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MSI B350M BAZOOKA

The MSI B350M BAZOOKA is compatible with AMD processors with the Socket AM4 socket.

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

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MSI B350M BAZOOKA

help iconCPU SocketSocket AM4help iconSLI Support1 graphics cards
help iconCPU Compatible MakeAMDhelp iconCrossfire Support1 graphics cards
help iconCPU ChipsetAMD® B350 Chipsethelp iconOnboard GPUno
help iconForm FactorMicro-ATXhelp iconPCI Slots
  • 2 x PCIe x1 v2.0
  • 1 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
  • DDR4 2400 MHz
  • DDR4 2666 MHz
  • DDR4 2800 MHz
  • DDR4 3000 MHz
  • DDR4 3200 MHz
help iconRAID Supportyes
help iconUSB 2.0 Internal Slots4help iconInternal I/O
  • 1 x 24 pin power connector
  • 1 x 8 pin power connector
help iconUSB 2.0 Rear4help iconBack Panel I/O
  • D-Sub Connector
  • DVI connector"
  • Line Out Connector
  • PS/2 keyboard connector
  • PS/2 mouse connector
help iconGraphics Card InterfacePCIe v3.0

MSI B350M BAZOOKA compatibility review

The MSI B350M BAZOOKA uses the AMD Socket AM4 CPU socket. Any compatible AMD CPU will have the same socket entry. It uses the DDR4 memory type, with maximum speeds of up to 3200 MHz, and 0 DDR4 slots allowing for a maximum total of 64 GB RAM.

The Micro-ATX MSI B350M BAZOOKA 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 B350M BAZOOKA has 4 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 B350M BAZOOKA 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 B350M BAZOOKA's PCIe v3.0. The MSI B350M BAZOOKA does not support multiple graphics cards via Nvidia SLI or AMD Crossfire.

The MSI B350M BAZOOKA has 8 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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