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Two new Intel B150 boards with USB Type-C connectors join MSI's lineup

By Bryan Chan & Koh Wanzi - on 27 Jun 2016, 12:11pm

Two new Intel B150 boards with USB Type-C connectors join MSI's lineup

The B150M Mortar Arctic now sports an all-white PCB with a digital camouflage pattern. (Image Source: MSI)

MSI may have focused on the high-end lately with several new Intel X99 and Z170 motherboards, but that doesn’t mean it has forgotten about more budget-oriented segments. It has announced two new micro-ATX B150 boards, the B150M Bazooka Plus and B150M Mortar Arctic, which are actually updated versions of the B150M Mortar and Bazooka respectively. In sum, the new boards feature revised designs and additional features, like support for USB Type-C.

As its name suggests, the B150M Mortar Arctic now has an all-white PCB with a digital camouflage pattern. This styling applies to the heatsink and I/O shield as well, and it's nice to see a white-themed motherboard show up in the budget motherboard segment.

Coming from the B150M Mortar, the Arctic also loses certain arguably extraneous features, like the VGA port, a PCIe x1 slot, and two SATA 6Gbps ports.

That aside, the most significant change is probably the presence of a USB 3.0 (or USB 3.1 Gen 1) Type-C port on the rear I/O panel.

The B150M Bazooka Plus has meatier upgrades than the Mortar Arctic, and it now has a PCIe 3.0 x16 slot that’s reinforced by steel and a new M.2 socket, in addition to a USB 3.1 Gen 1 Type-C port as well.

MSI B150M Bazooka Plus

Source: MSI