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B350 Tomahawk AMD B350 (Socket AM4) DDR4 ATX MotherboardMainstream motherboard (ATX) with AMD B350 chipset, 1x PCIe 3.0 x16 & 1x PCIe 2.0 x16 (x4), 1x M.2 (PCIe 3.0 x4) & 4x SATA 6G, 8x USB 3.0 (7x Type A & 1x Type C), integrated RGB-LED lighting Motherboards with the AM4 socket serve as the platform for the AMD Ryzen (Summit Ridge) quad-core, hexa-core and octa-core CPUs as well as "Bristol Ridge" and "Raven Ridge" desktop APUs from the A-series with integrated GPUs unlike the old Athlon X4 which came without an iGPU. The advanced AMX X370, B350 and A320 chipsets are aimed at the enthusiast, mainstream and entry-level segments coming with an abundance of modern I/O interfaces and connectors for hardware peripherals, while additional data links are provided by the GPU/APU.
The processor's integrated memory controller supports AM4 motherboards as well as fast and energy- efficient DDR4 RAM in dual-channel mode, as well as specialist ECC error-correcting memory depending on the motherboard. The advanced "Zen" microarchitecture in conjunction with the AM4 platform forms the perfect foundation for high-performance systems in a range of applications.
The Layout of the ATX-Format MSI B350 TomahawkThe MSI B350 Tomahawk is an ATX motherboard and comes with a lightning-fast 16x PCI-E 3.0 slot. Furthermore a PCIe 2.0 slot with a 4x interface as well as two PCIe x1 slots and two classic PCI slots are available for additional expansion cards. Up to 64 GB DDR4-RAM can be installed into the four RAM slots, which in turn operate at a maximum of 3.200 MHz. The range of internal connectors includes, among other things, two USB 2.0 and two USB 3.0 headers for four ports respectively.
Special Features at a Glance:
- 1x PCIe 3.0 x16 for high-end gaming graphics cards
- 2x USB 3.0 Type A & Type C + 1x Turbo M.2-Slot PCIe 3.0 x4
- Water pump connector & 5x PWM fan ports (4-Pin)
- DDR4-RAM up to 2.666 MHz or 3.200 MHz with OC
- MSI Mystic Light RGB-LED Lighting
- Modern UEFI-BIOS including temperature monitoring
Data storage devices such as SSDs and hard drives are managed via four SATA 6G connectors (incl. RAID support) as well as a horizontal M.2 slot, which is connected via four PCI-Express 3.0 and consequently reaches extremely high speeds of up to 32 Gbit/s. M.2-SSDs measuring from 42 mm to 110 mm in length can be used and furthermore the cutting-edge NVM-Express protocol is also supported. This protocol has been optimised to take advantage of the parallel processing utilised by modern PCIe SSDs.
A further highlight of the MSI B350 Tomahawk is to be found on the reverse of the motherboard, specifically the fact that the motherboard includes a USB 3.0 Type C connector. This new type of USB Type C port is particularly slim and allows connectors to be inserted in either direction. USB 3.0 or USB 3.1 Gen 1 can reach a maximum transfer rate of up to 5 Gbit/s per port. A special feature of the board is the integrated MSI "Mystic Light" RGB-LED lighting, which enables lighting on the VRM- as well as chipset cooler and on the PCB itself, including coloured lighting in all colours that can be controlled via app.
Other refinements of the MSI B350 Tomahawk include the "Audio Boost 3" functionality with Nahimic Sound Enhancer 2, the stabilising "Steel Armor" and the Click BIOS 5 for simplified fine-tuning of the system. Last but not least, five fans with 4-pin PWM connectors as well as a pump for water cooling can be connected directly to the board. On the reverse of the motherboard is located the I/O shield which provides access to further devices and components via USB 3.0 and USB 2.0. Gigabit LAN, universal PS/2 or six audio jacks for connecting 7.1 sound systems to the MSI B350 Tomahawk. Furthermore the monitor outputs of the integrated APU-GPU (optional) include three monitor outputs: HDMI, VGA and DVI-D.
Socket AM4 Chipsets at a Glance:
|X370 Chipset||B350 Chipset||A320 Chipset||Ryzen CPU|
|PCIe 3.0 / 2.0:||x4 / x8||x4 / x6||x4 / x4||x16 + x4 + x4 / -|
|USB 3.1 / 3.0 / 2.0:||2 / 6 / 6||2 / 2 / 6||1 / 2 / 6||- / 4 / -|
|RAM:||DDR4||DDR4||DDR4||DDR4 Memory Controller|
|SATA Raid:||0 / 1 / 10||0 / 1 / 10||0 / 1 / 10||-|
|Overclocking:||Yes||Yes||No||Yes (Unlocked CPU & XFR)|
|Multi-GPU:||CrossFire & SLI||Partial 2-way CF||No||-|
Compatibility Note for CPU Coolers Utilising AMD Socket AM4:Due to the revision in mounting hole distances for the new AM4 socket, CPU coolers with rear mounts will - compared with preceding sockets e.g. AM2(+), AM3(+) or FM2(+) - require AM4-compatible mounting brackets. Please ensure compatibility prior to purchasing. CPU coolers that are attached directly to the retention bracket of the motherboard retain compatibility.
- Format: ATX (305 x 244 mm)
- Colour: black, grey
- Chipset: AMD B350
Socket: AM4 (for Summit Ridge / Bristol Ridge / Raven Ridge)
4x DDR4 (max. 2.666 MHz)
max. 64 GB
1x PCIe 3.0 x16*
1x PCIe 2.0 x16 (electrical x4)
Multi-GPU Configurations: 2-way CrossFireX (16*/4)
2x PCIe 2.0 x1
- Internal Connectors:
4x SATA 6G (RAID 0, 1, 10)
1x Turbo M.2 (M-Key, PCIe 3.0 x4** with max. 32 Gbit/s, horizontal, sized 2242 to 22110)
2x USB 3.0 Header (4 Ports)
2x USB 2.0 Header (4 Ports)
5x 4-Pin Fans (PWM)
1x Pump connector
1x RGB-LED Connector (4-Pin)
1x Serial-Port Header (COM)
1x Parallel-Port Header (LPT)
- External Connectors:
1x USB 3.0 (Type C, max. 5 Gbit/s)
3x USB 3.0 (Type A, max. 5 Gbit/s)
2x USB 2.0
1x Gigabit LAN (Realtek 8111H)
6x Audio (ALC892, 7.1 Sound, Nahimic 2 Audio Boost)
1x VGA (D-Sub)
1x HDMI 1.4
1x PS/2-Combo Port (Keyboard / mouse)
- Power Supply:
1x 24-Pin ATX12V
1x 8-Pin ATX12V
- Special Features: integrated RGB-LED lighting (MSI Mystic Light)
*(x8 with APU or Athlon X4)
**(x2 with APU or Athlon X4)
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