The MSI B450 TOMAHAWK with format ATX came to replace the very successful MSI B350 TOMAHAWK motherboard. MSI B450 TOMAHAWK has a lot of advantages compared to the previous model: it allows to install second-generation AMD Ryzen processors out of the box without updating the BIOS, has larger radiators for more reliable operation of key components.
Other advantages include support for faster RAM, the rejection of two PCI slots with the addition of one PCIe x1, an increase in the number of SATA interfaces, the rejection of D-Sub, the addition of two USB 3.1 Gen 2 and “BIOS FLASHBACK +” button for a simple firmware update in the future.
ATX format PCB (305 x 244 mm) in black with a pleasant and unobtrusive design in the style of “military”, the cooling system radiators are also made in a strict style formed the basis of the motherboard. The LED backlight complements the picture in the form of eight LEDs on the right side of the circuit board and two pads for LED strips.
- Gaming ATX motherboard
- ATX form-factor 305 x 244 mm
- Socket AM4
- AMD B450 chipset
- Supported AMD Ryzen processors 1st and 2nd Generation
- 4 slots DDR4 DIMM, 1866-3466 MHz, maximum memory capacity 64 GB
- CrossFire, EFI support
- Memory type ECC / non-ECC
- Number of SATA 6Gb / s connectors: 6, RAID: 0, 1, 10 based on AMD B450
- M.2 x 1, PCI-E / SATA 3.0 Interface (Key M, 2242/2260/2280/22110)
- 2xPCI-E x16, 3xPCI-E x1, support for PCI Express 2.0 and PCI Express 3.0
- Sound 7.1CH, HDA (8-channel Realtek ALC892)
- Ethernet 1000 Mbps, based on Realtek 8111H
- 12 USB, 6 USB 3.1 interfaces (4 on the rear panel), 1xCOM, DVI, HDMI, Ethernet, PS / 2 (keyboard), PS / 2 (mouse)
- Fans: 1 x CPU fan connector (4-pin), 1 x water-block connector CBO (4-pin), 4 x system fan connectors (4-pin)
- Cooling system: Aluminum radiators on the elements of the power subsystem, Aluminum radiator on the chipset
- BIOS: 128 Mbit Flash ROM UEFI AMI BIOS, PnP 1.0a, ACPI 5.0, SM BIOS 2.8
- Main 24-pin power connector
- 8-pin processor power connector
- Type of cooling system: passive
- RGB tape connector: yes
- a user manual, in which UEFI sub-paragraphs (in English) are illustrated and described in detail;
- multilingual instructions for quick installation;
- CD with drivers and proprietary software;
- MSI Gaming Series logo sticker;
- customer registration card;
- cap for the case, supplemented with a black sticker with the symbolic designation of all the sockets;
- two SATA 6Gb / s cables, one of it with an L-shaped connector at one of the ends;
- one mounting screw for M.2 format devices;
- small advertising booklet with MSI products.
Review of MSI B450 TOMAHAWK [7C02-002R]
MSI B450 TOMAHAWK will be an excellent choice as the basis for building an AMD Ryzen gaming system, launching out of the box and with extensive memory and processor overclocking capabilities, an enhanced disk subsystem, an engineered layout of onboard elements, and a reinforced PCI Express 3.0 connector. x16 for installing a massive video card. In the list of advantages of the motherboard, the manufacturer includes many other features, which will be covered in our review.
- BIOS FLAHSBACK+
- PS/2 Combo Port
- DVI-D Port
- USB 3.1 Gen2 (Type A+C)
- HD Audio Connectors
- Heavy plated gaming heatsinks – Military styles designed for maximum cooling
- DDR4 Boost – Optimized traces and isolated memory circuitry
- PCI-E Steel Armor – Protecting VGA cards against bending and EMI
- Turbo M.2 – Delivering speeds up to 32 Gb/s using Gen3 x4
- Audio Boost – Optimized gaming audio using best components
- Extended Heatsink Design – Leading heatsink design, extended for maximum cooling and performance
- Arsenal Sticker Area – Free for customization with personal style
- Supports AMD® Ryzen 1st and 2nd Generation/ Ryzen™ with Radeon™ Vega Graphics/ Athlon™ with Radeon™ Vega Graphics Processors for Socket AM4
- Supports DDR4 Memory, up to 3466(OC) MHz
- Extended Heatsink Design: MSI extended PWM and enhanced circuit design ensures even high-end processors to run in full speed.
