLI Support 2-Way SLi
Crossfire Support 3-Way CrossFire
On-Board Graphics Connectors
  • DisplayPort
  • HDMI
Internal Connectivity
Expansion Slots
  • 1 x M.2, 2242/2260/2280, PCIe/SATA
  • 1 x M.2, 2242/2260/2280/22110, PCIe/SATA
  • 3 x PCIe 3.0 x1
  • 1 x PCIe 3.0 x16
  • 1 x PCIe 3.0 x16 (x4 Bandwidth)
  • 1 x PCIe 3.0 x16 (x8 Bandwidth)
SATA Support SATA3 / M.2
RAID Support via SATA3 0~5 / M.2
Storage Mode Support
  • Intel Optane Memory Ready
  • Intel® Smart Response Technology
  • NVMe Boot (via M.2 PCIe Slot)
  • NVMe Boot (via PCIe 3.0 Slot)
  • NVMe Boot (via U.2 Connector)
  • RAID 0
  • RAID 1
  • RAID 10 (SATA 0~5 ONLY)
  • RAID 5 (SATA 0~5 ONLY)
Internal I/O
  • 1 x 2-Digit debug code LED
  • 1 x 24-pin (Power)
  • 1 x 4-pin CPU Fan Connector
  • 4 x 4-pin System Fan Connector
  • 1 x 8-pin (Power)
  • 1 x BIOS FLASHBACK+ button
  • 1 x Chassis Intrusion connector
  • 1 x Clear CMOS jumper
  • 1 x Front Panel Audio Header
  • 2 x Front Panel Connector
  • 1 x RGB LED connector
  • 6 x SATA III - 6Gb/s
  • 1 x Serial (COM) Header
  • 1 x TPM Header
  • 1 x U.2 Connector
  • 2 x USB 2.0 Header
  • 2 x USB 3.1 Gen1 Header
  • 1 x Water Pump Header
External Connectivity
Network Interface Type Wired Gigabit LAN (10/100/1000)
Network Chip/Modules 1 x Killer E2500 (Gigabit LAN)
Rear I/O Connectors
  • 1 x 10/100/1000 (LAN)
  • 2 x Audio I/O
  • 1 x Clear CMOS Button
  • 1 x DisplayPort
  • 1 x HDMI
  • 1 x Line In
  • 1 x Line Out
  • 1 x Mic-In
  • 1 x PS/2 Keyboard/Mouse Combo
  • 1 x SPDIF Out (Optical)
  • 2 x USB 2.0
  • 1 x USB 2.0 BIOS FLASHBACK+ port
  • 2 x USB 3.1 Gen1 Type-A
  • 1 x USB 3.1 Gen2 Type A
  • 1 x USB 3.1 Gen2 Type-C
Other Motherboard Specifications
Water Cooled No
QPI Speed N/A
Board Dimensions  

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MSI Z270 GAMING M5, Intel Z270, S 1151, DDR4, SATA3, U.2, M.2, 2-Way SLi/3-Way CrossFire, GbE, USB 3.1 Gen2 A+C, ATX is rated 5.0 out of 5 by 16.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from amaizing mobo!!!! Where should i start? Even the box itself looks awesome, i put it on my shelf next to my MSI GTX 1070 Gaming X's box, i just love this design from MSI, that is why i decided to build a red-black system... The mobo's rgb lightning catches your eye immediately, it is a very well designed board, i love to see the steel ram and pci-express slots, it is just satisfying to know that the vga card's slot will not bend ever. You can connect 5 fans to the board besides the cpu cooler, the connectors are found on the sides. It is good to know that if you connect an m.2. stick to one of the slots then 2 of the sata3 ports will be unavailable, but of course this is true to all boards... The uefi bios looks great and so very easy to use, actually easier to set up everything than my previous Asus Z170 motherboard. The application called command center is what you'll ever need to tune your system, it just won't make you coffee, everything else: you have it :) MSI's pricing of this board is great, the board knows everything i need, overclocking my new I7 7700K to 5.1 GHz was childsplay with this mobo, if you want a quality awesome looking motherboard at a good price, then this could be the board you are looking for. Especially if you have an MSI Red-black vga card, the combined effect is just giving me pleasure :) Thanks SCAN for the fast delivery!
Date published: 2017-02-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great motherboard from MSI Well, apart from the Windows install experience, this board has been really great, easy to set up and get going. I've got an Samsung M.2. PM961 PCIe SSD i was installing Windows 7 64bit to and the installer wouldn't see the drive whatever i tried. e.g. the drivers on the MSI cd, online etc. and had to get hold of the Samsung drivers for the SSD for the Windows installer to see the drive. Other than that hiccup, everything went super fast and got it all up and running with everything installed in just a few hours. The MSI Gaming app still isn't working and hangs the machine (common problem and has been like it a few months now) but everything else is working great. Gaming app hangs on my old gaming 5 also. Hopefully, once MSI can fix their gaming app, everything will be perfect and i can get my led's going. I upgraded from the MSI X97 Gaming 5, I7 4790K from 2 years ago and a total difference in the speed and power aspects of this board to the old. Coupled this board with the Intel I7 7700K, Corsair H100i V2, Samsung PM961-256gb M.2 SSD, 32gb Corsair led ram and a GTX 1080, blasting everything away that i've thrown at it so far. Will also be fitting the free (Thanks MSI) Intel P600 SSD i received too. Thank you Scan and MSI for the great experience over the years.
