MSI B360 Gaming Plus Review

The MSI B360 Gaming Plus landed on our desks a while back and we’ve been itching to test it out. So far, MSI motherboards have proven to be equal parts reliable and affordable, so we were cautiously optimistic when we checked out this one. 

As the name implies, it’s crafted with gamers in mind. 

MSI B360 Gaming Plus Review
MSI Performance Gaming Intel Coffee Lake B360 LGA 1151 DDR4 Onboard...
  • Supports 9th / 8th Gen Intel Core / Pentium Gold / Celeron processors for LGA 1151 socket, Supports DDR4 Memory, up to 2666 MHz
  • MYSTIC LIGHT and Sync: Personalize your PC with 16.8 million colors / 10 effects controlled in one click with the Mystic Light APP or a mobile device
  • Lightning Fast Game experience: TURBO M.2, Intel Optane Memory Ready. Intel Turbo USB 3.1 GEN2
  • AUDIO BOOST with NAHIMIC: Reward your ears with studio grade sound quality for the most immersive gaming experience, VR Ready: Best virtual reality game experience without latency, reduces motion sickness
  • In-Game Weapons: GAMING Hotkey, X-Boost, Voice Boost

MSI B360 Gaming Plus (Our Review)

Overall Assessment

We were impressed with how easy the board was to set up. Building a PC doesn’t take much time, but having a motherboard that’s easy to install is always a win. 

The B360 supports the Intel i7-8700k hexacore processors, as well as 8th and 9th Gen Intel Core processors, so if you’re a gamer you have plenty of options when deciding on a CPU. 

One downside is that overclocking isn’t supported. This means that the i7-8700k can’t run faster than 4.7 GHz, which is still fast for single-threaded applications. If you want an MSI motherboard that supports overclocking, have a look at the MSI MPG Z390 Gaming Plus or the MSI MPG Z390 Gaming Edge

It has five SATA III ports and an M.2 slot that support both PCIe 3.0×4 and SATA 6Gb/s modes. However, using the M.2 slot will disable one of the SATA slots which limits your storage options.

If you’d like to avoid this issue, check out the MSI MPG Z390 Gaming Pro Carbon and the MSI Z270 Gaming Plus

Pros

  • Numerous fan headers
  • Great software
  • Gorgeous aesthetic
MSI Performance Gaming Intel Coffee Lake B360 LGA 1151 DDR4 Onboard...
  • Supports 9th / 8th Gen Intel Core / Pentium Gold / Celeron processors for LGA 1151 socket, Supports DDR4 Memory, up to 2666 MHz
  • MYSTIC LIGHT and Sync: Personalize your PC with 16.8 million colors / 10 effects controlled in one click with the Mystic Light APP or a mobile device
  • Lightning Fast Game experience: TURBO M.2, Intel Optane Memory Ready. Intel Turbo USB 3.1 GEN2
  • AUDIO BOOST with NAHIMIC: Reward your ears with studio grade sound quality for the most immersive gaming experience, VR Ready: Best virtual reality game experience without latency, reduces motion sickness
  • In-Game Weapons: GAMING Hotkey, X-Boost, Voice Boost

Cons

  • Lacks overclocking abilities 
  • No S/PDIF out port

Common Questions about MSI B360 Gaming Plus

Does the MSI B360 Gaming Plus have Wi-Fi?

The MSI B360 Gaming Plus supports Wi-Fi. If you’re looking for a motherboard with a better module, check out the MSI MPG X570 Gaming Edge WIFI

What CPUs are compatible with B360?

The MSI B360 Gaming Plus’s chipset supports both 8th and 9th Gen Intel Core Processors.

Can you overclock the B360?

Unfortunately, you can’t overclock the B360 chipset.

The CPU Ratio option is adjustable up to 47x which is extremely fast. This should increase the efficiency of your PC and improve boot and run speed.

Customer Reviews

“When I got the MSI B360 Gaming Plus, I installed an i5-9600k. I was really happy to find that the BIOS that came preinstalled was the latest released by MSI. I used this board in a brand-new PC build and everything went really well with the installation and uploading the operating systems.

The board also felt very sturdy, and I never felt like I might accidentally break it when installing components or cables. The MSI BIOS and management features were also very impressive.”

Tim.S

5/5 Stars

“To get to the point, the MSI B360 Gaming Plus only has 1 USB 2.0 header. This is disappointing because there is a lot of equipment, like the PCI-e 1x wireless card with Bluetooth, that requires a USB header to operate.

It would’ve been nice to have at least 2 headers.”

Simple yet complicated

3/5 Stars

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