Product Comparison: MSI B450 GAMING PLUS MAX vs MSI B450 Tomahawk


General Specifications
Brand
MSI
MSI
Model
B450 GAMING PLUS MAX
B450 Tomahawk
Origin
China
China
About the Product
Satisfying gamers with what they really need, B450 GAMING PLUS MAX is equipped with Core boost, Turbo M.2, DDR4 Boost, USB 3.2 Gen2 Connector.
This MSI GAMING motherboard supports all the latest storage standards. This allows you to connect any ultra-fast storage device, giving you in-game benefits. Start games faster, load levels faster and have a real advantage over your enemies.
Key Specs
Form Factor
ATX
ATX
Socket
AM4
AM4
Chipset
AMD B450
AMD B450
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 GAMING PLUS MAX ATX Motherboard
  • It is equipped with PCI slot Express 3.0 x16, so not the fastest standard (4.0 currently), however even installing a third generation Ryzen, which supports PCIe 4.0, there is backward compatibility.
  • It works perfectly on a 3600x AMD receives BIOS updates in no time.
  • Excellent motherboard socket to mount a ryzen 5 2600, the card looks very good aesthetically and not for nothing the idea of being cheap.
  • When I restart times it can sometimes happen that you simply black image has.
  • Mainboard looks good, but unfortunately has some problems booting is unstable, takes too long.
MSI B450 Tomahawk Gaming Motherboard
  • ATX board, with plenty of room and quality.
  • It’s unreal just how good this board is - fantastic quality. The engineering quality is second to none.
  • It’s amazing that this tiny little board CAN actually feed all the CPU’s it claims.
  • The MSI B450 Tomahawk is the best B450 tomahawk available for performance and pricing and is paired nicely with an RX580 GPU.
  • It is experiencing compatibility issues with ryzen 3000 chips in b450 motherboards despite saying they're compatible.
Size & Weight
Height
12 in.
12 in.
Width
9.61 in.
9.61 in.
Depth
2.12 in.
2.12 in.
Weight
2.64 lbs.
2.07 lbs.

MSI B450 GAMING PLUS MAX

MSI B450 Tomahawk

MSI B450 GAMING PLUS MAX

MSI B450 Tomahawk

MSI B450 GAMING PLUS MAX

MSI B450 Tomahawk

MSI B450 GAMING PLUS MAX

MSI B450 Tomahawk

Memory
Memory Type
DDR4
DDR4
Maximum Speed
4133 MHz
3466 MHz
Number Of Memory Slots
4
4
Max. Memory Supported
128 GB
128 GB

MSI B450 GAMING PLUS MAX

MSI B450 Tomahawk

MSI B450 GAMING PLUS MAX

MSI B450 Tomahawk

MSI B450 GAMING PLUS MAX

MSI B450 Tomahawk

What customers say about "Memory"
MSI B450 GAMING PLUS MAX ATX Motherboard
  • I like that it supports four dual-channel DDR4 memory slots, with maximum frequency depending on the installed CPU.
  • The card supports RAM up to 4133 (OC) MHz hard has USB sockets of type 3.1 GEN 2 in addition to HDMI and VGA as it also supports ryzen with integrated Vega graphics.
  • Motherboard is really good. It works out-of-the-box with Ryzen 3000. And has great speed of memory.
  • Overclocks well both ram and cpu and it has pretty much every feature you need.
  • It supports faster RAM speeds than the older variant it replaced and has a larger BIOS chip allowing for flashy UEFI features.
MSI B450 Tomahawk Gaming Motherboard
  • It supports upto really high speeds of ram so its future proofing its self for a while too!
  • My eight-pack 3200 RAM runs perfectly on auto settings, the CPU is stable & temps are all where I want them.
  • The quality & presentation of this MSI mobo is high & I'm pleased to see support for Ryzen 3000 series & new RAM compatibility added in BIOS updates.
  • This board can support high RAM speeds and works with most AMD Ryzen CPUs. The bios is simple and easy to navigate.
  • Great motherboard, very easy to install everything and it's all in great positions to get your cable management sorted. And has great performance of memory.
Connectivity
PCI
6
5
PCI-E
2x PCIe 3.0 x16, 4x PCIe 3.0 x1
2x PCIe 3.0 x16, 3x PCIe 3.0 x1
HDMI
1
1
USB
4x USB 3.2 Gen1, 2 x USB 3.2 Gen2, 6x USB 2.0
4x USB 3.1 Gen1, 2x USB 3.1 Gen2, 6x USB 2.0
SATA
6
6
Other Interfaces
M.2, PS/2, DVI-D port, RJ-45, 6x audio jacks, Serial port connector
PS/2, RJ-45, DVI-D port, 6x audio jacks, M.2

MSI B450 GAMING PLUS MAX

MSI B450 Tomahawk

What customers say about "Connectivity"
MSI B450 GAMING PLUS MAX ATX Motherboard
  • The PCIe 3.0 slot is reinforced with a metal frame to reduce the risk of the weight of the graphics cards.
  • It is equipped with M.2 slot on PCIe 3.0 x4 and 4 SATA 6 Gb/s ports.
  • This board has excellent connection options.
  • Only two ports will work if you install a SSD in the M.2 slot.
  • The board I received had USB chipset errors and had to be returned.
MSI B450 Tomahawk Gaming Motherboard
  • It has 6 SATA ports, 1 USB 3 port, several fan headers, a few rgb headers and a CPU Pump header, allowing for water cooling and custom loops.
  • Everything is labeled and the connections are placed well. However, the CPU power header is definitely awkward when building in an NZXT H500.
  • Chose this for a new build as it seemed to offer good value for money, it has plenty of connections, lots of fan ports, USB ports, sata ports, etc.
  • Plenty of system fan connectors make for easy cable management.
  • My only issue really though is the lack of USB-C connection, which was inconvenient as my case has a front USB-C connector.
Features
Native Audio
Realtek ALC892
Realtek ALC892
Additional Accessories Included
Driver disk, 2x SATA cable
Driver disk, I/O Shield, 2x SATA cable, Case Badge, M.2 Screw
Extras
AMD Turbo USB 3.2 Gen2, Turbo M.2, Flash BIOS Button, Audio Boost, Core Boost, DDR4 Boost, Multi-GPU, EZ Debug LED
Turbo M.2, AMD Turbo USB 3.1 Gen2, Extended Heatsink Design, Flash BIOS Button, Core Boost, DDR4 Boost, Audio Boost, Multi-GPU, 2-Way AMD CrossFire
What customers say about "Features"
MSI B450 GAMING PLUS MAX ATX Motherboard
  • The LAN controller is a Realtek 8111H up to 1 Gbps while the built-in audio is provided by a Realtek ALC892 codec up to 7.1 channels
  • Internally provides connectors for 5 4-pin fans (including CPU) and for a pump in the case of liquid cooling systems.
  • It provides two headers for RGB LEDs with 4 pin and 12 V. customizable with the Mystic Light app.
  • Compatible with MSI Mystic Light software for RGB management.
  • Great for my configuration, low price and top features.
MSI B450 Tomahawk Gaming Motherboard
  • This motherboard works well and looks good. The RGB is compatible with MSI Mystic Light and works well, all though the colours look a bit washed out.
  • Mystic Light is nice! Using ML software you can change the built-in board LEDs to different colors.
  • I really like the look of the motherboard. The gray-black design meshes well with the look of the heatsinks.
  • The different headers on the back are amazing. I love that they have USB 3.1 Gen 2 and Gen 1 ports on the back.
  • Some of the mounts on the board, to connect it to the case, were a little stiff.
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
Manufacturer


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