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Review of the Maxsun iCraft B760M WiFi microATX motherboard based on the Intel B760 chipset

09.01.2024 12:43

With the release of the 13th generation of Intel processors, motherboards based on 7-series chipsets appeared. However, the release of the 14th generation of processors (technological update of the 13th series) did not lead to the appearance of new chipsets. Therefore, motherboards based on 6th and 7th series chipsets are designed to support three generations of Intel processors.

Let's look again at the main differences between the B760, H770 and Z790 chipsets.

PeculiaritiesB760H770Z790
Compatible with Intel processors12/13/14th Gen Core12/13/14th Gen Core12/13/14th Gen Core
PCIe version (CPU)4.0 & 5.04.0 & 5.04.0 & 5.0
Number of PCIe lanes (processor)202020
PCIe version (chipset)3.0 & 4.03.0 & 4.03.0 & 4.0
Number of PCIe lanes (chipset)14 (10 x 4.0 & 4 x 3.0)24 (16 x 4.0 & 8 x 3.0)28 (20 x 4.0 & 8 x 3.0)
DMI version4.04.04.0
Number of DMI linesx4x8x8
RAM generationDDR4 & DDR5DDR4 & DDR5DDR4 & DDR5
Number of RAM channels222
Maximum number of RAM slots444
Maximum RAM128 GB128 GB128 GB
Number of SATA 6.0 Gb/s ports up to488
USB 3.2 Gen 2x2 (20Gbps) ports up to225
USB 3.2 Gen 2x1 ports (10Gbps) up to4410
USB 3.2 Gen 1x1 ports (5Gbps) up to6810
USB 2.0 ports up to121414
Built-in Wi-Fi supportWiFi 6EWiFi 6EWiFi 6E
Possibility of overclocking bus frequencyNoNoYes

Main characteristics and features of the B760 chipset:

  • Reducing DMI (Direct Media Interface) by 2 times between the chipset and the processor, which looks like a step taken by Intel marketers.
  • The total number of PCIe lanes is 14: 10 PCIe 4.0 lanes and 4 PCIe 3.0 lanes, half that of the Z790.
  • There are 4 SATA ports, complementing the 14 PCIe lanes, unlike the Z790, where 28 lanes already include 4 SATA ports.
  • Supports up to 2 integrated USB 3.2 Gen2x2 (up to 20 Gb/s) ports, provided that two USB 3.2 Gen2 are supported, as well as up to 4 USB 3.2 Gen2 (10 Gb/s) and 6 USB 3.2 Gen1 (5 Gb/s), a total of 24 High Speed In Out (HSIO) ports. Supports up to 12 USB 2.0.
  • Unlike the B660, the B760 has a changed number of supported PCIe lanes: 10 version 4.0 lines and 4 version 3.0 lines.
      
    12th, 13th, and 14th generation processors add 20 additional PCIe lanes: 16 PCIe 5.0 lanes (used for PCIe x16 slots) and the remaining 4 PCIe 4.0 lanes on the M.2 slot. These processors support both DDR5 and DDR4, allowing motherboard manufacturers to release products with both DDR5 and DDR4 slots.

Introduced by Chinese company Maxsun, the Maxsun iCraft B760M WiFi motherboard belongs to the top-end iCraft gaming series, although the B760 chipset itself means that the motherboard will not be a flagship one.

Maxsun iCraft B760M WiFi is presented in a black and white design box. Inside the box, components are stored in special compartments separated from the board.

The equipment, although modest, is still impressive. It contains the usual elements, such as instructions for use and SATA cables, as well as additional elements: antennas for the built-in Wi-Fi module, screws for M.2 slots, bonus stickers and a convenient screwdriver with several attachments.

The software is not supplied, however, during the board’s journey to the buyer, it still manages to become outdated, so you will have to update it from the manufacturer’s website immediately after purchase.

The “plug” for the rear panel with connectors is already mounted on the board itself.

Form factor

The Micro-ATX form factor is characterized by dimensions of 244x244 mm, ATX has dimensions up to 305x244 mm, and E-ATX — up to 305x330 mm. The Maxsun iCraft B760M WiFi motherboard is designed in a Micro-ATX form factor and precisely measures 244x244mm, providing eight mounting holes for case installation.

