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MSI B150 GAMING M3

The MSI B150 GAMING M3 is compatible with Intel processors with the LGA 1151 socket.

It has 64 GB DDR4 maximum RAM and conforms to the ATX form factor standard.

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MSI B150 GAMING M3

help iconCPU SocketLGA 1151help iconSLI Support1 graphics cards
help iconCPU Compatible MakeIntelhelp iconCrossfire Support2 graphics cards
help iconCPU ChipsetB150 Expresshelp iconOnboard GPUno
help iconForm FactorATXhelp iconPCI Slots
  • 2 x PCIe x1 v3.0
  • 2 x PCIe x16 v3.0
help iconMax RAM64 GB DDR4help iconSATA 1.00
help iconRAM Slots4 x DDR4help iconSATA 2.00
help iconMemory Channels2help iconSATA 3.00
help iconCompatible RAM Speeds
  • DDR4 2133 MHz
help iconRAID Supportyes
help iconUSB 2.0 Internal Slots1help iconInternal I/O
  • 1 x 24 pin power connector
  • 1 x 8 pin power connector
  • 5 x fan header
  • System Panel Connection
  • TPM Chip
help iconUSB 2.0 Rear4help iconBack Panel I/O
  • DVI connector"
  • Line Out Connector
  • 7.1 Surround Sound
  • Audio Input Output
  • PS/2 keyboard connector
  • PS/2 mouse connector
help iconGraphics Card InterfacePCIe v3.0

MSI B150 GAMING M3 compatibility review

The MSI B150 GAMING M3 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 64 GB RAM.

Conforming to the ATX standard, the MSI B150 GAMING M3 should fit into the majority of cases. ATX is the most common form factor, and as such has a high degree of compatibility with other components while providing a decent number of slots to widen your expansion options.

The MSI B150 GAMING M3 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 MSI B150 GAMING M3 does not support onboard graphics. Any system build that uses this motherboard therefore requires a separate graphics card, or a processor that has a GPU on the same die, such as AMD APU processors. There are 2 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 PCIe v3.0, as anything below will not reach the motherboard's potential, and anything above will have its performance slashed to the bandwidth maximum of the MSI B150 GAMING M3's PCIe v3.0. The MSI B150 GAMING M3 supports up to 2 AMD Crossfire connected graphics cards for improved overall graphical performance at the cost of multiplied graphics-based power consumption as well as the price of the cards themselves. Nvidia SLI is not supported.

The MSI B150 GAMING M3 has 5 USB 2.0 slots but no USB 3.0 slots. While USB 3.0 slots are so far by no means necessary, and with a plethora of USB 2.0 peripherals to choose from, the USB functionality on this motherboard should be fine. If planning on building a new system, a motherboard with USB 3.0 is likely to have a longer life cycle, however.

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