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MSI B450 TOMAHAWK MAX (Socket AM4) DDR4 ATX Motherboard

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Socket AM4, Supports Ryzen 1st, 2nd and 3rd Generation, 4x DDR4 DIMM, 1x PCI-E 3.0 x16, 1x PCI-E 2.0 x16, 3x PCI-E x1, CrossFire Support, 1x M.2 Slots, 6x SATA 6Gb/s
£92.99 (incl. VAT)
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SKU MB-33T-MS
EAN 4719072659226
MPN B450 TOMAHAWK MAX
MANUFACTURER MSI

The B450 chipset forms the centrepiece of the MSI B450 Tomahawk motherboard and has been specially developed and optimised for 2000- series (Pinnacle Ridge) Ryzen CPUs and now with 3000 Series support. B450 motherboards support all features of 2nd gen Ryzen processors, such as the AMD's new XFR2 overclocking. Additionally, the motherboards support up to 64 GB of RAM with a guaranteed clock frequency of 2.933 MHz. Overclocking to higher frequencies is also an option, although the increase will depend on the motherboard.

The Features of the MSI B450 Tomahawk at a Glance:

  • 1x PCIe 3.0 x16 (x16) for high-end graphics cards
  • 2x USB 3.1 (1x Type C, 1x Type A) / 4x USB 3.0 / 6x USB 2.0
  • 1x M.2 slot PCIe 3.0 x4 (22110)/ 6x SATA 6G
  • DDR4-RAM up to 3.466 MHz via OC
  • 1x HDMI / 1x DVI-D / 1x VGA

The Features of the MSI B450 Tomahawk in Detail:

The MSI B450 Tomahawk ATX motherboard comes with one PCI-Express 3.0 slot with full x16 connectivity for graphics cards as well as a PCI-Express 2.0 x16 slot with x4. For additional expansion cards, the board offers three PCIe x1 slots. The four RAM slots support up to 64 GB DDR4-RAM with a clock frequency of up to 2.933 MHz and can be clocked up to 3.466 MHz via overclocking.

An M.2-slots with PCIe connectivity is available thanks to it being an AM4-based motherboard. M.2 SSDs with the advanced NVM-Express protocol (NVMe) and that are connected via four PCI-Express 3.0 lanes are up to eight times as fast as SATA 6G hard drives and support data transfer rates of up to 32 Gbit/s.

The MSI B450 Tomahawk has an I/O panel with one USB 3.1 connection with Type C connector and a USB 3.1 Type A port. The USB Type C port allows devices to be inserted in either orientation and is extremely slim. USB 3.1 Gen 2 ports enable maximum speeds of up to 10 Gbit/s per port and USB ports that use this standard generally support smartphones and tablets with quick charging. For CPUs with integrated graphics such as AMD's Raven Ridge, the board offers one HDMI- and one DVI-D port.

In terms of special features offered by the MSI B450 Tomahawk it includes red LED lighting on the chipset cooler and the right side of the motherboard. The LEDs can be connected together with other LEDs using the RGB headers and controlled via MSI's Mystic Light software. The motherboard comes with two headers for static RGB lighting elements.

Technical Details:

  • Format:
    ATX (305 x 244 mm)
  • Chipset:
    AMD B450
  • Socket:
    AM4 (for 1st, 2nd & 3rd Generation Ryzen
  • RAM:
    4x DDR4 (max. 2.933 MHz, 3.466 via OC)
    Dual-Channel
    max. 64 GB
  • Slots (with a Ryzen CPU):
    1x PCIe 3.0 x16
    1x PCIe 2.0 x16 (electrical x4)
    Multi-GPU Configurations: 2-way AMD CrossFire
    3x PCIe 2.0 x1
  • Internal Connections:
    6x SATA 6G (RAID 0, 1, 10)
    1x M.2 (M-Key, PCIe 3.0 x4 with max. 32 Gbit/s, sizes 2242 up to 22110)
    1x USB 3.0 Header (2 Ports)
    2x USB 2.0 Header (4 Ports)
    5x 4-Pin Fans(PWM)
    1x 4-Pin Pump Connection
    1x Front Panel Audio Connector
    2x 4-Pin RGB-Header (12V, JRGB)
    1x TPM Connector
  • External Connections:
    2x USB 3.1 (1x Type A and Type C)
    2x USB 3.0
    2x USB 2.0
    1x Gigabit LAN (Realtek)
    1x DVI-D
    1x HDMI
    1x Flash BIOS Button
    6x Audio (HD Audio, 7.1 Sound)
  • Power Supply:
    1x 24-Pin ATX12V
    1x 8-Pin ATX12V

Awards & Media Coverage

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Technical Details:

  • Format:
    ATX (305 x 244 mm)
  • Chipset:
    AMD B450
  • Socket:
    AM4 (for 1st, 2nd & 3rd Generation Ryzen
  • RAM:
    4x DDR4 (max. 2.933 MHz, 3.466 via OC)
    Dual-Channel
    max. 64 GB
  • Slots (with a Ryzen CPU):
    1x PCIe 3.0 x16
    1x PCIe 2.0 x16 (electrical x4)
    Multi-GPU Configurations: 2-way AMD CrossFire
    3x PCIe 2.0 x1
  • Internal Connections:
    6x SATA 6G (RAID 0, 1, 10)
    1x M.2 (M-Key, PCIe 3.0 x4 with max. 32 Gbit/s, sizes 2242 up to 22110)
    1x USB 3.0 Header (2 Ports)
    2x USB 2.0 Header (4 Ports)
    5x 4-Pin Fans(PWM)
    1x 4-Pin Pump Connection
    1x Front Panel Audio Connector
    2x 4-Pin RGB-Header (12V, JRGB)
    1x TPM Connector
  • External Connections:
    2x USB 3.1 (1x Type A and Type C)
    2x USB 3.0
    2x USB 2.0
    1x Gigabit LAN (Realtek)
    1x DVI-D
    1x HDMI
    1x Flash BIOS Button
    6x Audio (HD Audio, 7.1 Sound)
  • Power Supply:
    1x 24-Pin ATX12V
    1x 8-Pin ATX12V
Add a Review

Good budget AM4 board!

by Jamie star_border star star star star

Writing this review rather late, but it's a great entry level AM4 motherboard. I had it paired with a 3700X and it worked well for quite some time. Unfortunately I did run into USB power issues 3 years into it's life and had to ditch it. It did a good job though besides that, and I'm still not sure what caused the problem. It really didn't like all of it's USB slots being used though, and then it got worse and supplying power to those ports over time.


Good stuff

by Adam star star star star star

Great motherboard for the money. Great cooperation with 3733 memories.


Great board

by Callum Fowler star star star star star

Great board for great price, used this on my first PC build and has plenty of ports and sockets for future upgrades, just a quality build


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