B450 motherboards support all features of the second generation Ryzen processors, such as the new overclocking feature XFR2. In addition, the mainboards support up to 64 GB of RAM with a guaranteed clock speed of 2,933 megahertz. With overclocking, depending on the motherboard, much higher clock rates are possible and the B450 chipset also enables the processor to be overclocked.
The mainboards of the MAX series are equipped with twice as large BIOS memory as the previous models and at the same time offer optimizations for the AMD Ryzen 3000 processor series. These optimizations include higher memory clock rates.
Note: Despite the optimizations, there is still no compatibility with PCIe 4.0. PCIe 4.0 is currently only supported by motherboards with an X570 chipset.
The features of the MSI B450 Mortar Max at a glance:
- B450 motherboard in mATX format from MSI
- 1x PCIe 3.0 x16 (x16) for high-end graphics cards
- 1x USB 3.1 Type C, 1x USB 3.1 Type A, 4x USB 3.0 and 2x USB 2.0
- 1x M.2 PCIe 3.0 x4 / SATA, 1x M.2 PCIe 2.0 x4 and 4x SATA 6G
- DDR4 memory up to 4,133 MHz using OC (Matisse)
- 1x HDMI 1.4 and 1x DisplayPort 1.2
- Integrated RGB lighting with mystic light compatibility
The features of the MSI B450 Mortar Max in detail
The MSI B450 Mortar Max is a mATX mainboard and has a PCI Express 3.0 slot with full x16 connection for graphics cards and a PCIe 2.0 x16 slot with x4 connection. The motherboard provides two PCIe 2.0 x1 slots for additional expansion cards. The four RAM banks support up to 64 GB DDR4 RAM with a clock rate of up to 2,933 megahertz and can even handle clock rates up to 3,466 MHz via OC. With a Ryzen 3000 processor (Matisse), it is 3,200 MHz and 4,133 MHz via OC.
The mainboard provides two M.2 slots for SSDs in sizes 2280, 2260 and 2242. One supports M.2 M key SSDs with PCIe 3.0 or SATA connection. M-Key SSDs with PCIe 2.0 connection can be installed in the other M.2 slot. M.2 SSDs with the advanced NVM Express protocol (NVMe) and a connection via four PCI Express 3.0 lanes are up to eight times faster than SATA 6G hard drives and support data transfer rates of up to 32 Gbit / s. In addition, the mainboard offers four SATA 6G connections.
The MSI B450 Mortar Max provides a USB 3.1 Type-C port, a USB-A-3.1 port, four USB-A-3.0 ports and two USB-A-2.0 ports on the I / O panel ready. An HDMI and a DisplayPort connection are available for CPUs with an integrated graphics unit, such as AMD's Raven Ridge and Picasso. Internally, two additional USB 3.0 ports and four USB 2.0 ports are available via pin headers. The mainboard has two 4-pin RGB 12V headers for static RGB elements. In addition, a total of four 4-pin slots are available for fans.
The integrated RGB lighting with a zone is the optical highlight of the mainboard. This can be conveniently controlled using the MSI Mystic Light software and synchronized with other RGB components.
MATX (244 x 244 mm)
AM4 (for Matisse / Picasso / Pinnacle Ridge / Summit Ridge / Bristol Ridge / Raven Ridge)
4x DDR4 (UDIMM, non-ECC)
Ryzen 3000 (Matisse): max. 3,200 MHz, 4,133 MHz in the OC
Other AMD CPUs: max. 2,933 MHz, 3,466 MHz in the OC
Max. 64 GB
Slots (with a 3000/2000 series Ryzen CPU):
1x PCIe 3.0 x16 (electrical x16)
1x PCIe 2.0 x16 (electrical x4)
Multi-GPU configurations: 2-way AMD CrossFire
2x PCIe 2.0 x1
1 zone, RGB
4x SATA 6G (RAID 0, 1, 10)
1x M.2 PCIe 3.0 x4 / SATA (M-Key, 2280/2260/2242)
1x M.2 PCIe 2.0 x4 (M-Key, 2280/2260/2242)
2x USB 3.0 (1 header)
4x USB 2.0 (2 headers)
1x 4-pin CPU fan
3x 4-pin system fan
2x 4-pin RGB headers (12V, JRGB)
1x TPM module
1x front panel audio
2x system panel
1x chassis intrusion
1x Clear CMOS jumper
1x serial port
1x parallel port
1x USB 3.1 type A
1x USB 3.1 Type C
4x USB 3.0 type A
2x USB 2.0
1x Gigabit LAN (Realtek 8111H)
1x DisplayPort 1.2
1x HDMI 1.4
1x PS / 2 combo
1x BIOS flashback button
5x 3.5 mm jack (Realtek ALC892, 7.1 Sound)
1x 24-pin ATX12V
1x 8-pin ATX12V