Intel’s 12th Generation Alder Lake processors launched with enthusiast-class Z690 motherboards, but many patiently wait on the sidelines to find out more about mainstream B660 boards. Well, your wait ends here.
We’re excited to showcase some products from our lineup of MSI B660 motherboards at CES 2022 in January!
Before we begin, let’s go over what’s new with the MSI B660 motherboards compared to the previous generation B560 models, shall we?
- • B660 motherboards offer DDR5 support; DDR4 variants of many popular boards will remain available to buyers.
- • They feature a robust power design featuring a Duet Rail Power System.
- • B660 motherboards now offer up to 3x Gen 4 M.2 slots (select slots protected from heat with M.2 Shield FROZR).
- • Go tool-free with EZ M.2 clips and pre-installed I/O shield on most MSI B660 motherboards.
- • MSI B660 motherboards now come equipped with up to 8+8 CPU power connectors to ensure maximum performance, even when paired with the highest-end 12th Generation Alder Lake CPUs.
Z690 vs. B660 vs. Z590 vs. B560
Intel’s 12th Generation CPUs launched alongside the 600-series chipset. First, let’s take a quick look at the differences between two popular 600-series chipsets – B660 and Z690. We’ll also pit them against previous generation B560 and Z590 chipset specifications to see what improvements you can expect from this brand-new platform.
PCIe 5.0 Support
1x16 / 2x8
PCIe 4.0 Support
CPU Overclocking Support
Memory Overclocking Support
Intel Optane Support
DMI (Chipset Link)
Max High-Speed I/O Lanes
Max USB 3.2 Gen 2x2 / Gen 2 / Gen 1
4 / 10 / 10
2 / 4 / 6
3 / 10 / 10
2 / 4 / 6
Max PCIe 4.0/3.0 Lanes
12 / 16
6 / 8
0 / 24
0 / 12
MAG B660M MORTAR | MAG B660M MORTAR DDR4 (WIFI Variants Available)
The MAG B660M MORTAR is the flag-bearer for an excellent value platform that gets the most out of Intel’s newest 12th generation Alder Lake CPUs. It boasts Lightning Gen 4 for blazing-fast PCIe 4.0 speeds on the primary PCIe slot as well as M.2 slots.
You can pick between DDR4 and DDR5 versions of the MAG B660M MORTAR. Your call – get a better bang-for-your-buck or enjoy the fastest next-gen memory on the market today.
While Memory Boost allows for clean data signals for additional memory stability (even when tuning it to relatively higher levels), Core Boost technology makes full use of the board’s digital power design to supply stable power to all cores and boosts CPU performance.
Although the MAG B660M MORTAR motherboards (all variants) boast a Micro-ATX form factor, there’s nothing ‘micro’ about the components ‘on board.’
It boasts a robust VRM that allows even the best in Intel’s 12th Generation CPU lineup to unleash their power. In addition, the MAG B660M MORTAR features an innovative extended heatsink design, which sits atop the board’s power delivery components for effective heat dissipation.
MSI’s Frozr AI cooling technology detects CPU and GPU temperatures and automatically adjusts system fan speeds for the most effective cooling experience.
Both wired and wireless networking is a breeze thanks to Wi-Fi 6 (only on the WIFI model) and 2.5G LAN. So you can rest assured that even the fastest internet connections won’t go underutilized, regardless of whether you decide to go wire-free or wired!
MAG B660 TOMAHAWK WIFI | MAG B660 TOMAHAWK WIFI DDR4
The MAG TOMAHAWK lineup is known for delivering incredible features and performance at a value-oriented price point! This hasn’t changed one bit with the MAG B660 TOMAHAWK WIFI and MAG B660 TOMAHAWK WIFI DDR4 motherboards. They bring PC builders a premium computing platform at an attractive price for Intel’s 12th Generation Alder Lake CPUs.
While the MAG B660 TOMAHAWK WIFI boasts support for next-generation DDR5 memory, the MAG B660 TOMAHAWK WIFI DDR4 offers DDR4 support for more value-oriented PC builds.
In addition to technologies like Core Boost and Memory Boost, the MAG B660 TOMAHAWK WIFI boards also come equipped with a host of performance-enhancing features that will extract the best out of your brand-new processor without you lifting a finger.
An extended heatsink sits atop the robust power delivery components to make sure they’re never holding you back and compromising your CPU’s speed, or worse, its stability.
Heat is a pervasive issue that can affect other components as well! That’s precisely why 3 M.2 slots on both the MAG B660 TOMAHAWK WIFI and MAG B660 TOMAHAWK WIFI DDR4 come equipped with M.2 Shield FROZR to prevent thermal throttling in your fast storage devices like NVMe drives.
You can pick between wired and wireless networking without sacrificing speed or stability! On the wired side, you gain access to 2.5G LAN on any variant of the MAG B660 TOMAHAWK. However, you’ll find Wi-Fi 6E on the MAG B660 TOMAHAWK WIFI, while the MAG B660 TOMAHAWK WIFI DDR4 grants you access to Wi-Fi 6 wireless networking.