MSI Intel B250M MORTAR ARCTIC Kaby Lake Micro ATX Motherboard
Underlined by winning the prestigious iF DESIGN AWARD 2017, Arsenal GAMING motherboards’ design perfectly illustrates the evolution of this new generation of MSI motherboards.
Inspired by the concept of main battle tanks, the design, from its heatsinks to the military-themed PCB print, shows strength and sophistication.
Gather your weapons, ready up and conquer the battlefield!
Mystic Light: Personalize Your Gaming Rig
Customize and set up your own colour scheme with RGB Mystic Light sync. Select any of the colours from the palette using your smartphone or the MSI Gaming App to match your system style. Bored of the same colours? Simply change the complete look of your system in 1 second!
• Double Flashing.
Glowing with Pride
This GAMING motherboard features LEDs on the back which provide a cool GAMING glow inside your case. Like war paint, turn them on for a more immersive gaming experience and amp yourself up, ready to dominate the battlefield.
Extend Your RGB Experience with Ease
MSI's Mystic Light Extension pin header provides an intuitive way to control additional RGB strips and other RGB peripherals added to a system, without needing a separate RGB controller. By simply connecting any 12V RGB LED strip to the 4-pin Mystic Light Extension RGB-strip header gamers can sync colours to any style they choose.
Mystic Light Sync: Synchronize Your LED Experience
With the convenience of Mystic Light Sync, you can control RGB LED solutions from other brands, such as CPU coolers, keyboards and mice or RGB system fans.
Works with certified Mystic Light Sync products.
Get Started with Mystic Light
To use Mystic Light, download the latest version of the MSI Gaming App below. For remote control of Mystic Light, simply download the latest version of the Mystic Light App for your smartphone from the Google Play Store or the App Store.
Smartphone & PC Control
Create your own colourful masterpiece with ease. The easy to use Gaming APP is available on PC, phone and tablet. It offers remote control, simply using your smartphone or tablet. Make your PC look and feel brand new with any colour you want with just a few clicks!
Cooling: Stay Cool While Gaming
Cooling your PC is essential for reliable performance. We've made sure to include enough fan headers with full control to allow you to cool your system any way you want.
Looking Cool While Keeping Cool
High quality materials and smart fan optimizations contribute to cooling all essential components, which is key to making sure your system runs stable at the best performance during long gaming sessions.
Fully Controllable Fan Headers
MSI motherboards let you manage speeds and temperatures for all your system and CPU fans, giving you full control to set up a cool & silent system. The fan headers are conveniently placed with the most popular CPU coolers in mind.
DC or PWM Mode with Hysteresis
MSI fan headers running in DC or PWM mode for optimal tuning of fan speeds and silence. Hysteresis also makes your fans spin up fluently to make sure your system stays silent, no matter what.
Total Control in BIOS and Software
Total Fan Control allows you to take control of your fans and check your primary system characteristics in a simplified graphical interface. You can also set up to 4 temperature targets for CPU and motherboard, which will adjust the fan speeds automatically.
Gaming Features: Your In-Game Advantage
Outsmart and outperform your opponents in-game using an array of unique MSI GAMING tools. Clever hardware & software tools, created to keep you one step ahead of the competition and boost your skills.
Total Freedom, Maximum Ease
Easily program your most-used commands and execute them with a single keystroke. You’re free to choose any key you want, so choose wisely.
Simply assign functions to any key whether to launch your favourite games, load profiles or do real-time overclocking with the push of a single button. The possibilities are endless!
• User-friendly, easy-to-use application.
• Launch your favourite game with a single button.
Dedicated Port for Gaming Peripherals
The GAMING Device Port is optimized to deliver the best connectivity for high-end gaming peripherals to fully utilize their features and responsiveness. Customize your mouse DPI to enhance accuracy or program macro combinations using the easy-to-use Mouse Master software to perform multiple commands with just one click.
• 3x more gold than regular connectors for the best signal.
• 10x longer lifetime when plugging/un-plugging.
• More responsive, more precise movements.
• Customizable mouse settings.
• No keypress left behind with n-key rollover.
Want More Performance? Try Multi GPU!
Gaming enthusiasts are always looking for more performance to get the ultimate experience. Using multiple graphics cards is a great way to find out just how good it gets. MSI GAMING motherboards fully support multi GPU technologies and have optimal PCI-E slot placement for the best thermal performance.
