MSI B450 Tomahawk Motherboard Review


AMD recently launched the B450 chipset for
their new Ryzen 2 CPUs which gives us a nice option under the X470 motherboards. For my
first B450 board we’ll be taking a look at the MSI Tomahawk and seeing what features
it’s got to offer. The ATX board has a nice clean black and grey
metallic colour scheme, nothing flashy going on here. There is some RGB lighting toward
the top right hand side, and this can be controlled using MSI’s light sync software. In total
there are about 10 different built in effects, but you can always turn it off if you don’t
like it. Starting with the IO from left to right there’s
a BIOS flashback button, your classic PS/2 port, two USB 2.0 Type-A ports, DVI-D and
HDMI 1.4 outputs which are only usable if you’re using an APU with Vega graphics,
two USB 3.1 Gen1 Type-A ports, gigabit ethernet port, USB 3.1 Gen2 Type-A and Type-C ports,
followed by the audio ports using Realtek ALC892. There’s also this black and white
IO shield included. At the center of the board is the AM4 socket,
which supports both AMD’s new Ryzen 2 CPUs but is also compatible with the first generation
too, and for my testing I’m using the Ryzen 7 2700 CPU with the stock cooler. Next to the socket are the four memory slots
which run in dual channel, and can support up to 64GB of memory at DDR4-2666 speeds.
In my system I’m just running 2 8gb sticks as it’s what I’ve got available, and with
overclocking you can run up to DDR4-3466. I’ve heard that with the second generation
of Ryzen memory support has improved, so compared to say B350 you should have better luck with
memory overclocking, but as mentioned I don’t have any exciting memory so wasn’t able
to test that out. As for the PCIe slots from the top down there’s
a PCIe 3.0 slot with x16 speed, although if you’re using Vega graphics from an APU you’re
looking at x8 speed, and this top slot is also reinforced with metal. The rest of the
slots are all PCIe 2.0, and we’ve got three x1 slots and another x16 slot although it’s
only wired for x4 speed, giving us support for two way crossfire, no mention of SLI though. Just above the PCIe slots is the single M.2
slot, which is another change from the B350 version which had it covered by a graphics
card in the top PCIe slot. It uses 4 lanes of PCIe 3 and supports drives of these lengths.
It’s important to note that if you use this M.2 slot then the two SATA connectors on the
right will not be usable. Along the top there’s an 8 pin power connector,
CPU fan and RGB header. Along the right hand side there’s 4 SATA
3 connectors, fan header, 24 pin power connector, followed by another fan and pump header. Finally along the bottom there’s the front
panel audio, second RGB header, another fan header, TPM connector, two USB 2.0 connectors
followed by a single USB 3 connector, the B350 model did have two of these so not sure
why they needed to step down to one, and then two more SATA 3 connectors for a total of
6. Using the SATA ports there’s support for
RAID 0, 1 and 10, and you can also use AMD’s StoreMI with the board, which basically uses
an SSD to cache frequently accessed items from a hard drive, resulting in faster overall
performance. Finally for the last of the I/O there’s
also a 6th fan header just above the M.2 slot. To boot into the BIOS simply press the delete
key during boot. I found it fairly easy to navigate through and make changes, and I had
no issues while updating to the latest version noted here which is what I was testing with,
and that basically sums up my experience with the board, everything just worked for me as
expected with no issues. The BIOS can be upgraded easily by copying
the update files onto a USB stick, plugging in and pressing the BIOS flashback button
on the back of the board, it just takes a few minutes to complete. This feature wasn’t
present in the B350 model, and gives us the ability to easily upgrade the board, which
is really useful given the AM4 socket will be supported until 2020, so when new CPUs
come out you won’t have any issues if you buy the board with say 3rd generation Ryzen
in the future. With B450 you’ve got the option of overclocking
too, in my testing I was able to easily get my 2700 to 4GHz on all cores, I didn’t do
in depth overclock testing though. We’ve got 4+2 VRMs here and I wasn’t able to measure
temperatures with Hardware Info because there didn’t seem to be a temperature sensor for
the VRM. Here’s what the heatsink areas look like at idle using a thermal camera,
around the mid 20s, then with the overclock applied under stress test this area went up
by 20 degrees after an hour. Steve at Hardware Unboxed did some pretty in depth VRM testing
of this board and a number of other B450 boards if you want more information, but he noted
that it performed well compared to the competition. As for the pricing the MSI B450 Tomahawk motherboard
is going for around $189 AUD here in Australia at the time of recording, or $110 USD in the
US for my international viewers, you can check updated pricing in the description. There
are both cheaper and more expensive B450 boards, but overall I think this one is offering pretty
good value for the features and you should be fine running any Ryzen 2 CPU even while
overclocked here. It’s got decent features for the price and
I think it’s got a nice clean look without being too flashy. Let me know what you guys
thought down in the comments, and leave a like if you’re excited about these new B450
boards becoming available recently. Thanks for watching, and don’t forget to subscribe
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100 thoughts on “MSI B450 Tomahawk Motherboard Review

