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Review of MSI MAG B760M Mortar WiFi motherboard based on Intel B760 chipset

11.11.2023 15:50

We have already written that with the release of the 13th generation of Intel processors, motherboards based on 7xx series chipsets also appeared. With the release of the 14th generation, such boards are designed to serve three generations of Intel processors (considering that the 14xxx series processors are simply a technological update of the 13xxx series, Intel has not released new chipsets for them).

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

Highlights and differences of the B760:

  • the connection between the chipset and the processor via DMI has been cut by 2 times, an artificial step taken by Intel marketers is obvious;
  • the total number of PCIe lanes is 14: 10 PCIe 4.0 lanes and 4 PCIe 3.0 lanes, this means a reduction of 2 times compared to the Z790;
  • the presence of 4 SATA ports is in addition to 14 PCIe lanes, while the 28 lines of the Z790 already include 4 SATA ports;
  • support for up to 2 integrated USB 3.2 Gen2x2 (up to 20 Gb/s) ports (though each of them requires support from two USB 3.2 Gen2), up to 4 USB 3.2 Gen2 (10 Gb/s) and 6 USB 3.2 Gen1 (5 Gb/s) s). In total, there are 24 high-speed ports (High Speed In Out, HSIO).
  • Supports up to 12 USB 2.0.

The B760 chipset differs from the B660 only in the redistribution of the number of supported PCIe lanes: 10 lines of version 4.0 and 4 lines of version 3.0, while the B660 has 6 and 8, respectively.

The 12th, 13th and 14th generations of processors add another 20 PCIe lanes to this set, with 16 lanes (used for PCIe x16 slots) of PCIe 5.0 version, the remaining 4 PCIe 4.0 lanes go to the M.2 slot. 12xxx/13xxx/14xxx processors can support both DDR5 and DDR4, so motherboard manufacturers are free to release products with both DDR5 and DDR4 slots.

Now let's return to the hero of the current material, and it is produced by MSI. Experienced users know that MSI has three main segments of gaming motherboards: MEG, MPG and MAG.

The hero of this review is MSI MAG B760M Mortar WiFi. That is, a motherboard from the MAG family (MSI Arsenal Gaming), which belongs to the simplest gaming series (all flagships are in the MEG family), well, actually, just the B760 chipset itself implies that the motherboard with it will somehow be far from the top one .

Well, here is the motherboard itself.

MSI MAG B760M Mortar WiFi comes in a standard MAG series gray design box. The kit is located under the board in a separate compartment.The scope of delivery is modest, as befits the MAG line: in addition to traditional elements such as the user manual and SATA cables, there are antennas for the built-in Wi-Fi module, screws for M.2 slots, and bonus stickers.

MSI MAG B760M Mortar WiFi comes in a standard MAG series gray design box. The kit is located under the board in a separate compartment.

The scope of delivery is modest, as befits the MAG line: in addition to traditional elements such as the user manual and SATA cables, there are antennas for the built-in Wi-Fi module, screws for M.2 slots, and bonus stickers.

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.

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 measures 244 x 244 mm, ATX up to 305 x 244 mm, and E-ATX up to 305 x 330 mm. The MSI MAG B760M Mortar WiFi motherboard is made in the Micro-ATX form factor, measures 244x244 mm, and has 8 mounting holes for installation in the case.

The reverse side is not empty, there is some logic there. The textolite is processed well: at all soldering points the sharp ends are cut off.

Traditionally, all motherboards from MSI have places marked on the reverse side where currently unnecessary mounting sleeves (usually brass) may remain, on which the motherboard usually rests in the case, and to which it is screwed. These places are marked with white paint (in this case, this is one such place), and there are no electrically conductive elements in them on purpose, so that if the motherboard is installed, there will be no accidental short circuits or damage from an extra mounting sleeve.

