January 2017 was marked by the appearance on the market of new processors Intel Kaby Lake-S, while the motherboard manufacturers have released products based on fresh, two hundredth series chipsets. Identity execution PCH allows vendors based on one designed PCB to produce different models, today’s guest is a similar example, because the manufacturer has a similar range of fee – MSI Z270M Mortar.
In fact, MSI B250M Mortar is the youngest of the latest generation product. Following the example of earlier produced H81 and H61, H110, and left without a replacement would be representative of the actual cell series as its basic features, apparently, it is sufficient for the current time. In addition, there is another simple option to the corporate slant, – Q250. I propose to compare the features of different PCH using the table.
The most significant innovation – support the work of drives with interface PCI-E, mainly implemented in the popular format is now M.2.
The model MSI B250M Mortar is equipped with a similar expansion slot. Additional adapters are there, all possibilities come from Intel B250.
The network interface uses the controller from Intel, and the sound will be formed with the participation of Realtek ALC892.
Markedly changed design of the box, becoming more restrained and strict. Inside the card is a separate cardboard pallet.
Behind report having a backlight system of red shades and LED RGB tape support. Other features are not something unique.
There is a basic package are:
Size MSI B250M Mortar allows you to take advantage of eight points of attachment. There is a decorative cover over the input-output port in the rear panel. Reinforcement is only present at the main slot PCI-E and the new M.2.
On the back of a remarkable light-emitting diodes, which are not only the audio portion of the PCB insulating strips, but also for the remaining three corners, each have two units.
The radiator is installed in the hub is small, without any frills.
Six longitudinal SATA sockets are provided for storage.
M.2 will connect the most diverse in size of the device.
No auxiliary buttons or switches, cabinet plug USB interface of the third generation can be used only one. In addition to lighting, on-board diagnostic system has four red LEDs EZ Debug LED.
The top PCI-E slot works with the processor, and the other – with the chipset.
The assistance provided to the codec is not even a single operational amplifier.
Voltage regulator for the processor looks easier, if you look at the device with a big price tag, but the fact of encouraging the radiators. Their average height, that is, they do not create problems when installing cooling systems.
The converter circuit based on Richtek RT3606BC . This five-channel PWM controller. The two channels are reserved for the graphics system processor provides three lines. Scheme complement two other external drivers. Force elements from Niko Semiconductor – PK616BA and PK632BA . In each channel, the CPU of the stabilizer on the two units (total – four) and one for expelled SE PK616BA, leaving three elements. The sixth inductor I intend 1, probably it is included in the CPU IO stabilization scheme (or CPU SA, but then the value is somewhat lower than expected 1.05 in).
Radiators have a large area of dissipation due to the absence of edges. Chipset uses as a heat conductor paste, and for conventional transistors chose rezinoobraznye pads. Their contact with the power assembly provided with a good screw clamp.
On the rear panel manufacturer has implemented a maximum capabilities inherent in Intel B250. May disappoint, except that the absence of an optical S / PDIF.
At the time of the test had only a starting version of the firmware, but I checked and found no problems with the update mechanism M-Flash.
Basic mode of system settings allow you to set the date and time, priority among the boot device and obtain information about system components. Selected UEFI menu items can be collected in one of five profiles.
Available control over the four coolers, CPU is supported only method of changing the PWM duty cycle (three-wire models will work constantly at high speeds).
Deep settings are available in Advanced Mode.
Talking about overclocking is possible only conditionally. The maximum CPU frequency will not exceed its certified value, and (for Skylake-S / Kaby Lake-S processor) memory is the highest mark of 2133/2400 MHz.
identified six built-in profiles to store the configuration of the auxiliary mechanisms, and viewer options in the form of an interactive map for the board.
A separate line search engine note on UEFI-content, however, when you use it you need to understand exactly what are looking for.
Since MSI B250M Mortar is a representative game series, the software and equipment here is very extensive. For complete is not enough, perhaps, only the special software for sound.
