Why is it important: If the MAG B660M Mortar Max WiFi DDR4 comes out at a decent price, it could be the new value champion as it allows non-K Intel processors to be overclocked without the need for expensive DDR5 memory.
According to a new leak, MSI may soon release a MAG B660M Mortar Max WiFi DDR4 motherboard with an external clock generator manufactured by Renesas.
A few months ago, der8auer discovered that external clocked motherboards unlocked BCLK overclocking of non-K (locked multiplier) Intel Alder Lake processors. With the right settings, even a Celeron G6900 can be overclocked from 3.4GHz to over 5.3GHz.
— chi11eddog (@g01d3nm4ng0) May 27, 2022
The problem is that until now, all motherboards equipped with such a chip only supported DDR5 memory, which is still too expensive to pair with a budget processor.
The MAG B660M Mortar Max WiFi DDR4 changes that, as its rather long name suggests. Another benefit of the external clock is that it adds PCIe 5.0 support for the first expansion slot, something that all other B660M Mortar models don’t have (oddly, there are already four variants with DDR4/DDR5 and each with/without WiFi).
The price of the board is currently unknown, but the non-Max version can currently be purchased for $160. The only other B660 motherboards known to support BCLK overclocking are the ASUS ROG Strix B660-G Gaming WiFi and B660-F Gaming WiFiboth of which cost over $200 and require considerably more expensive DDR5 memory.
In our B660 motherboard review, we found the vanilla B660M Mortar WiFi to have a very good VRM for its price class. This means the new Max could be a great budget option as you can overclock your non-K CPU today and be able to upgrade to something more powerful next generation.