Date published: 2017-02-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent Moterboard Speedy delivery from Scan had me getting this board up and running with a 7700K in no time. I was in the market for a current gen setup after deciding my 6 year old i7 and Asrock board where in dire need of an upgrade. First impressions of the board were very favourable. I really like the styling employed with current chipsets, the ergonomic black & gunmetal grey covers on critical areas of the board add a welcome relief to the otherwise stark layout of motherboards of old. RGB lighting is a plus, being as the motherboard is showcased in a NZXT H440 case. Performance is as expected for a Z270 chipset. I really like the M2 shield cover on the bottom NVMe slot. Whether it helps with heat distribution from these ssd's remains to be seen, but it certainly adds a cosmetic punch to the appearance. Overall happy with this purchase, especially considering MSI offer both For Honor and cashback when purchasing this board and others like it.
Date published: 2017-02-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Solid Motherboard with so many capabilities Although being relatively new to PC builds, I was well aware how important it was to choosing the right motherboard. The MSI Gaming M5 has not disappointed, it was really easy to setup alongside an Intel 6600 processor. The build quality and design of the motherboard is impressive. The X-Boost utility has maximised my transfer speeds when loading data from my SSD. I was able to understand the BIOS setup with relative ease, and I would recommend to other people to tweak the many settings and features that come with the Gaming M5 motherboard. The motherboard has fitted inside my tower case perfectly, and overall I cannot fault the motherboard, nor the customer service from both MSI and Scan Computers - impressive product.
Date published: 2017-02-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Another quality MSI product. Having mainly bought MSI products I knew I was getting a reliable product. I immediately started to overclock my I7-7700k and was pleased with just how easy it was to adjust all the settings. and the I was even able to successfully overclock my Ram to 3.8ghz using the "Try It!" setting get it running stable. (4ghz is just out of reach for me, for now). Fitting watercooling to my CPU was almost a necessity to get it running cool & quiet and the addition of the 2amp waterpump header (can be used for fans) made this easier without the need for additional fan controllers. Tuning the pump to load conditions is far better than reacting to an external temperature sensor. Having the ability to turn the motherboard lights off Is definitely a bonus for me as I am not one for the accent lighting, although it is nice to have a range of colours to choose from. This board is another MSI product that continues to satisfy me, and will continue to buy MSI in to the future.
Date published: 2017-01-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Gaming App takes it to another level. Having not really bought this for the colour control via the Gaming app its made me buy a new case to show off this cool feature. At a click of a button colours can be changed. Just something different to what im used to but an interesting extra none the less. Comes with a tonne of extra softwares to utilise this board. One of which will be the X -Boost when my SSD arrive. And the boasting transfer speeds for SSD data im looking to utilise. Very suitable and capable of overlocking my new Rig. Handling it well and just down right showing off by it being pretty effortless. Suprised with how many softwares are featured with this board. Not going to use a few of them but there are a few that will aid the overclocking. Its just aesthetically pleasing board too. Simple design but effective. In the future, when it comes to upgrading. I will not being looking else where than MSI. Staff have been utter friendly and very helpful in claiming the offers available. Those staff are a credit to the Company and deserve more recognition. I would not hesitate to purchase another one of these had i need to. The company, product and customer service have gained me for life. Going to be adding 2 SSD shortly and have no doubt what so ever that this board will make it easy. Looking forward to my next upgrade with yourselves. But the best part i didnt notice when i initially orderd it was that is going to be VR ready. They have now gained a customer for life.
Date published: 2017-01-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fantastic! This motherboard has a fantastic build quality, I noticed when installing the motherboard that the MSI Z270 M5 Gaming has lovely features; including the nice gold-look RAM slots and plenty of fan headers. I found the back-plate to fit great although others have mentioned it to be a bit stiff, I didn't find this to be the case! The whole installation process went into my case (Corsair 750D) easily and all the cables are accessible from the side of the motherboard, this is fantastic for great cable management capabilities. I'd honestly recommend this motherboard for any keen enthusiast willing to make use of the two M.2 SSD Slots on the motherboard. I cannot wait to get one installed and make use of the heat-dissipating plate that covers one of the slots.
Date published: 2017-01-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A great looking board with a ton of features and I think one of the best BIOS. Looks: The armour plating on the ram and pcie slots, and the m.2 shield look the business. This board has RGB led on the lower heatsink, plus white leds at the back of the board, ram and power indicator, also if you’re not a fan the leds can be turned off. All in all a sleek looking MB. Performance: The Click BIOS is evolving really nicely, and it was a simple process to push my 7700k past 5Ghz, and the memory hit its XMP while undervolted. Extras: There are six pwm fan headers, so for this build I didn't need an extra fan controller :) and there's a handy two-digit display for temps and bios codes. It was also nice to see the IO shield is the type with foil backed insulation which is a nice touch, and makes installing the MB that bit easier. Plus, of course all the usual sata cables, driver cd, some cable labels and a manual that actually describes some of the BIOS settings i some detail. I’m happy I choose MSI again this time.
Date published: 2017-01-26
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