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Built on the AMD B450 chipset, the MSI B450M PRO-VDH MAX AM4 Micro-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 four SATA III ports as well as a Turbo 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 ALC892 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 DDR4 Boost, Audio Boost, Core Boost, X-Boost, and EZ Debug LED, the B450M PRO-VDH MAX provides the performance you need to build your own compact 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.
Brand - MSI, Model - MSI B450M PRO-VDH MAX, CPU Sockets - AM4, Chipset - AMD B450 Chipset, Supported CPU - 1st, 2nd and 3rd Gen AMD Ryzen/ Ryzen with Radeon Vega Graphics and 2nd Gen AMD Ryzen with Radeon Graphics/ Athlon with Radeon Vega Graphics Desktop Processors, Memory Type - DDR4, Memory MHz - 1866/ 2133/ 2400/ 2667Mhz by JEDEC, 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/ 3466MHz) (by A-XMP OC MODE), Memory Channel - Dual Channel, Memory Slot - 4, Memory Max. - 128GB, Optane Memory Support - No, Graphic - Onboard Graphics, Multi-GPU Support - No, PCI Express Slot - 1 x PCIe 3.0 x16, 2 x PCIe 2.0 x1, Storage Interface - SATA 6Gb/s, M.2 Slot - 1 x M.2 slot (Key M), LAN Chipset - Realtek 8111H Gigabit LAN, Audio Chipset - Realtek ALC892, Audio Channel - 7.1-Channel, Wi-Fi - No, Bluetooth - No, USB Port - 6 x USB 3.2 Gen1, 8 x USB 2.0, VGA Port - 1, DVI Port - 1, HDMI Port - 1, DisplayPort (DP) - No, IDE Port - No, SATA Port - 4, DirectX Support - 12, FireWire - No, CrossFire Support - No, Sli Support - No, RaidSupport - 0,1,10, Thunderbolt - No, TPM Port - Yes, COM Port - No, RGB Support - Yes, RGB Connector - 1 x RGB LED strip connector, Form Factor - m-ATX, Supported Operating System - Windows 7, 10, Special Features - Supports 1st, 2nd and 3rd Gen AMD Ryzen / Ryzen with Radeon Vega Graphics and 2nd Gen AMD Ryzen with Radeon Graphics / Athlon with Radeon Vega Graphics Desktop Processors for Socket AM4, Supports DDR4 Memory, up to 3466+(OC) MHz, Turbo M.2: Running at PCI-E Gen3 x4 maximizes performance for NVMe based SSDs., DDR4 Boost: Advanced technology to deliver pure data signals for the best performance and stability, Audio Boost: Reward your ears with studio grade sound quality, EZ Debug LED: Easiest way to troubleshoot, Core Boost: With premium layout and fully digital power design to support more cores and provide better performance, PCI-E Steel Armor: Protecting VGA cards against bending and EMI, Others - 1 x 24-pin ATX main power connector, 1 x 8-pin ATX 12V power connector, 1 x 4-pin CPU fan connector, 2 x 4-pin system fan connectors, 1 x Front panel audio connector, 2 x Front panel connectors, 1 x TPM module connector, 1 x Chassis Intrusion connector, 1 x Serial port connector, 1 x Parallel port connector, 1 x Clear CMOS jumper, 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.