A Different View On Gaming
MSI Dragon Eye allows you to watch a YouTube video or Twitch Stream while playing a game simultaneously. Simply add a link or stream to the Dragon Eye application and select the size, position, volume and transparency and start gaming. The hotkeys allow you to start/pause your video or set the volume.
In-Game Feedback, On-Screen Display
Keep track of your system performance with the OSD function in Gaming App. This feature allows you to fully customize which statistics are shown on-screen while you play your games. Keep an eye on your CPU speed, FPS counter, GPU temperature and much more while gaming without having to leave the game.
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WTFast: Join The Gamers Private Network
This unique and secure gamers solution uses its own optimized private network for gaming. Join the network to get an even lower ping!
XSplit Gamecaster: Your Game, Your Stream, Your Fame
XSplit lets you easily record your gaming moments and broadcast your live gameplay sessions to Twitch, YouTube, UStream and more. It's simple, easy to use and ideal for capturing those perfect gaming moments and sharing it live with friends and the rest of the world.
Storage: Be The First On The Battlefield
This MSI GAMING motherboard supports all the latest storage standards. This allows you to connect any ultra-fast storage device, giving you in-game benefits. Start games faster, load levels faster and have a real advantage over your enemies.
Intel® Optane™ Ready
This new technological marvel brings game-changing performance to memory and storage devices. Allow Optane™ caching to boost your storage devices for an even faster system!
Protect & Optimize Your Devices with Steel Armour
Steel Armour protects your M.2 SSD and slot from damage. But it does much more than that, Steel Armour ensures a clean data signal from the motherboard and M.2 SSD by protecting against electromagnetic interference (EMI) for a smooth experience.
Enjoy a blazing fast system boot up and insanely quick loading of applications and games with MSI motherboards. Delivering speeds up to 32Gb/s per device using Gen3 x4, Turbo M.2 is over 5 times faster than a regular SATA III connection!
X-Boost Your Storage Performance
This great little tool is very simple to use and automatically detects your storage devices connected to the system. When enabled, X-Boost optimizes your SSDs to keep your system fast and maximize storage performance, making sure you reach the battlefield even quicker or saving you a lot of time when transferring data.
SATA Mass Storage
We made sure each MSI motherboard comes with enough SATA ports to connect loads of HDDs for long term storage of large files and system backups.
Ultra-Fast Performance, Great Gaming Experience
All of the next gen storage connectors support NVMe, the fastest storage standard in the world. Simply put, MSI GAMING motherboards offer the best of the best in storage options & performance. Instantly load your favourite games and always be the first on the battlefield with MSI.
VR: Immerse Yourself into Virtual Worlds
Integrating the very best of cutting edge technologies on MSI hardware provides a smooth VR ride. Through joint efforts with major VR brands, combined with unique MSI features geared to VR, MSI brings gamers and VR professionals a vivid and realistic experience in which content truly comes alive.
Get Ready to Be Overwhelmed by The Realms of VR
From the start of Virtual Reality, MSI has been deeply involved in making VR Ready hardware in each of its product lines. Whether it's a feature-rich motherboard, a framerate boosting graphics card or a blazing fast complete gaming system, a huge set of VR-supporting features awaits you.
Optimized for The Best VR Brands
Want the best of the best VR experience without any compromise? MSI motherboards offer everything you need when exploring the possibilities of VR. By closely working with the industries’ leading VR vendors, we make sure you get the best possible gaming experience when choosing Virtual Reality.
Straight into The Action with One Click to VR
Both hard- and software need to be in tune for a smooth VR experience. One Click to VR makes it very fast and easy to get primed for VR. A single click sets all your key components to their highest performance and makes sure other software applications won’t impact your virtual adventure.
Audio: Sound That Pulls You into The Game
Get the most immersive sound experience when gaming. MSI Audio Boost delivers the highest sound quality through the use of premium quality audio components. This lets you enjoy breath-taking, game-changing sound to create the most exciting gameplay.
Amplify Your Game with Audio Boost
Built on years of experience in building motherboards dedicated to giving gamers true Hi-Fi sound. Audio Boost has developed into a high quality audio unit, offering a clear advantage over your opponents when gaming. Locate your enemies with your eyes closed using Audio Boost.
