The Intel B560 Motherboard Overview: 30+ Budget Models Starting from $75by Gavin Bonshor on March 29, 2021 7:00 AM EST
MSI MAG B560M Mortar Wi-Fi & B560M Mortar
Moving on to MSI's MAG series micro-ATX sized models, and we have the MAG B560M Mortar Wi-Fi and B560M Mortar. Both models share the same core specifications and features, with the only difference between both models is the Wi-Fi version comes with Intel's latest Wi-Fi 6E CNVi. Both Mortar models use the same design, with an all-black PCB and metallic silver heatsinks, including one covering the PCIe 4.0 x4 M.2 slot, the chipset, and power delivery heatsinks. The rear panel cover also fits in with the design, which also includes black accents on all of the board's heatsinks.
In the middle of the board is the B560M Mortars PCIe slots, which include one full-length PCIe 4.0 x16, one full-length PCIe 3.0 x4, and one PCIe 3.0 x1 slot. The storage options consist of two M.2 slots with one supporting PCIe 4.0 x4 and the other PCIe 3.0 x4/SATA, with six SATA ports with RAID 0, 1, 5, and 10 array capabilities. In the top right-hand corner is four memory slots, which can accommodate up to 128 GB, with speeds of up to DDR4-5066.
On the rear panel, the MSI MAG B560M Mortar Wi-Fi includes an Intel AX210 Wi-Fi 6E CNVi, which also adds support for BT 5.2 devices. Other than that, the rear panels of both models are the same including a Realtek RTL8125B 2.5 GbE controller, with five 3.5 mm audio jacks and S/PDIF optical output powered by a Realtek ALC897 HD audio codec. USB support consists of one USB 3.2 G2x2 Type-C, one USB 3.2 G2 Type-A, two USB 3.2 G1 Type-A, and four USB 2.0 ports. Finishing off the rear panel is a pair of video outputs including an HDMI and DisplayPort.