Specifications: MSI Pro H610M-G DDR4
|Voltage Regulator||6 Phase (4x MOSFETs for Vcore)|
|Video Ports||(1) HDMI (v2.1)|
|(1) DisplayPort (v1.4)|
|USB Ports||(2) USB 3.2 Gen 1 Type-C (5 Gbps)|
|(4) USB 2.0 (480 Mbps)|
|Network Jacks||(1) 1 GbE|
|Audio Jacks||(3) Analog|
|PCIe x16||(1) v4.0 (x16)|
|PCIe x1||(1) v3.0 (x1)|
|DIMM slots||(2) DDR4 3200, 64GB Capacity|
|M.2 slots||(1) PCIe 3.0 x4 (32 Gbps), PCIe/SATA (up to 80mm)|
|(1) Key-E for CNVI Wi-Fi|
|SATA Ports||(4) SATA3 6 Gbps (Supports RAID 0/1/5/10)|
|USB Headers||(1) USB v3.2 Gen 2, Type-C (10 Gbps)|
|(1) USB v3.2 Gen 1 (5 Gbps)|
|(2) USB v2.0 (480 Mbps)|
|(1) USB v2.0 (480 Mbps, 4-pin)|
|Fan/Pump Headers||(2) 4-Pin (CPU, System)|
|RGB Headers||(2) aRGB Gen 2 (3-pin)|
|(1) RGB (4-pin)|
|Diagnostics Panel||EZ Debug LED|
|Ethernet Controller(s)||Intel I219-V (1 Gbps)|
|Wi-Fi / Bluetooth||✗|
|USB Controllers||Genesys Logic GL850G|
|HD Audio Codec||Realtek ALC897|
|DDL/DTS||✗ / ✗|
Inside the Box of the MSI Pro H610M-G DDR4
Inside the box with the MSI Pro H610M-G DDR4, MSI includes your standard fare of accessories including SATA cables, driver disk and more. Like the others, the accessory stack is thin but should get you started without an extra trip for basic parts. Below is a complete list of the included extras.
- (2) SATA cables
- Quick install guide
- Registration card
- M.2 clip
- IO shields
- Driver DVD
- Case badge
Design of the Pro H610M-G DDR4
The H610M-G, as far as looks go, isn’t something that warrants your attention like the more expensive boards can. The Pro sports a black PCB and some gray lines stenciled on the board in a checkerboard-like pattern. You won’t find any shrouds or heatsinks, outside of a small chipset heatsink attached via push pins like the others. There are no RGBs on the board, so any lighting will have to come from the integrated headers.
On the top half, we get to see all the board is made of, since it lacks any kind of heatsink or shrouds in this area. On top is the 8-pin EPS connector (required) that sends power to the processor. To the right of the socket and left of the DRAM slots are the first (of two) 4-pin fan headers. I'm not sure this is enough for some systems, especially those using an AIO and multiple system fans. You’d need to piggyback a couple on a header. The good news is the headers should be able to take it, as they both output 2A/24W.
Continuing right, we run into two unreinforced DRAM slots that lock the sticks down on one side. Support is listed up to DDR4 3200 which is the maximum for the platform. We had to manually set the DDR4 3200 speed on this board as it didn’t play nice with XMP and our DDR4 3600 kit.
We find the first (of two) RGB headers in the upper-right corner. In this area, a 3-pin ARGB, while on the bottom is the 4-pin RGB. Down the right edge, we hit a system fan header, the EZdebug LED (the only board here that has one), a 24-pin ATX connector for board power, and finally, the front panel USB 3.2 Gen 1 (5 Gbps) connector.
MSI implements a six-phase VRM with four phases dedicated to Vcore. Of the three H610 boards heere, this one sports the weakest parts, which makes the default 110W limit understandable. Power is sent from the 8-pin EPS connector to a Realtek RT3628AE 9-channel controller (8+1). Power moves to the Sinopower 55A SM4337 N-channel MOSFETs and Sinopower 4503NH MOSFETs. Again, what’s here is a long mile from the most powerful we’ve seen, but it can support the 110W it’s limited to.
The bottom portion of the board also shows off the hardware. On the left is the Realtek ALC897 audio codec, along with four yellow caps dedicated to audio. There are two PCIe slots in the middle, with the top slot surprisingly reinforced to prevent EMI and shearing from heavy graphics cards. This slot runs at PCIe 4.0 x16 speeds and gets its lanes from the CPU. The x1 size slot runs at PCIe 3.0 x1 speeds and sources lanes from the chipset.
Next, we spy two M.2 sockets, one above and the other below the primary PCIe slot. The top socket is for storage modules, while the bottom socket is Key-E and supports CNVi Wi-Fi. The storage socket supports up to 80mm PCIe and SATA-based modules supporting speeds to PCIe 3.0 x4 (32 Gbps). Of the three boards in this review, it’s the only one that supports SATA-based M.2 devices.
Along the right edge are four horizontal-facing SATA ports. Like the others, RAID support isn’t mentioned in the manual. Note that you lose a SATA port (SATA7) when installing an M.2 SATA SSD in the M2_1 slot. Again though, this is the only board here with two M.2 slots. Your worst-case scenario is three SATA ports and SATA-based M.2. If you use a PCIe-based M.2, all four SATA ports remain active.
Several headers live across the bottom, including USB and SATA ports, RGB, etc. Below is a complete list of all the headers across the bottom of the board.
- Front panel audio
- 4-pin RGB header
- COM port
- USB 2.0 header
- TPM header
- Front panel header
- 4-pin ARGB header
As we move to the rear IO area, the IO plate is simple like the others - a thin metal shield with the labels stamped on. Working left to right, we hit the HDMI, D-SUB, and DisplayPort video outputs for use with a processor that has integrated graphics. Next to that is a PS/2 port that sits on top of two USB 2.0 ports (four total). The blue USB ports run at USB 3.2 Gen 1 (5 Gbps) speeds. Continuing right, we see the Intel GbE port and a three-plug audio stack.
Like the other MSI BIOS configurations, you start with an informational EZ Mode that allows editing of some high-level functions, including enabling XMP profiles, adjusting fan speeds, and more. The main menu is informational up top, while the bottom two-thirds is where the adjustments happen. You select the section you want on the left or right sides, and the details show in the middle. Some digging is inevitable, but overall we find this BIOS full of options and easy to read and get around. The biggest difference between the Pro and other MSI motherboards is the color. Normally they use black and red, but the Pro has a black and white theme that matches the board. And if you want to know how to access your BIOS (from any system), we can help!
For software, the theme these days is to place a lot of the functionality in one program. MSI’s take on this is called Dragon Center, which lets you download individual applets. Some of the programs include Mystic Light (RGB control), LAN Manager, User Scenario (overclocking, monitoring, and fan control), Super Charger, MSI Companion (help record games), and many more.
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