Specifications

Traditional table with a list of functional features.Supported processorsIntel Core 12/13/14th generationCPU socketLGA 1700ChipsetIntel B760Memory4 × DDR5, up to 7000 MHz (XMP), up to 192 GB, two channelsAudio 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 5.1)Expansion slots1 × PCIe 5.0 x16 (x16 mode)
1 × PCIe 4.0 x16 (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 2242/2260/2280 format devices)
1 × M.2 (M.2_2, B760, PCIe 4.0 x4/ SATA for 2242/2260/2280 format devices)USB ports4 × USB 2.0: 2 x 4-port internal (GL850G)
4 × USB 2.0: 4 x Type-A (black) (B760)
2 × USB 3.2 Gen1: 1 x 2-port internal (B760)
1 × USB 3.2 Gen2x2: 1 x Type-C (B760)
3 × USB 3.2 Gen2: 3 x Type-A (red) (GL3590)
1 × USB 3.2 Gen2: 1 x Type-C internal (B760)Rear Connectors1 × USB 3.2 Gen2x2 (Type-C)
3 × USB 3.2 Gen2 (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 outOther internal elements24-pin ATX power connector
2 8-pin EPS12V power connector
1 M.2 slot (E-key), occupied by wireless network adapter
1 connector for connecting USB 3.2 Gen2 Type-C port
1 connector for connecting 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 tape, 2 connectors for addressable ARGB tape)
1 connector for discrete Intel Thunderbolt card
1 connector for TPM
1 connector for connecting the control adapter from the front panel of the case
1 connector for Tuning ControllerForm factormicroATX (244×244 mm)Retail pricesfind out the price

Traditional table with a list of functional features.

Supported processorsIntel Core 12/13/14th generation
CPU socketLGA 1700
ChipsetIntel B760
Memory4 × DDR5, up to 7000 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 5.1)
Expansion slots1 × PCIe 5.0 x16 (x16 mode)
1 × PCIe 4.0 x16 (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 2242/2260/2280 format devices)
1 × M.2 (M.2_2, B760, PCIe 4.0 x4/ SATA for 2242/2260/2280 format devices)
USB ports4 × USB 2.0: 2 x 4-port internal (GL850G)
4 × USB 2.0: 4 x Type-A (black) (B760)
2 × USB 3.2 Gen1: 1 x 2-port internal (B760)
1 × USB 3.2 Gen2x2: 1 x Type-C (B760)
3 × USB 3.2 Gen2: 3 x Type-A (red) (GL3590)
1 × USB 3.2 Gen2: 1 x Type-C internal (B760)
Rear Connectors1 × USB 3.2 Gen2x2 (Type-C)
3 × USB 3.2 Gen2 (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
2 8-pin EPS12V power connector
1 M.2 slot (E-key), occupied by wireless network adapter
1 connector for connecting USB 3.2 Gen2 Type-C port
1 connector for connecting 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 tape, 2 connectors for addressable ARGB tape)
1 connector for discrete Intel Thunderbolt card
1 connector for TPM
1 connector for connecting the control adapter from the front panel of the case
1 connector for Tuning Controller
Form factormicroATX (244×244 mm)
Retail prices
find out the price

Main functionality: chipset, processor, memory

Scheme of operation of the chipset + processor combination.

Formally, there is support for DDR5 memory up to 4800 MHz, but everyone knows it, and motherboard manufacturers actively advertise it: through XMP profiles you can now use frequencies up to 8000 MHz. In particular, this board supports frequencies up to 7000 MHz.

12/13/14th generation Intel Core processors (compatible with socket LGA1700 and supported by B760) have 20 I/O lanes (16 PCIe 5.0, 4 PCIe 4.0), and do not have USB and SATA ports. In this case, interaction with the B760 occurs via a special channel Digital Media Interface 4.0 (DMI 4.0 x4 (exactly x4!)). All PCIe lines of the processor go to PCIe expansion slots and the M.2 port. Serial Peripheral Interface (SPI) is used to interact with the UEFI/BIOS system, and the Low Pin Count (LPC) bus is used to communicate with I/O devices that do not require high bandwidth (fan controllers, TPMs, old peripherals).

In turn, the B760 chipset supports a total of 24 I/O lines, which can be distributed as follows:

  • up to 12 USB ports (of which 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 lines are also used to support 3.2 ports, and each USB port 3.2 Gen2x2 requires support from two USB 3.2 Gen2);
  • up to 4 SATA 6Gb/s ports;
  • up to 14 PCIe lanes (4 version 3.0 and 10 version 4.0).
MSI MAG B760M Mortar WiFi supports 12/13/14th generation Intel Core processors made for the LGA1700 socket.

MSI MAG B760M Mortar WiFi supports 12/13/14th generation Intel Core processors made for the LGA1700 socket.

To install memory modules, the MSI board has four DIMM slots (for memory to work in Dual Channel, if only 2 modules are used, they should be installed in A2 and B2. The board supports unbuffered DDR5 memory (non-ECC), and the maximum memory capacity is 192 GB Of course, XMP profiles are supported.

