The Intel B560 Motherboard Overview: 30+ Budget Models Starting from $75by Gavin Bonshor on March 29, 2021 7:00 AM EST
MSI MAG B560M Bazooka
The cheapest and ultimately most basic of MSI's MAG offerings for B560 is the Bazooka. Following the trend of military-inspired naming, the MSI MAG B560M Bazooka is a micro-ATX option, with an interesting take on a war-like theme. It is using a shade of green for the power delivery and chipset heatsinks, as well as an M.2 heatsink which covers the PCIe 4.0 x4 M.2 slot. Even the memory slots follow a similar theme, with alternating green and black slots, with an all-black PCB.
In regards to PCIe support, MSI includes just one full-length slot operating at PCIe 4.0 x16, with two PCIe 3.0 x1 slots. The storage capabilities consist of one PCIe 4.0 x4 M.2 slot which includes an M.2 heatsink, one PCIe 3.0 x4 M.2 slot, and six SATA ports. The SATA ports include two with straight angled connectors, although all six include support for RAID 0, 1, 5, and 10 arrays. In the top-right hand corner arefour memory slots, with support for DDR4-5066 and up to 128 GB of capacity.
Although there's no Type-C connectivity on the B560M Bazooka, MSI does include two USB 3.2 G2 Type-A, two USB 3.2 G1 Type-A, and two USB 2.0 ports. At the far left is a PS/2 combo port for legacy peripherals, while there's also one HDMI and one DisplayPort video output for users planning to utilize Intel's UHD integrated graphics. For networking, there's a single Realtek RTL8125B 2.5 GbE controller, while the board's three 3.5 mm audio jacks is powered by a Realtek ALC897 HD audio codec.