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MSI Z370 Gaming M5 Motherboard Review + Overclocking

MSI Z370 Gaming M5 Motherboard Review

MSI Z370 Gaming M5 Motherboard Review
- The gaming m5 motherboy from msi supports intel's eighth generation of cpus with the z 370 chipset. So let's find out what the board has to offer, how well it over clocks and if it's a board that you should consider playing my first impressions of the boarder. 

That looks really plain and cleaned it's all grey and black, which is a bit different from msi as usual, red and black color scheme. In any case, 

I'm a fan, it's an ATX board and comes in a thirty point. Five centimeters by twenty four point: four centimeters, starting with the rear, i/o, there's a ps2 point for you old school guys: three USB 2 type-a ports, a clear CMOS button, DisplayPort and HDMI port; a USB 3.1 gen2 type, A and type C port, two USB 3.1 gen2 On Type A ports killer, Ethernet port s/pdif, l and v 3.5 millimeter audio jacks, while powered on the Ethernet port and two of the USB ports, a lit up by red LEDs and yeah. I forgot to install the backplate here's what it looks like, though, so you don't miss out.

There'S some oil on the right side, where there's six SATA three connectors at the center of the board is the LGA 1151 socket which supports Intel coffee-like based CPUs and, as mentioned, I'm testing with a six core 8700 k here next to the socket of the RAM Slots which have Emma sized steel armor, this is meant to shield. 

The memory sticks to give better overclocking and although the board supports up to 4000 megahertz, I don't have any memory that crazy to test this. If you do, plan on overclocking make sure you consult the qvl and buy compatible memory sticks the four slots run a dual channel and can support up to 64 gigabytes of ddr4 memory. 

If you're rich enough to afford that at today's prices, two of the PCI slots are also reinforced in a similar manner to the memory slots allowing for some beefy graphics cards from the top down. There'S PCIe 16 one one, eight one and four slots and their support for two-way SLI or 3-way crossfire.

There'S an m dot, two slot towards the bottom of the board. Amongst the PCIe slots. It'S got a thermal pad and supports, drives up to 80 millimeters in length and there's a second m2 slot in the middle of the board, just above the PCIe slots, which supports drives up to 110 millimeters long and they can be run in raid 0 or rate. 

One via the chipset there's a debug code led down the bottom, which is useful while troubleshooting as well as a bunch of your typical connectors, including audio RGB, USB fan, TPM and front panel headers, and in total there are six fan headers on the board. 

Now, with the basic info out of the way, let's install the board and try some overclocking with the 8700 k, my testing is being done using the latest bios.

I updated a prior to running anything, I'm using the fractal s 36 all-in-one CPU cooler here and I was able to easily get the CPU up to five point: one gigahertz. So a pretty nice boost we can see in the Cinebench multi-core score.

There's about a 17 percent increase from the overclock, although this will of course vary depending on how good the CPU that you pair with the Border's with the board powered on and running, there's some Rgb lighting on the chip side cover and two strip near the PCIe slots.

although both get covered up pretty well by the graphics card, the lighting can be controlled through MSI's mystic light sync software and there are a number of effects available, including breathing flushing, double flushing Monkey stock rainbow, which is what I've got it on CPU temperature and more all, can be completely turned off. 

If that's not your thing to put into the UEFI simply press the Delete key during boot, I found it really easy to navigate and quickly make changes, including overclocking. So what did you guys think of the gaming m5 motherboard from MSI? Overall.

I thought the board was fairly high quality and looked and felt nicer than my Isuzu Prime's at 370, a however, the assort is $ 50 less, so that should be expected in the US this one's currently going for around 199 US dollars, and here in Australia.

It'S about 319 Australian dollars. If you're not planning on buying an unlocked, CPU, then you'll probably be better off waiting until there are cheaper motherboards available. Otherwise, if you do want to overclock pairing the m5 with an overclockable CPU.

Looks like a good match compared to other options based on the price, it seems to be a mid to high range choice, so it's got some nice features and extras and the RGB lighting Is pretty subtle and not going overboard.