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Asus B150M-K

The Asus B150M-K is compatible with Intel processors with the LGA 1151 socket.

It has 32 GB DDR4 maximum RAM and conforms to the Micro-ATX form factor standard.

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Asus B150M-K

help iconCPU SocketLGA 1151help iconGraphics Card InterfaceVGA
help iconCPU Compatible MakeIntelhelp iconSLI Support1 graphics cards
help iconCPU ChipsetIntel B150help iconCrossfire Support1 graphics cards
help iconForm FactorMicro-ATXhelp iconOnboard GPUyes
help iconMax RAM32 GB DDR4help iconPCI Slots
  • 2 x PCIe x1 v3.0
  • 1 x PCIe x16 v3.0
help iconRAM Slots2 x DDR4help iconSATA 1.00
help iconCompatible RAM Speeds
  • DDR4 2133 MHz
help iconSATA 2.00
help iconUSB 2.0 Internal Slots4help iconSATA 3.00
help iconUSB 2.0 Rear2help iconRAID Supportno
help iconUSB 3.0 Internal2help iconInternal I/O
  • 1 x 24 pin power connector
help iconUSB 3.0 Rear4help iconBack Panel I/O
  • D-Sub Connector
  • DVI connector"
  • Line In Connector
  • Mic In connector
  • Audio Input Output
  • PS/2 keyboard connector
  • PS/2 mouse connector

Asus B150M-K compatibility review

The Asus B150M-K uses the Intel LGA 1151 CPU socket. Any compatible Intel CPU will have the same socket entry. It uses the DDR4 memory type, with maximum speeds of up to 2133 MHz, and 0 DDR4 slots allowing for a maximum total of 32 GB RAM.

The Micro-ATX Asus B150M-K should fit into all ATX cases, but its smaller size allows you to downsize your system build as a whole. Its size comes at the cost of features, so there are likely to be far fewer connections and expansion options available than in a larger motherboard.

The Asus B150M-K has 6 SATA 3.0 hard drive slots. These allow for theoretical data transfer speeds of up to 6GB/s, as opposed to the 3GB/s of SATA 2.0. Generally speaking, only high performance hard drives, specifically solid-state drives, will be able to take advantage of the bandwidth potential of SATA 3.0 ports, though it is backwards compatible, so you do not have to take advantage.

The Asus B150M-K supports onboard graphics. This allows for integrated graphics when paired with a compatible CPU that supports them. Integrated graphics are a cheap alternative to using a graphics card, but should be avoided when frequently using modern applications or games that require intense graphical processing. There are 1 PCIe x16 slots on this motherboard. This means it is perfectly capable of accommodating the latest graphics cards, although it is important to try and use a graphics card with the same graphics card interface of VGA, as anything below will not reach the motherboard's potential, and anything above will have its performance slashed to the bandwidth maximum of the Asus B150M-K's VGA. The Asus B150M-K does not support multiple graphics cards via Nvidia SLI or AMD Crossfire.

The Asus B150M-K has 6 USB 2.0 slots and 6 USB 3.0 slots. USB 3.0 slots are theoretically capable of data transfer speeds of up to 5 Gbit/s, which is over 10 times faster than the USB 2.0 top speed of 480 Mbit/s. Although USB 2.0 slots alone currently serve as well as ever, an upgrade would better future-proof your system as more USB 3.0 compatible peripherals emerge. USB 3.0 is also backwards compatible with USB 2.0, which means you do not even have to use the newer slot functionality if you do not wish to.

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