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MSI MAG B550 Tomahawk Motherboard Review

Rating: 8.0.

MSI’s Tomahawk motherboard SKUs have earned themselves legendary status amongst budget enthusiasts thanks to an ideal blend of features, performance, and pricing. Can the new MSI B550 Tomahawk continue the trend?

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The core ‘Tomahawk trend’ is the focus for MSI’s MAG B550 Tomahawk. Central to the motherboard is its 10+2+1 stage power delivery solution with beefy metal heatsinks. MSI adds on valuable features such as cooling strips for both M.2 slots, a 2.5 Gigabit networking connection, and eight 4-pin fan headers.

These core features are clear signs that MSI is opting for the no-nonsense approach with the B550 Tomahawk by preferring solid core components over flashy lights. That is not to say that RGB is completely omitted – you get four headers and a touch of lighting beneath the chipset.

Can the Tomahawk SKU once again prove its value by offering B550 buyers a well-balanced motherboard with the correct set of features?

Specification

  • Model Name: MAG B550 TOMAHAWK
  • CPU Support: 3rd Gen AMD Ryzen™ processors and future AMD Ryzen™ processors with BIOS update
  • CPU Socket: AMD Socket AM4
  • Chipset: AMD B550 Chipset
  • Graphics Interface: 1x PCI-E 4.0 x16 slot, 1x PCI-E 3.0 x16 slot, Support 2-way AMD CrossFire™ Technology
  • Display Interface: DisplayPort, HDMI – Requires Processor Graphics
  • Memory Support: 4 DIMMs, Dual Channel DDR4-4866+(OC)MHz
  • Expansion Slots: 2x PCI-E 3.0 x1 slots
  • Storag:e 2x M.2 slots, 6x SATA 6Gb/s SATA RAID Supports RAID 0, RAID 1 and RAID 10 for SATA storage devices
  • USB Ports: 2x USB 3.2 Gen 2 10Gbps (1 Type-C + 1 Type-A), 5x USB 3.2 Gen 1 5Gbps (1 Type-C + 4 Type-A), 6x USB 2.0
  • LAN: Realtek® RTL8125B 2.5G LAN, Realtek® RTL8111H Gigabit LAN
  • Audio: 8-Channel(7.1) HD Audio with Audio Boost(ALC1200)

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