- Lightning Fast Game experience: 1x TURBO M.2, AMD Turbo USB 3.1 GEN2, Store MI technology
- Core Boost: With premium layout and fully digital power design to support more cores and provide better performance.
- DDR4 Boost:Advanced technology to deliver pure data signals for the best gaming performance and stability.
- MULTI-GPU: With STEEL ARMOR PCI-E slots. Supports 2-Way AMD Crossfire™
- Audio Boost:Reward your ears with studio grade sound quality for the most immersive audio experience.
- Mystic Light and Mystic Light Sync: 16.8 million colors / 10 effects in one click. Synchronize RGB strips and other RGB solutions for customization.
- BIOS FLASHBACK+: Simply use a USB key to flash any BIOS within seconds, without installing a CPU, memory or graphics card.
- In-Game Weapons: Game Boost, GAMING Hotkey, X-Boost
- EZ Debug LED: Easiest way to troubleshoot
- Click BIOS 5: Award-winning BIOS with high resolution scalable font, favorites and search function
- GAMING CERTIFIED: 24-hour on- and offline game and motherboard testing by eSports players
FIRE YOUR IMAGINATION
Create your own unique stickers! MSI Arsenal GAMING motherboards are now available for personalization. With various design offered by MSI or design from your own inspiration, you are able to easily customize heatsink cover by using stickers in your favorite styles.
PERSONALIZE YOUR GAMING RIG
Customize and set up your own color scheme with MSI Mystic Light utility. Select the available colors from the palette to match your system style. Bored of the same colors? Simply change the complete look of your system in 1 second!
EXTEND YOUR RGB EXPERIENCE WITH EASE
MSI’s Mystic Light Extension pinheader provides an intuitive way to control additional RGB strips and other RGB peripherals added to a system, without needing a separate RGB controller. By simply connecting any 12V RGB LED strip to the 4-pin Mystic Light Extension RGB-strip header gamers can sync colors to any style they choose.
MYSTIC LIGHT SYNC: SYNCHRONIZE YOUR LED EXPERIENCE
With the convenience of Mystic Light Sync, you can control RGB LED solutions from other brands, such as CPU coolers, keyboards and mice or RGB system fans.
SMARTPHONE & PC CONTROL
Create your own colorful masterpiece with ease. The easy to use MYSTIC LIGHT APP is available on PC, phone and tablet. It offers remote control, simply using your smartphone or tablet. Make your PC look and feel brand new with any color you want with just a few clicks!
STAY COOL WHILE GAMING
Cooling your PC is essential for reliable performance. We’ve made sure to include enough fan headers with full control to allow you to cool your system any way you want.
THERMAL SOLUTION FOR MORE CORES AND HIGHER PERFORMANCE
With more cores’ processors, thermal and power design is more important to make sure the temperature keeps lower. MSI extended PWM heatsink and enhanced circuit design ensures even high-end CPU to run in full speed with MSI motherboards.
FULLY CONTROLLABLE FAN HEADERS
MSI motherboards let you manage speeds and temperatures for all your system and CPU fans, giving you full control to set up a cool & silent system. The fan headers are conveniently placed with the most popular CPU coolers in mind.
LOOKING COOL WHILE KEEPING COOL
High quality materials and smart fan optimizations contribute to cooling all essential components, which is key to making sure your system runs stable at the best performance during long gaming sessions.
DC OR PWM MODE WITH HYSTERESIS
MSI fan headers running in DC or PWM mode for optimal tuning of fan speeds and silence. Hysteresis also makes your fans spin up fluently to make sure your system stays silent, no matter what.
