Review MSI MAG B550 Tomahawk Review: Dual Ethernet, Sub $200

Phaaze88

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That's a big jump in price from what used to be reasonably priced on the older B series...
Overclocking is garbage on Ryzen 3000 too; there's a better performance tweak than that.

Ehh, might as well get an Asus TUF Gaming X570 Plus for around the same price... ¯\(ツ)
 
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The more expensive boards use the latest Realtek ALC1220 codec (or some variation of) while the Tomahawk uses a Realtek ALC1200, a slightly cut down version of the ALC1220.
I think thats wrong, have the Board running and it says Realtek ALC S1220A.
 

jrhansen

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Many of the B550 boards have considerably more features than the older B450. It is more expensive than what people is used to, but the MSI Tomahawk is a great board with almost the same features as many X570 boards, and more than half of the available X570 boards is actually crappy designed. It seems most board makers have produced some nice B550 boards that is miles better than the X570 counterparts and many of the X570 is just too steep for what they delivers. If AMD had put a PCIe 4.0 uplink to the CPU in the B550 chip it would render 80% of the X570 boards pointless, overpriced and also bad designed for really many off'em. And there is some cheap B550 on the horizon for supposedly under 100 $ so there will be MB for those on a tight budget. But if you are on the really low budget, you could go with a B450 as they won't disapear right away, and those should be sufficient if it is for an ultra budget build anyway.
 

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