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.
|CPU Socket||LGA 1151||SLI Support||1 graphics cards|
|CPU Compatible Make||Intel||Crossfire Support||2 graphics cards|
|CPU Chipset||Intel® B250 Chipset||Onboard GPU||no|
|Release Date||27 Apr 2017||PCI Slots||-|
|Form Factor||Micro-ATX||SATA 1.0||0|
|Max RAM||64 GB DDR4||SATA 2.0||0|
|RAM Slots||4 x DDR4||SATA 3.0||0|
|Memory Channels||2||RAID Support||yes|
|Compatible RAM Speeds||Internal I/O|
|USB 2.0 Internal Slots||4||Back Panel I/O|
|Graphics Card Interface||PCIe v3.0|
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.