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MSI B250M Mortar Arctic

The MSI B250M Mortar Arctic is compatible with Intel processors with the LGA 1151 socket.

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

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MSI B250M Mortar Arctic

help iconCPU SocketLGA 1151help iconSLI Support1 graphics cards
help iconCPU Compatible MakeIntelhelp iconCrossfire Support2 graphics cards
help iconCPU ChipsetIntel® B250 Chipsethelp iconOnboard GPUno
help iconRelease Date27 Apr 2017help iconPCI Slots-
help iconForm FactorMicro-ATXhelp iconSATA 1.00
help iconMax RAM64 GB DDR4help iconSATA 2.00
help iconRAM Slots4 x DDR4help iconSATA 3.00
help iconMemory Channels2help iconRAID Supportyes
help iconCompatible RAM Speeds
  • DDR4 2133 MHz
  • DDR4 2400 MHz
help iconInternal I/O
  • 1 x 24 pin power connector
help iconUSB 2.0 Internal Slots4help iconBack Panel I/O
  • DVI connector"
  • Display Port">Display Port
  • Line In Connector
  • Mic In connector
  • Audio Input Output
  • PS/2 keyboard connector
  • PS/2 mouse connector
help iconGraphics Card InterfacePCIe v3.0

MSI B250M Mortar Arctic compatibility review

The MSI B250M Mortar Arctic 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 2400 MHz, and 0 DDR4 slots allowing for a maximum total of 64 GB RAM.

Released on 27 Apr 2017, the MSI B250M Mortar Arctic is under a year old, meaning it should be based on recent technologies and manufacturer support should almost certainly still be available.

The Micro-ATX MSI B250M Mortar Arctic 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 MSI B250M Mortar Arctic 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 B250M Mortar Arctic 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 0 PCIe x16 slots on this motherboard. The MSI B250M Mortar Arctic 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 B250M Mortar Arctic has 4 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. With so few slots, however, you would have to use a USB expansion hub. As such, we would highly recommend a different motherboard, preferably with USB 3.0 functionality as well.

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