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Saw this while seeing what we can get with the code. Historical low I believe?

I don't have any experience with this board, but often see it highly recommended as an excellent b450 option. The MAX version supports Ryzen 3xxx CPUs out of the box.

Supports 1st, 2nd and 3rd Gen AMD Ryzen™ / Ryzen™ with Radeon™ Vega Graphics and 2nd Gen AMD Ryzen™ with Radeon™ Graphics / Athlon™ with Radeon™ Vega Graphics Desktop Processors for Socket AM4

Supports DDR4 Memory, up to 4133(OC) MHz

Extended Heatsink Design: MSI extended PWM heatsink and enhanced circuit design ensures even high-end processors to run in full speed.

Lightning Fast Game experience: 1x TURBO M.2, AMD Turbo USB 3.2 GEN2, Store MI technology

Core Boost: With premium layout and fully digital power design to support more cores and provide better performance.

DDR4 Boost:Advanced technology to deliver pure data signals for the best gaming performance and stability.

MULTI-GPU: With STEEL ARMOR PCI-E slots. Supports 2-Way AMD Crossfire™

Audio Boost: Reward your ears with studio grade sound quality for the most immersive audio experience.

Flash BIOS Button: Simply use a USB key to flash any BIOS within seconds, without installing a CPU, memory or graphics card.
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I had a complete nightmare with this damn board and a ryzen 5 3600. Constant BSODs, wouldnt start up, losing BIOS settings etc Was about to send it back when a new BETA BIOS appeared which MSI didnt recommend installing (so why release it then!?) that seemed to fix the wouldn't start issues and memory timings...few days later got a different BIOS and touch wood it has behaved for 2 months now...although did have a hissy fit of rebooting the other day. Wouldn't recommend to anyone.
edanfalls15/11/2019 17:13

The GPU will be the bottleneck but that is natural as you get so much bang …The GPU will be the bottleneck but that is natural as you get so much bang for your buck with the cheaper Ryzens. Like you say, it will run 1080p very comfortably.I'm looking at something very similar myself (so far only bought 16GB 3200MHz RAM and RMi 550W PSU, but currently looking at the RX 580, B450 and Ryzen 2600/2700X/3600).I started off thinking I'd put something together for a few hundred quid, but then you start creeping up and up in specs! To the point where I'm thinking that maybe I should move it up to a Vega 56 or 1660 Ti so that it's a solid 1440p system in case he wants to save up for a nice monitor. But then it's just creeping up even more!Are you going for an RGB build? If not then you can probably go for a £60/70 B450 board - a lot of them do now support decent RAM speeds. Also, what are you doing for cooling? One reason I'm considering the 2700X over the 2600 is for the Wraith Prism RGB cooler included, whereas for the 2600 I'd probably have to get something aftermarket.


For what you only need, you could potentially go WAY cheaper?
A320m SH2 v2 Motherboard, old, but runs 3000 series very well on F40 BIOS? It's actually faster than most x570's...
amazon.co.uk/Gig…mr0
Ryzen 7 2700. Loads of headroom and plenty fast enough if you're not going high end on GPU? Plus leaves the door open to use the PC for more intensive work in future if / when the youngster looks for upgrades in a few years' time?
amazon.co.uk/AMD…-11
Very good bang for your buck is still the GTX1060, which will thrash anything at 1080p still for cheap?Comparisons here.
gpu.userbenchmark.com/Com…923
You should get out for around £310ish I think? With the money saved, you'll get a much better GPU in future for the savings value, but plenty in hand for the time being? 16Gb DDR4 all over the place for £55 mark these days, or go a bit faster for £60-65?
Intel 660p 1tb SSD are around the £90 mark, which aren't bad, so long as you won't be moving huge amounts of large files, which gaming won't.Low powered 1060 and CPU so you'll get away with , say EVGA 500 Watt PSU and take your pick from all the vice cases out there? You shouldn't be too much over £500 and have a decent machine?
I need to get out more!! ;-p But hope this might help you a little?
Edited by: "aidan.conway" 15th Nov 2019
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was £75 in the past
Thats a cracking price.....great find.
I have the non MAX version in my PC from a build earlier this year and have yet to have any issues with it. If anything it was easier than I was expecting it to be to set up and get going on although I'm not someone who does much tweaking for optimisation so others would doubtless have better info there.

