The MSI Z370M MORTAR 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||1 graphics cards|
|CPU Chipset||Intel Z370||Onboard GPU||no|
|Form Factor||Micro-ATX||PCI Slots||-|
|Max RAM||64 GB DDR4||SATA 1.0||0|
|RAM Slots||4 x DDR4||SATA 2.0||0|
|Memory Channels||2||SATA 3.0||0|
|Compatible RAM Speeds||RAID Support||yes|
|USB 2.0 Internal Slots||4||Internal I/O|
|USB 2.0 Rear||2||Back Panel I/O|
|Graphics Card Interface||Not sure|
The MSI Z370M MORTAR 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 3200 MHz, and 0 DDR4 slots allowing for a maximum total of 64 GB RAM.
The Micro-ATX MSI Z370M MORTAR 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 Z370M MORTAR 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 Z370M MORTAR 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 Z370M MORTAR does not support multiple graphics cards via Nvidia SLI or AMD Crossfire.
The MSI Z370M MORTAR has 6 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.