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Pros: - Overclockable
- Simultaneous Multi-threading
- About equal to Intel Broadwell IPC
- Comes with a very Decent Cooler
Cons: - At launch there were some issues, but those have been fixed so not really a con now
- Ram speeds translate directly into better communication between cores across CCX's
Other Thoughts: This CPU is such a bargain for the performance it Provides, that even if you were to leave it at stock clocks and get the crappiest DDR4 memory you could find, you would still be well ahead of the curve for future needs. this CPU has you covered for every use you can think of - Music production, video encoding, Image and animation Rendering, Gaming, Multi-tasking... You can do all of them at once and not a hiccup. I have no regrets buying this Processor. I'm currently using this processor with a B350 tomahawk Motherboard, ripjaws 16GB DDR4 Memory @ 3200Mhz, GTX 1070 and piles of storage. Best Purchase I've made in a long time. I won't need an upgrade for a long time.READ FULL REVIEW
This review is from: MSI B350 TOMAHAWK AM4 AMD B350 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.1 HDMI ATX AMD Motherboard
Pros: - Intuitive Bios that doesn't waste your time
- Metal support on PCI-E slot for those heavy Graphic cards
- Nice red glow to compliment my Red LED build
- Decent VRM cooling for moderate overclocking
- Good on board sound with good software
Cons: - new platform, still some kinks for MSI to work out with memory support and stability
- no CMOS jumper, but not an issue really - just bridge the two pins next to the cmos battery with something metal (house key, paper clip, gold tooth or whatever
- 4 sata ports
Other Thoughts: This is a solid board for the money. There are only 4 sata ports, but raid cards or external raid enclosures are better for headache reduction anyway.
As someone else pointed out here, there is no jumper to reset the bios, but the two pins are there and you just need to short them out with something metal/conductive like a key, or paperclip for about 10 seconds.
I got the board with the 1.0 bios, but if you search reddit or other forums you can find links to beta versions of the bios until official updates are released. As of March 12, 2017 the latest unofficial release is bios 1.15. make sure you are using a usb stick formatted in FAT32 if you are flashing the bios from the bios.
I paired this board with an R7 1700 and a Corsair H60 liquid cooler and 2x8GB of 3200Mhz Gskill Ram. The board with 115 bios is still having trouble hitting 3200, but is stable with 2933Mhz. It beeps incessantly at every startup, probably because I bought Ripjaws instead of Trident. I'm able to do 3.9Ghz on all CPU cores at 1.3125 volts, and 3.95Ghz at 1.36 Volts, so the board is definitely able to hold its own, but the VRMs heat up quick, need a fan blowing on them or replace heatsinks with copper ones.
Sometimes the wrong core voltage is relayed to programs like cpu-z and HWiNFO64, that also needs addressing.
All in all though, with all the problems I'm hearing from other people online with various different boards, the Tomahawk seems to be mostly problem free. With some updates to the bios, I expect this to be a go-to B350 board for lots of builders.
Pros: - Reliable
Cons: - It's not vertical Nand
Other Thoughts: The only SSD's I've never had a problem with have been Kingston. Even though reviewers snub at Kingston SSDs at times, I have bought quite a number of Kingston SSDs and never a problem with compatibility or performance. I've bought several other brands and have had one issue or another over the years, whether it was firmware or something faulty. I don't have any partiality to Kingston, but their SSD's have proven themselves.READ FULL REVIEW