MSI MAG B560 Tomahawk WiFi Preview
As model higher up in the price range than some of the other B560 models on the market it's no surprise to see the back of the box showing off a raft of features than you might expect to find on the Z590 chipset.
Inside the box there is all you need and nothing you don't. It might not always be as impressive as getting 50 different tiny packets in your box, but how many of us have motherboard boxes in the loft stuffed full of esoteric accessories we never used? Exactly. Far better to just give you what you need and keep the price low.
Despite being a B560 instead of the Z590 the looks of the Tomahawk are very nice, with silver heatsinks contrasting well against the black PCB. You can also get a feel for the intentions of the designers. This is not a pair of VRM heatsinks that look like those you used to get on a P55 motherboard. Purposeful to say the least. This is backed up by having a 6 layer 2oz copper PCB, which helps with the smoothness of your system under loading and also helps manage any heat generated. It's a premium feature and great to see on a B560 motherboard.
The bottom end of the PCB is where the real interest lays with all the newest Intel range, PCI Express 4.0 NVMe. Tasty. The benefits of fast storage cannot be underestimated and with PCI Express 4.0 it goes as hitherto undreamt of speeds. Properly fast.
Beginning our tour at the top left as always we find a 8+4pin CPU 12V input ticked between some sharp cornered heatsinks.
Moving along and the regular features of the top right corner of a PCB threw us for a loop at first, as they face sideways rather than straight on. We can't recall another PCB that did this, although we're sure there must be some. Still you have a header for the CPU fan as well as a dedicated Pump/fan header. For those who take advantage of the MSI Mystic Light system there are two RGB LED Strip headers, one of each type.