TOTAL CONTROL IN BIOS AND SOFTWARE
Total Fan Control allows you to take control of your fans and check your primary system characteristics in a simplified graphical interface. You can also set up to 4 temperature targets for CPU and motherboard, which will adjust the fan speeds automatically.
OPTIMIZED FOR WATER COOLING
Designed to support the most popular All-In-One & custom water cooling solutions on the market. A dedicated water pump PIN header supports up to 2 amp, giving you full control of the water pump speed. A clearly marked ‘keep-out-zone’ allows for easy and safe installation and a perfect fit.
• Up to 2A supported
• Speed control from BIOS and OS
TESTED TO WORK BEST WITH
YOUR IN-GAME ADVANTAGE
Outsmart and outperform your opponents in-game using an array of unique MSI GAMING tools. Clever hardware & software tools, created to keep you one step ahead of the competition and boost your skills.
MSI APP PLAYER
Developed under an exclusive partnership with BlueStacks, the MSI APP Player brings seamless gaming experience between mobile games and PC platform, and leverages customized features as specific keyboard lighting and better graphics with multi-task works.
TOTAL FREEDOM, MAXIMUM EASE
Easily program your most-used commands and execute them with a single keystroke. You’re free to choose any key you want, so choose wisely.
Simply assign functions to any key whether to launch your favorite games, load profiles or do real-time overclocking with the push of a single button. The possibilities are endless!
User-friendly, easy-to-use application
Launch your favorite game with a single button
DEDICATED PORT FOR GAMING PERIPHERALS
The GAMING Device Port is optimized to deliver the best connectivity for high-end gaming peripherals to fully utilize their features and responsiveness. Customize your mouse DPI to enhance accuracy or program macro combinations using the easy-to-use Mouse Master software to perform multiple commands with just one click.
- 3x more gold than regular connectors for the best signal
- 10x longer lifetime when plugging/un-plugging
- More responsive, more precise movements
- Customizable mouse settings
- No keypress left behind with n-key rollover
Need more power from your CPU and memory to get more FPS? MSI Game Boost enables one-second overclocking, giving you the performance boost you need. Simply turn the dial or use the Gaming App and your PC gets another adrenalin shot!
BE THE FIRST ON THE BATTLEFIELD
This MSI GAMING motherboard supports all the latest storage standards. This allows you to connect any ultra-fast storage device, giving you in-game benefits. Start games faster, load levels faster and have a real advantage over your enemies.
All MSI X470 & B450 motherboards are shipped with StoreMI, the new AMD SSD technology to improve storage performance. This tool helps create a virtual SSD by blending capacity storage, treats flash as primary storage and optimizes data access with monitoring continuously. All these functions can enhance read/write speed for active data and provide fast boot times and application startup.
- Lower Cost
- More Performance
- More Usable Capacity
- Use any SSD you want
Enjoy a blazing fast system boot up and insanely quick loading of applications and games with MSI motherboards. Delivering speeds up to 32Gb/s per device using Gen3 x4, Turbo M.2 is over 5 times faster than a regular SATA III connection!
XBOOST YOUR STORAGE PERFORMANCE
This great little tool is very simple to use and automatically detects your storage devices connected to the system. When enabled, X-Boost optimizes your SSDs to keep your system fast and maximize storage performance, making sure you reach the battlefield even quicker or saving you a lot of time when transferring data.
SATA MASS STORAGE
We made sure each MSI motherboard comes with enough SATA ports to connect loads of HDDs for long term storage of large files and system backups.
ULTRA-FAST PERFORMANCE, GREAT GAMING EXPERIENCE
All of the next gen storage connectors support NVMe, the fastest storage standard in the world. Simply put, MSI GAMING motherboards offer the best of the best in storage options & performance. Instantly load your favorite games and always be the first on the battlefield with MSI.
IMMERSE YOURSELF INTO VIRTUAL WORLDS
Integrating the very best of cutting edge technologies on MSI hardware provides a smooth VR ride. Through joint efforts with major VR brands, combined with unique MSI features geared to VR, MSI brings gamers and VR professionals a vivid and realistic experience in which content truly comes alive.
