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MSI Z270 Gaming M5 Motherboard Review

  1. Intro: MSI Z270 Gaming M5!
  2. Motherboard Overview
  3. Sub-Component Overview and CPU/VGA Compatibility
  4. UEFI Overview
  5. Test System and Testing Metholody
  6. CPU Overclocking and Memory Profile benchmark
  7. SATA Performance Testing
  8. USB 3.1 Gen 1 Transfer Test
  9. Boot Load Timings
  10. Conclusion
  11. Online Purchase Links
  12. View All

USB 3.1 Gen 1 Transfer Test

I’ll be using the Kingston HyperX DT Traveler 64GB for this test via MSI Z270 Gaming M5’s Gen 2 hub. This way at least we’ll know if the drive can fully utilize itself for a bit quicker transfers.


  1. Hello. Nice review.
    Can you tell me if only CPU and PUMP headers are capable of PWM and DC mode fan control or the system fan headers can do that also???
    For example my Z87 G65 gaming can only do PWM control at CPU headers while system headers are DC only.
    Much appreciated.

  2. All headers have that option in this motherboard, including CPU_FAN header! You can also set custom fan profiles for all the headers as well.

  3. Recently bought this motherboard with M.2 Samsung 960 Evo.
    Not recognising the M.2 Drive, which I thought would be natively recognised. Could you advise?

  4. It is plug and play so it should be natively detected. Did you try using the second M.2 slot? Before that try flashing the motherboard with the latest BIOS.

  5. I just sent back the second Z270 M5 board to Newegg. The first one wouldn’t take more than one memory chip for some reason. I would get code 55 when I installed more than one chip. The second one ended up being a dead board. No power what-so-ever. I switched out the power supply and the board still didn’t respond. I’m in the process of calling MSI and letting them know what I think of their M5 board.

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