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Model - MSI B460M-A PRO, CPU Sockets - LGA1200, Chipset - Intel B460, Supported CPU - 10th Gen Intel Core and Pentium Gold / Celeron processors, Memory Type - DDR4, Memory MHz - 2933(Max)/ 2666/ 2400/ 2133MHz, Memory Channel - Dual Channel, Memory Slot - 2, Memory Max. - 64GB, Optane Memory Support - Yes, Graphic - Integrated Graphics, PCI Express Slot - 1x PCIe 3.0 x16 slot, 2x PCIe 3.0 x1 slots, Storage Interface - 6Gb/s, M.2 Slot - 1 x M.2 (Supports up to PCIe 3.0 x4 and SATA 6Gb/s, 2242/ 2260/ 2280 storage devices), LAN Chipset - Realtek 8111H, LAN Speed (Mbps) - 10/100/1000, Audio Chipset - Realtek ALC892, Audio Channel - 7.1-Channel, USB Port - 6 x USB3.2 Gen 1, 6 x USB2.0, DVI Port - 1, HDMI Port - 1, SATA Port - 6 x SATA, DirectX Support - 12, BIOS Type - 1 x 128 Mbit Flash, BIOS Model - UEFI AMI BIOS, Supported Operating System - Windows 10, Form Factor - Micro ATX, RaidSupport - 0,1.5,10, Warranty - 3 Year, Special Features - Core Boost, With premium layout and digital power design to support more cores and provide better performance, DDR4 Boost, Advanced technology to deliver pure data signals for the best performance and stability, M.2 Shield Frozr, Strengthened built-in M.2 thermal solution, Keeps M.2 SSDs safe while preventing throttling, making them run faster, Turbo M.2, Running at PCI-E Gen3 x4 maximizes performance for NVMe based SSDs, Audio Boost, Steel Armor, Protecting VGA cards against bending and EMI for better performance, stability and strength, Others - 1x 4-pin CPU fan connector, 1x 4-pin system fan connector, 1x Front panel audio connector, 2x Front panel connectors, 1x TPM module connector, 1x Serial port connector, 1x Chassis Intrusion connector, 1x Clear CMOS jumper, 4x EZ Debug LED, Audio jacks
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.