ASUS B150M-A D3 MOTHERBOARD

The Asus M150M-A D3 is a µATX motherboard for Intel’s sixth generation Skylake processors. This low cost board is under $75.

  • Intel Skylake i3, i5 and i7 (LGA1151)
  • Intel B150 chipset
  • HDMI 1.4, DVI and VGA
  • 6x SATA
  • 6x USB 3.0
  • 6x USB 2.0
  • 5X Protection II – Advanced hardware safeguards for all-round protection
  • DDR3/DDR3L memory compatibility
  • Epic gaming audio with LED-illuminated shielding
  • Media-acclaimed UEFI BIOS with EZ Flash 3
  • Fan Xpert 2+ advanced fan controls for ultimate cooling and silent performance

This motherboard is aimed at the upgrade market with its compatibility for DDR3. While DDR3 and DDR4 prices are roughly the same, the marginal cost of new memory an add up.

While DDR3 tops out at 8GB, most DDR3 users have 8GB or more memory already. With 4 available slots for memory, its possible to use all available memory. Asus has used better quality memory slips which will likely last longer than some of the cheaper ones they have used in the past.

This board is reasonably well made and it looks like it should last for several years. Asus has improved with their quality control and they now are using more protection against humidity etc.

The Skylake platform is powerful enough for gaming. With a good video card this board could become a pleasing gaming platform. This board can handle even $200 video cards if desired.

The SATA ports are under the video card if one is used. 90° angled SATA cables are now readily available. The UEFI BIOS means no worry with larger capacity hard disks or SSD drives.

The PCI Express card slot also has a better clip making it easy to upgrade video cards. This board has enough room to reach the slip easily.

Depending on the budget this board can make do with a $50 Celeron easily as using an i3-6100. This board would fit in well for business users who may only want to use the integrated graphics. The i5-6500 is a stong performer.

BUILD

This board easily fits into most chassis easily.  The HDMI makes this board easily integrated with modern LCD panels.

The triangle on the CPU should point at the circle on the CPU socket.