GET READY TO BE OVERWHELMED BY THE REALMS OF VR
From the start of Virtual Reality, MSI has been deeply involved in making VR Ready hardware in each of its product lines. Whether it’s a feature-rich motherboard, a framerate boosting graphics card or a blazing fast complete gaming system, a huge set of VR-supporting features awaits you.
OPTIMIZED FOR THE BEST VR BRANDS
Want the best of the best VR experience without any compromise? MSI motherboards offer everything you need when exploring the possibilities of VR. By closely working with the industries’ leading VR vendors, we make sure you get the best possible gaming experience when choosing Virtual Reality.
STRAIGHT INTO THE ACTION WITH ONE CLICK TO VR
Both hard- and software need to be in tune for a smooth VR experience. One Click to VR makes it very fast and easy to get primed for VR. A single click sets all your key components to their highest performance and makes sure other software applications won’t impact your virtual adventure. Click here to learn more about MSI VR
SOUND THAT PULLS YOU INTO THE GAME
Get the most immersive sound experience when gaming. MSI Audio Boost delivers the highest sound quality through the use of premium quality audio components. This lets you enjoy breathtaking, game-changing sound to create the most exciting gameplay.
AMPLIFY YOUR GAME WITH AUDIO BOOST
Built on years of experience in building motherboards dedicated to giving gamers true Hi-Fi sound. Audio Boost has developed into a high quality audio unit, offering a clear advantage over your opponents when gaming. Locate your enemies with your eyes closed using Audio Boost.
ISOLATED AUDIO DESIGN
Audio Boost operates like a dedicated soundcard by being physically isolated from the rest of the motherboard circuitry to ensure the purest audio signal possible.
SEPARATED AUDIO LAYERS FOR CLEAN LEFT & RIGHT CHANNELS
Using separated layers in the PCB ensures equally pristine sound quality for both left and right audio channels.
Audio Boost protects your ears by eliminating those annoying loud popping sounds when you plug/unplug devices or turn your PC on/off.
DEDICATED HIGH DEFINITION AUDIO PROCESSOR
Audio Boost is powered by an EMI-shielded high quality HD audio processor, making sure you enjoy the purest sound quality in both stereo and surround sound.
HIGH QUALITY AUDIO CAPACITORS FOR A WARMER SOUND
By dedicating golden audio capacitors to the front output, a high fidelity sound experience with exceptional acoustics and realism for studio level headphones is ensured. The high quality audio capacitors are widely considered to be one of the great choices for the best sound output.
GOLDEN CONNECTORS FOR OPTIMAL 7.1 SOUND QUALITY
With golden audio connectors you get the best possible signal output with the least chance of distortion. Using gold also prevents any corrosion or oxidation in the long run, which could impact signal quality.
DOMINATE THE GAME WITH THE LOWEST LATENCY
Get ready to crush your enemies on the battlefield with MSI GAMING LAN. Featuring the highest quality components tuned to deliver the best online gaming experience without lag.
LAN PROTECT TO SHIELD YOUR SYSTEM AGAINST POWER SURGES
Featuring 15KV anti-surge protection to shield your network from lightning strikes and static electricity, the LAN Protect connector is designed to give you a reliable networking experience.
UNMATCHED MEMORY PERFORMANCE
MSI motherboards are crammed with features to fuel your gaming rig’s memory with more speed, higher overclockability and increased stability.
MEMORY SPEED IMPACTS PERFORMANCE
The technical enhancements of DDR4 Boost allow for more stability at higher memory speeds compared to other brands. Enjoy the additional boost in gaming performance or when working with large video and photography files.
MEMORY SPEED IMPACTS PERFORMANCE
The technical enhancements of DDR4 Boost allow for more stability at higher memory speeds compared to other brands. Enjoy the additional boost in gaming performance or when working with large video and photography files.