Sub £85 feels like a very good price, I believe I paid more than that for mine a few months back and that was a refurb as well.
copystuff15/11/2019 15:58

was £75 in the past




You sure it was the max version and not the older version ?
I had a complete nightmare with this damn board and a ryzen 5 3600. Constant BSODs, wouldnt start up, losing BIOS settings etc Was about to send it back when a new BETA BIOS appeared which MSI didnt recommend installing (so why release it then!?) that seemed to fix the wouldn't start issues and memory timings...few days later got a different BIOS and touch wood it has behaved for 2 months now...although did have a hissy fit of rebooting the other day. Wouldn't recommend to anyone.
I've the B350 tomahawk and picked up a gaming plus x470 for £50. Both boards have been great but i've not moved on to gen 3 ryzens and i've not upgraded to the latest beta bios.

Getting in touch with msi is a right pain in the arse and i found them slow and awkward to deal with.

I think like with alot of boards with 3rd gens if you got in early you got problems.
Great price. I'm holding out for an Asus ROG Strix B450-E for Aura Sync but this is really tempting at this price.
Edited by: "edanfalls" 15th Nov 2019
edanfalls15/11/2019 16:15

Great price. I'm holding out for an Asus ROG Strix B450-E for Aura Sync …Great price. I'm holding out for an Asus ROG Strix B450-E for Aura Sync but this is really tempting at this price.


I've got that board. It's a really good board. I'm now shopping for my little brothers PC that I'm building him for xmas.. looking for a B450 but not the max
steve_bezerker15/11/2019 16:16

I've got that board. It's a really good board. I'm now shopping for my …I've got that board. It's a really good board. I'm now shopping for my little brothers PC that I'm building him for xmas.. looking for a B450 but not the max


Nice, mine is also for a Xmas PC for my nephew. You know PCs aren't getting much quicker anymore when you have nothing left to buy for your rig and have to buy other people PCs instead
amancalledsloane15/11/2019 16:06

I had a complete nightmare with this damn board and a ryzen 5 3600. …I had a complete nightmare with this damn board and a ryzen 5 3600. Constant BSODs, wouldnt start up, losing BIOS settings etc Was about to send it back when a new BETA BIOS appeared which MSI didnt recommend installing (so why release it then!?) that seemed to fix the wouldn't start issues and memory timings...few days later got a different BIOS and touch wood it has behaved for 2 months now...although did have a hissy fit of rebooting the other day. Wouldn't recommend to anyone.


I thought the whole point of the MAX version was that it came with out of the box support for Ryzen 3000? Does it not have that advertised on the box? I thought it was only the regular Tomahawk that needed a flash?
edanfalls15/11/2019 16:20

Nice, mine is also for a Xmas PC for my nephew. You know PCs aren't …Nice, mine is also for a Xmas PC for my nephew. You know PCs aren't getting much quicker anymore when you have nothing left to buy for your rig and have to buy other people PCs instead


You know I've been going backwards and forwards on the build for days. Can you just weigh in on this for me.. I'm losing my mind.

B450, Ryzen 5 2600, RX 580 GTS, 16GB DDR4 3000MHz RAM.

He's only playing on 1080p so in reality it should be overkill.. I just cant decide whether that system would bottleneck and I've been arguing with myself for what feels like forever. Thoughts?
spandexbaldrick15/11/2019 16:21

I thought the whole point of the MAX version was that it came with out of …I thought the whole point of the MAX version was that it came with out of the box support for Ryzen 3000? Does it not have that advertised on the box? I thought it was only the regular Tomahawk that needed a flash?


Also MAX has more space for the BIOS.
A nice mid range motherboard for ryzen for £83.14.

