Attention Required! - Msi B150M Mortar Processor Support

With having my first Skylake motherboard fail on me recently, a sub-$60 Gigabyte H110 motherboard, for its replacement I decided to lớn spend a few bucks more và ended up going for a nicer MSI Skylake motherboard. For those curious, here are a few words I wanted to nói qua this weekend about my experience so far with the MSI B150M Mortar.

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The MSI B150M Mortar LGA-1151 motherboard retails for $70~80 USD và as implied by the name uses Intel"s B150 chipset. This motherboard has four DDR4-2133 DIMM slots, two PCI Express 3.0 x16 slots, six Serial ATA 3.0 ports, one SATAe port, onboard HDMI/VGA/DVI-D video clip ports when using integrated graphics, one USB 3.1 Gen1 connector, and complies with micro-ATX specifications. MSI advertises the B150M Mortar as having the company"s "special" features like Military Class 4 unique and stability, GAMING DNA lights, Guard-Pro, EZ Debug LED, overvoltage protection, & gaming certified.

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I bought this motherboard for $76 USD on Amazon.com. What led me khổng lồ this motherboard khổng lồ replace the cheaper Gigabyte board that failed was MSI"s quality, having contacts at MSI và the work they"ve been doing khổng lồ better tư vấn Linux, và the board"s feature mix relative lớn the price. For the past two weeks I"ve been running this board fine under Linux without any issues.

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Most of my testing of the MSI B150M Mortar under Linux has been using Intel"s Clear Linux distribution as the board is installed in the system being used for the daily Clear Linux benchmarking on Linux
Benchmarking.com in conjunction with the Pentium G4400 Skylake processor. Pairing that LGA-1151 Pentium with this motherboard makes for an all-around low-cost system. The Wake-On-LAN tư vấn for this MSI board is also working out much better than with the board it replaced.

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Overall I remain happy with the MSI B150M Mortar as a low-cost, Skylake motherboard. If anyone has any specific Linux related questions or other inquiries about this board, feel không lấy phí to post away within the forums. Obviously with pounding this board on a daily basis for Linux benchmarking similar to lớn the failed Gigabyte motherboard, I will obviously report back if this board shares a similar fate.

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1. Introduction

Micro-Star International Co., Ltd or MSI is a Taiwanese multinational information công nghệ corporation founded in 1986, headquartered in New Taipei City, Taiwan. It designs, develops & provides computer hardware, related products và services, including laptops, motherboards, graphics cards, All-in-One PCs, servers, industrial computers, PC peripherals, car infotainment products, & so on.

Official hàng hóa link:

http://www.msi.com/product/motherboard/B150M-MORTAR.html#hero-specification

2. Packaging & accessories

The B150M Mortar mã sản phẩm is packaged in a green box with red, black & white accents.The front side of the box is meant to resemble a military case, in the middle there are printed both the manufacturer’s logo và the name of the motherboard. On the lower side there is placed the MSI Gaming emblem.

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On the sides of the box we find printed both the name và logo of the manufacturer & the name of the hàng hóa with its specifications.

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The back of the box presents in detail the product và enumerates the specifications và features of the motherboard.

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Accessories

The sản phẩm comes with the following accessories:– 1x Manual– 1x Quick Installation Guide– 1x Driver CD– 1x I/O Shield– 2x SATA cables

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3. Specifications

Features:

Sports players for the best gaming experience– WHQL CERTIFIED.WINDOWS 10 READY.

4. Visual inspection

The B150M Mortar mã sản phẩm uses a M-ATX size factor và the hãng intel B150 chipset. The motherboard uses a black-silver color combination. The thiết kế of the motherboard is simple, the heatsinks which ensures the cooling of the VRM and chipset are entirely black.

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The motherboard features 3(three) 4-Pin Molex connectors, their position is the following:Also the motherboard measures 240mm in height và has a width of 240mm.

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The heatsinks mounted around the CPU socket are small and use an angular design. On the upper left corner, we find the 8-Pin power nguồn connector for the CPU.

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Between the CPU socket và the RAM slots we see the trắng traces.

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On the right side, we find the 4 DIMM slots that support DDR4 RAM with speeds up lớn 2133MHz. The motherboard supports a maximum of 64GB.

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Next to lớn the DIMM slots we have a Debug LED used lớn troubleshoot problems with the system.

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The motherboard uses two PCIe 3.0 x16 (x16/x4) slots & two PCIe 3.0 x1 slots. The first PCIe slot is reinforced with metal in order to support graphics cards with any type of cooling system.

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The M.2 Wi-Fi slot is placed between the two PCIe 3.0 slots. Next to the M.2 slot we can see the NUVOTON NCT6793D controller responsible for system monitoring & controlling the connected fans.

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The audio system is isolated from the rest of the PCB, this is highlighted by a yellow line traced on the PCB when the system is turned on the line is illuminated by a red LED. Also the capacitors used in the audio system are manufactured by Chemicon.

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The audio system uses the Realtek ALC892 7.1-Channel High Definition Audio codec.

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The B150M Mortar model uses 6 (six) SATA 6 Gb/s ports & one SATA Express port.

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The chipset heatsink uses a similar angular design as the VRM heatsingks, also the chipset heatsink features the MSI name. Next lớn it there is the Bios battery.

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The B150M Mortar model features one internal USB 3.0 port, it is placed on the lower side of the motherboard next lớn the front panel headers.

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On the back side there is the I/O panel.The I/O panel is as follows (from left lớn right):– 1x PS/2 Keyboard/Mouse port– 2x USB 2.0 ports– 1x card vga port– 1x DVI-D port– 1x HDMI port– 4x USB 3.1 Gen1 ports– 1x Clear CMOS button– 1x Optical S/PDIF OUT connector– 5x OFC audio jacks

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Bios

The Bios of the new Skylake motherboards has received a new introductory section which allows the modification of base settings without changing important settings such as the CPU voltage.This section is named “EZ Mode” and includes settings such as: boot order, tín đồ speed & XMP Profiles for your RAM.

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Like the Gaming line motherboards, the B150M Mortar mã sản phẩm use a bios which offers numerous options, the UEFI interface offered by MSI is quite different from other manufacturers when we talk about the layout of the bios.

The main window of the Click Bios 5 displays the 6 main sections of the bios, these are placed on the sides of the window. On the upper side of the main window we find general information about the system such as the components và peripherals installed on the motherboard & various temperatures.

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