To install memory modules, the MSI board has four DIMM slots (for memory to work in Dual Channel, if only 2 modules are used, they should be installed in A2 and B2. The board supports unbuffered DDR5 memory (non-ECC), and the maximum memory capacity is 192 GB Of course, XMP profiles are supported.

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

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

Peripheral functionality: PCIe, SATA, various “baubles”

Above we examined the potential capabilities of the B760+Core tandem, and now let's see what of this and how it is implemented in this motherboard.In addition to the USB ports, which we'll get to later, the B760 chipset has 14 PCIe lanes and 4 SATA ports. We count how many lines are spent on support (communication) with this or that element (it must be taken into account that 14 lines are not a single version, but 10 PCIe 4.0 lines and 4 PCIe 3.0 lines):
PCIe x16_2 slot (4 PCIe 4.0 lanes);
Genesys Logic GL3590 (USB 3.2 Gen2 hub) (1 PCIe 4.0 lane);
Switch: either M.2_2 slot or SATA_8 port (maximum 4 PCIe 4.0 lines);
PCIe x1_1 slot (1 PCIe 3.0 lane);
Realtek RTL8125BG (Ethernet 2.5Gb/s) (1 PCIe 4.0 lane);
Intel AX211NGW WIFI/BT (Wireless) (1 PCIe 3.0 lane)
12 PCIe lanes were occupied (10 PCIe 4.0 + 2 PCIe 3.0) plus SATA_5/6/7 ports. Communication with audio codecs at the Realtek RTL408x level is via USB 2.0, and with codecs at the RTL1220 level and lower through HDA (PCI bus emulation), so in this case the USB 2.0 line is not wasted. But one USB 2.0 is spent on BT support (if there is an M.2 slot (key E), and the GL850G controller uses USB 2.0 signal lines for its needs. More about this below in the USB ports section.Now let's look above at how processors work in this configuration. The 12/13/14th generation CPUs have a total of 20 PCIe lanes, 4 of which PCIe 4.0 versions are allocated to the M.2 port (M2_1). The remaining 16 PCIe 5.0 lanes go to the only PCIe x16_1 slot, so there are no switching options, as well as multiplexers for these purposes.Now about PCIe slots in general.

Above we examined the potential capabilities of the B760+Core tandem, and now let's see what of this and how it is implemented in this motherboard.

In addition to the USB ports, which we'll get to later, the B760 chipset has 14 PCIe lanes and 4 SATA ports. We count how many lines are spent on support (communication) with this or that element (it must be taken into account that 14 lines are not a single version, but 10 PCIe 4.0 lines and 4 PCIe 3.0 lines):

  • PCIe x16_2 slot (4 PCIe 4.0 lanes);
  • Genesys Logic GL3590 (USB 3.2 Gen2 hub) (1 PCIe 4.0 lane);
  • Switch: either M.2_2 slot or SATA_8 port (maximum 4 PCIe 4.0 lines);
  • PCIe x1_1 slot (1 PCIe 3.0 lane);
  • Realtek RTL8125BG (Ethernet 2.5Gb/s) (1 PCIe 4.0 lane);
  • Intel AX211NGW WIFI/BT (Wireless) (1 PCIe 3.0 lane)

12 PCIe lanes were occupied (10 PCIe 4.0 + 2 PCIe 3.0) plus SATA_5/6/7 ports. Communication with audio codecs at the Realtek RTL408x level is via USB 2.0, and with codecs at the RTL1220 level and lower through HDA (PCI bus emulation), so in this case the USB 2.0 line is not wasted. But one USB 2.0 is spent on BT support (if there is an M.2 slot (key E), and the GL850G controller uses USB 2.0 signal lines for its needs. More about this below in the USB ports section.

Now let's look above at how processors work in this configuration. The 12/13/14th generation CPUs have a total of 20 PCIe lanes, 4 of which PCIe 4.0 versions are allocated to the M.2 port (M2_1). The remaining 16 PCIe 5.0 lanes go to the only PCIe x16_1 slot, so there are no switching options, as well as multiplexers for these purposes.

Now about PCIe slots in general.

There are a total of 3 slots on the board: one full PCIe x16 (for video cards or other devices) and one PCIe x16 (but actually having 4 lanes), as well as a short PCIe x1.

The top PCIe x16 slot has stainless steel metal reinforcement, which increases their reliability (which can be important if you change video cards quite often, but more importantly: such a slot will more easily withstand the bending load if you install a very heavy top-level video card. In addition,, such protection protects the slots from electromagnetic interference.

