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.

The MSI MAG B560M Mortar Wi-Fi rear panel with Intel's AX210 Wi-Fi 6E CNVi

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.

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  • siggidarius - Monday, March 29, 2021 - link

    With pricing like that for both motherboards and cpus, and good availability Intel is becoming a great value option.
    Personally I don't see why I'd choose AMD cpu in 200-350USD bracket with local prices.
  • ballsystemlord - Monday, March 29, 2021 - link

    "Intel great value option" LOL. How the mighty have fallen.
  • m53 - Monday, March 29, 2021 - link

    @ballsystemlord: Or in other words how AMD starts price gouging and becoming more anti-consumer. How the "value brand" is now too expensive for the average customers.

    (not disagreeing with you. Just showing the other side of the reality.)
  • WaltC - Monday, March 29, 2021 - link

    If it wasn't for AMD you might be in one of these Intel "value" motherboards, only you'd be paying 2x-3x as much for you were about 4 years ago, remember? And there's no question that if it wasn't for AMD you'd be paying *huge sums* for ~14nm++++++++++++++++++++ CPUs Intel is selling now for bargain-basement prices *because* of AMD. Don't you realize that if not for AMD you'd be paying more, though the nose, for inferior components? Have you even checked to see that Z590 motherboards are ~$1k and up and can't even provide system-wide PCIe4 bus coverage? Heck, that's more expensive than the most expensive x570 motherboards. Welcome to the real side of reality....;) Without AMD there would be no competition in these markets at all and Intel would be selling the same--likely worse garbage--at stratospheric prices.
  • laduran - Tuesday, March 30, 2021 - link

    Everything you said is provably false
  • Qasar - Tuesday, March 30, 2021 - link

    you sure about that ? i guess you forgot the wonderful <10% gen on gen performance increases we were getting before Zen was released, and the ever increasing prices for that performance ? or the fact that mainstream was stuck on quad core cpus and you NEEDED to get intel HEDT cpus to get anything more then 4 cores ?
  • RanFodar - Tuesday, March 30, 2021 - link

    Tbf what AMD did to competition back then doesn't mean it's an excuse for them to copy Intel's playbook in the past. They can maintain their value position, but even the lowest Ryzen 5000 SKU is a bit overpriced for consumers here in the Philippines. Maybe Intel needs to thank AMD for being in such a position that is desired for consumers.
  • pablo906 - Sunday, April 4, 2021 - link

    Even the 3000 series? I've seen the 3000 series for pretty good prices around the world, the 5000 is supply constrained and demand outstrips supply so there is no reason to lower the price....That's how markets work
  • jabber - Wednesday, March 31, 2021 - link

    I remember not that long ago an AMD 'budget board' would have HDMI/eSATA/Toslink/6 USB ports (some USB3) and decent audio chip etc. and the Intel budget board would give you just VGA/PS2/ serial, a couple of USB2 and a parallel port instead. Terrible.
  • cxtalxg - Wednesday, May 5, 2021 - link

    Such a dumb argument, you do realize than intel had massive generations jumps from core 2 duo, to intel core 1st gen, then second gen. While amds overpriced phenoms flopped. All these companies are the same, lack of competition means lack of advancement

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