  1. Hello, ik i am late and really sorry to ask since i am not experienced with that. The mainboard has different sockets which supports different processor right?

  2. quick question, the two sata port on the right cant be use if ill use the M.2 slot, but i can still add some 2.5SSD right? sorry new to the pc world so im trying to rid of my confusions

  3. 1. Ryzen 5 2600x
    2. MSI tomahawk b450 motherboard
    3. Gigabyte Gtx 1650 4gb oc
    4.Cooler master masterliquid ML 240L cpu cooler
    5.Cooler master MWE 550W smps
    6.Corsair Vengeance 3000mhz DDR4 16gb-8×2 RAM
    7.1tb hdd
    8.120 gb ssd

    How's it?

  4. very informative, thank you !
    btw, does the orange-ish line at the left of the motherboard light up ? the one that goes from the bottom to the top at 1:58

  5. Wait so does that mean if I pair a ryzen 3 2200g with a RX 570 my performance will limited by the x8 slot even though I'm not using the iGPU?

  6. Some of the amazon reviews said the stock cooler for Ryzen 5 2600 didn’t fit well in this board, is it true?

  7. Quick question Jarrod. Does this have 2 USB 3.1 front panel connectors and 1 for the rear? I can see the case you have has 2 USB 3.1 from panel ports.

  8. I think it also says so in the manual, but yes, watch which sata ports you plug your ssd ‘s in if you use an M.2 ssd. For some dumb reason if you use the M.2, then you lose 2 sata ports. Anyone explain why?

  9. I’m building a

    Oc ultra 2060
    Ryzen 5 2600
    2×8 gb 3200 MHz ram
    600 watt power supply
    250 gb ssd
    1 tb hdd

    Is this a good med-high end build

  10. I’m using this Mobo
    Ryzen 7 2700x
    2x8GB of ddr4 ram at 3000 MHz
    gtx 1060
    650 w psu
    1tb HDD and (2) 240gb ssd
    With an coolermaster aio

    loving it so far.

  11. Do you need an Ethernet cable to get internet? Because in the specifications it says it doesn't support wireless connections

  12. Will this work with a Ryzen 5 2600? Also, will this "fit" with a NZXT H500? Sorry if I'm asking dumb questions. I'm new to all of this.

  13. Hi! Is there any difference in performance between single fan gpu like Gigabyte GTX 1070 mini oc edition vs three fans gpu like Asus GTX 1070 ROG Strix? Cheers!

  14. Hello, is the "MSI B450 Tomahawk Motherboard" working with the "AMD Ryzen 5 2600X, Prozessor" and if yes, is an bios update required?

  15. Guys need your help do you need an ethernet cable or you can just connect to the wifi for thid motherboard????

  16. Guys, if you're planning on using one of the new ryzen 3000 chips, this motherboard is perfect for the price because you can flash the new BIOS using a usb thumb drive without needing a CPU thats already supported by the motherboard.

