Meet Z170A Gaming M5's MSI, A middle market board designed for those who want advanced features and are unwilling to pay huge sums
For those of you who have not yet been updated in the last few weeks in the core components market, I will mention. In early summer launched Intel New chassis for its new desktop processors. Series processors Skylike The new company also received a new LGA1151, which brings several technological improvements over the previous LGA1150 chassis. More about this you can read here.
I recently brought you a review of the MSI Z170A Gaming M7 motherboard. Motherboard This advanced is intended for the high market, for those who want to build a serious computer and invest a fair amount of 1300 shekels on a motherboard to get certain features it can give.
This time it's time to introduce his little brother, Motherboard You will pay less for it and you will receive a little less and it belongs to the same gaming series from MSI. Motherboard This is the Z170A Gaming M5 at a cost of about NIS 1100.
Externally, the M5 is the same as M7 when there are some major differences that make them different. First and foremost the power supply to the processor cradle. The other exits also play a role in the difference between the tablets.
The Z170A Gaming M5 is as adorned in Bordeaux as the M7. There are two bodies Cooling On this motherboard and they cover the chipset and the voltage stabilizers to the processor.
The large heat sink found in the Z170 chipset Intel, Is the same as in M7 and for good reason, the heat emission of the chip is the same in both cases. Also saving the production costs of another body is a good reason. This is one of the largest and most heavy cooling systems I have seen so far for chipsets. I have seen small and even modest ones on the X99 chipset on some motherboards.
The array of expansion interfaces on the motherboard is identical to the one we saw in the older brother of the M5 and is designed primarily for those who plan to use two anodized video cards or AMD In an array. Both of these interfaces are covered with a thin steel casing designed to protect the part that was previously exposed in the interfaces and is the internal contact points. In addition, there is also an aesthetic side to this cover and this generation of motherboards MSI Nor is she the only one who has chosen such a cover. As befits the Z170 chip set,PCI-Express This motherboard has an 3.0 standard, unlike the Z97 chip system in the previous socket.
The top interface for a video card will work with a maximum of X16, while the medium will work in X8. The bottom interface will work on X4 only and when the two aluminum-clad interfaces are populated, both will work with X8 traffic.
These are the back ports of the M5. This is a slightly different set from that found in M7, since there is no DisplayPort display here. There are five 3.0 USB ports, two 2.0 USB ports, and a 3.1 Type-C USB port that allows twice as much traffic as 3.0 on a small, symmetric connection. It is important to note that the traffic to this port is a number chip Third party from ASMedia.
The display outputs from the processor graphics core are DVI and HDMI. The network port is connected to the Killer E2400 network controller, the company's subsidiary Qualcomm.
This is how the area of the motherboard is shown for processing the sound. The sound processor on this motherboard is the popular Realtek ALC1150. This sound processor is known for the most advanced quality you will find on the simpler motherboards. It is even present in some of the most advanced motherboards in the LGA1151 chassis.
To make sound as clean and stable as possible, you need to worry about the electrical signal surrounding the sound processor. In this case,MSI She did not invest too much in the indications. The electrical system around the ALC1150 is very simple and does not include many stages of filtration. Not close to the amount we saw on M7.
This is the important part for speeders of the LGA1151 chassis, the CPU power supply system. The system on the M5 includes 12 stages with a slightly lower rating than the one we saw on the M7. This means that the maximum amount of electricity and its quality decrease slightly compared to the M7. The "body" -shaped heat sink sits on the voltage regulators behind the solid coils (the cubes, if you will). It is necessary as they emit a lot of heat especially when speeding up the CPU.
The Z170A Gaming M5 also has two M.2 ports in the card expansion interface area. In M.2 drives are installed SSD And the interface has a significantly higher traffic capacity than the standard SATA 3.
M.2 5 times faster than SATA 3 in Gaming M5. This interface actually contains the natural sequel of SATA 3 to drives SSD, Unlike SATA Express, which is not very popular at all.
The BIOS of the Z170A Gaming M5
MSI continues to maintain a clean and simple look for its BIOS and over time I definitely see a visual improvement that helps you get to the options you want. There are not too many confusing text and images here.
The amount of M5 options you find in M7 is the same. They include different methods for speeding (whether adding voltage to the natural voltage or setting), arrangement hard drives And fan profile according to the heat recorded in the panel sensors.
The rush to my work Skylike Is performed relatively simply. In the speed tests for the motherboards, I examine mainly how they deal with changes in the processor. How to adjust the values corresponding to the desired frequency of operation automatically. The processor I managed to pull to a frequency of 4700 MHz at the voltage of 1.35 volts. The result is not particularly brilliant, but not too far from the M7. The improvement in the more expensive board is evident, but results can be achieved in the simpler table.
This motherboard, just like M7, has automatic overclocking. Take your hands off the steering wheel, and let the board drive for you! Well, I expected disaster, but to my great surprise the motherboard came to a similar result to mine, using a slightly higher voltage of the Volt 1.37. MSI is not afraid of its motherboards. It seems to be the second motherboard in the new series that just goes to the end of the road with The fast Which is also working and stable. Well, at this rate I seem to have to recommend people who have no patience to perform Overclocking Manual Simple to use automatic. Something I would not really have done a few years ago, where it would usually end in a low-frequency work-cycle disaster that was far from manual.
The power supply system of the Z170A Gaming M5 receives my approval to perform The fast As if with air chills. In such a situation, the processor will surrender long before the motherboard.
The Z170 Gaming M5 is a welcome addition to MSI's line of products. The company continues its natural progression with the waves of product launches Intel. From an external point of view the tablets of MSI Most suitable for advanced computer assemblies that include mainly red components. it might be that-MSI Even a drop exaggerates with the amount of color, you will judge.
In terms of attributes, to be honest, there is no real revolution here compared to the Z97 generation and this is the truth. Overclocking Is similar to previous years and does not lead to dramatic improvements, but what is really important is the number of interfaces on the motherboard, and we will approach this subject which is really the most important. Is also the problematic issue in M5.
As a standalone product, the Z170A Gaming M5 is Motherboard magnificent. It has everything the average gamer needs and much more. Option for both graphic cards In array? there is. A decent amount of USB ports? There are also there. Devices for storage? Two M.2 and six SATA ports are definitely enough. However, the price will determine whether this motherboard will be sold or left to dust the shelves.
To date, the M5 is sold for about NIS 1100, while the M7 is sold for NIS 200 more. When you save 200 shekels, you will lose some visuals. You will lose more advanced power supply, power buttons and thermostat on the motherboard, more ports USB. You will also lose a richer sound processor signal. It is very difficult to justify this savings by compromising the M5. This motherboard must go down to a three-digit price.
Still, I would recommend the Z170A Gaming M5 to anyone who loves the features, capabilities and interfaces the motherboard offers. Priced at 1100 this is a ball that is a bit hard to swallow, and I hope that soon its price will drop and move further away from the Gaming M7 to really justify its price.
- Abilities The fast Good, stabilizes the CPU without much work at high frequency
- Attractive and advanced exterior
- Advanced voltage stabilization system for processor
- Which have advanced voice and network controls
- High price, close to that of the more advanced M7
- I will continue to note - Motherboard Gamers should market with game packaging