MSI B450 Tomahawk – Review

The MSI B450 Motherboard has a lot of features for the money. Join me as I take a closer look at this board, including overclocking, comparison to X470, and suggestions on what CPU to pair it with.
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MSI B450 Tomahawk @NewEgg – – @Amazon

Ryzen 5 2400G — @Amazon — @NewEgg
Ryzen 5 2600 — @Amazon — @NewEgg
Ryzen 7 2700 — @Amazon — @NewEgg

Depending on price, the 1st gen 1600/1700 are still worth a look. Both come with a Wraith Spire cooler that handles 3.7GHz fixed overclock very well at stock voltage. Similar in performance to a stock 2600/2700 out of the box, for a bit less money.

Ryzen 5 1600 — @Amazon — @NewEgg
Ryzen 7 1700 — @Amazon — @NewEgg

If you want max performance, if you want solid overclocking, consider either the B450 Gaming Pro Carbon or the X470 Gaming Plus, both of which have better power delivery

MSI B450 Gaming Pro Carbon — @NewEgg – @Amazon
MSI X470 Gaming Plus — @NewEgg – @Amazon

Ryzen 5 2600X — @Amazon — @NewEgg
Ryzen 7 2700X — @Amazon — @NewEgg


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Raspberry Fury says:

please review b450 msi gaming plus

Thor Invincible TO says:

what if i overclock my r5 2600 to 4ghz? will it work fine?

шибутной says:

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Gaied Mahdi says:

looks like this board is capable of handling a 2700x 4.2Ghz oC 24/7 usage, VRM doesnt got beyond 85°C at 2700x heavy full load.
there is absolutely 0 difference between these boards, the tomahawk got much better heatsink for the 4 VRM, so it shouldnt be a big different to the 8 chokes on the Gaming plus.

CyberClu says:

“A nice drink coaster, to put your coffee…wait a minute, that’s a driver CD!” Lol, a great sense of humor, as always!

XShotgunMattyx 734 says:


TheWarHawk 27 says:

Can I pair this with a 1500x?

Zoivon says:

I have a Ryzen 5 2600 with the B350 Tomahawk and it isn’t showing any display on my monitor so I might return the B350 and get the B450 version. Do I need an older CPU to run the motherboard to update the bios or I just use the Ryzen 5 2600 right away? I need a quick reply please

iMurk903 says:

Couldn’t you just buy this board for future proof if you wanted to upgrade from a ryzen 3 to a 5? And also do these 450 series need to be updated before you can actually boot it??

john campos says:

Is msi b450 brands can last for years? Cuz I’ve seen comments over gigabyte brand, specially their x470 just lasted for weeks and even days.

shuv099 says:

Is the MSI B450M Mortar a good alternate to Tomahawk?

Nick Deaño says:

You da best reviewing computer stuffs detail to detail , so fluent and very good grammar! Thank you! Godbless

Ryan Wall says:

Does it have one or two m.2 slots?

BPCougar8000 says:

I’ve got a b350 tomahawk. My 2700 oc’s to 4100 easily and my 2400 mhz ram oc’s to 2800 without stability issues

sumit says:

Is it fine with 2600 oc


Please will the MSI B450 tomahawk work the athlon x4 950 CPU?

899 Panigale says:

Clean. Simple. Great video

RedLine says:

The extra 4 pin connector on most mobos do absolutely nothing, its just a marketing gimmick.

Somu Soni says:

So, if I want to use Ryzen 3 will it be able to connect with HDMI or display port? If not how do i connect the monitor lol

Lukas Innerebner says: would recommend the tomahawk even if I buy a Ryzen 5 2600x WITHOUT overclocking it?

silly thing says:

I love you…!!! ^^

luka rozman says:

Soooo…. can i use 2600x on the tomahawk and not overclock it?

