MSI B150M Mortar Motherboard Review: Page 8 of 8
Posted by Michael Pabia on Monday, April 18, 2016 - 10:00am
Final Thoughts and Conclusion
The MSI B150M Mortar does offer a set of good features ideal for average gaming. Let us first talk about the thing that some are very particular with but doesn't really add anything to performance and overall function, the aesthetics. In general, hardware today are looking better particularly if they are branded for 'gaming' and the B150M Mortar is no exception. I like that MSI made it having a matte black PCB and matching black PCIe and DIMM slots with white secondary color. It may not have the typical gaming red theme but it sure would suit some users' taste.
Moving on to performance, clearly the B150 chipset's limitations is a factor to consider particularly if you plan to get an unlocked i5-6600K anyway. In such case, it would be best to go with a Z170 motherboard. Based on the general benchmarks, the B150 chipset on this board has a very limited overclocking capability. Overclocking can be done with an unlocked processor but the yield is quite small. DDR4 is rather new and given that my old tests uses DDR3, the difference is just with the supported frequencies. Oddly, the B150M Mortar only supported 2133Mhz of the G.SKill kit I was using which was capable of reaching 2400Mhz. On the brighter side, the graphics benchmark scores show significant improvements over the Z97 boards. Overall, the performance doesn't squeeze out much from the unlocked i5-6600K and the 3.9Ghz maximum overclock puts a limit to what the processor can do but for gaming, this board will pretty much suffice any average gamer's need.
Another thing I would like to highlight is how helpful the MSI Live Update 6 is. It runs quietly in the background and does what it needs to do effectively. Even with BIOS updates, this tool does it all for you in just a few clicks. You can find the MSI B150M Mortar motherboard for $89.99 in both Amazon and Newegg.
- Black and white color theme
- Light overclocking capability versus older BXX chipset boards
- Helpful utilities
- Overclocking limits vs Z170