Here are key points about the MSI Z370 TOMAHAWK.
Surprising VRM Performance: I expected the VRMs on this motherboard to get warm quickly, but that wasn't the case. The new UBIQ MOSFETs that MSI used along with the heat sinks produce better results than on their Z370 motherboards with other brands of MOSFETs.
USB Support: The rear IO offers up four USB 3.0 ports, two USB 2.0 ports, one USB type-A port, and one USB type-C port. The motherboard also has two USB 2.0 and 3.0 internal headers.
Fan Headers: The motherboard provides six fan headers, which is more than most motherboards in this price range.
Aesthetics: The motherboard's aesthetics are quite good. I like the lights in the PCH heat sink and those on the backside of the PCB; they are very subtle. The motherboard's heat sinks and military themes IO cover make the motherboard look solid.
Odd PCI-E layout: The first PCI-E slot is the only one routed to the CPU, so you can't do SLI. However, the second x16 slot is routed x4 to the PCH and shares all of its bandwidth with the bottom M.2 slot. The last x16 slot is actually just an x1 slot routed to the CPU and two of those x1 slots share bandwidth.
The MSI Z370 TOMAHAWK is a pretty solid motherboard with a nice array of features and performance. I also like the fact that MSI used re-drivers for the rear USB. The two USB 3.0 internal headers is a nice touch, and the rear USB count is high, which is good because USB is the most widely used connection type.
The motherboard has a very solid aesthetic to it as well, it would do very well in a military-themed build, and the PCH heat sink is simple and looks great when its lights are turned on. If you want a solid well priced Z370 motherboard with a solid feature offering, give the Z370 Tomahawk a look.
|Overall TweakTown Rating||92%|
The Bottom Line: MSI's Z370 Tomahawk offers a military theme, solid features, and its default performance strikes a solid balance.
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- Page 1 [Introduction, Specifications, and Pricing]
- Page 2 [Packaging and Z370 TOMAHAWK Overview]
- Page 3 [MSI Z370 TOMAHAWK Circuit Analysis]
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- Page 5 [BIOS and Software]
- Page 6 [Test System Setup]
- Page 7 [Overclocking]
- Page 8 [CPU, Memory, and System Benchmarks]
- Page 9 [System IO Benchmarks]
- Page 10 [Thermal Imaging and Power Consumption]
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