MSI Z170A GAMING M5 (LGA1151) Motherboard Review

Storage Performance

Linear Read

The Z170A GAMING M5 excelled during linear read benchmarks and reported impeccable results during M.2, SATA and USB testing.

Linear Write

Sadly, M.2 write performance is lacking but the gap isn’t substantial enough to warrant any concerns. This also applies to SATA and USB numbers which can only be described as average.