The motherboard allows you to mount a CO of any size.Next up are storage devices.

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

Next up are storage devices.

In total, the board has 4 Serial ATA 6 Gb/s connectors + 2 slots for drives in the M.2 form factor.

In total, the board has 4 Serial ATA 6 Gb/s connectors + 2 slots for drives in the M.2 form factor.

The SATA ports are strangely labeled, starting with 5 (5, 6, 7, 8), all implemented through the B760 chipset and support RAID creation. In this case, the SATA 8 port shares resources with the M.2_2 port.

The SATA ports are strangely labeled, starting with 5 (5, 6, 7, 8), all implemented through the B760 chipset and support RAID creation. In this case, the SATA 8 port shares resources with the M.2_2 port.

It's worth noting that the SATA ports are grouped into two locations: 2 ports (horizontally oriented) on the right end of the board, and 2 ports (vertically oriented) on the bottom end of the board.The motherboard has 2 M.2 form factor slots.

It's worth noting that the SATA ports are grouped into two locations: 2 ports (horizontally oriented) on the right end of the board, and 2 ports (vertically oriented) on the bottom end of the board.

The motherboard has 2 M.2 form factor slots.

The second M.2_2 receives data from the B760 chipset, supporting PCIe 4.0, while modules with a SATA interface are also supported. The first M.2_1 receives data from the CPU (PCIe 4.0) and works with modules only with a PCIe interface. Both slots support module sizes 2242/2260/2280. All M.2 can be configured with RAID. The M.2_2 slot shares resources with the SATA 8 port: when using a drive with a SATA interface in M.2_2, the SATA 8 port is disabled.To implement this switching, there is an ASM2480 multiplexer from ASMedia.

The second M.2_2 receives data from the B760 chipset, supporting PCIe 4.0, while modules with a SATA interface are also supported. The first M.2_1 receives data from the CPU (PCIe 4.0) and works with modules only with a PCIe interface. Both slots support module sizes 2242/2260/2280. All M.2 can be configured with RAID. The M.2_2 slot shares resources with the SATA 8 port: when using a drive with a SATA interface in M.2_2, the SATA 8 port is disabled.

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

Only M.2_1 slot has a heatsink.

Only M.2_1 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 12 PCIe lines (+ 3 SATA), which are used to support drives, network and other controllers (I have already shown above what and how 15 out of 18 lines are spent).So what do we have? There are a total of 15 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;
4 USB 3.2 Gen2 ports: 1 implemented via B760 and represented by an internal Type-C port

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 12 PCIe lines (+ 3 SATA), which are used to support drives, network and other controllers (I have already shown above what and how 15 out of 18 lines are spent).

So what do we have? There are a total of 15 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;
  • 4 USB 3.2 Gen2 ports: 1 implemented via B760 and represented by an internal Type-C port
(for connection to the corresponding connector on the front panel of the case); the remaining 3 are implemented via the Genesys Logic GL3590 hub

(for connection to the corresponding connector on the front panel of the case); the remaining 3 are implemented via the Genesys Logic GL3590 hub


(1 PCIe 4.0 lane from the B760 is spent on it) and are represented on the rear panel by 3 Type-A ports (red);
2 USB 3.2 Gen1 ports: all implemented via B760 and represented by an internal connector
  • (1 PCIe 4.0 lane from the B760 is spent on it) and are represented on the rear panel by 3 Type-A ports (red);
  • 2 USB 3.2 Gen1 ports: all implemented via B760 and represented by an internal connector

on the motherboard for 2 ports);
8 USB 2.0/1.1 ports: 4 implemented via Genesys Logic GL850G controller
  • on the motherboard for 2 ports);
  • 8 USB 2.0/1.1 ports: 4 implemented via Genesys Logic GL850G controller
(1 USB 2.0 line is spent on it) and are represented by two internal connectors on the motherboard (each with 2 ports);

(1 USB 2.0 line is spent on it) and are represented by two internal connectors on the motherboard (each with 2 ports);


another 4 are implemented via the B760 and are represented on the rear panel by 4 Type-A ports (black).
Thus, we have 2 controllers using USB lines:
Genesys Logic GL850G (4 USB 2.0) (1 USB 2.0 lane);
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, 15 HSIO (PCIe lines and SATA ports) allocated to support other peripherals.In total, the B760 in this case has 20 high-speed ports out of 24.All fast USB Type-C ports are equipped with re-drivers from ASMedia.
  • another 4 are implemented via the B760 and are represented on the rear panel by 4 Type-A ports (black).