Ramil Hallig says:

Sir help pls with my b450 toma, led flash on boot, no post display. Is d prob in dvi-d connector converted from vga pin? I purchase also hdmi connector hoping that it works

the3orpdeenyse says:

Somebody mind throwing some advice my way? I’m going to build my first rig in the near future. After moderate research, this is what I’ve got as of now:

Ryzen 5 2600, stock fan
MSI b450 tomahawk
2x8gb 3200 MHz (trident)
Adata ssd, 512gb
Gtx 1070, EVGA FTW3
Corsair carbide 270r
EVGA supernova 80+g 550w

I’m not sure, but I think I read that this board may only support up to 3000MHz ram?
Does that simply mean i cannot purchase 3200? I read that the ryzen love ram and 3200 for the 5 2600 is recommended…
Any cost saving advice would be great.
Also, I would probably end up trying to overclock cpu. Shouldn’t the stock fan allow for +200MHz stable?
Lots of questions, but I would appreciate if one of you gurus could take the time to help.

ng ivan says:

hi how about 2600x+b450f?my firend said this is has problem is it?(my english is not good)

Hakmer Siregar says:

A friend told me MSI B450 A-PRO is pretty much the same as MSI Tomahawk. Can you review MSi b450 A-Pro please? I’m torn between the two because in my country the Tomahawk is priced at 147USD and the A-Pro is priced at 106USD.

Mike Robinson says:

Help! Tomahawk b450 or gaming plus x470 ? In my city b450 is 110 and x470 is 129 so im stuck .

Team YPG says:

I dont have to do a bios Update with a b450 and a ryzen 5 2600x right ?


are ryzen 5 2600x and rx460 good match on this board?

Shawn S says:

What if I buy this mobo with the ryzen 3 2200g? I’m planning on slowly upgrading it to a 2400g in the long run


Will it support ryzen 5 2400g with vega 11 graphics

Joe Bennett says:

only thing that bothers me about MSI, they place there M.2 in the middle of the board, bad for cooling because it sits right 0ver the  top of the GPU, ASUS put there M.2 in the lower right corner, right by my case fan, it does not get hotter then 35C- 40C full load, I do also have a Silverstone M.2 heatsink on my M.2 great post, keep up them deals

Genesis TV says:

thats exactly my humor tho 😀 nice vid

voltigore says:

According to MSI website it has realtek ethernet no intel.

Tech Deals says:

*UPDATE* – Since filming this video, I’ve had my 2600X on an updated X470 platform, overclocks nicely to 4.2GHz at 1.35v on a 240mm AIO liquid cooler. Works well, but not really worth the money.

Sammy Waterston says:

Ryzen 5 2600x does not overclock better than the 2600, it boosts higher

Matt Rogers says:

I have been on console my entire life. New to the pc world im parting my first build together. You have the some of the best informative videos i have seen and always seem to answer my questions. Thank you for your hard work.

PrisonCipher says:

Just stick with the Toma450, it literally does the same thing the x470 does.

If you’re OC’ing to anything passed 4.0ghz you’re going to run an unstable rig regardless of MOBO. Also, if you’re running a Ryzen 5 low or high 000’s you really don’t need to OC, especially lets say with…a 4gb GPU and a Ryzen 2600. Also, both mobo’s allow for OC, power delivery isn’t really an issue these days, with people having 600+ watt PSU’s. Power delivery on a whole has never really been an issue in the last decade of mobo’s.

Sovietbird says:

I got a B450 Tomahawk to pair with a R5 1600 and I got a 3.8 GHz OC with the stock cooler @1.35v and 3200 MHz Memory with the tightest timings in the “Memory Try It” presets. The backlight fits perfectly with my case and the 4 fan headers removed the need for any splitters or fan hubs. I got it on sale for $90 before taxes and it wound up being $100 which is a great value for what you get.

Jorge Lara says:

I’m really having a hard time getting a good deal for DDR4 memory for this motherboard, I’m pairing it with a Ryzen 5 2600 and a AMD RX580, but the differences in price, speed and supported memory stated in MSI’s web site makes it very difficult.

bry magsombol says:

MSI Tomahawk or AORUS b450 pro? ???

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