As we've already mentioned in the introduction the MSI Z270 Gaming M5 motherboard
comes with a great looking design. The PCB has a matte black
finish and the heatsinks feature dark grey covers. On the PCH you'll also find the neat looking MSI dragon. The heatsinks have
been shaped with a lot of attention to detail. The layout
in general has been well thought and there are plenty of useful features, like two headers to attach an external USB 3.0 port, SATA 6Gbps ports, a U.2 port, two M.2 Gen 3 x4 slots, overclocking features and
The MSI Z270 Gaming M5 comes with a digital 8+2+1 phase power design. The CPU is backed up by eight phases, the iGPU can rely on two phases and the memory receives stable current supply from one phase. In general the power design on this board is adequate for the job at hand. It's even good for aircooled overclocking every now and then, but we would not recommend this board for extreme overclocking. For that purpose MSI has more suitable boards in its portfolio.
This board has been equipped with a total of four DIMM-slots. Officially supported is everything up to DDR4 3866 (O.C.). There is engough space between the DIMM-slots and the CPU socket which means that you wont encounter compatibility problems with big coolers even when you choose to install RAM with big heatspreaders. Also supported are Xtreme Memory Profiles (XMP) in version 2.0.
The PCH as well as the current converters are being held at adequate
temperatures via passive heatsinks. The heatsink for current converters is made from
two aluminium blocks which are not linked with additional heatpipe. The
PCH heatsink is quite
simple and flat. The cooling blocks have been very well made and also they are perfetcly attached to the board to provide enough pressure on the components
they have to cool. The aluminium blocks are entirely black with gray sheet metal covers, overall resembling a completly new design.