Intel’s 12th-generation Alder Lake desktop processors support DDR5 and DDR4 memory types. Although users have the option to use any, Intel 600 Series motherboards can support one or the other, not both at the same time. Well, MSI gives users a choice with its latest MAG series B660M Mortar motherboards, which are available with support for DDR5 or DDR4 memory and with or without Wi-Fi 6 CNVi.
The MSI B660M Mortar motherboards are available in two different configurations, with or without Wi-Fi capabilities and support for DDR5 or DDR4 memory. This includes two different color schemes that allow users to differentiate each model. Variations with the Intel Wi-Fi 6 CNVi have silver heatsinks on a black PCB, while non-Wi-Fi models come with an all-black theme.
MSI MAG B660M Mortar WIFI with support for DDR5 memory
Outside of memory support and whether it comes with Wi-Fi or not, all four MSI MAG B660 Mortar motherboards are all micro-ATX sizes and have the same set of controllers, input and output and expansion slot support. This includes one full-length PCIe 4.0 x16, one full-length PCIe 3.0 x4 and one smaller PCIe 3.0 x1 slot. There are two PCIe 4.0 x4 M.2 slots for storage, as well as a total of six SATA ports. Four SATA ports are powered by a chipset with support for RAID 0, 1, 5 and 10 arrays, while the ASMedia ASM1061 SATA controller runs the other two.
Focusing on memory support, the MSI MAG B660M Mortar WIFI and B660M Mortar include support for DDR5-6200 memory, with a maximum combined capacity of up to 128 GB on four slots. By comparison, the two DDR4 compatible versions can support up to 128 GB of DDR4-4800 memory.
MSI MAG B660M Mortar WIFI DDR4 back panel
The MSI MAG B660M Mortar WIFI and B660M Mortar WIFI DDR4 have Intel Wi-Fi 6 CNVi, while the others come with an empty Key M.2 slot if users want to add their own later. Everything else on the four B660M Mortar models is the same, including one USB 3.2 G2x2 Type-C, three USB 3.2 G2 Type-A and four USB 2.0 ports, with one Realtek RTL8125BG 2.5 GbE controller providing a decent level of networking capabilities. The rear panel also features five 3.5mm audio jacks and an S / PDIF optical output powered by a Realtek ALC1200 HD audio codec, as well as a DisplayPort 1.4 and HDMI 2.1 video output.
At the time of writing, we have not found any of the MSI MAG B660M Mortar models available from US retailers, although they are in stock and currently available for purchase in UK retailers. Wi-Fi models will probably cost between $ 10-20 more depending on the retailer you choose, but MSI has not yet provided us with MSRP pricing. At British retailer Ebuyer, the MSI MAG B660M Mortar DDR5 now costs £ 200, while the MSI MAG B660M Mortar DDR4 costs £ 190.
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