The reverse side is almost empty, there is only one controller. The textolite is processed well: at all soldering points the sharp ends are cut off.

Specifications

Traditional table with a list of functional features.

Supported processorsIntel Core 12/13/14th generations
CPU socketLGA 1700
ChipsetIntel B760
Memory4 × DDR5, up to 6800 MHz (XMP), up to 192 GB, two channels
Audio subsystem1 × Realtek RTL897 (7.1)
Network controllers1 × Realtek RTL8125BG Ethernet 2.5 Gbps
1 × Intel Dual Band Wireless AX211NGW (Wi-Fi 802.11a/b/g/n/ac/ax (2.4/6 GHz) + Bluetooth 5.2)
Expansion slots1 × PCIe 5.0 x16 (x16 mode)
1 × PCIe 4.0 x4 (x4 mode)
1 × PCIe 3.0 x1 (x1 mode)
Drive connectors4 × SATA 6 Gb/s (B760)
1 × M.2 (M.2_1, CPU, PCIe 4.0 x4 for 2242/2280 format devices)
2 × M.2 (M.2_2/3, B760, PCIe 4.0 x4 for 2242/2280/22110 format devices)
USB ports4 × USB 2.0: 2 x 4-port internal (B760)
4 × USB 2.0: 4 x Type-A (black) (FE 1.1S)
2 × USB 3.2 Gen1: 1 x 2-port internal (B760)
1 × USB 3.2 Gen2x2: 1 x Type-C (B760)
4 × USB 3.2 Gen1: 4 x Type-A (blue) (ASM1074)
1 × USB 3.2 Gen2: 1 x internal Type-C (B760)
Rear Connectors1 × USB 3.2 Gen2x2 (Type-C)
4 × USB 3.2 Gen1 (Type-A)
4 × USB 2.0 (Type-A)
1 × RJ-45
5 mini-jack audio connectors
1 S/PDIF connector
2 antenna connectors
1 HDMI out connector
1 Display Port out
Other internal elements24-pin ATX power connector
1 8-pin EPS12V power connector
1 4-pin EPS12V power connector
1 M.2 slot (E-key), occupied by wireless adapter
1 USB 3.2 Gen2 Type-C connector
1 connector 2 USB 3.2 Gen1 ports
2 connectors 4 USB 2.0 ports
4 connectors for connecting 4-pin fans and pumps
3 connectors for connecting backlight adapters (1 connector for non-addressable RGB strip, 2 connectors for addressable ARGB strip)
1 connector for COM port
1 connector for TPM
1 connector for connecting the control adapter from the front panel of the case
1 connector for clearing CMOS
Form factormicroATX (244×244 mm)

Main functionality: chipset, processor, memory

Scheme of operation of the chipset + processor combination.

Formally, the motherboard supports the use of DDR5 memory up to 4800 MHz, but using the XMP profiles currently available for boards, frequencies up to 8000 MHz can be achieved. In this case, the board allows you to work with frequencies up to 6800 MHz.

12/13/14th generation Intel Core processors (supported by socket LGA1700 and compatible with B760) provide 20 I/O lanes (16 PCIe 5.0 and 4 PCIe 4.0), not including USB and SATA ports. Interaction with the B760 chipset is carried out via the DMI 4.0 x4 channel. All PCIe lines of the processor are directed to PCIe expansion slots and the M.2 port. The Serial Peripheral Interface (SPI) is used to communicate with the UEFI/BIOS system, and the Low Pin Count (LPC) bus is designed to communicate with low-bandwidth peripheral devices (for example, fan controllers, TPMs).

The B760 chipset provides a total of 24 I/O lanes, which are used as follows:

  • up to 12 USB ports (including up to 2 USB 3.2 Gen2x2 ports, 4 USB 3.2 Gen2 ports, up to 6 USB 3.2 Gen1 ports, up to 12 USB 2.0 ports; USB 2.0 lanes are also used to support 3.2 ports, with each USB 3.2 Gen2x2 port requires support from two USB 3.2 Gen2);
  • up to 4 SATA 6Gb/s ports;
  • up to 14 PCIe lanes (4 versions 3.0 and 10 versions 4.0).

