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MSI B450M Mortar Motherboard Review

MSI B450M Mortar Motherboard Review

MSI B450M Mortar Motherboard Review - Amd recently launched the be 450 chipset for their new rise them, two CPUs, which gives us a nice option under the x4 70 boards. I recently covered MSI's, be 450 tomahawk board and now we're looking at there be 450 and mortar, which has similar design elements. But in a smaller form factor, so let's see what this boards got for us inside the box. You get the motherboard itself, IO shield 2 SATA cables, msi badge sticker screws for the M 2 slots, installation guide and manual. 

The board has a nice clean, black and grey metallic color scheme, similar to their be 450 tomahawk, so nothing flashy going on here. It'S also available as the titanium Edition in white, though, if you prefer that there's some RGB lighting toward the top right hand, side, and this can be controlled using MSI's light. Sync software in total. There are about 10 different built-in effects, but you can always turn it off.

If you don't like it, it's a micro, ATX board coming in at twenty four point: four centimeters by twenty four point: four centimeters. Unfortunately, I don't have any specific micro, ATX cases on hand. So it looks a little small in my H, 700 I starting with the IR from the left, visible splash back button, a ps2 port, two USB 2.0 type-a ports, DisplayPort and HDMI 1.4 outputs, which are only usable if you're, using an APU with Faga graphics, 4. Usb 3.1 gen2 on type-a ports, Gigabit Ethernet, port, USB 3.1 gen2 type, a and type C ports followed by the audio ports using Realtek, al c 892.

Here'S how the included black and white iron shield looks at the center of the board is the m4 socket which supports both AMD's mute, Rison, 2 CPUs, but is also compatible with the first generation 2 and for my testing, I'm using the horizon. 7. 2700 CPU with the stock cooler next to the socket, are the 4 memory slots which run in dual channel and can support up to 64 gig of memory at ddr4 2666 speeds in my system, I'm just running to 8 gig sticks as that's what I've got available And we throw for clocking, you can run up to ddr4 3466. I'Ve heard that with the second generation of and memory support has improved so compared to CB 350.

You should have better luck with memory overclocking, but as mentioned, I don't have any exciting memories. So I wasn't able to test that out. As a micro ATX board PCIe slots are limited from the top down. There'S a pcie 3 0 x16 slot, although it runs of x8 speeds, if you're using Vega graphics from an APU and the slot is also reinforced with metal next to to pcie 2.0 x1 slots. Although, if you use the bottom of the 2 that what above will be disabled, followed by a pcie, 2.0 x16 slot, which runs at x4 speeds, giving us support for two-way crossfire, no mention of SOI ver, the first m2 slot is found just above the PCIe slots. 

While the second is found just after the x1 slots, the top slot uses pcie 3.0 with four lanes straight to the CPU, while the second slot uses pcie 2.0 with four lanes via the chip, sir. But if you use the second m2 slot, then the bottom PCIe slot becomes unusable along the top there's an eight pin power, connector and CPU fan header along the right hand, side, there's four Saito three connectors, two of which are on a different angle.

The 24 pin power connector and a system fan head on finally along the bottom there's the front panel audio second system fan header, RGB, header, TPM, connector to USB 2 0 connectors followed by a single USB 3 connector, the front panel connectors and second RGB header, there's also a third system fan header, just above the PCIe slots, using the SATA ports, the support for raid 0, 1 or 10, and there's also support for raid 0 or 1 using the M 2 slots.

The mordor also supports AMD's news story, my technology, which basically uses an SSD to cache, frequently accessed items from a hard drive resulting in faster overall performance to boot, into the BIOS, simply press the Delete key during boot. It was basically the same as other msi motherboards.

I'Ve used easy to navigate through and make changes, and I had no issues while updating to the latest version noted here, which is what I was testing with. The BIOS can be upgraded easily by popping the update files onto a USB stick, plugging in and pressing the BIOS flush back button on the back of the board.

It just takes a few minutes to complete this feature, wasn't present in the be 350 model and gives us the ability to easily upgrade the board, which is really useful, given the a m4 socket will be supported until 2020. So when you CPUs come out, you won't have any issues if you buy the board with say third-generation Rison in the future, with p450, you've also got the option of overclocking. In my testing I was able to easily get my 2700 to full gigahertz on all calls. 

Although I didn't do in-depth overclock testing, we've got 4 2 V RMS here and I wasn't able to measure the temperatures with hardware and ferb because they didn't seem to be a temperature sensor for the VRM. Here'S. What the heatsink areas look like at idle using a thermal camera around the mid 20s and with the overclock applied under stress test. This area went up by around 20 degrees after an hour. As for the pricing, the MSI be 450 M. Morta motherboard is going for around 155 Australian dollars here in Australia at the time of recording all 107 US dollars in the US. 

For my international viewers, you can check updated pricing in the description, their birth, cheaper and more expensive B 450 boards, even in the micro ATX form factor, you've got a few options, but it seemed pretty decent for what you're getting. Overall, I thought the MSI B, 450 and Mura was a nice board. It'S the first micro ATX board, I've checked out and in many aspects I liked it more than the larger ATX tomahawk that I reviewed previously, especially as you're getting those two empty slots and more USB ports on the back.