ASUS PRIME B250M-A Review & Specs

ASUS PRIME B250M-A LGA1151 DDR4 M.2 mATX

ASUS PRIME B250M-A LGA1151 DDR4 M.2 mATX

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Maximize your connectivity and speed with integrated Dual M.2 slots with Intel Optane Memory compatibility and a rear USB 3.1 Type C connection
5X Protection III Hardware-level safeguards provide component longevity and reliability
FanXpert 2 PLUS delivers advanced fan control with an integrated AIO pump header for dynamic cooling
Dual Patent-pending Safe Slot Core fortified PCIe slot prevents damage caused by heavyweight GPUs
On-board 3D-printing mounts for creating unique designs on your customized build


Specs Overview

Model PRIME B250M-A
Release Date August 2018

* First availability for purchase, it may not correspond to the actual market launch date.

Series
Socket LGA1151
Form factor Micro ATX
Chipset Intel B250
Supported Memory DDR4:
2133Mhz 2400Mhz
* High clock speeds may require enabling the XMP profile in the motherboard BIOS
** RAM compatibility support may also depend on the CPU memory controller
ECC RAM Support
Audio Chipset Realtek ALC887
Audio Channels 8 Channels
LAN Chipset Realtek RTL8111H
Max LAN Speed 10/100/1000Mbps
SLI Support
CrossFire Support
RAID Support
Wireless LAN
PCI-Express x16 Slots 1
PCI-Express x4 Slots 0
PCI-Express x1 Slots 2
SATA 6 Gbps Ports 6
SATA Express Ports 0
M.2 Ports 2
mSATA Slots 0
RAM Slots 4
Maximum Supported RAM 64GB

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  • CPU

    Intel® Socket 1151 for 7th/6th Generation Core™ i7/Core™ i5/Core™ i3/Pentium®/Celeron® Processors 
    Supports Intel® 14 nm CPU
    Supports Intel® Turbo Boost Technology 2.0 
    * The Intel® Turbo Boost Technology 2.0 support depends on the CPU types.
    * Refer to www.asus.com for CPU support list

  • Chipset

    Intel® B250

  • Memory

    4 x DIMM, Max. 64GB, DDR4 2400/2133 MHz Non-ECC, Un-buffered Memory 
    Dual Channel Memory Architecture 
    Supports Intel® Extreme Memory Profile (XMP)
    * Refer to www.asus.com for the Memory QVL (Qualified Vendors Lists).
    * Due to Intel® chipset limitation, DDR4 2400MHz memory frequency is only supported by 7th Generation Intel® processors. Higher memory modules will run at the maximum transfer rate of DDR4 2400MHz.
    ** Due to Intel® chipset limitation, DDR4 2133MHz and higher memory modules on 6th Generation Intel® processors will run at the maximum transfer rate of DDR4 2133MHz.

  • Graphic

    Integrated Graphics Processor- Intel® HD Graphics support 
    Multi-VGA output support : HDMI/DVI-D/RGB ports 
    - Supports HDMI with max. resolution 4096 x 2160 @ 24 Hz / 2560 x 1600 @ 60 Hz
    - Supports DVI-D with max. resolution 1920 x 1200 @ 60 Hz
    - Supports RGB with max. resolution 1920 x 1200 @ 60 Hz
    Maximum shared memory of 1024 MB
    Supports Intel® InTru™ 3D, Quick Sync Video, Clear Video HD Technology, Insider™
    Supports up to 3 displays simultaneously

  • Expansion Slots

    1 x PCIe 3.0/2.0 x16 (x16 mode, gray) 
    2 x PCIe 3.0/2.0 x1

  • Storage

    Intel® B250 Chipset : 
    1 x M.2 Socket 3, with M Key, type 2242/2260/2280 storage devices support (SATA mode & X4 PCIE mode)*1
    1 x M.2 Socket 3, with M Key, type 2242/2260/2280 storage devices support (x4 PCIE mode)*2
    6 x SATA 6Gb/s port(s), gray
    Intel® Optane™ Memory Ready *3

  • LAN

    Realtek® RTL8111H, 1 x Gigabit LAN Controller(s)
    ASUS LAN Guard

  • Audio

    Realtek® ALC887 8-Channel High Definition Audio CODEC 
    - Supports : Jack-detection, Front Panel Jack-retasking
    Audio Feature :
    - LED-illuminated design - Brighten up your build with the gorgeous illuminated audio trace path.
    - Audio Shielding: Ensures precision analog/digital separation and greatly reduced multi-lateral interference
    - Dedicated audio PCB layers: Separate layers for left and right channels to guard the quality of the sensitive audio signals
    - Premium Japanese audio capacitors: Provide warm, natural and immersive sound with exceptional clarity and fidelity

