MSI gets chilly with four new Arctic-themed motherboards


— 10:00 AM on February 9, 2017

A snowstorm just swept through my city this morning, and it appears that MSI has been feeling the arctic winds, too. The company has four new motherboards based on Intel's 200-series chipsets, and they're all as white and frosty as my neighborhood streets. The new offerings come in pairs—two Tomahawk Arctic ATX mobos and two Mortar Arctic microATX boards.

First up are the Z270 Tomahawk Arctic and H270 Tomahawk Arctic motherboards, differing only in the choice of chipset. MSI packed these models with features: two M.2 slots, USB 3.1 Type-A and Type-C ports, and an Intel Gigabit Ethernet controller. The main PCIe x16 slot is also reinforced with metal for better supporting heavy graphics cards. There's also onboard LED lighting done in a seemingly-tasteful fashion, and one of MSI's Mystic Light Sync headers for synchronizing RGB LEDs across components.

Next up are the H270M Mortar Arctic and B250M Mortar Arctic. These microATX motherboards are similar to Tomahawk models above, but in a smaller form factor. There's only one M.2 slot instead of two, but the rest of the feature set remains unchanged.

The Z270 Tomahawk Arctic is showing up in a couple online retailers for $145, and the H270 Tomahawk Arctic is making an appearance for $125. The smaller H270M Mortar Arctic retails for about $110, while the B250M Mortar Arctic is the cheapest of the bunch at $100.

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