Maxsun iCraft B760M WiFi supports 12/13/14th generation Intel Core processors made for the LGA1700 socket.

There are four DIMM slots for installing memory modules on the Maxsun motherboard. When using only two modules to operate in Dual Channel mode, it is recommended to install them in slots A2 and B2 (marked with white arrows on the board). The board supports unbuffered DDR5 (non-ECC) memory, and the maximum amount of memory that can be installed is 192 GB. Additionally, XMP profiles are supported, allowing for different memory performance settings.

DIMM slots do not have a metal frame, which protects them from both physical damage and interference.

Peripheral functionality: PCIe, SATA, various “baubles”

In the context of the functionality and relationship of the B760 chipset with 12/13/14th generation Intel Core processors on the motherboard, it is important to consider how the lines and ports are distributed:

  1. M.2_2 slot: Occupies 4 PCIe 4.0 lanes.
  2. ASMedia ASM1074 (USB 3.2 Gen1 hub): Uses 1 PCIe 3.0 lane.
  3. Switch (M.2_3/PCIe x4): Consumes up to 4 PCIe 4.0 lanes.
  4. PCIe x1_1 slot: Occupies 1 PCIe 3.0 lane.
  5. Realtek RTL8125BG (Ethernet 2.5Gb/s): Uses 1 PCIe 3.0 lane.
  6. Intel AX211NGW WIFI/BT (wireless module): Occupies 1 PCIe 3.0 lane.

So, almost all PCIe lanes of the B760 chipset are consumed (12 in total, including 8 PCIe 4.0 and 4 PCIe 3.0). Communication with Realtek RTL408x audio codecs via USB 2.0 does not consume PCIe lanes. However, one USB 2.0 line is used for Bluetooth support, and the FE 1.1S controller also uses USB 2.0 signal lines.

In the context of 12/13/14th generation processors, they only have 20 PCIe lanes. 4 of them (PCIe 4.0 versions) are reserved for the M.2 port (M2_1), and the remaining 16 PCIe 5.0 lanes go to the PCIe x16_1 slot with no switching options or multiplexers.

This provides an important overview of what ports and lanes are used on the Maxsun iCraft B760M WiFi motherboard and how the processors interact with various elements of the platform.

There are three slots on the motherboard: one full PCIe x16, designed for video cards or other devices, and one PCIe x4 slot, which is used in conjunction with M.2_3. There is also a short PCIe x1 slot.

The top PCIe x16 slot has stainless steel metal reinforcement for increased reliability. This can be important if you frequently change video cards. Moreover, this design makes the slot more resistant to bending, especially when installing heavy high-end video cards. This protection also helps prevent exposure to electromagnetic interference.

The motherboard allows you to mount a CO of any size.

Next up are storage devices.

The motherboard has four Serial ATA connectors supporting data transfer rates up to 6 Gbps and three slots for M.2 drives.

All SATA ports are implemented through the B760 chipset and support the function of creating RAID arrays. Please note that the SATA ports are grouped on the bottom of the board.

The motherboard is equipped with three M.2 form factor slots.

All three M.2 slots on the motherboard only support modules with a PCIe interface and sizes 2242 and 2280.

The second M.2_2 slot and the third M.2_3 slot receive data from the B760 chipset, providing PCIe 4.0 support and also support 22110 module sizes. The first M.2_1 slot receives data from the CPU via PCIe 4.0. All M.2 slots allow you to organize RAID. The M.2_3 slot shares resources with the PCIe x4 slot.

To implement this switching, there is an ASM2480 multiplexer from ASMedia.

Only the M.2_2 slot has a heatsink.

Peripheral functionality: USB ports, network interfaces, I/O

Now comes USB ports and other I/O. And let's start with the back panel, where most of them are located.

Let’s repeat: the B760 chipset is capable of implementing no more than 12 USB ports, of which there can be up to 6 USB 3.2 Gen1 ports, up to 4 USB 3.2 Gen2 ports, up to 2 USB 3.2 Gen2x2 ports, and/or up to 12 USB 2.0 ports.

