Actually, I have noticed the ongoing trend of vendors releasing affordable gaming motherboards packed with lots of features. So I decided to grab my hands on this MSI B350 Tomahawk motherboard. The price is quite affordable for a ‘gaming’ motherboard which is around $150USD from where I stay (Malaysia). The reason why I chose AMD is also because of the launch of Ryzen. Just my personal opinion but AMD processors are actually pretty good in terms of reliability and offer more value for money compared to Intel. I mean, what are the chances of you having a failed CPU (unless you overclocks or overheat it). So choose a brand which offers more at a better price.
Also, why MSI? Actually MSI has been on the rise in recent years when it comes to offering gaming products with great features. They are just synonymous with gaming these days. So, you won’t go wrong choosing this brand. It comes with 3years manufacturer warranty as well.
Do note this motherboard support Nvidia SLI or AMD Crossfire.
|Form Factor||ATX, 30.4 x 24.3 cm|
|CPU Socket||AMD AM4, 4+2 phase VRM|
|Memory||DDR4 Dual channel, 4 DIMMs, up to 64GB, up to 3200MHz+ with OC (with a Ryzen CPU)|
|Onboard Graphics||VGA, DVI-D, and HDMI ports for use with AM4 APUs|
|Expansion Slots||1 x PCIe 3.0 x16 (x16 for Ryzen, wired to the CPU), 1x PCIe 2.0 x16 (x4 mode, wired to the chipset), 2x PCIe 2.0 x1 (wired to the chipset), 2x PCI|
|Storage||4 x SATA 6Gbps (via B350 chipset)
1 x M.2 SATA (6Gbps) or NVMe PCIe 3.0 x4 (with Ryzen CPUs) or PCIe 3.0 x2 (with AM4 APUs)
|USB||6 x USB 2.0 (4 Internal, 2 Rear, via B350)
7x USB 3.0 (4 Internal via B350, 3 Rear, via CPU)
1x USB 3.0 Type-C (1 Rear, via CPU)
|Networking||1 x Realtek 8111H Gigabit LAN|
|Audio||Realtek ALC892-based 7.1 channel HD audio|
|Fan Headers||6, all support 3/4pin fans and DC/PWM mode|
|RGB Headers||1, 4-pin RGB|
|Rear I/O||1 x PS/2 mouse & keyboard combo port
2 x USB 2.0 ports
1 x VGA
1 x HDMI
1 x DVI-D
3x USB 3.0 Type-A port
1x USB 3.0 Type-C port
1 x LAN (RJ45) port
6x OFC audio jacks
|UEFI BIOS||MSI Click BIOS 5 UEFI|
Upclose and features
Since I’m an audiophile, what I like most about this motherboard is the fact that it has Golden plated audio jacks. The PCI-E has this ‘steel’ which provides extra protection from bending VGA cards. That’s something important to consider since my card is quite heavy having 3 fan blades. Another thing to note is the plated gaming heatsink. They look superb! You could probably tell from the picture below. This motherboard is quite intelligent as well packed with many sensors. Initially, I was having problems booting up the PC. The red LED lights are shown beside the power plug indicating GPU/RAM/CPU had issues. After I swap the slots for the RAM and re-assemble the GPU, the lights disappeared.
This motherboard is a value for money gaming motherboard. It’s priced at the mid-range level and packed with all the features you would need to run a great set-up. So far I have been using this motherboard for about 4 months. I can say the experience is superb and reliable. If you have any questions, leave a comment below.
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Prices across South-East Asia:
Malaysia price (as reviewed): RM699 via LazadaMY
Singapore price (as reviewed): $89.99 via Newegg
Indonesia price (as reviewed): Rp2.095.000 via Bukalapak
Vietnam price (as reviewed): 3.199.000vnd via HanoiComputer
Philippines price (as reviewed): ₱ 7,780 via Galleon
Thailand price (as reviewed): 3,590baht InvadeIT