EXTREME STABILITY & COMPATIBILITY TESTING
MSI conducts thorough memory testing with the most popular memory brands under extreme conditions to ensure your system runs stable no matter what. Our memory partners include brands like Corsair, Crucial, Kingston, G.Skill and many more to optimize memory modules, configurations and even improve overclocking.
Enable A-XMP with ease using a single option in the BIOS to gain performance and create a perfectly stable system.
DESIGNED FOR LIMITLESS TUNING
Founded on experience and with a long history of creating the best performing motherboards packed with smart features, you can count on this motherboard to deliver the best performance under the most extreme conditions. Countless system tuning and troubleshooting tools are at your disposal to push your system to new heights and satisfy even the most demanding tweaker.
Core Boost technology combines MSI’s premium layout and full digital power design which allows for faster and undistorted current delivery to the CPU at pin-point precision. Not only supporting multi-core CPU, also creating the perfect conditions for your CPU
FOR POWER USERS
What you set, is what you get. LLC makes sure your CPU voltage remains 100% stable under any load. This greatly improves stability when demanding more CPU performance.
DIGITALL POWER DESIGN
A fully digital power design allows for faster and undistorted current delivery to the CPU at pin-point precision. Creating the perfect conditions for CPU overclocking.
EZ DEBUG LED
Run into trouble? Onboard LEDs for key components will indicate the source of the problem so you know exactly where to look to get up and running again.
Prevents potential short-circuit damage to the CPU and other critical components.
MAXIMIZE YOUR USB DEVICE ERFORMANCE
Transfer your favorite games, music and movies over USB faster than ever. MSI offers a wide variety of options to connect and boost your USB 3.1 devices, delivering lightning-fast transfer speeds up to 10Gb/s!
MORE STABILITY WITH AMD TURBO USB 3.1 GEN2
Featuring the AMD TURBO USB 3.1 GEN2, MSI motherboards offer never before seen USB speeds with more stability when connecting USB devices.
TYPE-C REVERSIBLE CONNECTOR FOR NEXT-GEN USB
Get all the performance benefits from USB 3.1 combined with the convenience of the USB Type-C connector. This reversible USB connector allows for effortless connecting of USB devices.
SUPER CHARGE YOUR PHONE & GAMING GEAR
MSI Super Charger USB ports charge any connected device faster. It delivers more power than regular USB ports to your smartphone, tablet, USB game controller or portable console.
DOUBLE ESD PROTECTION
Never worry about damage caused by defective USB devices. The USB ports on MSI motherboards are shielded by a set of protective ICs to prevent damage caused by Electrostatic Discharge (ESD) from plugging/unplugging USB devices.
APPS TO GREATLY IMPROVE EFFICIENCY
With years of experience in creating performance enhancing tools that are easy to use, only the highest quality applications are at your disposal. Use these tools to get the most out of your motherboard and achieve victory when gaming.
X-BOOST YOUR STORAGE
This unique and exclusive software allows you to boost the performance of any storage or USB device connected to your system. Simply use X-BOOST’s Easy or Advanced mode to tune your system for up to 20% increased speeds, higher system responsiveness and faster loading of in-game levels.
Never miss out on important updates. MSI Live Update automatically downloads and installs the latest drivers, BIOS and software so you can focus on your game.
“…the best update package available on any motherboard.” – Anandtech
SSD NOT FAST ENOUGH? TRY MSI® RAMDISK
MSI motherboards include RAMDisk, allowing you to create a virtual drive from your system RAM memory. Instantly load your favorite game, speed up your browser or your page file to significantly speed up your system!
- Speed up system performance, over 25x faster than a SATA SSD
- Speed up games, apps and browser
- Increase SSD lifespan
CPU-Z MSI GAMING EDITION
MSI has worked closely with the CPUID team to develop a special edition of CPU-Z featuring the famous MSI GAMING dragon. Use CPU-Z to gather key information of your system’s key components, like CPU speed, Memory speed and timings, motherboard BIOS version and much more.
QUALITY & PROTECTION
BUILT ON EVERLASTING QUALITY
Using only the finest quality components and integrating the latest technological innovations delivers the best possible gaming and professional experience. Rigorous quality testing under the most extreme conditions ensures a super reliable, high performance motherboard.