Isolated Audio Design with LED Border
Audio Boost operates like a dedicated soundcard by being physically isolated from the rest of the motherboard circuitry to ensure the purest audio signal possible. A bright border illuminated by LEDs showcases and protects the Hi-Fi audio unit.
Separated Audio Layers for Clean Left & Right Channels
Using separated layers in the PCB ensures equally pristine sound quality for both left and right audio channels.
Audio Boost protects your ears by eliminating those annoying loud popping sounds when you plug/unplug devices or turn your PC on/off.
Dedicated High Definition Audio Processor
Audio Boost is powered by an EMI-shielded high quality HD audio processor, making sure you enjoy the purest sound quality in both stereo and surround sound.
Chemi-Con Audio Capacitors for A Warmer Sound
By dedicating golden audio capacitors to the front output, a high fidelity sound experience with exceptional acoustics and realism for studio level headphones is ensured. The Chemi-Con audio capacitors are widely considered to be one of the great choices for the best sound output.
Golden Connectors for Optimal 7.1 Sound Quality
With golden audio connectors you get the best possible signal output with the least chance of distortion. Using gold also prevents any corrosion or oxidation in the long run, which could impact signal quality.
GAMING LAN: Dominate The Game with The Lowest Latency
Get ready to crush your enemies on the battlefield with MSI GAMING LAN. Featuring the highest quality components tuned to deliver the best online gaming experience without lag.
Low Latency Gaming LAN Powered by Intel®
Experience smooth gaming with Intel® LAN. Intel® LAN is optimized for championship level online and LAN eSports by reducing CPU overhead and offering exceptionally high TCP and UDP throughput. This means your CPU can be used more effectively, giving you more FPS when gaming.
Optimize Online Gaming Traffic for Lower Latency!
MSI GAMING LAN Manager automatically classifies and prioritizes the latency-sensitive applications for online games, giving you the best online gaming experience with low latency.
MSI GAMING LAN Manager
• Automatically prioritizes games above other applications.
• Allows you to change applications' traffic priority.
• Allows you to customize bandwidth for each application.
LAN Protect to Shield Your System Against Power Surges
Experience smooth networking with Intel® LAN. Intel® LAN is optimized for championship level online and LAN eSports by reducing CPU overhead and offering exceptionally high TCP and UDP throughput. This means your CPU can be used more effectively, giving you more FPS when gaming.
Memory: Unmatched Memory Performance
MSI motherboards are crammed with features to fuel your gaming rig's memory with more speed, higher overclockability and increased stability.
Enhanced Stability with Optimized Memory Layout
Optimized traces and a fully isolated memory circuitry ensures perfect stability and performance, so you never have to worry about your system crashing during games.
Shield Your Memory Signal with Steel Armour
Steel Armour protects your memory and memory slots from both physical damage and electrical overcurrent by adding extra ground points. But it also ensures a clean data signal for your memory by shielding it from electromagnetic interference (EMI), for a smooth gaming experience.
Memory Speed Impacts Performance
The technical enhancements of DDR4 Boost allow for more stability at higher memory speeds compared to other brands. Enjoy the additional boost in gaming performance or when working with large video and photography files.
Extreme Stability & Compatibility Testing
MSI conducts thorough memory testing with the most popular memory brands under extreme conditions to ensure your system runs stable no matter what. Our memory partners include brands like Corsair, Crucial, Kingston, G.Skill and many more to optimize memory modules, configurations and even improve overclocking.
Tuning: Designed for Limitless Tuning
Founded on experience and with a long history of creating the best performing motherboards packed with smart features, you can count on this motherboard to deliver the best performance under the most extreme conditions. Countless system tuning and troubleshooting tools are at your disposal to push your system to new heights and satisfy even the most demanding tweaker.
Prevents potential short-circuit damage to the CPU and other critical components.
EZ DeBug LED
Run into trouble? On-board LEDs for key components will indicate the source of the problem so you know exactly where to look to get up and running again.
USB: Maximize Your USB Device Performance
Transfer your favourite games, music and movies over USB faster than ever. MSI offers a wide variety of options to connect and boost your USB 3.1 devices, delivering lightning-fast transfer speeds up to 10Gb/s!
Type-C Reversible Connector for Next-Gen USB
Get all the performance benefits from USB 3.1 combined with the convenience of the USB Type-C connector. This reversible USB connector allows for effortless connecting of USB devices.