We also remember about 14 PCIe lines (+ 4 SATA), which are used to support drives, network and other controllers (I have already shown above what and how 16 out of 18 lines are spent).

So what do we have? There are a total of 16 USB ports on the motherboard:

  • 1 USB 3.2 Gen2x2 port: implemented using two USB 3.2 Gen2 lines from the B760 and represented by a Type-C port on the rear panel;
  • 1 USB 3.2 Gen2 port: implemented via B760 and represented by an internal Type-C port

(for connection to the corresponding connector on the front panel of the case);

  • 6 USB 3.2 Gen1:2 ports are implemented via the B760 and are represented by an internal connector

on the motherboard for 2 ports); the remaining 4 are implemented through the ASMedia ASM1074 hub

(1 PCIe 3.0 lane from the B760 is spent on it) and are represented on the rear panel by 4 Type-A ports (blue);

  • 8 USB 2.0/1.1 ports: 4 implemented via Terminus FE 1.1S controller

(1 USB 2.0 line is spent on it) and are represented on the rear panel by 4 Type-A ports (black); 4 more are implemented via B760 and are represented by two internal connectors

  • on the motherboard (each with 2 ports).

Thus, we have 2 controllers using USB lines:

  • Terminus FE 1.1S (4 USB 2.0) ( 1 USB 2.0 line );
  • Bluetooth (AX211) ( 1 USB 2.0 line).

So, high-speed USB ports are implemented through the B760 chipset:

  • 1 dedicated USB 3.2 Gen2x2 (does not count, because it came from other HSIOs);
  • + 1 dedicated USB 3.2 Gen2
  • + 2 dedicated USB 3.2 Gen1
  • + 2 USB 3.2 Gen2 to support USB 3.2 Gen2x2

5 high speed ports . Don't forget that every high-speed USB port is equipped with a USB 2.0 port, that is, 5 USB 2.0 ports are already occupied. Plus 4 dedicated USB 2.0 ports and 2 ports for providing controllers. A total of 11 USB ports are implemented .

Well, 16 HSIO (PCIe lines and SATA ports) allocated to support other peripherals.

In total, the B760 in this case has 21 high-speed ports out of 24 .

All fast USB Type-C ports are equipped with re-drivers from ASMedia and Diodes Inc.

Now about networking matters.

The motherboard is equipped with communication facilities well. There is a high-speed Realtek RTL8125BG Ethernet controller capable of operating according to the 2.5 Gbit/s standard.

The motherboard has a comprehensive wireless adapter based on the Intel AX-211NGW controller. This adapter supports Wi-Fi 6 (802.11a/b/g/n/ac/ax) and Bluetooth 5.2. It is installed in the M.2 (E-key) slot, and connectors for connecting external antennas are available on the rear panel.

The plug, traditionally placed on the back panel, in this case is already put on and is shielded from the inside to reduce electromagnetic interference.

Audio subsystem

In many modern motherboards, Realtek audio codecs from the ALC family are responsible for sound quality. For a long time, the ALC1220 was popular, providing audio output in circuits up to 7.1 with a resolution of up to 24 bits / 192 kHz. However, in this situation, an older and less advanced model is used — ALC897.

The audio circuits of the board use “audiophile” Nichicon Fine Gold capacitors.

The audio path is located on the corner part of the board and does not intersect with other elements. All audio connectors on the rear panel do not have the usual colors of the connectors, so you can only navigate by the designations.

Power, cooling

To power the board, it has 3 connectors: in addition to the 24-pin ATX (it’s on the right side of the board (left in the photo), there are two more EPS12V (8 and 4 pins).

The processor power supply circuit is made according to a 12+3+2 scheme (17 phases in total, 12 on VCore, 3 on iGPU and 2 on VCCIO).

Each phase channel has a superferrite choke and a 60A MP86945/8964 MOSFET from Monolithic Power Systems.

The power supply circuit for the VCore and iGPU is controlled by an MP2960 PWM controller from the same MPS, designed for a maximum of 16 phases.

