Product Comparison: MSI B450 Tomahawk vs Gigabyte B450M DS3H


General Specifications
Brand
MSI
Gigabyte
Model
B450 Tomahawk
B450M DS3H
Origin
China
China
About the Product
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.
Gigabyte 400-series motherboards maximize your PC's potential with AMD StoreMI technology. StoreMI accelerates traditional storage devices to reduce boot times and enhance the overall user experience.
Key Specs
Form Factor
ATX
Micro 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 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.
Gigabyte B450M DS3H Motherboard
  • Ryzen 2600 worked out of the box, the memory speed intitially was only 2133mhz, but a quick configuration change in the bios changed that, the bios has an inbuilt setting to let you max out your memory.
  • This motherboard (Gigabyte B450M DS3H (Socket AM4/B450/DDR4/S-ATA 600/Micro ATX)), however, is mostly great to work on.
  • Having never built on a Micro ATX motherboard before, I was a bit concerned regarding space.
  • Working fine on cardboard box but will not boot at all inside computer case, despite being compatible with ATX/MATX cases.
Size & Weight
Height
12 in.
9.6 in.
Width
9.61 in.
8.46 in.
Depth
2.12 in.
1.2 in.
Weight
2.07 lbs.
1.75 lbs.

MSI B450 Tomahawk

Gigabyte B450M DS3H

MSI B450 Tomahawk

Gigabyte B450M DS3H

MSI B450 Tomahawk

Gigabyte B450M DS3H

MSI B450 Tomahawk

Gigabyte B450M DS3H

Memory
Memory Type
DDR4
DDR4
Maximum Speed
3466 MHz
3200 MHz
Number Of Memory Slots
4
4
Max. Memory Supported
128 GB
64 GB

MSI B450 Tomahawk

Gigabyte B450M DS3H

MSI B450 Tomahawk

Gigabyte B450M DS3H

MSI B450 Tomahawk

Gigabyte B450M DS3H

What customers say about "Memory"
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.
Gigabyte B450M DS3H Motherboard
  • Everything worked well just little reminder that memory is not automatically over clocked to run max rated speed.
  • Very pleased with this product has 4 Ram slots 2 large PCIe ports so can install a graphics card when I upgrade it
  • Four RAM slots are a welcome addition as many Micro ATX motherboards only have two. Only one case fan header, however, and the standard one for the CPU cooler.
  • The bios is OK, it has nice features but it's a maze. You can adjust the memory frequency in multiple locations, same with the CPU frequency so it makes it confusing what settings you need to change and where to change them.
  • Max memory i got with the cpu overclocked to 3.9 was 2666mhz. I will upgrade motherboard eventually so i would spend £30 more dont skimp out
Connectivity
PCI
5
3
PCI-E
2x PCIe 3.0 x16, 3x PCIe 3.0 x1
2x PCIe 3.0 x16, PCIe 3.0 x1
HDMI
1
1
USB
4x USB 3.1 Gen1, 2x USB 3.1 Gen2, 6x USB 2.0
6x USB 3.1 Gen1, 8x USB 2.0/1.1
SATA
6
4
Other Interfaces
PS/2, RJ-45, DVI-D port, 6x audio jacks, M.2
M.2, Optical S/PDIF out, PS/2, DVI-D, RJ-45, 3x audio jacks

MSI B450 Tomahawk

Gigabyte B450M DS3H

What customers say about "Connectivity"
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.
Gigabyte B450M DS3H Motherboard
  • It has a single PCIe port which I have put a Wi-fi card in, the sound this board outputs is good also, happy with purchase.
  • Has plenty more space and ports so more can be added at any time. A great foundation for further upgrades.
  • Overall a cheap no frills motherboard ideal if your on a tight budget and still want 4 dimms and plenty of usb 3.0 ports
  • Only problem I had was there wasn't enough ports for all my fans. Not a massive issue as just got a y splitter for a couple of £. Very impressed.
  • My only complaint was one of the SATA ports came faulty out the box. I know things like this may happen and I used a different port but that's my only complaint.
Features
Native Audio
Realtek ALC892
Realtek ALC887 codec
Additional Accessories Included
Driver disk, I/O Shield, 2x SATA cable, Case Badge, M.2 Screw
I/O Shield, 2x SATA cable, Driver disk
Extras
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
cFosSpeed, AMD StoreMI technology, RGB Fusion, AutoGreen, 3D OSD, EasyTune, Cloud Station, Fast Boot, Game Boost
What customers say about "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.
Gigabyte B450M DS3H Motherboard
  • It does have the feature of setting your own P-States for Overclocking but it's bad in other areas if I had known before I wouldn't have purchased it.
  • It has a feature where you can save your BIOS settings. Now if you set your PC up with custom settings, make sure you save them to a memory stick or note them down!
  • The board does the job, but lacks some extra features which are locked out in the accompanying application and that is the ability for the board to automatically overclock the cpu.
  • Very nicely packaged, very good quality with very high end features and components.
  • Certainly seems a user friendly quality board with handy features and room for expansion, i like that it has 2 M2 slots.
Power
Power Connectors
24-pin ATX, 8-pin ATX 12V
24-pin ATX, 8-pin ATX 12V
Warranty / Certifications
Manufacturer Warranty
1 year(s)
2 year(s)
Certifications
CE, FCC
FCC, CE
Other Information
Manufacturer


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