Friday, May 27, 2022



MSI B550 Tomahawk In-depth Review and Testing.

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MSI product lines can be broadly distributed into 5 broad categories, excluding the PRO and CREATOR offerings, they have three lineups targeted towards the gamers, Kicking off the categories is the top-end series – MEG (MSI Enthusiast Gaming), the very absolute best, – MPG (MSI Performance Gaming), which is a great middle-ground of value and quality – MAG (MSI Arsenal Gaming ), which is the more value-oriented line up from MSI. Tomahawk models have been the flagship of their MAG offerings for several years and have managed to prove themselves worthy of appreciation, Making it one of the hottest entry-level boards in the market right now.

MSI was kind enough to send over the MAG B550 TOMAHAWK and we made it run through our paces. Read on to find out what we have to say about it.

Right off the bat, we could see that the reinforced VRM section is equipped with massive heat sinks, and the rear I/O cover is now integrated with this heatsink. We also saw an ample implementation of PWM headers for pumps and fans, all of which can be controlled from the BIOS or the MSI center utility. The network infrastructure includes a couple of controllers, both from Realtek. However, we saw an absence of any pre-installed wireless networking modules. The main features of the board are shown in the table below:

ProcessorsAMD Series: Ryzen 3, Ryzen 5, Ryzen 7, Ryzen 9
Memory4 DIMM DDR4 SDRAM, 128 GB maximum:1866-3200 – JEDEC2667-5100 + – A-XMP (OC)
PCI-E slots1 x PCI Express 4.0 x16 (x16) – CPU1 x PCI Express 3.0 x16 (x8) – APU1 x PCI Express 3.0 x16 (x4) – B5502 x PCI Express 3.0 x1 – B550
M.2 slots1 x PCI Express 4.0 x4, SATA (Key M, 2242/2260/2280/22110) – Ryzen 3rd Gen CPU1 x PCI Express 3.0 x4 (Key M, 2242/2260/2280) – B550
Display OutputsDisplayPort, HDMI
PWM Headers8x 4 pin PWM Placed Strategically.
PS/2 Ports
USB Ports2 x 3.2 Gen2 (2 connectors on the rear panel (1x C), CPU)2 x 3.2 Gen1 (2 connectors on the rear panel, CPU)3 x 3.2 Gen1 (no connectors on the rear panel, B550)6 x 2.0 (2 connectors on rear panel, B550)
SATA6 x SATA 6Gb / s (B550)
RAID0, 1, 10 (SATA), 0, 1 (M.2 NVMe)
Built-in SoundCodec – Realtek ALC1200 (7.1, HDA)
S / PDIFOptical (output)
Networking CapabilitiesRealtek RTL8111H (Gigabit Ethernet)Realtek RTL8125B (2.5 Gigabit Ethernet)
ARGB Header2
RGB Header2
BIOS ChipUEFI AMI BIOS, 256 Mb Flash ROM (MX25U25673G)
TPM1x SPI (12 pin)
Additional featuresEZ Debug LED (CPU, DRAM, VGA, BOOT LED), EZ LED Control switch, Flash BIOS Button, M.2 with Shield Frozr; AMD 2-Way CrossFireX support


We liked the MSI MAG B550 Tomahawk motherboard: it combines smart price positioning, good modern equipment, neutral design, and rich features. The Tomahawk series has always been characterized by a good balance and an excellent future-proofing, and the novelty lives up to its name. In the end, if you want to have good functionality at your disposal at very good pricing, then the MSI MAG B550 Tomahawk deserves attention. MSI’s deployed 10-stage CPU power delivery solution worked without a hiccup throughout our testing. and therefore the oversized VRM heatsinks, while not particularly efficient in their design, did an impressive job at cooling the high-quality power stages beneath.

We also loved the fact that both the M.2 Slots came with pre-installed heatsinks coupled with some really high-quality thermal pads. The front panel Type-C was an added bonus.

MSI didn’t leave any scope for complaints with the availability of PWM headers and the simplified control over them.

From our testing, we would like to grade the board a solid 9.5 out of 10 and will absolutely recommend the MSI B550 Tomahawk to anybody who is in the market for a mid-range B550 Board.

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