MSI B150M Mortar Motherboard Review: Page 6 of 8

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Posted by Michael Pabia on Monday, April 18, 2016 - 10:00am

Overclocking and Testing

I will be overclocking the system at the BIOS. Settings are tweaked at the OC tab from the BIOS page.

MSI B150M Mortar

First, I had to set the OC Explore Mode from Normal to Expert so I can see all the settings below.

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To overclock the memory modules, you can either go manual overclocking, using some pre-set settings or if the XMP profiles are available, you can use that as well.

To overclock the processor, simply find the CPU Ratio field and input your desired multiplier wherein 30 yields 3.0 Ghz, 40 yields 4.0 Ghz. Note that the B150 chipset only supports overclocks up to 3.9Ghz. It could go higher if you try to overclock the BLK settings but for the sake of keeping things simple and doable for an average Joe, I'll just leave it at 3.9Ghz which is rather light in my opinion for the i5-6600K processor. Will it be enough to yield a substantial advantage over my previous reviews wherein the i5-4670K was overclocked to 4.0Ghz? Let's find out on the next section of this review.

Setup and Performance

I reviewed a couple of MSI's Z97 boards in the past with an i5-4670K. Considering that Intel processor's differences between two generations for processors on the same tier isn't really much significant, it would be very interested to see the different in performance. Also, we can also find out if overclocking on a B150 chipset motherboard would yield good results or perhaps it would be best to invest on a Z170 motherboard.


  • Processor: Intel i5-6600K
  • Motherboard: MSI B150M Mortar
  • Memory: G.Skill RipJaws IV DDR4 2400Mhz (@2133Mhz)
  • Boot Drive: Innodisk ServerDOM 3ME 64GB
  • Cooling: Custom Watercooling
  • PSU: EVGA SuperNOVA P2 1200W
  • Graphics: Gigabyte GTX 770 OC
  • Operating System: Windows 7

Other motherboard setups used in comparison:

Benchmarks and Results

General Benchmarks

  • PC Mark 7
  • PC Mark Vantage
  • Super Pi

CPU Benchmarks

  • Cinebench

Memory Benchmarks

  • MaxxMEM2

Storage Benchmarks

  • ATTO Disk Benchmark
  • Anvil Storage

Graphics Benchmarks

  • Unigine Heaven 3.0
  • Unigine Valley 1.0


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