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MSI B360M MORTAR (Intel B360) Motherboard Review (Page 10)

By Steven Bassiri from Apr 10, 2018 @ 8:00 CDT
TweakTown Rating: 91%Manufacturer: MSI

What's Hot

More USB 3.1 than 3.0: You will find more USB 3.1 (10Gb/s) ports on this motherboard than USB 3.0. In fact, this is one of the only motherboards that not only has two rear USB 3.1 ports but also has an internal type-C header with USB 3.1 support (10Gb/s).

The rear IO panel features four USB 2.0 ports (just fine for mice and keyboards), and there is an internal USB 3.0 header and an internal USB 2.0 header.

Dual M.2 Slots: With the limitations of the B360 chipset compared to the H370 and Z370 chipsets, you might not expect eight PCI-E lanes from the PCH being directed towards two M.2 slots, but that's exactly what you get on this motherboard.

Large VRM Heatsinks: The large VRM heat sinks do a decent job of making sure that the MOSFETs don't get hotter than the PWM controller, and we are glad to see MSI heat sink all the CPU power stages. If you maintain proper airflow in your case, the VRM should stay cool.

White and Silver: The white and silver PCB and heat sinks provide a unique look not common to entry-level motherboards. The VRM heat sink even covers up a lot of the IO panel's metal, which adds to the aesthetic value of the motherboard.

What's Not

Audio Scores: While the audio sounded fine to me, this implementation didn't score super well in RMAA. The Realtek ALC892 they use was popular a while ago, but these days you only find them on more affordable entry-level motherboards.

Final Thoughts

The MSI B360M Mortar should be an affordable B360 motherboard, but it has many high-end features, which is a nice touch. It has three of its four USB 3.1 Gen 2 (10Gb/s) ports implemented (more than many H370 motherboards I have seen), and one is even used for a type-C internal header.

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They maintained an Intel NIC and made sure to include two full speed M.2 slots. While there were some concessions they made such as in the audio region and a low number of USB 3.0 (USB 3.1 gen 1) ports, some of it has to do with the capabilities of the B360 chipset.

However, overall we feel that this motherboard makes strides towards keeping high-end connectivity onboard, and we like that. If you want a stylish, affordable, and well equipped B360 motherboard, give the B360M Mortar a look.

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Loaded with high-end features such as USB 3.1 Gen 2 (10Gb/s) and dual x4 PCI-E M.2 slots, the MSI B360M Mortar offers the latest features in a stylish package.

TweakTown award
Performance92%
Quality88%
Features94%
Value91%
Overall TweakTown Rating91%

The Bottom Line: Equipped with high-end features such as USB 3.1 Gen 2 (10Gb/s) and dual x4 PCI-E M.2 slots, the MSI B360M Mortar offers the latest features in a stylish package.

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