Thus, we have 2 controllers using USB lines:

  • Genesys Logic GL850G (4 USB 2.0) (1 USB 2.0 lane);
  • 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, 15 HSIO (PCIe lines and SATA ports) allocated to support other peripherals.

In total, the B760 in this case has 20 high-speed ports out of 24.

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

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 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.

There is also a comprehensive wireless adapter on the Intel AX-211NGW controller, through which Wi-Fi 6 (802.11a/b/g/n/ac/ax) and Bluetooth 5.2 are implemented. It is installed in the M.2 (E-key) slot, and its connectors for screwing in external antennas are located on the rear panel.

There is also a comprehensive wireless adapter on the Intel AX-211NGW controller, through which Wi-Fi 6 (802.11a/b/g/n/ac/ax) and Bluetooth 5.2 are implemented. It is installed in the M.2 (E-key) slot, and its connectors for screwing in external antennas are located 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.

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

For many years, in most modern motherboards, sound has been controlled by audio codecs from Realtek of the ALC family, and for a long time it was the ALC1220. It provides audio output up to 7.1 at resolutions up to 24-bit/192 kHz. In this case, the older and simpler version of the ALC897 is used

For many years, in most modern motherboards, sound has been controlled by audio codecs from Realtek of the ALC family, and for a long time it was the ALC1220. It provides audio output up to 7.1 at resolutions up to 24-bit/192 kHz. In this case, the older and simpler version of the ALC897 is used

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

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 (on the left in the photo), there are two more 8-pin EPS12V connectors.

The processor power supply circuit is made according to a 12+1+1 scheme (14 phases in total, 12 on VCore, 1 on iGPU and 1 on VCCSA).

The processor power supply circuit is made according to a 12+1+1 scheme (14 phases in total, 12 on VCore, 1 on iGPU and 1 on VCCSA).

All potentially very hot elements have their own heatsinks. As we can see, the cooling of the chipset (one heatsink) is organized separately from the power converters. The VRM section has its own two separate radiators.

All potentially very hot elements have their own heatsinks. As we can see, the cooling of the chipset (one heatsink) is organized separately from the power converters. The VRM section has its own two separate radiators.

Performance (and overclocking)

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

In auto-overclocking mode, we got 5.4 GHz for P-cores, and 4.3 GHz for all E-cores. Let me remind you that P-cores are ordinary cores familiar to everyone, having 2 threads each, “P” means Performance, that is, productive. “E” are energy-efficient cores, so-called small cores, they have 1 thread each.

I will say that auto overclocking is very high, it is logical: after all, the system by default determines the power supply capabilities of the motherboard, and in this case the power supply system is of a decent level, despite the fact that such motherboards are clearly not for the most top-end and demanding processors, which include Core i9-13900K. As for the other parameters of the heating components, they were all normal..

Considering that this product is not designed for overclocking, I did not experiment further, because such auto-overclocking for this motherboard not on a top-end chipset is very good!

Conclusions

The MSI MAG B760M Mortar WiFi motherboard is a representative of the mid-budget MAG gaming series with an approximate cost of about 20 thousand rubles at the time of publication of the review. This is a bit expensive for a model based on the B760; there are already boards based on the Z790 on the market with approximately the same price. This model was created for gamers, but, of course, it will suit everyone else.

Despite the budget and relatively simple B760 chipset, the board works great even with top 13th generation Intel Core processors. It has 15 USB ports, including 4 very fast USB 3.2 Gen2, as well as one of the fastest USB 3.2 Gen2x2 in the form of a Type-C port on the rear panel. There are 2 PCIe x16 slots, one of which receives 16 PCIe version 5.0 lanes from the processor, and the second operates in x4 mode. There is also a PCIe x1 slot. The board also has 2 M.2 slots: one of them is connected to the processor, the other to the B760 chipset, in both cases via PCIe 4.0 lines.

This model also has 4 SATA ports and 6 fan connectors. Although the board belongs to the relatively simple MAG series, its processor power supply is very powerful and is capable of supporting any compatible processors with overclocking margin. We also see a competent cooling system for each potentially heating element, except for the drive in one M.2 slot. Network capabilities are good: a fast 2.5 Gbps wired controller, as well as one modern wireless one. Among the advantages of the board are the wide possibilities for connecting additional ARGB/RGB lighting devices.

This model is worthy of the attention of simple, undemanding gamers.