MSI MAG B550 Tomahawk Motherboard Review

/ 2 weeks ago

« Previous Page

Next Page »

A Closer Look

The MSI MAG B550 Tomahawk Motherboard comes with a bold two-tone design, and it’s just a little bit too spaced out and busy for my taste. the heatsinks are a bit small and look somewhat floaty, and the white squares on the decal patch stand out too much. Too many lines and angles going their own way. Of course, style is subjective and it doesn’t suit my taste, but that doesn’t mean I don’t like what the board has to offer.

MSI MAG B550 Tomahawk Motherboard Review 1

The board features a 10+2+1 Duet Rail Power System, which feeds 10 to the CPU with 60A stages, but then a 2 phase SOC configuration, and a phase for the load line calibration, PWM IC and OP. There are too good size heatsinks keeping it all in order. It’s not the most complex setup, but more than enough to get those boost clocks up for sure.

MSI MAG B550 Tomahawk Motherboard Review 2
MSI MAG B550 Tomahawk Motherboard Review 3

Further down the board, you’ll find a pair of M.2 mounts. Both feature a small heatsink and while I do think they look a bit small, they’ll certainly help and also protect the drives overall.

MSI MAG B550 Tomahawk Motherboard Review 4

I like that they’ve armoured the top PCIe slot, it’s the one all of us are going to use and modern GPUs are pretty heavy. The top slot is the one that offers PCIe Gen 4 also. They’ve put a little bit of reinforcement on the lower slot though, so that’s nice. Obviously, they’re trying to keep costs down hence only the one slot though.

Audio comes courtesy of their Audio Boost processor using the ALC 1220 chipset, and there are five gold caps down here to help provide headphone amplification.

MSI MAG B550 Tomahawk Motherboard Review 5

The rear I/O shield is actually really well equipped, offering up a good range of USB ports and even including a Type-C port. There’s not one but two LAN options, with 2.5G and 1G being served up. You’ll also get HDMI and DisplayPort options, and five audio jacks with SPDIF.

MSI MAG B550 Tomahawk Motherboard Review 6

« Previous Page

Next Page »

Topics: , , , , , , , , ,


By supporting eTeknix, you help us grow and continue to bring you the latest newsreviews, and competitions. Follow us on FacebookTwitter and Instagram to keep up with the latest technology news, reviews and more. Share your favourite articles, chat with the team and more. Also check out eTeknix YouTube, where you'll find our latest video reviews, event coverage and features in 4K!

Looking for more exciting features on the latest technology? Check out our What We Know So Far section or our Fun Reads for some interesting original features.

eTeknix Facebook eTeknix Twitter eTeknix Instagram eTeknix Instagram

Check out our Latest Video

  • Be Social With eTeknix

    Facebook Twitter YouTube Instagram Reddit RSS
  • Latest Video

  • Features

  • Poll

    Is X570 Worth it?

  • Archives

Send this to a friend