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MSI B350M - Which One To Purchase?

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I'm thinking of buying a MSI B350M Series Motherboard for a Gaming build I'm making. I'm just confused about which Board I should go for? I'm stuck between the Bazooka, Tomahawk and Gaming Pro. I am interested in some OC and price is a factor too since I'm on a budget. Also another thing is that I want to fit extra fans throughout my PC case and I'm told the Gaming Pro only has 2 connectors for fans?

Answers would be appreciated thank you.
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    Could be irrelevant if your case fits both, but Tomahawk is not M version. Mortar is the M version of the Tomahawk. M stands for MicroATX as opposed to ATX. MicroATX is smaller than ATX.

    The Gaming Pro only has 2 RAM slots. So unless you're getting 2x8GB up front, I'd suggest getting a board with 4 RAM slots so you can run 2x4GB in dual-channel if you're only getting 8GB to start with.

    I would consider the ASRock AB350M Pro4. It is currently on sale cheaper than the Bazooka. Plus it looks to have more power phases than the MSI boards and it does support CrossFireX even though PCPartpicker says it doesn't, ASRock's website says it does.

    But honestly, any of the boards you mentioned would be about the same except for the Gaming Pro only having 2 RAM slots.
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  2. MrN1ce9uy said:
    Could be irrelevant if your case fits both, but Tomahawk is not M version. Mortar is the M version of the Tomahawk. M stands for MicroATX as opposed to ATX. MicroATX is smaller than ATX.

    The Gaming Pro only has 2 RAM slots. So unless you're getting 2x8GB up front, I'd suggest getting a board with 4 RAM slots so you can run 2x4GB in dual-channel if you're only getting 8GB to start with.

    I would consider the ASRock AB350M Pro4. It is currently on sale cheaper than the Bazooka. Plus it looks to have more power phases than the MSI boards and it does support CrossFireX even though PCPartpicker says it doesn't, ASRock's website says it does.

    But honestly, any of the boards you mentioned would be about the same except for the Gaming Pro only having 2 RAM slots.


    Thank you for your thorough answer, much appreciated.
    Just 1 question, does the ASRock Motherboard have more than 2 Fan Connectors? (Sorry I'm kinda new to PC building and don't know the correct term)

    Thank you.
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  3. It does have only 2 system fan headers/connectors. You can however, purchase a splitter to have 2 fans connected to each of those headers, for a total of 4 fans. Or purchase a fan hub that will allow many fans to be connected.

    https://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=9SIAE3060P0642&ignorebbr=1&nm_mc=KNC-GoogleMKP-PC&cm_mmc=KNC-GoogleMKP-PC-_-pla-_-Accessories+-+Case+%2F+Rackmount-_-9SIAE3060P0642&gclid=CjwKCAjwo4jOBRBmEiwABWNaMSP4vxaqDphp6dGS3JxjZjjp95R7a0HguKdapHJK1EYTwB8DEfXUKRoCOtQQAvD_BwE&gclsrc=aw.ds
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