- Socket: Intel LGA B150
- Chipset: Intel Z170
- RAM Slots: 4
- RAM Type: DDR4
- Ports: USB 3.1 x 4, USB 2.0 x2, HDMI x1, DVI x1
- Others: Mystic Light LED system
- Mystic Light feature
- Benchmark Results
- PCMark 8 Home: 4,931 points
- PCMark 8 Creative: 5,122 points
- PCMark 8 Work: 4,026 points
Build A Colourful PC
For the longest time now, modding a PC typically meant buying the most expensive components money can buy, and blinging them up whichever way possible to make your PC look cool. MSI is going against this train of thought by launching the MSI B150A Gaming Pro motherboard, an inexpensive board that sports a number of option PC modders would definitely enjoy a fair bit.
The B150A Gaming Pro sports the standard number of ports and slots, including four DDR4 DIMM slots, which supports up to 64GBs of RAM, as well as six SATA III and one SATA Express port. The board also has two PCIE 3.0 slots which are capable of supporting AMD’s CrossFireX multi-GPU technology.
As far as the I/O ports go, MSI appears to have gone all out with the USB port, as the board features four USB 3.1 ports and two USB 2.0 ports. Besides that, there are also DVI and HDMI ports for video-out, as well as surround sound audio ports for your speakers.
Despite being just a B150 motherboard, the B150A Gaming Pro sports a multitude of features that make your gaming experience better. Some of these include DDR4 Boost, which ensures the memory signals stay pure for optimal performance and stability.
Other features include Intel Gaming LAN, for top-tier bandwidth throughput solutions, Audio Boost 3, for audiophiles who want the best music and audio experience in their computers, as well as the Gaming Hotkey software, which allows you to turn the keys on your keyboard into gaming shortcuts.
The best part about the motherboard, however is how MSI has included the Mystic Light LED lighting onto the motherboard. Typically, this is only added to some of MSI’s higher-end motherboards, but it appears that a much more affordable solution is at hand.
Performance-wise, the B150A performs as well as can be expected from a B150A motherboard. Coupled with enough RAM and a decently-performing GPU, the PC should be able to tackle through tasks thrown at it without too much problems.
CHIP CONCLUDE: If you’re a PC or case modder looking for an inexpensive motherboard that comes with a few fun features, the MSI B150A Gaming Pro is a great option for you to consider.
(previously published in issue May 2016)