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)

Distinctive Features of Motherboard ROG Maximus V Extreme from Asus

The past several days were marked by the official presentation of a new motherboard from Asus company. The new product, codenamed ROG Maximus V Extreme, is based on Intel Z77 chip and supports Intel Core processors of the second and third generations. The major distinctive feature of the motherboard is the availability of the integrated Thunderbolt interface and a range of exclusive overclocking and monitoring attachments. ROG Maximus V Extreme is furnished with five PCI Express 3.0 slots and is able to support such graphics technologies as AMD CrossFire, LucidLogix Virtu MVP, and Nvidia SLI.



Asus designers have taken care about the multitask capabilities of their motherboards, so equipped their products with the controller of Thunderbolt interface. Its bandwidth capacity approximates 10 Gb/sec. This interface is predestinated to attach monitors and peripheral equipment to a single Thunderbolt port at full speed. The nominal delivery set embraces a supplementary OC Key device …

Thermaltake Showcases an Original Bigwater 760 Pro Cooling System

Thermaltake Technology, a renowned Taiwanese designer of varied PC hardware pieces, is going to release its new original water-cooling system, codenamed Bigwater 760 Pro. This cooler is targeting powerful processors that require no less powerful cooling. The product demonstrates a wide compatibility with all novel processors that support Socket LGA775, LGA1366, LGA115x, LGA2011, FM1, FM2, AM2(+), and AM3(+).



Bigwater 760 Pro consists of three major parts: waterblock, head block and a couple of hoses. The implemented waterblock features nickeled-copper base of 45x35 mm dimensions. The head block features 252.8x145.8x84 mm dimensions and takes two 5.25-inch bays within the chassis. Its framework involves a pump, a heatsink and a tank for coolant.


The pump is based on a ceramic bearing and produces not more than 16 dB noise. Its performance level achieves 500 liters/hour, while Mean Time Between Failures index is estimated at eighty thousand hours. The integrated heatsink is …
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