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MSI MAG B660M MORTAR WIFI DDR4 review: we wish we had such a board

MSI MAG B660M MORTAR WIFI DDR4 review: we wish we had such a board

If we consider LGA1700 platform, boards based on B660 chipset look like the most balanced devices in their class.
We talked about this in detail in our article \"The best mass gaming platform - 2022: Core i5-12400F + DDR4 + B660\".
Yes, the junior chipset in comparison with the same Z690 has a number of limitations, such as the inability to overclock the CPU.
But they do not prevent the user to build a gaming PC or workstation of almost any level.
Performance from this almost does not suffer, and functionality - a parameter that must be considered individually.
So we are not surprised that there are so many B660 chipset based motherboards already released, and over time there will be more.The MSI MAG B660M MORTAR WIFI DDR4 is an example of a quality motherboard based on a junior Intel chipset.
It can do a lot - and in this review, we will tell you what is so good in it.
MSI MAG B660M MORTAR WIFI DDR4⇡#Technical specifications and equipmentThen writing this article there are nine B660-boards on the MSI website, which the manufacturer considers a gaming board.
Interestingly, there are four versions of MAG B660M MORTAR: one supporting DDR5-memory, the second with DDR4, the third with DDR4 and DDR5, and a wireless module.
And finally, ours, with wireless module and DDR4.
At that, the models with built-in Wi-Fi and Bluetooth are in black and silver coloring, and the other \"Mortyrs\" are entirely black.
The table below shows the specifications of the tested MSI MAG B660M MORTAR WIFI DDR4.
MSI MAG B660M MORTAR WIFI DDR4Supported processorsIntel Core, Pentium Gold, 12th generation CeleronChipsetB660Memory system4 × DIMM, up to 128GB DDR4-4800Expansion slots1 × PCI Express x16 4.0 1 × PCI Express x4 3.0 1 × PCI Express x1 3.0Drive interfaces1 × M.2 (Socket 3, 2242/2260/2280) with PCI Express x4 4.0 support 1 × M.2 (Socket 3, 2242/2260/2280) with PCI Express x4 4.0 and SATA 6Gb/s support 4 × SATA 6Gb/sLocal networking1 × Realtek RTL8125BG, 10/100/1000/2500MbpsAudio subsystemRealtek ALC1200 7.
1 HDI internal interfaces1 × SPI TPM 1 × RGB LED 2 × ARGB LED 1 × F-Audio 1 × Thunderbolt (RTD3) 2 × USB 2.0 1 × USB 3.2 Gen1 1 × USB 3.2 Gen2 rear panel interfaces1 × HDMI 1 × DisplayPort 4 × USB 2.
0 Type A 3 × USB 3.2 Gen2 Type A 1 × USB 3.2 Gen2 Type C 1 × RJ-45 1 × S/P-DIF Out 5 × 3.5mmForm FactormATX, 244 × 244mmCostNo dataThere's lots of useful and not so useful waste paper, a CD with various software and drivers, two SATA cables, Wi-Fi/Bluetooth antennas, and an SSD mount in the package.
Among the interesting and rare things in the box were a couple of small screwdrivers.
The MAG B660M MORTAR WIFI DDR4 motherboard has a mATX form factor.
Within the standard, we are dealing with a complete device in the sense that a 244mm PCB length is used here.Motherboards are the type of device that you can understand a lot from the photo.
On these pictures the MSI MAG B660M MORTAR WIFI DDR4 looks really impressive.
MSI MAG B660M MORTAR WIFI DDR4If you want to use a big super cooler like Noctua NH-D15 in your build be prepared for it to overlap all DIMM slots as well as the M.2 slot closest to the CPU socket.Four DIMM slots is great.
To recap, the Alder Lake chips support up to 128GB of DDR4 RAM.
The maximum effective frequency of the modules is 4800 MHz - so stated in the characteristics of \"Mortira\".
True, the operation of RAM is accompanied by a number of nuances, which will be discussed later.
MSI MAG B660M MORTAR WIFI DDR4 has three expansion slots:PCI Express x16 works in PCIe 4.0 mode and is the main and only PEG-port connected directly to the CPU.
The slot is additionally reinforced with metal.PCI Express x4 works in PCIe 3.0 mode, but is made in PCI-E x16 case.PCI Express x1 works in PCIe 3.0 mode.So, if we talk about gaming builds, we can install one video card of any class here.
However, take into consideration that a powerful graphics gas pedal with three sectional cooler will overlap PCI Express x1 and M.2 slots.
There are two M.2 ports in the device, and the location of both of them suits me fine.
Especially nice is the fact that both SSD slots are equipped with aluminum heatsinks.
The MSI MAG B660M MORTAR WIFI DDR4 supports SSD form factors 2242, 2260 and 2280 - both of which are four PCI Express 4.0 lanes.
The second (lower) M.2 can work in SATA mode, but then the SATA8 port will be disabled.At that, the board has only six SATA 6Gbps connectors - just the numbering of the pads starts with the number 3.
The hero of the review has four connectors for connecting fans.
All of them are 4-pin, but motherboards have been able to regulate the speed of \"fans\" for a long time

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