So we see that the power supply circuit is fully direct without doublers or parallel flows. And for two VCCIO phases there is a PWM controller from Monolithic Power Systems.

The VCCSA power supply is single-phase.

Now about cooling.

All potentially very hot elements have their own heat sinks.

As we can see, the cooling of the chipset (one radiator) is organized separately from the power converters. The VRM section has its own two separate radiators.

As I mentioned earlier, only one M.2_2 slot has its own heatsink.

Backlight

The motherboard has built-in lighting on the casing of the ports of the rear I/O unit, and the audio path separator is also illuminated

We also remember about 3 connectors for connecting external lighting, and all this can be controlled through a utility from Maxsun.

Some users like all this light business, some users don't like it, but they can always turn off the backlight.

Windows software

All software can be downloaded from the manufacturer's website Maxsun.com. In fact, there is only a program for controlling the backlight.

There are not many options for the backlight scenario, but the program can control the backlight of Maxsun video cards, many third-party memory modules, and also synchronize everything with the motherboard.

BIOS Settings

All modern boards now have UEFI (Unified Extensible Firmware Interface), which are essentially operating systems in miniature. To enter the settings when booting the PC, you traditionally need to press the Del or F2 key.

This board does not have a division of the menu into a general “simple” and “advanced”, it is single.

Advanced settings are the Advanced and Power items. There is already the usual set of settings, where you can control USB ports and change the operating modes of PCIe and M.2 slots. Particular attention should be paid in the section to managing M.2 and PCIe x4, which share resources among themselves.

Monitoring and boot menu options are well known to everyone. In the monitoring section you can configure the operation of the fan slots.

The range of overclocking options here is modest, as it should be for products based on mid-range chipsets. However, for modern top-end processors, many options are probably useless anyway, because the processor itself already operates at greatly increased frequencies (using Intel TurboBoost, not to mention MCE).

Experience shows that overclocking will largely depend on the capabilities of the CPU cooling system.

Performance (and overclocking)

We start everything in default mode. Then we load it with the OCCT stress test (default settings).

During the automatic overclocking process, we reached a frequency of 5.7 GHz for P-cores and 4.4 GHz for all E-cores. P-cores, or Performance cores, are regular, performance cores with two threads each, while E-cores, or Power Efficiency cores, are small, single-thread cores.

This level of automatic overclocking is quite high, which makes sense given that the system evaluates the motherboard's power supply capabilities by default. In this case, the power supply is quite high quality, despite the fact that these motherboards are usually not designed for the highest-end and most demanding processors, including the Core i9-14900K.

Regarding other aspects of component operation and heating, it is worth noting the lack of thermal sensors. For example, the VRM and system chipset heating data were not fully defined or available in the monitoring program. Manual heating measurements showed that the VRM and chipset temperatures remained within acceptable limits (below 60°C).

conclusions

The Maxsun iCraft B760M WiFi motherboard is an interesting solution from the top iCraft gaming series, based on a budget chipset. At the time of preparation of the review, its cost was approximately 15 thousand rubles. The board is intended for gamers, but is also suitable for other categories of users.

This model works without problems with the top 14th generation Intel Core processors. It is equipped with 16 USB ports, including 7 USB 3.2 ports, as well as one USB 3.2 Gen2x2 Type-C port on the rear panel, providing maximum data transfer speeds. There is a PCIe x16 slot on board, receiving 16 PCIe version 5.0 lanes from the processor, as well as PCIe x4 and PCIe x1 slots. Three M.2 slots provide different connectivity options: one of them is connected to the processor, and the rest are connected to the B760 chipset using PCIe 4.0 lanes.

In addition, the board has 4 SATA ports and 4 fan headers. It belongs to the top iCraft series, which means a powerful processor power system that can provide stable operation with any compatible processors, including overclocking capabilities. We also see a satisfactory cooling system, although only one of the M.2 slots has a built-in heatsink. Network capabilities include a fast 2.5 Gbps wired controller and an advanced wireless module. The advantages also include ample opportunities for connecting additional ARGB/RGB lighting devices.

The audio system received good reviews, despite using the old Realtek ALC897 codec.