- Intro: MSI Z270 Gaming M5!
- Motherboard Overview
- Sub-Component Overview and CPU/VGA Compatibility
- UEFI Overview
- Test System and Testing Metholody
- CPU Overclocking and Memory Profile benchmark
- SATA Performance Testing
- USB 3.1 Gen 1 Transfer Test
- Boot Load Timings
- Online Purchase Links
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Sub Components Overview
The metal sink for the VRMs is the part of the plastic overlay that also covers the sink for the MOSFETs. The other sink covers only the chipset. As you’ll notice, the chipset heatsink has a wire connection for the LEDs on it.
Most of the sub-components are covered by the plastic overlay over the I/O and for the PCIe slots.
VGA/CPU Cooler Compatibility
The Noctua NH-U14S gives a good idea about the best possible compatibility with larger coolers. Typically, we’ve seen motherboards that have no space between large 140mm CPU air coolers and the first slot with the GPU. At times the fan clips touch either the PCB or the backplate of the graphic card. That is unlikely going to be the case with the Z270 Gaming M5.
To show the potential of this layout, two graphic cards are installed- the Gigabyte GTX 1050 Ti and the MSI GTX 1050. The M.2 drives SP900 and SP500 are installed as shown above. The second and the fourth DIMM slots are the first slots to be used or it might get the system identify as a single channel installation. The markings for the DIMM slots are on the motherboard. You can see that the LGA socket is placed in a way that it provides ample space for 140mm CPU air coolers, yet it would not overlap the upper PCB section. There’s really nothing to complain about.
Out of the box, the LED lights on the chipset and the audio section illuminates. The EZ debug LEDs turn itself off after POST, with the exception of the DIMM slot and XMP profile indicator. Unexpectedly, you’ll also find a red-lit LED for the gigabit LAN. The illumination is good enough if you want to plug in the ethernet at a pitch dark room.