FORTIFY YOUR SYSTEM WITH PCI-E STEEL ARMOR
MSI PCI Express Steel Armor slots are armed with more solder points on the motherboard for a stronger hold, preventing any damage due to heavy-weight graphics cards. Steel Armor also protects PCI Express signals against electromagnetic interference for a pure gaming experience and even higher overclocking.
ULTIMATE MOTHERBOARD PROTECTION
We’ve made sure you can enjoy your system endlessly. MSI motherboards feature Double ESD protection with double layer grounding around the motherboard mounting holes, preventing Electrostatic discharge (ESD) surges from damaging the motherboard.
- DOUBLE ESD PROTECTION – BEST
- SINGLE ESD PROTECTION – AVERAGE
- SEMI ESD PROTECTION – POOR
COMPONENTS CHOSEN BY ONLY HIGH QUALITY AND STABILITY
MSI uses components with the latest evolution of the industries’ highest quality standard. MSI quality approved components are shielded with the best protection and make sure your system run smoothly under the most extreme gaming conditions.
CERTIFIED FOR GAMING
Each model is tweaked to deliver the best FPS for a stutter-free gaming experience. Tested in 24-hour on- and offline gaming sessions with the most popular gaming gear by the world’s best eSports players, so you can enjoy top performance and reliability in the world’s most popular games.
A GAMERS’ BIOS
We made sure our BIOS contains all the latest options and is easy to use for everyone. The extensive features let you fine-tune your system to deliver reliable maximum performance when gaming.
EASY MODE FOR QUICK GAMING TWEAKS
When you just want to get back to your game, EZ-mode presents you with basic BIOS settings and functions for some quick adjustments. If you feel like spending more time fine-tuning options to boost your system’s performance, the Advanced mode is the way to go.
EASY SEARCH & FAVORITES
Can’t find a specific BIOS setting? Don’t worry, a permanent search option in the top right corner can be used to find what you need. Want quick access to important settings? My Favorites gives easy access to selected Favorite settings, supporting up to 5 groups of Favorites.
HARDWARE MONITOR WITH FAN CONTROL
Hardware monitor lets you take control of your system and check your primary system vitals in a simplified graphical interface. You can also set up to 4 temperature targets for CPU and motherboard, which will adjust the fan speeds automatically.
MAKE YOUR SSD AS FAST AS NEW WITH SECURE ERASE+
When using an SSD, its performance will slowly decrease over time as more and more data is written onto it. This will slow down Read/Write speeds and increase access times of your SSD, making your system feel sluggish. Using an optimized formatting algorithm, Secure Erase+ lets you enjoy your SSD at maximum speed, making your system feel brand new!
INSTANTLY OPTIMIZE AND BOOST YOUR PERFORMANCE
CLICK BIOS 5 provides easy access to memory profiles to optimize your internal memory timings and speeds for maximum stability and performance in-game. Safely overclock your CPU with a single button for more performance using MSI Game Boost.
EASY BIOS RECOVERY WITH BIOS FLASHBACK+
Run into trouble when updating your BIOS? Simply flash the old BIOS version back and continue gaming within minutes with BIOS Flashback+. BIOS Flashback+ even works without a CPU, memory or graphics card installed!
Testing of MSI B450 TOMAHAWK motherboard
The test results published on the portal ru.gecid.com indicate that the motherboard has a rather high performance, which is achieved through the use of a good element base and successful BIOS optimization.
The motherboard was tested in SiSoftware Sandra 2016, WinRar 5.40, AIDA64, 3DMark Time Spy, Cinebench R15, Geekbench 4, GhostRecon, Rainbow Six, For Honor. MSI, ASUS and Gigabyte motherboards took part in the tests: MSI A320M Grenade, Gigabyte X470 Aorus Gaming 7 WiFi, ASUS TUF B450M-Plus Gaming. In general, MSI B450 TOMAHAWK somewhere showed itself better, somewhere worked at the level with its analogues.
