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)

New Motherboard from Gigabyte with Ultra Durable 4 Classic Design

Gigabyte has recently introduced a new motherboard intended specifically for the creation of budgetary entry-level systems. Codenamed Gigabyte GA-H61M-USB3H, the model is developed in micro-ATX form-factor and features 226x174 mm dimensions. Chipset Intel H61 Express secures all key functions of the board, while the support of Socket LGA1155 empowers the incorporation of CPUs based on Intel Ivy Bridge and Intel Sandy Bridge architecture.



GA-H61M-USB3H features only two 240-contact DIMM slots for the installation of up to 16 GB of DDR3-1333 MHz memory. Video subsystem might have dual nature: it might either employ an integrated into CPU graphics core or use an independent graphics card with PCI Express 3.0 x16 internal interface. Audio subsystem is represented by Realtek ALC887 controller which secures 7.1-channel sounding. Network facilities are ensured by 1x gigabit network controller powered by Realtek.


The connection of external displays is realized via three video …

Corsair Expands its Dominator Platinum DDR3 Memory Kit Series

Corsair, an American supplier of RAM memory and SSD solutions, is mapping out the forthcoming release of three new DDR3 memory kits. All three kits will be delivered within the confines of Dominator Platinum series: CMD8GX3M2A2400C10, CMD32GX3M4A2400C10 and CMD32GX3M4A1866C9 models. The kits will be delivered with a lifetime warranty.



Memory modules, included in these kits, are equipped with DHX aluminum heatsinks and improved cooling technology, feature 56 mm height, and support Intel XMP overclocking profiles. Their optimal operational frequency is estimated at 1866 MHz and 2400 MHz.


Corsair CMD8GX3M2A2400C10 kit consists of two 4GB DDR3 modules (8GB overall capacity) and feature 1.65V nominal voltage index. The timings for the kit are shown as 10-12-12-31. Its framework accommodates white LED bar.


Four-channel Corsair CMD32GX3M4A2400C10 kit operates at 2400 MHz frequency. Its overall capacity equals to 32GB, while all other specifications are similar to the 8GB …
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