MSI B350 Tomahawk AM4 Motherboard Review

Test Setup and Overclocking

MSI B350 Tomahawk Review

Test Setup

MSI B350 Tomahawk
AMD Ryzen 7 1800X
Corsair LPX 2666MHz
Corsair LPX 3000MHz
Corsair LPX 3200MHz
Corsair MP500 M.2
nVidia GTX 980
Corsair HX1000i
Corsair H110i GT
Corsair ML Fans

Overclocking

For the purposes of providing a good comparison between the B350 and the X370 motherboards we're running the B350 with our Ryzen 7 1800X. This is somewhat overkill given that most people will plump for the 1700 or be waiting to see what the Ryzen 5's bring, but we wanted to discover if there was much of a compromise by going with a B350 equipped motherboard. Plus, who wants to look at a set of results with absolutely nothing to compare them to? Sure the 1800X really does stress the B350 lower spec board but being able to directly compare all motherboards by using the same CPU makes a lot more sense in our minds!
As far as the Tomahawk is concerned the overclocking was very good indeed, very easy with minimal work required. We squeezed 4 GHz out with only 1.4v on the VCore. Perhaps most impressively was how the Tomahawk handled the vDroop, dropping only 8 hundredths of a volt from 1.4v to 1.392v. Stability is the key. If you want some speedy memory to go alongside your processor then the Tomahawk has this covered too and we saw 3200 MHz on the DDR4 at the same time as we had the 4 GHz 1800X. Nicely done.

MSI are pushing their AMD version of XMP in a big way atm. On this board we couldnt find a memory kit it worked with though, it will likely be sorted failry rapidly as ALL brands are running around like headless chickens trying to get everything sorted. Its worth noting if you set the memory up manually its fine, so its clearly just something hinky in this early A-XMP bios on the B350.

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Most Recent Comments

27-03-2017, 20:52:04

NeverBackDown
Not finished reading through the review (haven't watched the video yet either) but I am pretty impressed with those OC numbers from a lower end board. Basically the same as all the other expensive boards.

Edit: really strange results for the Gaming benches. The CH6 is at least an extra 15FPS ahead of all the other boards(in the OC test)? How in the world does a motherboard make that much of a difference?Quote

28-03-2017, 05:46:11

tinytomlogan
Quote:
Originally Posted by NeverBackDown View Post
Not finished reading through the review (haven't watched the video yet either) but I am pretty impressed with those OC numbers from a lower end board. Basically the same as all the other expensive boards.

Edit: really strange results for the Gaming benches. The CH6 is at least an extra 15FPS ahead of all the other boards(in the OC test)? How in the world does a motherboard make that much of a difference?
So far the only difference would be BCLK overclockQuote

28-03-2017, 11:30:57

Daiyus
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Originally Posted by NeverBackDown View Post
Not finished reading through the review (haven't watched the video yet either) but I am pretty impressed with those OC numbers from a lower end board. Basically the same as all the other expensive boards.

Edit: really strange results for the Gaming benches. The CH6 is at least an extra 15FPS ahead of all the other boards(in the OC test)? How in the world does a motherboard make that much of a difference?
Yeah, the fact that a low end motherboard achieved such a solid overclock with the top-tier eight-core makes me much more hopeful that decent speed on an mITX board with a six-core R5 will be possible.

Now we just need to see if ASUS will do an X300 version of their Z270i.Quote

29-03-2017, 05:14:17

CEUOTC
Running this board with Bios Version 1.31. Can get my Corsair LPX 3200 @ 2933 with X-AMP. Can l ask which Bios Version was running for this review TTL?Quote

29-03-2017, 05:32:18

tinytomlogan
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Originally Posted by CEUOTC View Post
Running this board with Bios Version 1.31. Can get my Corsair LPX 3200 @ 2933 with X-AMP. Can l ask which Bios Version was running for this review TTL?
I cant remember the number now, it was one MSI sent over and I cant check because the board has gone back already.

Try upping your SOC volts and manually setting 3200MHzQuote
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