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With the release of new Intel 300 chipsets, motherboards for the Coffee Lake-S processors should seriously fall in price. In this, in fact, the main and only goal of the appearance of new sets of system logic is nothing new in the H370, B360 and H310 do not bring, but on the contrary, they are simplified in comparison with the flagship Intel Z370. However, cheaper is quite a worthy goal, but some manufacturers want to give each board, even the most affordable one, as something special.
Among them is well-known to us MSI, who presented on the Russian market a fee based on the Intel B360 chipset, taking into account the specifics of Russian culture and giving it the original name MSI B360M Mortar Ilya Muromets.
Running forward, we will directly say that there is nothing heroic in this board, but such a sound and promising title, a picture on the box and a bonus inside it can quite play a positive role in the sales of this model. We are also interested in more applied aspects of the new motherboard, which we will study today.
|MSI B360M Mortar Ilya Muromets|
|Supported processors||Intel Core i7 / Core i5 / Core i3 / Pentium / Celeron Processors
in the performance of LGA1151v2 eighth generation of microarchitecture Core
|Memory subsystem||4 × DIMM DDR4 unbuffered memory of up to 64 GB;
two-channel memory operation;
Support for modules with a frequency of 2667/2400/2133 MHz;
support for Intel XMP (Extreme Memory Profile)
|Graphical interface||The integrated graphics core allows to use the HDMI port (resolutions up to 4096 × 2160 at 30 Hz), DisplayPort (resolutions up to 4096 × 2304 at 60 Hz) and DVI-D port (resolutions up to 1920 × 1200 at 60 Hz);
possibility of simultaneous connection of three displays
|Slots for expansion cards||2 slots PCI Express x16 3.0, operating modes x16, x16 / x4;
2 x PCI Express x1, Gen 3 slots
|Scalability of the video subsystem||AMD CrossFireX Technology|
|Drive Interfaces||Chipset Intel B360:
– 4 × SATA 3, throughput up to 6 Gbit / s;
– Support for RAID 0 and 1, Intel Rapid Storage, Intel Smart Connect Technology and Intel Smart Response, NCQ, AHCI and Hot Plug;
– 2 × M.2, the bandwidth of each up to 32 Gbps (M.2_1 supports SATA and PCI Express drives with a length of 42 to 110 mm, M.2_2 supports PCI Express drives with a length of 42 to 80 mm);
– Support for Intel Optane Memory Technology
|Gigabit LAN controller Intel Gigabit LAN I219V (10/100/1000 Mbps);
LAN Protect support
|Wireless Network Interfaces||No|
|Audio subsystem||7.1-channel HD audio codec Realtek ALC892:
– Audio Boost technology;
– sound condensers Chemi-Con;
– a sound card isolated from the PCB;
– Left and right channels are separated in different layers of textolite;
– protection from clicks;
– gold plated audio connectors
|USB interface||Chipset Intel B360:
– 2 USB 3.1 Gen1 ports (connected to the connectors on the system board);
– 6 USB 2.0 ports (4 on the rear panel, 2 connected to the connectors on the system board);
– 3 USB 3.1 Gen2 ports (Type-C and Type-A on the rear panel + Type-C via internal connector)
|Connectors and buttons on the rear panel||2 USB 2.0 ports and a combined PS / 2 port;
DVI-D video port;
DisplayPort and HDMI video ports;
2 USB 2.0 ports and RJ-45 LAN outlet;
2 Type-C and Type-A ports;
optical output of S / PDIF-interface;
5 3.5mm gold-plated audio connectors
|Internal connectors on the system board||24-pin ATX power connector;
8-pin ATX 12V power connector;
4 SATA 3;
4-pin connector for CPU fan with PWM support;
3 4-pin connectors for case fans with PWM support;
USB 2.0 connector for 2 ports;
USB 3.1 Gen1 connector for connection of 2 ports;
USB 3.1 Gen2 connector for Type-C port;
connector 5050 RGB LED 12 V;
group of connectors for the front panel;
audio connector for the front panel;
TPM connector (Trusted Platform Module);
Chassis Intrusion connector;
the connector of the additional Thunderbolt card;
Clear CMOS jumper
|BIOS||128 Mbit AMI UEFI BIOS with multilanguage interface and graphical environment;
compatibility with ACPI 6.0;
support for SM BIOS 3.0
|I / O Controller||Nuvoton NCT6797D-M|
|Form factor, dimensions (mm)||Micro-ATX, 243 × 243|
|Guarantee manufacturer, years||3|
|The minimum retail value, rubles.||n / a|
MSI B360M Mortar Ilya Muromets is sealed in a compact box on the front side of which is depicted an ancient Russian hero with a sword and shield. The back of the box is traditionally reserved for describing the features of the board, a brief list of features and connectors on the rear panel.
