MSI B360M Mortar + B360M Mortar Titanium Preview

Much of the focus at Computex 2018 was on the new B460 and X399 Refresh motherboards for the 2nd Gen Ryzen and 2nd Gen Threadripper processors. But MSI also shared some Intel love, launching two new Intel B360 motherboards – the MSI B360M Mortar and the MSI B360M Mortar Titanium.

Let’s take a quick look at these new motherboards designed for the 8th Generation Intel Core processors!

MSI B360M Mortar + B360M Mortar Titanium Preview

 

Intel B360 Chipset

When Intel launched their 8th Generation Intel Core (Coffee Lake) processors last year, you had to pair them with the high-end Intel Z370 chipset. Six months later, Intel finally released the cheaper Intel B360 chipset. Here is a comparison of the Intel Z370 and Intel B360 chipsets :

FeaturesIntel Z370Intel B360
CPU OverclockingYesNo
DDR4 OverclockingYesNo
DDR4 Memory Channels22
Chipset PCIe Lanes2412
PCIe Configuration1 x PCIe x16, or
2 x PCIe x8, or
1 x PCIe x8 + 2 x PCie x4
Only 1 x PCIe x16
SATA Ports66
USB 3.1 Gen2 Ports04
USB 3.1 Gen1 Ports106
PCIe 3.0 M.2 Slots31
PCIe RAID 0/1/5YesNo
SATA RAID 0/1/5YesNo
CPU-attached PCIe StorageYesNo
Integrated LANYesYes
Integrated WiFiNoYes, Wireless-AC

As you can see, the Intel B360 chipset drops CPU and memory overclocking, as well as RAID 0/1/5 support. It also comes with fewer PCIe lanes, and fewer USB ports.

On the other hand, it introduces native USB 3.1 Gen2 ports and integrated Wireless-AC capability – both features noticeably lacking in the Intel Z370.

 

MSI B360M Mortar + B360M Mortar Titanium

The MSI B360M Mortar (Price Check) and B360M Mortar Titanium (Price Check) motherboards are part of the MSI Arsenal GAMING family. They are both micro-ATX motherboards with four DDR4 memory slots, two PCIe x16 slots and two PCIe x1 slots.

  • 26% larger VRM heatsinks which reduce temperatures by up to 10°C
  • PCI-E Steel Armor for primary PCIe 3.0 x16 slot
  • Arsenal sticker area for personal customisation
  • Two M.2 slots supporting PCIe x4 operation
  • Two USB 3.1 Gen2 ports – one Type A, one Type C
  • EZ Debug LED for easier troubleshooting

The only real difference between the Mortar and the Mortar Titanium models is their colour. The B360M Mortar (Price Check) has a dark grey and black design, while the B360M Mortar Titanium (Price Check) has white and silver design.

 

B360M Mortar + Mortar Titanium Price + Availability

The two new MSI B360M Mortar motherboards are available with immediate effect, with the following recommended retail prices

  • MSI B360M Mortar : US$ 99.99 / € 85.95 / RM 399
    – Now on offer at just $89.99 ($79.99 with rebate)
  • MSI B360M Mortar TitaniumUS$ 104.99 / € 98.25 / RM 419
    – Now on offer at just $99.99 ($89.99 with rebate)

 

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