MSI Z170A GAMING M5 Intel Z170 LGA1151 DDR4 PCIe M.2 USB3.1 ATX

MSI Z170A GAMING M5 Intel Z170 LGA1151 DDR4 PCIe M.2 USB3.1 ATX

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The MSI® Z170A GAMING M5 motherboard is designed to provide gamers the best gaming experience through genuine GAMING design, best-in-class gaming features and the latest technology. The Z170A GAMING M5 motherboard is an engineering masterpiece tailored to gaming perfection.

By fully isolating the memory circuitry from other components, DDR4 Boost ensures the memory signal to stay pure for maximum performance and stability.

Twin Turbo M.2 delivers next generation M.2 performance through a PCI-Express 3.0 x4 interface. Delivering transfer speeds 3 times as fast as conventional M.2 solutions, up to 64 Gb/s.

The ultimate audio solution for gamers, powered by Nahimic Audio Enhancer. With dual OPA1652 AMPs and metal EMI Shielding you get breathtaking sound quality.

MSI GAMING LAN is powered by the KillerTM LAN E2400 Network Controller featuring intelligent AES 2.0 to automatically prioritize games above other applications. GAMING LAN uses LAN Protect with 15KV anti-surge protection for safety, highlighted with a red LED in the LAN port.

Supports 6th Gen Intel® Core™ / Pentium® / Celeron® Processors
CPU socket LGA 1151
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
USB - 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




Product Description
MSI Z170A Gaming M5 - motherboard - ATX - LGA1151 Socket - Z170
Product Type
Motherboard - ATX
Chipset Type
Intel Z170
Processor Socket
1 x LGA1151 Socket
Compatible Processors
Pentium, Celeron, Core i5, Core i3, Core i7
Max RAM Size
64 GB
RAM Supported
4 DIMM slots - DDR4, non-ECC, unbuffered
Storage Ports
6 x SATA-600 (RAID), 2 x SATA Express port, 2 x M.2
USB / FireWire Ports
1 x USB-C Gen 2 + 1 x USB 3.1 Gen 2 + 4 x USB 3.1 Gen 1 + 2 x USB 2.0 + (2 x USB 3.1 Gen 1 + 4 x USB 2.0 via headers)
HD Audio (8-channel)
Gigabit Ethernet



Product Type
Motherboard - ATX
Chipset Type
Intel Z170
Processor Socket
LGA1151 Socket
Max Processors Qty
Compatible Processors
Pentium, Celeron, Core i5, Core i3, Core i7

Supported RAM

Max Size
64 GB
Bus Clock
2400 MHz, 2133 MHz, 2800 MHz (O.C.), 2600 MHz (O.C.), 3000 MHz (O.C.), 3200 MHz (O.C.), 3600 MHz (O.C.)
Supported RAM Integrity Check
Registered or Buffered
Dual channel memory architecture, Intel Extreme Memory Profiles (XMP)


HD Audio (8-channel)
Audio Codec
Realtek ALC1150
Compliant Standards
High Definition Audio


Network Controller
Killer Gaming E2400
Network Interfaces
Gigabit Ethernet

Expansion / Connectivity

Expansion Slots
1 x CPU , 4 x DIMM 288-pin , 3 x PCIe 3.0 x16 (dual: x8 mode; triple: x8, x8, x4 or x8, x8, x1 modes; single card: x16 mode) , 4 x PCIe 3.0 x1
Storage Interfaces
SATA-600 / PCIe 3.0 -connectors: 6 x 7pin SATA, 2 x SATA Express port - RAID 0 / RAID 1 / RAID 10 / RAID 5 , SATA-600 / PCIe 3.0 -connectors: 2 x M.2 - RAID 0 / RAID 1
RAID Features
Intel Smart Response Technology
1 x LAN (Gigabit Ethernet) , 2 x USB 2.0 , 1 x DVI-D , 1 x USB 3.1 Gen 2 , 1 x HDMI , 1 x audio line-out - mini-jack , 1 x audio line-in - mini-jack , 1 x microphone - mini-jack , 1 x audio line-out (rear) - mini-jack , 1 x audio line-out (center/subwoofer) - mini-jack , 1 x PS/2 keyboard / mouse , 4 x USB 3.1 Gen 1 , 1 x USB-C Gen2 , 1 x TOSLINK
Internal Interfaces
4 x USB 2.0 - header , 2 x USB 3.1 Gen 1 - header , 1 x audio - header , 1 x serial - header
Power Connectors
24-pin main power connector, 8-pin ATX12V connector


BIOS Features
DMI support, UEFI BIOS, BIOS FlashBack+, MSI ClickBIOS 5
Hardware Features
Intel Extreme Memory Profile (XMP) support, NVIDIA 2-way SLI Technology Support, Hi-c CAP, Super Charger, Fanless Design Heatsink, AMD 3-way CrossFireX technology support, Easy Button 3, Clear CMOS Button, MSI Gaming Device Port, MSI Guard-Pro, Debug LED, Nahimic Audio Enhacer, MSI Steel Armor, MSI Audio Boost 3, Game Boost, MSI Military Class V, LAN Protect, Double ESD Protection, OC Engine 2, OC Essentials, V-Check Points 2 Lite, SteelSeries Certified (SSC)


Software Included
RAMdisk, MSI Gaming App, MSI Gaming Hotkey
Compliant Standards
Plug and Play
30.5 cm
24.4 cm

Customer reviews

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5* Nice
Reviewed by Joe Mann on 15/01/2016
Stable. Easy To Setup. Nice Bios. Booted First Time Out OF The Box. Couldn't ask for anything more.
5* Great!
Reviewed by Jim Smith on 15/01/2016
Looks good, seems well made. The red light that trails through the pci area of the board is a nice aesthetic touch. BIOS is easy to use.
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