  17. I am actually getting a b450 and a ryzen 5 3600, it would be great if you show us how to update the bios using flash drive.(i am still a beginner)

    Nice video bud

  18. Why does my boards bios look different? I downloaded the latest bios. I’m running the ryzen 3600 on it. It just says msi click bios on top and looks old

  19. Sorry guys, noob question. I'm upgrading my i7 4770 to ryzen 5 3600 and this Mobo. Where do I download this bios?

  20. Hey guys, my first build is as follows and would love to hear your thoughts and suggestions on what I did wrong or what I could improve. Very new to this.. Thanks in advance.

    B450 Tomahawk Motherboard
    AMD Ryzen 5 2600x
    Crucial 16gb ram (1 stick)
    Crucial 1TB SSD
    750watt gold power supply
    3tb Barracuda seagate HD
    RTX 2060 Xtreme Aorus GPU
    Cooler master mastbox (the big one can't remember model #)
    LG QHD 1440p 144hz Monitor (again can't remember model)

    Let me know your thoughts. I'm very happy with it as I've gone from a 4 year old HP pavilion from Office Works which had a Graphics card the size of a credit card but somehow managed to run Overwatch for quite sometime before I guess it all became too much.

  21. Yo will this MoBo work well with 2 sticks of ddr4 Corsair vengeance ram, hella new to this and don’t want to make a purchase before knowing

  22. i want a motheboard for a ryzen 7 3700x that im planning to get but i heard there are bios problems with b450 motherboards with zen 2 cpus and i dont know anyhting about that, so looking for a good motherboard that wont cause me any problems with ryzen 7 3700x

  23. the only thing i don't like about this motherboard is that the usb connector is on the bottom and the cable as to be connected in a weird way and when i tried to set my ram at 3200 mhz, it would sometimes shut down my whole computer

  24. Can i use the phanteks digital rgb combo set’s cool rgb effects with this motherboard?

  25. What are the rgb controls for this board. Asus has aurasync so what does this board have? I am building a pc that has rgb on the ram and graphics card. (Team t force delta rgb 16gb 2×8, and msi gaming x 1660)

  26. Is this the msi tomahawk b450 max motherboard and what is the diffrance between the orginal b450 tomahawk motherboard and the max version

  27. It's the best for 2000 series, and now it's one of the worst with so many issues running 3000 series :(, I really want this motherboard because of the easy looking and not so many RGB, I think I'll just go with Ryzen 5 2600 then huh

  28. What about
    AMD Ryzen 5 3600
    Kingston HyperX predator 16gb 8×2
    ASUS Radeon R9 290 direct cu ii OC
    MSI B450 tomahawk MAX

  29. Does the B450 Tomahawk support manual switching different PCIe gens? I ve searched the entire BIOS interface and I havent found a setting for that

  30. If i want to use bios flasgback for Ryzen 3000 series do I have to format pendrive as mdr or just FAT32 will be enough or both?…. Can I use 64GB pendrive?

  31. If you're considering this motherboard to use with Ryzen 3000 series, note that as it has the BIOS flashback option you can upgrade the BIOS without the need of having an older Ryzen CPU. Otherwise you can also get the B450 Tomahawk Max, which comes ready with full support for Ryzen 3000 with a bigger BIOS chip for full features.

  32. I always curious if somehow I just want to do something silly like pressing that Bios Flashback Switch while the PC is turned on what would happen?

  33. This motherboard
    Gigabyte GeForce gtx 1050
    2x vengeance LPX 8gb
    WD 1tb hdd
    Thermaltake smart 600w
    Ryzen 5 2600
    How is that?
    Can i use vr with this mother board and does it come pre installed with windows 10?
    Thanks

  34. Hello bro . I have this motherboard but i lost the bios battery , could you tell me the information about the type of battery. its 3 volt ?

  35. Why does my Arctis 3 not make a sound when I plug in the rear Jack, but if I plug in the Jack case the sound appears.

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