The MSI Tomahawk motherboard is getting an update with no substantial design modifications. The Tomahawk series is being updated for 13th Generation Core CPUs. This is a low-cost motherboard that is the successor to the B660 series, which is currently available with DDR5 and DDR4 support.
The MAG B760 Tomahawk has twin 8-pin power ports. The VRM component of the B660 model has not changed much. This implies that the power stage design should remain 12+1+1.
The MSI B760 Tomahawk is an ATX-style motherboard with two PCI Express x16 expansion slots (given the upgrades to Intel 700 series, those could now be both Gen4). Additionally, three M.2 PCIe slots are concealed behind the shields. We don’t have all of the details, but the packaging precisely states “Lightning Gen5”, implying that at least one M.2 slot supports PCIe Gen5.
In 1 DIMM Per Channel mode, the successor allows DDR4 memory speeds of up to 5333 MT/s (single rank). Intel is currently focused on enhancing DDR5 memory speeds with the 13th Gen Core series and new chipsets; hence DDR4 OC support on this B760 board should change at this time.
The B760 MAG Tomahawk, along with DDR5 and DDR4 variations, will be available early next year with the 65W Intel 13th Gen Core non-K series. It’s worth mentioning that the B660 version already supports these CPUs, so considering how similar both boards are, it’s best to start with the successor, which costs roughly $190.
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