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B350M Mortar AMD 350 (Socket AM4) DDR4 Micro ATX Motherboard
Well-equipped B350 motherboard (Micro-ATX) from MSI, 1× PCIe 3.0 x16 / 1× PCIe 2.0 x16, 1× M.2 (PCIe 3.0 x4) & 4× SATA 6G, 8× USB 3.0 / 6× USB 2.0, max. 64 GB RAM at 2.666 MHz Motherboards with the AM4 socket serve as the platform for the AMD Ryzen (Summit Ridge) quad-core, hexa-core and octa-core CPUs as well as "Bristol Ridge" and "Raven Ridge" desktop APUs from the A-series with integrated GPUs unlike the old Athlon X4 which came without an iGPU. The advanced AMX X370, B350 and A320 chipsets are aimed at the enthusiast, mainstream and entry-level segments coming with an abundance of modern I/O interfaces and connectors for hardware peripherals, while additional data links are provided by the GPU/APU.
The processor's integrated memory controller supports AM4 motherboards as well as fast and energy- efficient DDR4 RAM in dual-channel mode, as well as specialist ECC error-correcting memory depending on the motherboard. The advanced "Zen" microarchitecture in conjunction with the AM4 platform forms the perfect foundation for high-performance systems in a range of applications.
The Layout of the Micro-ATX MSI B350M Mortar
The MSI B350M Mortar is a Micro-ATX motherboard that comes with a lightning-fast PCI- Express 3.0 slot with a full x16 lanes. Furthermore there is a PCIe 2.0 slot with x4 lanes as well as two PCIe 2.0 x1 slots for additional expansion cards. Up to 64 GB DDR4-RAM can be installed into the four RAM slots, which in turn operate at a maximum of 2.666 Megahertz. range of internal connectors includes, among other things, two USB 3.0 headers and two USB 2.0 headers for a total of four ports respectively.
Data storage devices such as SSDs and hard drives are managed via four SATA 6G connectors (incl. RAID support) as well a horizontal M.2 slot, which is connected with four PCI-Express 3.0 lanes and therefore provides huge speeds of up to 32 Gbit/s. M.2-SSDs measuring from 42 mm to 110 mm in length can be used and furthermore the cutting-edge NVM-Express protocol is also supported. This protocol has been optimised to take advantage of the parallel processing utilised by modern PCIe SSDs.
A further highlight of the MSI B350M Mortar is to be found on the reverse of the motherboard, specifically the fact that the motherboard includes a USB 3.0 Type C connector. This new kind of USB Type C port is particularly thing and can finally be inserted in either direction. USB 3.0 or USB 3.1 Gen 1 can reach a maximum transfer rate of up to 5 Gbit/s per port.
Last but not least, four fans with 4-pin PWM connectors can be connected directly to the board. On the reverse of the motherboard is located the I/O shield which provides access to further devices and components via USB 3.0 and 2.0, Gigabit LAN, universal PS/2 or five audio jacks for connecting 7.1 sound to the MSI B350M Mortar. Furthermore the monitor outputs of the integrated APU-GPU (optional) include two monitor outputs: HDMI, DisplayPort and DVI-D.
Socket AM4 Chipsets at a Glance:
|X370 Chipset||B350 Chipset||A320 Chipset||Ryzen CPU|
|PCIe 3.0 / 2.0:||x4 / x8||x4 / x6||x4 / x4||x16 + x4 + x4 / -|
|USB 3.1 / 3.0 / 2.0:||2 / 6 / 6||2 / 2 / 6||1 / 2 / 6||- / 4 / -|
|SATA Raid:||0 / 1 / 10||0 / 1 / 10||0 / 1 / 10||-|
|Overclocking:||Yes||Yes||No||Yes (Unlocked CPU & XFR)|
|Multi-GPU:||CrossFire & SLI||Partial 2-way CF 2-way CF||No||-|
Attention: The actual I/O configuration may vary depending on the motherboard. This table only reproduces the basic interface layout. Additional ports may also be possible by means of alternative controllers.
Compatibility Note for CPU Coolers Utilising AMD Socket AM4:
Due to the revision in mounting hole distances for the new AM4 socket, CPU coolers with rear mounts will - compared with preceding sockets e.g. AM2(+), AM3(+) or FM2(+) - require AM4-compatible mounting brackets. Please ensure compatibility prior to purchasing. CPU coolers that are attached directly to the retention bracket of the motherboard retain compatibility.
- Format: Micro-ATX (243 x 243 mm)
- Chipset: AMD B350
Socket: AM4 ( for Summit Ridge / Bristol Ridge / Raven Ridge)
4x DDR4 (max. 2.666 MHz)
max. 64 GB
1x PCIe 3.0 x16*
1x PCIe 2.0 x16 (electrical x4)
Multi-GPU Configurations: 2-way CrossFireX (16*/4)
2x PCIe 2.0 x1
- Internal Connectors:
4x SATA 6G (RAID 0, 1, 10)
1x Turbo M.2 (M-Key, PCIe 3.0 x4** with max. 32 Gbit/s, horizontal, sized 2242 to 22110)
2x USB 3.0 Header (4 Ports)
2x USB 2.0 Header (4 Ports)
4x 4-Pin Fans (PWM)
1x Front Panel Audio Connector
2x System Front Panel Connector
1x TPM Module Connector
1x Chassis Intrusion Connector
1x LED Connector
- External Connectors:
1x USB 3.0 (Type C, max. 5 Gbit/s)
3x USB 3.0 (Type A, max. 5 Gbit/s)
2x USB 2.0
1x Gigabit LAN (Realtek 8111H)
5x Audio (ALC892, 7.1 Sound)
1x Optical S/PDIF-Out
1x HDMI 1.4
1x PS/2 Combo-Port (Keyboard / mouse)
- Power Supply:
1x 24-Pin ATX12V
1x 8-Pin ATX12V
*(x8 with APU or Athlon X4)
**(x2 with APU or Athlon X4)
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