Bargain.
copystuff15/11/2019 15:58

was £75 in the past


Previous version,without out of the box Ryzen 3000 support.Not the Max.
Good price if you want to build new system with 3600 or 3700x if you need more threads.
V Good board, used in my current setup. He is a video of it
steve_bezerker15/11/2019 16:26

You know I've been going backwards and forwards on the build for days. Can …You know I've been going backwards and forwards on the build for days. Can you just weigh in on this for me.. I'm losing my mind.B450, Ryzen 5 2600, RX 580 GTS, 16GB DDR4 3000MHz RAM.He's only playing on 1080p so in reality it should be overkill.. I just cant decide whether that system would bottleneck and I've been arguing with myself for what feels like forever. Thoughts?


The GPU will be the bottleneck but that is natural as you get so much bang for your buck with the cheaper Ryzens. Like you say, it will run 1080p very comfortably.

I'm looking at something very similar myself (so far only bought 16GB 3200MHz RAM and RMi 550W PSU, but currently looking at the RX 580, B450 and Ryzen 2600/2700X/3600).

I started off thinking I'd put something together for a few hundred quid, but then you start creeping up and up in specs! To the point where I'm thinking that maybe I should move it up to a Vega 56 or 1660 Ti so that it's a solid 1440p system in case he wants to save up for a nice monitor. But then it's just creeping up even more!

Are you going for an RGB build? If not then you can probably go for a £60/70 B450 board - a lot of them do now support decent RAM speeds. Also, what are you doing for cooling? One reason I'm considering the 2700X over the 2600 is for the Wraith Prism RGB cooler included, whereas for the 2600 I'd probably have to get something aftermarket.
steve_bezerker15/11/2019 16:26

You know I've been going backwards and forwards on the build for days. Can …You know I've been going backwards and forwards on the build for days. Can you just weigh in on this for me.. I'm losing my mind.B450, Ryzen 5 2600, RX 580 GTS, 16GB DDR4 3000MHz RAM.He's only playing on 1080p so in reality it should be overkill.. I just cant decide whether that system would bottleneck and I've been arguing with myself for what feels like forever. Thoughts?


Also I've got a feeling that the Ryzen 3600 could be fairly heavily discounted for BF, being a recent and popular model. And it's significantly faster than the 2600/2700 in single threaded tasks... so probably not wise to pull the trigger on a Ryzen yet
edanfalls15/11/2019 17:13

The GPU will be the bottleneck but that is natural as you get so much bang …The GPU will be the bottleneck but that is natural as you get so much bang for your buck with the cheaper Ryzens. Like you say, it will run 1080p very comfortably.I'm looking at something very similar myself (so far only bought 16GB 3200MHz RAM and RMi 550W PSU, but currently looking at the RX 580, B450 and Ryzen 2600/2700X/3600).I started off thinking I'd put something together for a few hundred quid, but then you start creeping up and up in specs! To the point where I'm thinking that maybe I should move it up to a Vega 56 or 1660 Ti so that it's a solid 1440p system in case he wants to save up for a nice monitor. But then it's just creeping up even more!Are you going for an RGB build? If not then you can probably go for a £60/70 B450 board - a lot of them do now support decent RAM speeds. Also, what are you doing for cooling? One reason I'm considering the 2700X over the 2600 is for the Wraith Prism RGB cooler included, whereas for the 2600 I'd probably have to get something aftermarket.


Thanks that was exactly what I was thinking but I've been building my own PCs for so long I've forgotten what it means to have to build on a budget.

To be honest he probably will want RGB because he's a 14 year old just about to get his first taste of a gaming PC so I want to give him that first time amazing experience of having a disco in your room

Regarding cooling there is a wraith cooler that comes with one of the 2600's so I was going to get that and get a case with a few LED fans in it and some decent airflow. The RX580 also has it's own dual fans so all in all there will be at least 6 fans in the case. I'm hoping that is enough but I am intel man and I know AMD run hot. I'm just hoping it's enough without having to undervolt.
edanfalls15/11/2019 17:17

Also I've got a feeling that the Ryzen 3600 could be fairly heavily …Also I've got a feeling that the Ryzen 3600 could be fairly heavily discounted for BF, being a recent and popular model. And it's significantly faster than the 2600/2700 in single threaded tasks... so probably not wise to pull the trigger on a Ryzen yet


Yeah I was going to wait for BF anyway... I've only really bought the RX 580 for 140 so far. It'll probably drop a bit more on BF but I took a gamble with that one.
edanfalls15/11/2019 17:13

