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MSI B250M PRO-VD

The MSI B250M PRO-VD 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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MSI B250M PRO-VD

help iconCPU SocketLGA 1151help iconSLI Support1 graphics cards
help iconCPU Compatible MakeIntelhelp iconCrossfire Support1 graphics cards
help iconCPU ChipsetIntel B250 Chipsethelp iconOnboard GPUno
help iconForm FactorMicro-ATXhelp iconPCI Slots
  • 2 x PCIe x1 v3.0
  • 1 x PCIe x16 v3.0
help iconMax RAM32 GB DDR4help iconSATA 1.00
help iconRAM Slots2 x DDR4help iconSATA 2.06
help iconMemory Channels2help iconSATA 3.00
help iconCompatible RAM Speeds
  • DDR4 2133 MHz
  • DDR4 2400 MHz
help iconRAID Supportyes
help iconUSB 2.0 Internal Slots2help iconInternal I/O
  • 1 x 24 pin power connector
  • 1 x 8 pin power connector
  • 1 x 4 pin fan connector
  • 1 x fan header
help iconUSB 2.0 Rear2help iconBack Panel I/O
  • DVI connector"
  • 1 x Serial Port
  • Line In Connector
  • Line Out Connector
  • Mic In connector
  • PS/2 keyboard connector
  • PS/2 mouse connector
help iconGraphics Card InterfacePCIe v3.0

MSI B250M PRO-VD compatibility review

The MSI B250M PRO-VD 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 32 GB RAM.

The Micro-ATX MSI B250M PRO-VD 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 PRO-VD has 6 SATA 2.0 hard drive slots. These allow for data speeds of up to 3GB/s. SATA 2.0 is a very common standard, and despite the emergence of SATA 3.0 - whose potential is difficult to reach currently - SATA 2.0 remains a viable option.

The MSI B250M PRO-VD 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 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 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 B250M PRO-VD's PCIe v3.0. The MSI B250M PRO-VD does not support multiple graphics cards via Nvidia SLI or AMD Crossfire.

The MSI B250M PRO-VD 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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