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Quick OverviewMSI B450-A PRO MAX
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Built on the AMD B450 chipset, the MSI B450-A PRO MAX AM4 ATX Motherboard supports 3rd generation AMD Ryzen processors with the AM4 socket. Its four memory slots support a max of 64GB of DDR4 RAM that can be overclocked up to 4133 MHz. For storage, there are six SATA III ports as well as a M.2 slot utilizing the PCIe 3.0 x4 interface. While the motherboard is equipped with DVI-D, VGA, and HDMI outputs for integrated graphics, it also has a PCIe 3.0 x16 slot for a dedicated graphics card. Other notable integrated features include Realtek ALC 892 7.1-Channel HD Audio and Realtek 8111H Gigabit LAN. This motherboard features PCIe steel armor to protect GPUs from bending and EMI. Equipped with Core Boost, DDR4 Boost, Turbo M.2, and a USB 3.2 Gen 2 connector, the B450-A PRO MAX provides the performance you need to build your own gaming rig.
The AMD B450 chipset delivers high performance and flexibility with the AMD AM4-socket Ryzen processors. It offers AMD StoreMI storage acceleration technology.
Model - MSI B450-A PRO MAX, CPU Sockets - AM4, Chipset - AMD B450, Supported CPU - AMD Ryzen 1st/2nd/3rd Generation / Ryzen with Radeon Vega Graphics Processors & Athlon with Radeon Vega Graphics, Memory Type - DDR4, Memory MHz - AMD Ryzen Gen3 (R5/R7/R9) (2667/ 2800/ 2933/ 3000/ 3066/ 3200/ 3466/ 3733/ 3866/ 4000/ 4133MHz) (by A-XMP OC MODE), AMD Other CPU (2667/ 2800/ 2933/ 3000/ 3066/ 3200/ 3466 MHz) (by A-XMP OC MODE), Memory Channel - Dual Channel, Memory Slot - 4, Memory Max. - 128GB, Optane Memory Support - No, Graphic - Integrated Graphics, Multi-GPU Support - 2-Way AMD CrossFire, PCI Express Slot - 1 x PCIe 3.0 x16 slot (PCI_E1), 1 x PCIe 2.0 x16 slot (PCI_E4, supports x4 mode), 4 x PCIe 2.0 x1 slots, Storage Interface - 6Gb/s, M.2 Slot - 1 x M.2 (Supports PCIe 3.0 x4 or PCIe 3.0 x2 and SATA 6Gb/s standards 2242/ 2260/ 2280/ 22110 storage device), LAN Chipset - Realtek 8111H, LAN Speed (Mbps) - 10/100/1000, Audio Chipset - Realtek ALC892, Audio Channel - 7.1-Channel, WiFi - No, Bluetooth - No, USB Port - 2 x USB 3.2 Gen 2, 3 x USB 3.2 Gen 1, 4 x USB 2.0, VGA Port - 1, DVI Port - 1, HDMI Port - 1, DisplayPort (DP) - No, IDE Port - No, SATA Port - 6 x SATA, DirectX Support - 12, FireWire - No, CrossFire Support - Yes, Sli Support - No, RaidSupport - 0,1,10, Thunderbolt - No, TPM Port - Yes, COM Port - No, RGB Support - Yes, RGB Connector - 1 x 5050 RGB LED strip 12V connector, Form Factor - ATX, Supported Operating System - Windows 10, 7, Special Features - Turbo M.2, Running at PCI-E Gen3 x4 maximizes performance for NVMe based SSDs, DDR4 Boost, Fully isolated, shielded and optimized DDR4 PCB design to give DDR4 memory a performance boost, Audio Boost, Flash BIOS Button, Simply use a USB key to flash any BIOS within seconds, without installing a CPU, memory or graphics card, Core Boost, With premium layout and fully digital power design to support more cores and provide better performance, Multi-GPU, With Steel armor PCI-E slots. Supports 2-Way AMD Crossfire, AMD Turbo USB 3.2 Gen2, Powered by AMD USB 3.2 Gen2 controller, Turbo USB ensures an uninterrupted connection with more stability and fastest USB speeds, Others - 1 x 4-pin CPU fan connector, 1 x 4-pin water-pump-fan connector, 4 x 4-pin system fan connectors, 1 x TPM module connector, 1 x Front panel audio connector, 2 x System panel connectors, 1 x Serial port connector, 1 x Parallel port connector, 1 x Chassis Intrusion connector, 1 x Clear CMOS jumper, Flash BIOS Button, HD Audio Connectors, 9 mounting holes, Warranty - 3 Year
Whether you build a new PC or upgrade the existing one, the motherboard is the most vital component to choose when you have already picked the processor of your choice.
It is important to keep a few things in mind while purchasing the mainboard:
You can single out a great CPU from either Intel or AMD, but whatever CPU you choose, make sure your mainboard has the right socket for the selected CPU. The latest mainstream AMD chips use AM4 sockets while current Intel 9th Gen Core CPUs require LGA 1151v2 sockets.
Motherboards typically come in three sizes from largest to smallest: ATX, Micro-ATX, and Mini-ATX motherboards. ATX motherboards offer the highest number of RAM and expansion slots. If you are looking for a budget build, you can use a smaller chassis with the micro or mini boards, but you'll have to settle for fewer PCIe slots, RAM banks, and other connectors.
Most mainstream boards these days have four RAM slots, although Mini-ITX models often have just two, and high-end boards frequently offer eight. The amount of slots, of course, limits the amount of RAM you can install.
It’s essential to check the I/O area on a motherboard to make sure it has the external connection options you need. You may need more USB 3 ports while others may want more audio ports. Among the most common ports, there are USB 3, USB 2, audio, USB type C, USB 3.1 Gen1 and Gen2, HDMI, Display port, PS/2 and Thunderbolt 3 ports. Ports one probably want the most are USB 2 and USB 3 Gen1 ports, as the first one is perfect for keyboard, mouse, and many other devices and the later one work with most peripherals. USB 3.1 Gen2 and USB Type-C ports will come handy in the near future, although most peripherals do not support this standard yet.