MSI Z170A Gaming M5 Motherboard Review

Author: AkG
Date: September 14, 2015
Product Name: Z170A Gaming M5
Part Number: Z170A Gaming M5
Warranty: 3 Years
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Packaging and Accessories

As expected the package for this motherboard is red and black with large graphics on the front and could be considered an attempt to rip off ASUSí RoG branding.. MSI has been using this design for the Gaming series products for years now and while it is getting a touch redundant this box does work well at getting some attention.

Once you open the packaging, you are greeted with an inner box that contains two separate sections, the top half holds the motherboard in an anti-static bag while the bottom half contains the software, documentation and various accessories included with this rather frugally priced board.

Considering the asking price, the included accessory list is impressive in its scope and quality. Usually in this price range you could expect to get a software / drivers DVD, installation manual, 6 SATA 6Gb/s cables, a 2-way SLI connector, an IO shield, and a Gaming Series sticker. All of these are present and accounted for.

What was not expected was the fact that in addition to a chuckle-inducing door hanger, MSI included cable labeling stickers that make tracing which SATA cable goes to what device far easier. The I/O shield is the a high-end model as well with padded insulation variant that is much, much easier to work with then the old fashioned metal only style.

Unfortunately, MSI does not include their M.2 to U.2 adapter card on the M5. Instead such accessories are reserved for the higher end motherboards.

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