MSI MAG Z790 Tomahawk Max Review

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MSI Tomahawk Max Review

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If you want packaging that’s gonna grab your attention then the Z790 Tomahawk Max certainly does that. It’s perfect if you plan to combine it with an Nvidia GPU.

MSI MAG Z790 Tomahawk Max Box Z790 Tomahawk Max Rear packaging

You can never underestimate the importance of a holistic product range. We all own things because they go with other things we already own. In the world of PC hardware this is even more true, particularly with the burgeoning need for software control of it all. Why have eight software packages running when one does it all. MSI obviously agree as their MAG E360 AIO has exactly the same design scheme.

The Tomahawk family

As we gain more and more M.2 slots in our motherboards, and because most of us just find one that’s a good balance of price and capacity, it’s nice to have the slots numbered externally. At the very least it makes it easier to remember which drive is which in your system. We know we’re not the only people to have written on SSDs in Sharpie. As we said in our intro the Tomahawk only has four M.2 slots. However, you’re still getting one Gen 5 one, if you have the money for such a speedy drive.

Z790 Tomahawk Max overview

Despite its relative affordability, there is nothing about the top half of the Tomahawk that screams cheap. It looks like it should and has all you expect.

LGA 1700 Socket

A closer look at those numbered M.2 slots, as well as a glimpse of the cooling options at the bottom. If you’re familiar with the vanilla Z790 Tomahawk then the move from white lettering to green might come as a shock.

M.2 Heatspreaders

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