X-Boost Your USB Performance
When enabled, X-Boost optimizes your devices for even better transfer speeds and can provide up to 20% increase in USB performance, saving a lot of time when transferring data. This handy tool is very easy to use and automatically detects & optimizes the USB devices connected to your system.
Super Charge Your Phone & Gaming Gear
MSI Super Charger USB ports charge any connected device faster. It delivers more power than regular USB ports to your smartphone, tablet, USB game controller or portable console.
Front Side USB Faster Than Ever with USB 3.1
Ready for next generation cases and perfect to use with the latest smartphones, the on-board front side USB connector now offers ultra-high speed through USB 3.1 with Type-A.
Double ESD Protection
Never worry about damage caused by defective USB devices. The USB ports on MSI motherboards are shielded by a set of protective ICs to prevent damage caused by Electrostatic Discharge (ESD) from plugging/unplugging USB devices.
Software: Apps to Help You Win
With years of experience in creating performance enhancing tools that are easy to use, only the highest quality applications are at your disposal. Use these tools to get the most out of your motherboard and achieve victory when gaming.
X-Boost Your Storage
This unique and exclusive software allows you to boost the performance of any storage or USB device connected to your system. Simply use X-BOOST’s Easy or Advanced mode to tune your system for up to 20% increased speeds, higher system responsiveness and faster loading of in-game levels.
Take Command of Your System
MSI’s Command Center software is the perfect tool to get the most out of your motherboard. With an intuitive interface, Command Center allows you to tune settings to increase system stability, maximize performance and optimize your system’s cooling features.
Never miss out on important updates. MSI Live Update automatically downloads and installs the latest drivers, BIOS and software so you can focus on your game.
"...the best update package available on any motherboard." – Anandtech
SSD Not Fast Enough? Try MSI® RAMDisk
MSI motherboards include RAMDisk, allowing you to create a virtual drive from your system RAM memory. Instantly load your favourite game, speed up your browser or your page file to significantly speed up your system!
• Speed up system performance, over 25x faster than a SATA SSD.
• Speed up games, apps and browser.
• Increase SSD lifespan.
Instant System Startup with MSI Fast Boot & Go2BIOS
With the latest operating systems supporting UEFI fast booting methods, we have added a “Fast Boot” option to take full advantage of this. Simply enable “Fast Boot” either in the BIOS or with the convenient application for faster boot times.
Avoid having to mash your DEL/F2 button to get into the BIOS with the Go2BIOS button in the MSI Fast Boot application. Your PC will automatically go to the BIOS on the next reboot for quick. Some models even have an on-board Go2BIOS button.
CPU-Z MSI GAMING Edition
MSI has worked closely with the CPUID team to develop a special edition of CPU-Z featuring the famous MSI GAMING dragon. Use CPU-Z to gather key information of your system’s key components, like CPU speed, Memory speed and timings, motherboard BIOS version and much more.
Quality & Protection: Built On Everlasting Quality
Using only the finest quality components and integrating the latest technological innovations delivers the best possible gaming and professional experience. Rigorous quality testing under the most extreme conditions ensures a super reliable, high performance motherboard.
Fortify Your System with PCI-E Steel Armour
MSI PCI Express Steel Armour slots are armed with more solder points on the motherboard for a stronger hold, preventing any damage due to heavy-weight graphics cards. Steel Armour also protects PCI Express signals against electromagnetic interference for a pure gaming experience and even higher overclocking.
Shield Your SSD & Memory with Steel Armour
MSI Steel Armour protects your DDR4 modules, M.2 SSD and slots from physical harm. It also ensures a clean data signal between the motherboard and connected components by shielding against electromagnetic interference (EMI). Steel Armour helps to deliver a smooth gaming experience.
Ultimate Motherboard Protection
We’ve made sure you can enjoy your system endlessly. MSI motherboards feature Double ESD protection with double layer grounding around the motherboard mounting holes, preventing Electrostatic discharge (ESD) surges from damaging the motherboard.
Super Stable Gaming with The Highest Quality Components
MSI uses Military Class 5 components, which is the latest evolution of the industries’ highest quality standard. These high quality components are shielded by the best protection to make sure your system runs smoothly under the most extreme gaming conditions.
Ti chokes run much cooler and deliver a 30% improvement in power efficiency, allowing for better overclocking and stability.
