MSI B450i Gaming PLUS AC review

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The metal cover on the primary x16 PCI-Express slot should offer some sturdier and stronger slots, handy for usage with massive heavy graphics cards. 



There is quite some attention to detail in the CPU area. If you count along with me, the CPU alone has an 4+2 power phase design, the CPU is being fed by one 8-pin power connector. The MOSFETs are cooled with a really proper VRM heatsink. Again, for a budget series B450 motherboard that is very nice to see. MSI really improved here. 




Overall a nice looking board following the ATX form factor. Today we pair it with a 3200MHz memory kit from G.Skill who offers Flare-X memory. 



The audio chip used is Realtek AL887 offers 7.1-channel High Definition audio, it has been enhanced with a few higher grade capacitors.  It is a 7.1 CODEC, but MSI did run out of space, just three analog outputs are available. Of course anything Digital can run pass through HDMI or DP of your graphics card.


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