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MSI Z370M MORTAR

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.

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MSI Z370M MORTAR

help iconCPU SocketLGA 1151help iconSLI Support1 graphics cards
help iconCPU Compatible MakeIntelhelp iconCrossfire Support1 graphics cards
help iconCPU ChipsetIntel Z370help iconOnboard GPUno
help iconForm FactorMicro-ATXhelp iconPCI Slots-
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
  • 4 x fan header
help iconUSB 2.0 Rear2help iconBack Panel I/O
  • Display Port">Display Port
  • Line In Connector
  • Line Out Connector
  • Mic In connector
  • 7.1 Surround Sound
  • Audio Input Output
help iconGraphics Card InterfaceNot sure

MSI Z370M MORTAR compatibility review

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.

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