Fan Headers: Considering the price of the motherboard we didn't expect to find six fan headers onboard. MSI made an effort to add in the headers and they are all hybrid!
Aesthetics: The Tomahawk has awesome aesthetics, and the gray heat sinks on the motherboard look really high-end, and the matte black PCB with the silkscreen make the motherboard look durable.
Decent VRM: For $100 you can't expect too much in regards to VRMs, but in this case MSI did well, especially compared to some of the other motherboards we have tested in this price range.
USB BIOS Recovery: The motherboard is capable of flashing the BIOS without a CPU installed, allowing you to recover from a bad BIOS flash or corruption.
No Secondary M.2: More of a pet peeve, but I wish the motherboard had a secondary M.2 slot.
The MSI B450 Tomahawk is actually a very impressive motherboard for a motherboard that comes in just under $100. It has a very color neutral aesthetic, which adds a lot of value in this price segment. The large VRM heat sink seems to be quite effective of trying to lower the VRM temperature while covering up part of the rear IO panel.
The USB BIOS recovery feature isn't common on motherboards in this price range, and it will not only keep things safe, but it will also allow you to upgrade to future CPUs without having to flash the BIOS with an older one to maintain compatibility. If you are looking for a future-proof motherboard with a solid set of features and great looks, give the B450 Tomahawk a look.
Last updated: Nov 15, 2019 at 01:16 pm CST
The Bottom Line: MSI's B450 Tomahawk motherboard is an excellent value at just under $100.
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- Page 1 [Introduction, Specifications, and Pricing]
- Page 2 [Packaging and B450 Tomahawk Overview]
- Page 3 [MSI B450 Tomahawk Circuit Analysis]
- Page 4 [MSI B450 Tomahawk Circuit Analysis Continued]
- 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]
- Page 11 [What's Hot, What's Not & Final Thoughts]