  • USB Ports

    Intel® B250 Chipset : 
    1 x USB 5Gb/s port(s) port(s) (1 at back panel, , USB Type-CTM, Support 3A power output)
    Intel® B250 Chipset : 
    4 x USB 3.1 Gen 1 port(s) (2 at back panel, blue, Type-A, 2 at mid-board)
    Intel® B250 Chipset : 
    6 x USB 2.0/1.1 port(s) (2 at back panel, black, 4 at mid-board)

  • Special Features

    ASUS 5X Protection III :
    - ASUS SafeSlot Core: Fortified PCIe Slot prevents damage
    - ASUS LANGuard: Protects against LAN surges, lightning strikes and static-electricity discharges!
    - ASUS Overvoltage Protection: World-class circuit-protecting power design
    - ASUS Stainless-Steel Back I/O: 3X corrosion-resistance for greater durability!
    - ASUS DIGI+ VRM: 6 Phase digital power design
    ASUS EPU :
    - EPU 
    ASUS Exclusive Features :
    - AI Suite 3
    - Ai Charger 
    - ESD Guards
    - ASUS UEFI BIOS EZ Mode featuring friendly graphics user interface 
    ASUS Quiet Thermal Solution :
    - Stylish Fanless Design Heat-sink solution
    - ASUS Fan Xpert 2+
    ASUS EZ DIY :
    - ASUS CrashFree BIOS 3 
    - ASUS EZ Flash 3 
    - ASUS UEFI BIOS EZ Mode
    ASUS Q-Design :
    - ASUS Q-DIMM 
    M.2 Onboard(The latest transfer technologies with up to 32Gb/s data transfer speeds)

  • Back I/O Ports

    1 x PS/2 keyboard (purple)
    1 x PS/2 mouse (green)
    1 x DVI-D
    1 x D-Sub
    1 x HDMI
    1 x LAN (RJ45) port(s)
    1 x 5Gb/s port(s) USB Type-CTM ( support 3A power output ) 
    2 x USB 3.1 Gen 1 (blue) Type-A 
    2 x USB 2.0 
    3 x Audio jack(s)

  • Internal I/O Ports

    1 x USB 3.1 Gen 1 connector(s) support(s) additional 2 USB 3.1 Gen 1 port(s) (19-pin)
    2 x USB 2.0 connector(s) support(s) additional 4 USB 2.0 port(s)
    1 x M.2 Socket 3 with M Key, type 2242/2260/2280 storage devices support (SATA mode & X4 PCIE mode)
    1 x M.2 Socket 3 with M key, type 2242/2260/2280 storage devices support (PCIE 3.0 x 4 mode)
    1 x TPM header
    1 x LPT header
    1 x COM port(s) connector(s)
    6 x SATA 6Gb/s connector(s)
    1 x CPU Fan connector(s) (1 x 4 -pin)
    2 x Chassis Fan connector(s) (2 x 4 -pin)
    1 x S/PDIF out header(s)
    1 x 24-pin EATX Power connector(s)
    1 x 4-pin ATX 12V Power connector(s)
    1 x Front panel audio connector(s) (AAFP)
    1 x Chassis Intrusion connector(s)
    1 x System panel connector

  • Accessories

    User's manual
    I/O Shield
    2 x SATA 6Gb/s cable(s)
    2 x M.2 screws
    1 x Supporting DVD

  • BIOS

    128 Mb Flash ROM, UEFI AMI BIOS, PnP, DMI3.0, WfM2.0, SM BIOS 3.0, ACPI 6.0, Multi-language BIOS, ASUS EZ Flash 3, CrashFree BIOS 3, F6 Qfan Control, F3 My Favorites, Last Modified log, F12 PrintScreen, and ASUS DRAM SPD (Serial Presence Detect) memory information

  • Manageability

    WfM 2.0, DMI 3.0, WOL by PME, PXE

  • Support Disc

    Drivers
    ASUS Utilities
    ASUS EZ Update 
    Anti-virus software (OEM version)

  • Operating System

    Windows® 10 64-bit
    Windows® 8.1 64-bit *4
    Windows® 7 32-bit *4
    Windows® 7 64-bit *4

  • Form Factor

    mATX Form Factor 
    9.6 inch x 8.1 inch ( 24.4 cm x 20.6 cm )

  • Note

    *1 When a device in SATA mode is installed on the M.2_1 socket, SATA_1 port cannot be used.
    *2 Only M.2_2 socket can support Intel® Optane™ Memory. 
    *3 Intel® Optane™ Technology is only supported when using 7th Generation Intel® processors. Before using Intel® Optane™ memory modules,ensure that you have updated your motherboard drivers and BIOS to the latest version from ASUS support website.
    *4 Windows® 8.1 64-bit and Windows® 7 32 / 64-bit are only supported when using 6th Generation Intel® Processors


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