The GPU will be the bottleneck but that is natural as you get so much bang …The GPU will be the bottleneck but that is natural as you get so much bang for your buck with the cheaper Ryzens. Like you say, it will run 1080p very comfortably.I'm looking at something very similar myself (so far only bought 16GB 3200MHz RAM and RMi 550W PSU, but currently looking at the RX 580, B450 and Ryzen 2600/2700X/3600).I started off thinking I'd put something together for a few hundred quid, but then you start creeping up and up in specs! To the point where I'm thinking that maybe I should move it up to a Vega 56 or 1660 Ti so that it's a solid 1440p system in case he wants to save up for a nice monitor. But then it's just creeping up even more!Are you going for an RGB build? If not then you can probably go for a £60/70 B450 board - a lot of them do now support decent RAM speeds. Also, what are you doing for cooling? One reason I'm considering the 2700X over the 2600 is for the Wraith Prism RGB cooler included, whereas for the 2600 I'd probably have to get something aftermarket.


For what you only need, you could potentially go WAY cheaper?
A320m SH2 v2 Motherboard, old, but runs 3000 series very well on F40 BIOS? It's actually faster than most x570's...
amazon.co.uk/Gig…mr0
Ryzen 7 2700. Loads of headroom and plenty fast enough if you're not going high end on GPU? Plus leaves the door open to use the PC for more intensive work in future if / when the youngster looks for upgrades in a few years' time?
amazon.co.uk/AMD…-11
Very good bang for your buck is still the GTX1060, which will thrash anything at 1080p still for cheap?Comparisons here.
gpu.userbenchmark.com/Com…923
You should get out for around £310ish I think? With the money saved, you'll get a much better GPU in future for the savings value, but plenty in hand for the time being? 16Gb DDR4 all over the place for £55 mark these days, or go a bit faster for £60-65?
Intel 660p 1tb SSD are around the £90 mark, which aren't bad, so long as you won't be moving huge amounts of large files, which gaming won't.Low powered 1060 and CPU so you'll get away with , say EVGA 500 Watt PSU and take your pick from all the vice cases out there? You shouldn't be too much over £500 and have a decent machine?
I need to get out more!! ;-p But hope this might help you a little?
Edited by: "aidan.conway" 15th Nov 2019
Good deal for a good mob!! Thanks!
Sie_Masz15/11/2019 16:35

Previous version,without out of the box Ryzen 3000 support.Not the Max.


Took from another post
This is a great motherboard, I have it.

It also gets much cheaper than this in ebay sales. I got mine for £74 with postage from ebuyer on one of the sales (15 or 20% off I forget which).
Can't go wrong, stick a ryzen 3600 on it.
edanfalls15/11/2019 16:20

Nice, mine is also for a Xmas PC for my nephew. You know PCs aren't …Nice, mine is also for a Xmas PC for my nephew. You know PCs aren't getting much quicker anymore when you have nothing left to buy for your rig and have to buy other people PCs instead


Same lol. I built my Mrs a 5700 + my old 2600X to watch YouTube and do spreadsheets hoho
I've been looking this board and I was planning on waiting until BF, but this seems like a super good deal so its bought!
steve_bezerker15/11/2019 17:20

Thanks that was exactly what I was thinking but I've been building my own …Thanks that was exactly what I was thinking but I've been building my own PCs for so long I've forgotten what it means to have to build on a budget.To be honest he probably will want RGB because he's a 14 year old just about to get his first taste of a gaming PC so I want to give him that first time amazing experience of having a disco in your room Regarding cooling there is a wraith cooler that comes with one of the 2600's so I was going to get that and get a case with a few LED fans in it and some decent airflow. The RX580 also has it's own dual fans so all in all there will be at least 6 fans in the case. I'm hoping that is enough but I am intel man and I know AMD run hot. I'm just hoping it's enough without having to undervolt.


Are you me?! Mine is also for a 14 year old, and it's his first proper PC, so yeah RGB seemed like a must! It has really brought the price up quite a bit though to be honest - I decided on Aura Sync so paying more for a decent Asus board, plus need a decent looking PSU in a window lit case so went with the Corsair RMi instead of the basic CX, slightly more expensive RAM, Asus GPUs are bit more expensive too...