Even more brief characteristics of the board are shown on the label with bar codes from one of the ends of the box.
The board is manufactured in China and is provided with a proprietary three-year warranty. In Russia, this model has not yet appeared on sale, and in foreign stores it is estimated at $ 100, not counting the cost of delivery. If you make a direct transfer to the current dollar exchange rate, you get about 6.2 thousand rubles, which is really quite inexpensive for LGA1151v2.
The board is made in micro-ATX format and measures 243 × 243 mm. It is based on a dark, almost black textolite, painted with gray and white lines.
Of the design elements, we note the radiators on VRM chains, which also bear the name of the Russian hero and a series of boards.
The distinctive feature of the MSI B360M rear panel is Mortar Ilya Muromets – there are no USB 3.0 ports: here only USB 2.0 and two high-speed USB 3.1 Gen2.
Radiators on VRM-circuits are attached to the textolite screws, but chipset – plastic studs. So if problems with the removal of radiators and arise, then only with the smallest of them.
Starting with the first (and so far only) BIOS version, the board supports the All Intel processors manufactured in the LGA1151v2 design.
The processor is powered by four phases, VCCIO and VCCSA – one more.
No brand technologies are claimed, including the declaration of compliance with Military Class 3/4/5 or the use of durable components. Everything is very simple and inexpensive, that for a board of this class is more than natural. The power controller of the processor is responsible for the RT3607BC controller Richtek.
We will add that there is no external BCLK frequency clock on the board.
Standard power connectors with 24 and 8 contacts are oriented with latches outwards.
The chip of the Intel B360 chipset, manufactured according to the standards of the 14-nm process technology, has a thermal paste, not a thermal padding.
The maximum amount of RAM standard DDR4 on MSI B360M Mortar Ilya Muromets can reach 64 GB. The support of proprietary technology MSI DDR4 Boost, consisting in the most optimal wiring of the motherboard tracks, is declared, which, according to the developers, should increase the overclocking potential of the memory modules.
The only drawback here is that the maximum memory frequency with which the board will work does not exceed 2667 MHz. You will not be able to set BIOS higher, although the marketing figure for “Ilya Muromets” includes the figure 4000+ MHz. But there is support for XMP with the indicator and a large number manufactured DDR4 modules. Only one phase is allocated to the memory supply.
But “Ilya Muromets” got one “sword-kladenets” in the form of an aluminum-reinforced PCI Express 3.0 slot connected to the processor and running in the x16 mode, and one “stick” in the form of PCI Express 3.0 x4, which, however, can be combined with a full PCI Express-slot and support the operation of two AMD video cards in CrossFireX mode.
MSI B360M Mortar Ilya Muromets received only four SATA III ports with a bandwidth of up to 6 Gb / s – this is the maximum for Intel B360, and there are no additional controllers on the board. Two ports on the textolite are located horizontally, and two more – vertically.
There are also two M.2 ports on the motherboard with a maximum bandwidth of up to 32 Gb / s. In this case, the upper M.2_1 supports both SATA- and PCI Express-drives with a length of 42 to 110 mm, and the lower M.2_1 supports only PCI Express-drives with a length of 42 to 80 mm.
In total, MSI B360M Mortar Ilya Muromets is equipped with 11 USB ports (also maximum for Intel B360). Six of them are removed to the back panel (these are 4 USB 2.0 and two USB 3.1 Gen2), and another pair of USB 2.0 ports and USB 3.1 Gen1 can be connected to internal connectors. Finally, with a textolite, you can also take one USB 3.1 Gen2 port, for which a special connector is provided.