Most recently, we have already got acquainted with each of the programs, but today I bring a focus on what’s important.
Live Update enable immediately use the most current version of the software.
Among the settings in the Command Center there is nothing that helps to believe in overclocking. The complex can be used, except that, for reference purposes.
Fast Boot will be once you reboot into UEFI environment.
Adjusting the Backlight – one possibility Gaming APP.
In fact, you can only select the animation mode, and all because of one-color LEDs. More ways to set the mood appears when using RGB-tapes.
Sound settings based on the company’s configurator Realtek. Among the features will highlight the range of the connected equipment. Headphone volume level increases. The very sound was very good for one of the younger representatives of codecs.
The network subsystem awarded brand Gaming Lan Manager. This utility is based on the famous cFosSpeed. Her duty – allocation priority among applications when sharing a network connection.
I used the Engineering Core i7-7700K with a standard thermal interface under the heat-spreading lid.
Increasing the frequency of the processor and the base on the card is not possible, the upper limit for the RAM also strict. the delay can be reduced to improve the system performance, in addition, the disposal of the user basic voltage (along with the CPU). Tightening scheme to 10-12-12-28-1T has requested the installation by the voltage of 1.41 V, and support remained at the normal level.
After Implemented measures DRAM latency has become significantly smaller.
During the stress test was measured stand consumption and stabilizing temperature. Heat turned hardball, I recorded a rise in temperature to the border 84 ° C, while the radiator warmed to 54 ° C. Queries to the mains limited to 31-174 watt level (without taking into account the peak due to excessive activity Windows 10, fixed is not the first time).
First to test the scenarios involved in the Intel Z270 board basis, there is the memory runs at 3 GHz. Due to the limitations of B250, here it does not overcome the barrier of 2400 MHz. Delays corresponded XMP profile, but, as shown by the previous section of this review, it is possible to significantly reduce them, but you need to make some effort. For all processor cores frequency was 4.4 GHz, even with the use of scripts AVX, i.e., against opponents it dropped only to 100 MHz.
Let’s look at the results.
There is nothing unusual in severely reduced speed of the memory subsystem.
System lag in simple scenarios, there is, but it is not as noticeable.
Big load on the system is not too affects the overall productivity level.
The general trend complement of Fire Strike.
It is obvious lag in the game, a sensitive time for the speed of the memory subsystem, but the difference is seven percent does not match the lack of effective frequency of 1/5.
There is a computer slow performance in other games, sometimes almost imperceptible, triggered usually the bottleneck for a video with an increase in image quality.
Measurements were carried out after completion of all other tests in the “well-established” computer mode, using the instrument of its own design. To create a load profile was used In-place large FFTs composed Prime95 utility (28.10). Calculation produces the mean consumption of the test stand “from the wall” during the eight minutes of the program, and then, after completion of the test, was measured for a minute the level corresponding to the state of system downtime.
The voltage on the CPU does not exceed 1.25, the activation XMP led to the CPU IO increase to 1.12 V and current modules themselves were 1.36 V. It is impossible to speak about a significant reduction in values, but the consumption level was significantly lower than that of a productive motherboards.
MSI B250M Mortar clearly shows the ability of inexpensive motherboards successfully compete in the market. The test showed a decent performance level, because the processor speed was only 100 MHz lower than the regimes of its work on the boards with a more functional PCH – Z270. Yes, here it is impossible to increase the frequency above the nameplate value, but the memory it is possible to reduce the delay, it will improve the latency significantly.
Belonging to the game series of products means that there is a broad set of support programs of different directions. Network subsystem and sound nothing special to boast can not, this is the prerogative of the more expensive products, the backlight is only red hue.
Engineers were able to unlock the full capabilities of the chipset on the developed MSI B250M Mortar. Available capacity is quite suitable for the assembly of the system with an eye on performance. In general, I get a decent successor B150M Mortar , occupies a place in the same market segment.