I wonder if it would be better to just go for a cheap board with a single RGB header, and wire a load of cheap RGB strip light (a few quid on ebay) all around the case, including on the back of the GPU etc. It just seems a bit silly paying an extra £100 or so just to have Aura Sync compatible gear.

I'm sure temp wise it will be fine with the 2600 cooler (Wraith Spire RGB I think it's called?), as I doubt he will overclock that much from the start? From benchmarks it seems a bit noisy though and doesn't look as nice as the Wraith Prism. So I'll probably either get the 2700X with the Wraith Prism, or save a bit on the 2600 and get a Corsair RGB AIO if one comes up in the sales.
aidan.conway15/11/2019 17:30

For what you only need, you could potentially go WAY cheaper?A320m SH2 v2 …For what you only need, you could potentially go WAY cheaper?A320m SH2 v2 Motherboard, old, but runs 3000 series very well on F40 BIOS? It's actually faster than most x570's...https://www.amazon.co.uk/Gigabyte-A320M-S2H-Socket-S-ATA-Micro/dp/B078KBKFZ6/ref=sr_1_fkmr0_1?keywords=a320m+sh2&qid=1573838398&sr=8-1-fkmr0Ryzen 7 2700. Loads of headroom and plenty fast enough if you're not going high end on GPU? Plus leaves the door open to use the PC for more intensive work in future if / when the youngster looks for upgrades in a few years' time?https://www.amazon.co.uk/AMD-Ryzen-Processor-Wraith-Cooler/dp/B07B41717Z/ref=sr_1_11?crid=3M71TL68XU4XD&keywords=ryzen+5+3600&qid=1573838555&s=computers&sprefix=risen+5+3600,computers,144&sr=1-11Very good bang for your buck is still the GTX1060, which will thrash anything at 1080p still for cheap?Comparisons here.https://gpu.userbenchmark.com/Compare/Nvidia-GTX-1060-6GB-vs-AMD-RX-580/3639vs3923You should get out for around £310ish I think? With the money saved, you'll get a much better GPU in future for the savings value, but plenty in hand for the time being? 16Gb DDR4 all over the place for £55 mark these days, or go a bit faster for £60-65?Intel 660p 1tb SSD are around the £90 mark, which aren't bad, so long as you won't be moving huge amounts of large files, which gaming won't.Low powered 1060 and CPU so you'll get away with , say EVGA 500 Watt PSU and take your pick from all the vice cases out there? You shouldn't be too much over £500 and have a decent machine?I need to get out more!! ;-p But hope this might help you a little?


Thanks mate, I think you're right, I could save a bit more. I'd like to go for a B450 though, as it will give him the option to overclock if he finds it interesting. I did consider the 2700 but then thought I might as well go for the 2700X to get a decent RGB cooler with it. But that's where I'm losing the most money I think - too much money on RGB parts as I'm trying to go with Aura Sync to make it easy for him. It might be better just to put a bunch of custom RGB strips in running off a cheap B450 with a dumb RGB header.

Even the 2700 is probably well over the top, but he's 14 so he might want to stream, so it could be useful I guess. But you make a good point about the GPU - I think the best thing is probably to make the system with quality parts but with an underpowered GPU, as he can always save up for an upgrade as it's then easy to slot in. So maybe a GTX 1060 or RX 570 then instead of a 580.

And don't worry, I often put "fantasy builds" together just out of boredom
pcmustard15/11/2019 18:32

Same lol. I built my Mrs a 5700 + my old 2600X to watch YouTube and do …Same lol. I built my Mrs a 5700 + my old 2600X to watch YouTube and do spreadsheets hoho


Haha, don't tell my missus that, I only recently gave her my old first gen i7 870! Still overkill for Facebook and Word
edanfalls15/11/2019 19:20

