The MSI H110M 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.
|CPU Socket||LGA 1151||Graphics Card Interface||PCIe v3.0|
|CPU Compatible Make||Intel||SLI Support||1 graphics cards|
|CPU Chipset||H110M||Crossfire Support||1 graphics cards|
|Release Date||28 Jan 2016||Onboard GPU||yes|
|Form Factor||Micro-ATX||PCI Slots|
|Max RAM||32 GB DDR4||SATA 1.0||0|
|RAM Slots||2 x DDR4||SATA 2.0||0|
|Memory Channels||2||SATA 3.0||0|
|Compatible RAM Speeds||RAID Support||no|
|USB 2.0 Internal Slots||1||Internal I/O|
|USB 2.0 Rear||4||Back Panel I/O|
The MSI H110M 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 2133 MHz, and 0 DDR4 slots allowing for a maximum total of 32 GB RAM.
Released on 28 Jan 2016, the MSI H110M PRO-VD is over 1 year old, meaning while it is probably beginning to look old compared to newer motherboards, manufacturer support should still be readily available.
The Micro-ATX MSI H110M 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 H110M PRO-VD 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 H110M PRO-VD supports onboard graphics. This allows for integrated graphics when paired with a compatible CPU that supports them. Integrated graphics are a cheap alternative to using a graphics card, but should be avoided when frequently using modern applications or games that require intense graphical processing. 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 H110M PRO-VD's PCIe v3.0. The MSI H110M PRO-VD does not support multiple graphics cards via Nvidia SLI or AMD Crossfire.
The MSI H110M PRO-VD 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.