Motherboard MSI Z270 Gaming M5 Review (Part I)

MSI motherboards game series enjoys steady popularity, so let’s start getting acquainted with the updated line of products based on Intel Z270 with a simple average model having the M5 index.


Technical Characteristics

This is a full-featured product with few bonuses and no sharp simplifications in its design. The power subsystem looks quite convincing and an additional controller for USB 3.1 ports on the rear panel is engaged.


The total set of possibilities is as follows:


Model: MSI Z270 Gaming M5 (MS-7A78 VER: 1.0) Chipset: Intel Z270 Processor sockets: Socket 1151 Processors: Core i7, Core i5, Core i3, Pentium, Celeron (Skylake-S, Kaby Lake-S) Memory: 4 DIMM DDR4 SDRAM 2133/2400/2600 */ 2800 */ 3000 */ 3200 */ 3600 */ 3800 *(OC), a maximum of 64 GB PCI-E slots: 2 x PCI Express 3.0 x16 (x16 + x0, x8 + x8) 1 x PCI Express 3.0 x16 (x4)3 x PCI Express 3.0 x1 M.2: 1 x PCI Express 3.0 x4 (Key M, 2242/2260/2280/22110)

1 x PCI Express 3.0 x4 (Key M, 2242/2260/2280)

ASRock Debuts with a Couple of E3V5 Mainboards

Following the success of Intel Xeon E3-1200 v5 CPUs, ASRock decided to launch a couple of compatible ATX motherboards. The Fatal1ty E3V5 Performance Gaming/OC and E3V5 WS models both feature Intel C232 chipset. The first new-comer is targeting gamers, while the other one is called to satisfy the needs of fastidious enthusiasts.



ASRock Fatal1ty E3V5 Performance Gaming/OC comes equipped with 4 DIMM slots which support DDR4-2133 MHz memory modules. The inventory also includes Super Alloy design as well as Gaming Armor, Hyper BCLK Engine, F-Stream, Key Master, DDR4 Non-Z OC technologies.


ASRock E3V5 WS accommodates six SATA III ports, a pair of PCIe 3.0 x16 expansion slots, 8-channel Realtek ALC892 audio, Intel I219LM gigabit Ethernet controller, and a variety of external interfaces: four USB 3.0 ports, two USB 2.0 ports, two PS/2, one RJ-45, and three audio ports.


The only drawback of both motherboards is absence of video ports. Thus, it’s vital to complement them with …

Xigmatek to Launch Alfar Chassis This Month

Xigmatek is on the verge of launching its new series of chassis, codenamed Alfar. The series consists of three models which differentiate from each other by the color of insertions on the frontal grid (black, white and orange). The casing itself is made of steel and painted totally black. All three enclosures are designed in mid-tower form factor and are ready to accept motherboards of mini-ITX, micro-ATX and ATX dimensions.



Xigmatek Alfar houses seven PCI expansion slots, can accept CPU coolers of up to 160 mm in height, graphics cards of up to 320 mm in length, and a standard power supply unit. The chassis are furnished with three external 5.25-inch drive bays, four internal 2.5-inch bays, and analogous number of bays for 3.5-inch drives. Interface panel is located on the top board and accommodates a couple of USB 3.0 ports and standard 3.5 mm audio sockets.


The nominal delivery set of Xigmatek Alfar contains two 120 mm fans, located on the frontal and rear boards; …
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