The manufacturer describing the key features of its motherboard choked with eulogy. What do customers think about the product? On computeruniverse, the motherboard received a rating of five stars out of five, and the item itself in March/April 2019 was on the list of the top 100 best-selling products in the store! On the Yandex.market, the item was marked with the “Customer Choice” plate and earned a user rating of 4.5 out of 5. On Amazon, the motherboard already has 278 ratings with an average score of 4.3 out of 5.
Buyers have noted many advantages of the motherboard, including excellent sound quaility, good cooling system, well-installed radiators, friendly bios, pleasant RGB backlight and design in the style of “military.” According to the user reviews, one of the main advantages of the motherboard is the 4 + 2 phase power supply system, which is built on high-quality mosfets from On Semiconductor, cooled by huge radiators, probably the largest radiators ever installed in this series of products.
Buyers without any problems overclocked the processors (including AMD Ryzen) and RAM on this motherboard. Memory overclocking is done in one click by activating the XMP profile. The temperature of the elements of the motherboard at the same time did not rise too high: in games, the VRM temperature reached 60 degrees, in stress tests and H.264 / H.265 coding up to 73 degrees (the voltage of the processor during stress tests averages 1.2V) .
According to the buyers reviews, the version sold on computeruniverse is a model of the motherboard with an updated chipset that be able launch new “stones” from AMD “out of the box”.
Among the shortcomings, users noted a small number of USB 3.0 / 3.1 outputs (typical of all the boards on the B450 chipset), the lack of a BIOS reset button. Buyers were remained dissatisfied with the fact that the motherboard is not suitable for extreme overclocking of processors of the R7 series with 8 cores. And if there is a need to install M.2 drive, then 2 out of 6 SATA slots become inactive.
Summing up the reviews, we can say that MSI B450 TOMAHAWK is an ideal option for a system on an AM4 socket for those who do not want to 2-3 times more for the dubious advantages of the X470 chipset.
Date of purchase: August 6, 2018
Type of system case: ATX, Model: B450 GAMING PRO CARBON AC
So I have been spending the last few weeks doing research on the perfect motherboard to pair with a new Ryzen 5 2600. I had been focusing on the X470’s, primarily because I didin’t want to have to wait on AMD to send me a new cpu to flash the bios update onto one of the older mobo’s (instant gratification of a purchse and all that).
One of the sales people at MicroCenter suggested this board as I was eyeballing the Aorus Gaming 5, and after making the spec comparisons, this board offered more than I needed. I was happy to walk out with a better board than I was looking for at a price that shaved off of my budget!
Getting it home and set up was a breeze! I have had no issues with it at all! All I can say is, be SURE to update drivers right away! They are all on the MSI website, and Windows 10 doesn’t auto find them so navigate to the window to get them.
Positive review from Amazon online store
Not going so well…
Date of purchase: December 15, 2018 [Verified Purchase]
Tipe of case: mATX, Model of motherboard: B450M MORTAR
Purchased this board and paired it with a Ryzen 2700 processor and MSI GTX 1060 GPU. Mounting of components went well. Upon start up, the EZ Debug LED indicated a VGA error. After removing the GPU card, clearing CMOS, resetting BIOS and removing MB battery the error was still there. MSI has little information at their website on how to resolve this error. The product guide does not mention the EZ debug LED. I contacted Amazon support and aside from checking cables there was little left to try to diagnose the problem. I went so far to remove the SATA drives, M.2 drives and tower front panel connections with the error still persisting.
In the end Amazon, offered to replace the MB. Hopefully, the replacement will not have an error.
The new board arrived and was connected. Initially, the GPU card was omitted and the MB display connection were used. I still ended up with a VGA error. Further research revealed that a GPU is required as the MB display connection are not enabled. After giving the computer a few moments to POST, the error cleared and allowed for the installation of the OS.
As I continued to make the switch over of Usb components from the older computer, the VGA error appeared again. By process of elimination, I discovered there was a bad USB hard drive causing the error. With all the connections made, the MB appears to be operating ok.
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Critical review from Amazon’s customer