Are you me?! Mine is also for a 14 year old, and it's his first proper PC, …Are you me?! Mine is also for a 14 year old, and it's his first proper PC, so yeah RGB seemed like a must! It has really brought the price up quite a bit though to be honest - I decided on Aura Sync so paying more for a decent Asus board, plus need a decent looking PSU in a window lit case so went with the Corsair RMi instead of the basic CX, slightly more expensive RAM, Asus GPUs are bit more expensive too...I wonder if it would be better to just go for a cheap board with a single RGB header, and wire a load of cheap RGB strip light (a few quid on ebay) all around the case, including on the back of the GPU etc. It just seems a bit silly paying an extra £100 or so just to have Aura Sync compatible gear.I'm sure temp wise it will be fine with the 2600 cooler (Wraith Spire RGB I think it's called?), as I doubt he will overclock that much from the start? From benchmarks it seems a bit noisy though and doesn't look as nice as the Wraith Prism. So I'll probably either get the 2700X with the Wraith Prism, or save a bit on the 2600 and get a Corsair RGB AIO if one comes up in the sales.


Lol feel like I'm talking to alternate universe version of myself .

I think I'm just going to play the Black Friday lottery and see what comes up. The noise is the most worrying part for me since I know the RX 580 is like a jet engine taking off.. this is where things like the Pulse really excel, at least I could dial the fans back a tad maybe that will help a fair bit. I can live with the heat issue, he can use it as a radiator.. well, if it doesn't melt his PSU and all of his components that is .
Is this better than asus z97 pro gamer?
Wow 20% less than I paid month ago and its not even black Friday, such bad timing on my part to build early October haha. Oh well as long as the gfx card and chip doesn't go for silly deal I won't be too upset.
Steven_Barnes16/11/2019 00:31

Is this better than asus z97 pro gamer?


Z97 pro is an intel socket board.
TankDeal15/11/2019 16:56

Good price if you want to build new system with 3600 or 3700x if you need …Good price if you want to build new system with 3600 or 3700x if you need more threads.


even runs the new 3950x well, hardware unboxed just put out a video about it
Hardware Unboxed just did a video with the new Ryzen 9 3950X 16 core CPU on B450 motherboards. The MSI B450 Tomahawk was the best performing motherboard and definitely a good buy if you plan on staying on the AM4 platform for a while.

Who knows, in a few years time a second hand 3950X might be the best £200 upgrade you could make..
Edited by: "keenan316" 16th Nov 2019
Ordered this at 7pm last night and it already arrived
keenan31616/11/2019 11:19

Hardware Unboxed just did a video with the new Ryzen 9 3950X 16 core CPU …Hardware Unboxed just did a video with the new Ryzen 9 3950X 16 core CPU on B450 motherboards. The MSI B450 Tomahawk was the best performing motherboard and definitely a good buy if you plan on staying on the AM4 platform for a while.Who knows, in a few years time a second hand 3950X might be the best £200 upgrade you could make..


I was going to buy myself but when there are post about sound issues and latency issues it put me off but who owns this board and can confirm they dont have these issues.
ollyprice8716/11/2019 07:58

Z97 pro is an intel socket board.


Thanks im new to all this. Are they both not motherboards?
copystuff16/11/2019 12:48

I was going to buy myself but when there are post about sound issues and …I was going to buy myself but when there are post about sound issues and latency issues it put me off but who owns this board and can confirm they dont have these issues.


I own the MSI B450 Tomahawk which is exactly the same and I have no issues what so ever.

Running a Ryzen R5 1600X at 4.2Ghz and Crucial Ballistix 16gb at 3600Mhz Cl14.

It's a great board! For me there is no reason to upgrade to any of the newer boards!
Steven_Barnes16/11/2019 13:18

Thanks im new to all this. Are they both not motherboards?


You get motherboards for Intel cpu's and motherboards for AMD cpu's.

This motherboard is for AMD Ryzen processors..
keenan31616/11/2019 13:32

I own the MSI B450 Tomahawk which is exactly the same and I have no issues …I own the MSI B450 Tomahawk which is exactly the same and I have no issues what so ever.Running a Ryzen R5 1600X at 4.2Ghz and Crucial Ballistix 16gb at 3600Mhz Cl14.It's a great board! For me there is no reason to upgrade to any of the newer boards!


Thanks for reply is the memory kit you have this one Ballistix Sport LT - BLS16G4D32AESB.M16FE
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