Product Comparison: MSI B450-A PRO MAX vs MSI B450 TOMAHAWK MAX


General Specifications
Brand
MSI
MSI
Model
B450-A PRO MAX
B450 TOMAHAWK MAX
Origin
China
China
About the Product
Inspired from architectural design, B450-A PRO MAX motherboard is equipped with Core Boost, DDR4 Boost, Turbo M.2 and USB 3.2 Gen2 connector. Convenient pin-header keep out zone, friendly SATA & USB location.
MSI B450 TOMAHAWK MAX is a military style motherboard with extended heatsink design for better thermal solution, plus DDR4 Boost, Core Boost, Turbo M.2 and USB 3.2 Gen2 connector.
Key Specs
Form Factor
ATX
ATX
Socket
AM4
AM4
Chipset
AMD B450 Chipset
AMD B450 Chipset
Supported Processors
Supports 1st, 2nd and 3rd Gen AMD Ryzen
Supports 1st, 2nd and 3rd Gen AMD Ryzen
Memory Slot Type
288 pin
288 pin
What customers say about "Key Specs"
MSI B450-A PRO MAX ATX Motherboard
  • This is a great motherboard for the ryzen 3400g, since it supports the ryzen 3000 series out of the box without a bios update.
  • I'm very happy with this board, currently running with a Ryzen 2700.
  • Great overclocking options, solid design. Paired with a Ryzen 3600 and works great.
  • Great full size ATX form factor motherboard for Ryzen processors.
  • Works with ryzen 5 out of the box without a bios update, however I do recommend updating anyway.
MSI B450 TOMAHAWK MAX ATX Motherboard
  • This motherboard, being the "MAX" variant of the B450 Tomahawk is already set up for Ryzen 7 out of the box.
  • Paired up with a ryzen 5 3600 and preforms amazingly, works straight out of the box.
  • There was no BIOS update needed out of the box, and the Ryzen 7 2700x booted with no issues.
  • Compatible with ryzen 3000 out of the box. Highly recommend.
  • It supports AM4 and that it is perfect for beginners. It is a very good and solid motherboard made of good materials.
Size & Weight
Height
12 in.
12 in.
Width
9.61 in.
9.6 in.
Depth
1.18 in.
1.18 in.
Weight
2.2 lbs.
2.65 lbs.

MSI B450-A PRO MAX

MSI B450 TOMAHAWK MAX

MSI B450-A PRO MAX

MSI B450 TOMAHAWK MAX

MSI B450-A PRO MAX

MSI B450 TOMAHAWK MAX

MSI B450-A PRO MAX

MSI B450 TOMAHAWK MAX

Memory
Memory Type
DDR4
DDR4
Maximum Speed
4133 MHz
4133 MHz
Number Of Memory Slots
4
4
Max. Memory Supported
128 GB
128 GB

MSI B450-A PRO MAX

MSI B450 TOMAHAWK MAX

MSI B450-A PRO MAX

MSI B450 TOMAHAWK MAX

MSI B450-A PRO MAX

MSI B450 TOMAHAWK MAX

What customers say about "Memory"
MSI B450-A PRO MAX ATX Motherboard
  • Overclocked my ram from 3200 mhz cl16 to 3800mhz cl16 no problems at all even under overnight stress test.
  • With 16gb of Corsair 3600mhz ram it flies like a charm.
  • The 4 ram slots allows for great expandability.
  • Excellent ram compatibility. Great for sober builds with lot of RAM.
  • It's really a great mobo for a basic/gaming configuration with 4x slots for RAM.
MSI B450 TOMAHAWK MAX ATX Motherboard
  • This motherboard allows me to full use of my 3200mhz RAM.
  • Running 16GB of RAM in 3200Mhz clocks and everything works fine.
  • Works with no issues Corsair vengeance 2x8gb 3200MHz.
  • Worked perfect with my 3333 DDR4 kit with XMP.
  • The nice thing is I can run my 3333 memory at 3600mhz with heavy timing tweaking no issue.
Connectivity
PCI
6
5
PCI-E
PCIe 3.0 x16, PCIe 2.0 x16, 4 x PCIe 2.0 x1
PCIe 3.0 x16, PCIe 2.0 x16 slot, 3 x PCIe 2.0 x1
HDMI
1
1
USB
2x USB 3.2 Gen2, 2x USB 3.2 Gen1, 6x USB 2.0
2x USB 3.2 Gen2, 4x USB 3.2 Gen1, 6x USB 2.0
SATA
6
6
Other Interfaces
DVI-D port, VGA, RJ-45, M.2, PS/2, 6x audio jacks
DVI-D port, PS/2, RJ-45, M.2, 6x audio jacks

MSI B450-A PRO MAX

MSI B450 TOMAHAWK MAX

What customers say about "Connectivity"
MSI B450-A PRO MAX ATX Motherboard
  • Has plenty of fan ports and dedicated pump header, which is great!
  • With all the ports and features you need board looks great and has a really easy to use bios.
  • Very pleased with motherboard that have all the ports that I need.
  • The motherboard is sturdy and has every port needed.
  • This motherboard has every port you want without looking sacrificing in the look departments.
MSI B450 TOMAHAWK MAX ATX Motherboard
  • It was so easy to install the parts and then putting it in the case. Good number of fan headers and sata connections as well.
  • Great board aesthetically pleasing and it has enough USB ports on the back to cover all my accessories.
  • Great product with lot of ports and I highly recommend this for AMD processors.
  • I'd love to have maybe 1 or 2 more USB ports on the back.
  • The audio ports on the back are not coloured.
Features
Native Audio
Realtek ALC892
Realtek ALC892
Additional Accessories Included
Driver disk, M.2 Screw, 2x SATA cable
Extras
Turbo M.2, Audio Boost, Flash BIOS Button, Core Boost, Multi-GPU
Extended Heatsink Design, Lightning Fast Game experience, Core Boost, Multi-GPU, Audio Boost, Flash BIOS Button
What customers say about "Features"
MSI B450-A PRO MAX ATX Motherboard
  • The setup was easy enough and I got it to post on the first try without hassle.
  • Has everything I need, very sturdy, good bios.
  • The bios is easy to navigate with overclocking options.
  • Motherboard with bios already updated. Solid and well finished.
  • Only minus is boot up takes 5 seconds slower than my old motherboard.
MSI B450 TOMAHAWK MAX ATX Motherboard
  • Overclocking does not seem to be a problem - temperatures and performance have stayed well within acceptable ranges.
  • Best thing for me about this motherboard was the BIOS it was so easy to use, one click of a button in the bios activated the XMP profile.
  • Installing latest BIOS updates and Windows 10 was really easy to do with this board.
  • The RGB light strip on this board is controlled by msi mystic light software and this is very easy to use.
  • Software doesn't control any RGB on the MSI RTX graphics cards instead needing other software so syncing is harder unless you go for a static colour scheme.
Power
Power Connectors
24-pin ATX, 8-pin ATX 12V
24-pin ATX, 8-pin ATX 12V
Warranty / Certifications
Manufacturer Warranty
1 year(s)
1 year(s)
Certifications
CE, FCC
CE, FCC
Other Information
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