A key ingredient in high-end motherboard designs, Dark Caps have lower Equivalent Series Resistance (ESR) and an increased lifespan of over 10 years.
A special core design allows the Dark Choke to run at a lower temperature offering better power efficiency and stability.
• Humidity Protection.
• Temperature Protection.
• Circuit Protection.
• ESD Protection.
• EMI Protection.
Certified for Gaming
Each model is tweaked to deliver the best FPS for a stutter-free gaming experience. Tested in 24-hour on- and offline gaming sessions with the most popular gaming gear by the world’s best eSports players, so you can enjoy top performance and reliability in the world’s most popular games.
A Gamers' BIOS
We made sure our BIOS contains all the latest options and is easy to use for everyone. The extensive features let you fine-tune your system to deliver reliable maximum performance when gaming.
Easy to Read, Hi-Res Bios Font
An award-winning, high-resolution, scalable font is used to make CLICK BIOS 5 easy to read, no matter what type of screen you use. The clean design layout, together with this great font makes CLICK BIOS 5 a true next gen UEFI BIOS.
Easy Mode for Quick Gaming Tweaks
When you just want to get back to your game, EZ-mode presents you with basic BIOS settings and functions for some quick adjustments. If you feel like spending more time fine-tuning options to boost your system’s performance, the Advanced mode is the way to go.
Easy Search & Favourites
Can’t find a specific BIOS setting? Don’t worry, a permanent search option in the top right corner can be used to find what you need. Want quick access to important settings? My Favourites gives easy access to selected Favourite settings, supporting up to 5 groups of Favourites.
Hardware Monitor with Fan Control
Hardware monitor lets you take control of your system and check your primary system vitals in a simplified graphical interface. You can also set up to 4 temperature targets for CPU and motherboard, which will adjust the fan speeds automatically.
Make Your SSD as Fast As New With Secure Erase+
When using an SSD, its performance will slowly decrease over time as more and more data is written onto it. This will slow down Read/Write speeds and increase access times of your SSD, making your system feel sluggish. Using an optimized formatting algorithm, Secure Erase+ lets you enjoy your SSD at maximum speed, making your system feel brand new! Features • Supports 7th / 6th Gen Intel® Core™ / Pentium® / Celeron® processors for LGA 1151 socket.
• Supports DDR4-2400 Memory (Max.)
• DDR4 Boost with Steel Armour: Give your DDR4 memory a performance boost.
• VR Ready: Best virtual reality game experience without latency.
• GAMING LEDs: Ambient LED lights for an awesome look & feel.
• Lightning Fast Game Experience: Turbo M.2 with Steel Armour, Intel Optane Memory Ready.
• Audio Boost: Reward your ears with studio grade sound quality for the most immersive gaming experience.
• GAMING LAN with LAN Protect, powered by Intel®: The best online gaming experience with lowest latency and bandwidth management.
• Military Class 5, Guard-Pro: Latest evolution in high quality components for best protection and efficiency.
• MULTI-GPU: With Steel Armour PCI-E slots. Supports AMD Crossfire™.
• Mystic Light Sync: Synchronize other RGB solutions with your gaming rig and control all LEDs in one click.
• In-Game Weapons: GAMING Hotkey, X-Boost, Xsplit Gamecaster.
• EZ Debug LED: Easiest way to troubleshoot.
• Click BIOS 5: Award-winning BIOS with high resolution scalable font, favourites and search function.
• GAMING CERTIFIED: 24-hour on- and offline game and motherboard testing by eSports players.
|RAM Memory Support|
|Memory Channel||Dual (2)|
|Memory Type (ECC)||Non-ECC|
|Memory Type (R/U)||UDIMM (Unbuffered)|
|Memory Speed (Mhz)||
|Max. Memory Capacity||64GB (4x16GB)|
|Audio||Realtek ALC892 7.1 HD Audio|
|Primary GPU Interface||PCIe 3.0 (x16)|
|SLI Support||Not Supported|
|Crossfire Support||2-Way CrossFire|
|On-Board Graphics Connectors||
|SATA Support||SATA3 / M.2|
|RAID Support via||SATA|
|Storage Mode Support||
|Network Interface Type||Wired Gigabit LAN (10/100/1000)|
|Network Chip/Modules||1 x Intel® I219V (Gigabit LAN)|
|Rear I/O Connectors||
|Other Motherboard Specifications|
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