Of its features, we note the support of hardware technology Lan Protect – protection against lightning and static electricity up to 15 kV. At the program level, the MSI GAMING LAN Manager utility will help optimize traffic.
Deciding that the hero has no time to play music, MSI installed the simplest audio processor on the board Realtek ALC892, adding it to the eight capacitors Chemi-Con and protection from clicks.
Simultaneously, four fans with PWM control can be connected to MSI B360M Mortar Ilya Muromets. Their setting is available both in the board’s BIOS and in the MSI Command Center software.
As for the backlight, there is no PCB on the PCB, but there is an RGB-connector, to which you can connect LED strips and adjust the mode of their operation through the application MSI Mystic Light.
I would also like to note the massive aluminum radiators on the VRM circuits of the motherboard – these are not often found on the flagship models of motherboards, and here MSI clearly did not stint on metal.
We conducted the BIOS exam and the subsequent testing of the MSI B360M Mortar Ilya Muromets on the version of the software shell 2.05 dated March 27, 2018 (the only one available at the time of the article’s preparation). The board starts in the base BIOS mode – EZ Mode, where only the basic system parameters are available.
Switching to the section with overclocking with simultaneous activation of Expert mode opens access to the overclocking settings of the processor and RAM. It would seem that there is everything necessary, but not everything is so cheerful.
This limitation is not removed at all now and it is unlikely to be eliminated in the new BIOS versions, as it is introduced by the Intel B360 system logic set (and the tests of the next two boards on this chipset confirm this fact).
Secondly, the board does not allow adjusting the voltage on the processor core – only secondary SA and IO CPUs are available, as well as the voltage on the RAM modules.
Third, there are no built-in CPU voltage stabilization modes, as well as the ability to increase the multiplier. Perhaps, this is the first so stripped-down board for LGA1151v2, with which I happened to encounter. It is unlikely that a Russian hero can be associated with such meager opportunities for overclocking, if not to say – with their absence.
But the available RAM timings are more than enough in the BIOS, and, perhaps, this is the only place in the BIOS where the board can be adjusted for performance increase.
In the depths of the OC section, you can find detailed information about the processor and RAM.
There is a subsection with the processor settings. True, here the possibility to increase the limits on nutrition looks kind of mocking, because it is still unlikely to exceed the established limits – there is no overclocking function.
Verification of stability, overclocking potential and performance of the MSI B360M motherboard Mortar Ilya Muromets was conducted in a closed case of the system unit at room temperature of about 26 degrees Celsius. The configuration consisted of the following components:
The testing was conducted under the operating system Microsoft Windows 10 Pro version 1709 (16299.19) with the installation of the following drivers:
The stability of the system during overclocking was checked by the Prime95 stress utility 29.4b8 In the Small FFTs mode and other resource-intensive benchmarks, monitoring was carried out using HWiNFO64 version 5.82-3410 and newer.
The latest version of the utility AIDA64 Extreme available at the time of this article was not able to fully determine the new MSI motherboard.
The board worked stably – nothing surprising, because it’s her regular mode of operation. Moreover, with the load, the processor worked on all cores simultaneously at a frequency no higher than 4.3 GHz, and its temperature for the most hot core did not exceed 69 degrees Celsius.
Then we tried to make the processor work at least on its regular 4.7 GHz, but no games with turbo clocks, fixing the multiplier and increasing the power limits to the desired result resulted. The maximum that we managed to do is to lower the secondary stresses without losing stability.
In our opinion, this is little consolation for the lack of overclocking, nevertheless we managed to do something. Together with this, it was possible to underestimate the timings of the operation of the RAM, the final result can be seen in the screenshot below.
With these settings, we further tested the performance of the MSI board.
Most recently, we tested the motherboard ASRock Fatal1ty AB350 Gaming-ITX / ac about the same price category as the heroine of today’s testing. But in the case of the ASRock board, we still managed to overclock the AMD Ryzen 7 1700 processor to 3.9 GHz, while the Intel Core i7-8700K today was left without overclocking. Let’s compare the performance of these two platforms and find out where and which one will be faster.
The configuration, assembled on MSI B360M Mortar Ilya Muromets and working in the regular mode, won wins in operations with working memory,