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MSI B450 Tomahawk Motherboard Review

We will be outlining the MSI B450 Tomahawk motherboard’s performance with the AMD Ryzen 7 2700 CPU, 32GB* of 3,200MHz G.Skill Trident Z DDR4 memory and a Gigabyte GTX 1080 G1 Gaming.

*16GB for mini-ITX motherboards, 32GB for all other motherboards.


B450/X470 Motherboard Test System:

Comparison X470 Motherboards:

Drivers and UEFI:

  • AMD Chipset 18.10.0601
  • Nvidia GeForce 398.36 VGA drivers.
  • MSI UEFI Version 1.0 E7C02AMS.100 (02/07/2018) with AMD AGESA PinnaclePI-AM4 1.0.0.2

Tests:

  • Cinebench R15 – All-core CPU benchmark (CPU)
  • SiSoft Sandra 2018 – Processor Arithmetic Test (CPU) and Memory Bandwidth Test (Memory)
  • 7-Zip 18.05 x64 – Built-in 7-Zip benchmark test (CPU)
  • AIDA64 Engineer 5.97 – System cache & memory benchmark and stress test (Memory and Power Consumption)
  • 3DMark v2.5.5029 & TimeSpy v1.1 – Time Spy (1440p) test (Gaming)
  • Ashes of the Singularity: Escalation – Built-in benchmark tool CPU-Focused test, 1920 x 1080, Extreme quality preset, DX12 mode (Gaming)
  • Deus Ex: Mankind Divided – Built-in benchmark tool, 1920 x 1080, Ultra quality preset, DX12 mode (Gaming)
  • ATTO 3.05 – M.2, USB 3.0, USB 3.1, and SATA 6Gbps transfer rates (Motherboard)
  • Rightmark Audio Analyzer 6.4.4 – Record and playback test using a line-in to line-out loopback with a 3.5mm audio cable (Motherboard)
  • HWiNFO 5.84/5.86 – System sensor monitoring during stress test (Power Consumption)
  • Cybenetics Powenetics v2.2.0.0 – 12v EPS monitoring during stress test (Power Consumption)

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