New MSI B450 Tomahawk Max II Vs B450 Tomahawk Max - Pricing & Release Date - MSI MAG B550 Unify Specs Leaked - PC SEEKERS

New MSI B450 Tomahawk Max II Vs B450 Tomahawk Max - Pricing & Release Date - MSI MAG B550 Unify Specs Leaked

MSI B450 Tomahawk Max II
MSI a couple days ago quietly announced a new version of everybody's go to B450 motherboard the B450 Tomahawk Max to replace it with the newer MSI B450 Tomahawk Max II. This board is meant to be the third revision of the original B450 Tomahawk that was released in 2018 along side the 2nd Gen Ryzen CPUs aka Ryzen 2000 Series based on the Zen+ micro-architecture. Though the name itself has a 2 or II in it suggesting it to be 2nd version but it is a successor the B450 Tomahawk Max which in itself was a successor to the original B450 Tomahawk.

The B450 Tomahawk motherboards, both the Max and the original non-Max variants, have been the most recommended board by reviewers and the go to choice for PC building enthusiasts who wanted a good capable motherboard without the exorbitant price tag that is accompanied with the higher end boards. 

MSI B450 Tomahawk Max II vs B450 Tomahawk Max - Any Differences?

If history is anything to go by, there should be very few minor changes to the newer version of the board compared to the older B450 Tomahawk Max. If you compare the B450 Tomahawk and the Max variant of it, you will realize that MSI used a better audio codec in the newer version while also improving the memory topology so that the newer board could support upto 4133MHz using XMP profiles while the original non-max variant from 2018 only supported upto 3466MHz using XMP profiles.

Coming to the B450 Tomahawk Max vs the Max II discussion, the specifications page of the latest variant looks like is an exact copy of the last year's Tomahawk Max version except the Audio codec suggesting MSI might go with a Realtek® ALC897 Codec instead of the ALC892 Codec that was found on the older Max variant.

Image Showing MSI B450 Tomahawk Max II Rear I/O

Coming to the rear I/O there are none - zero changes compared to the Max variant. There is still no preinstalled I/O shield on the board.

Coming to the Internal I/O headers there are no changes here I either. Even the heat-sinks used are similar to the older variants.

So what exactly changed and why release a newer variant of the board? To our knowledge as time goes by MSI may or may not better the memory topology on the new board to support higher memory speeds. As for now, the memory support on the Max II variant is exactly the same as the Max variant ending at 4133MHz using XMP profiles.
What this board should (please read the update below) actually bring to the market is the out of the box support for the next gen Zen 3 based Ryzen 5000 Series CPUs just like the Max variant supported the Ryzen 3000 Series out of the box due to its updated BIOS from the factory.
Update (23/11/2020): The board (MSI B450 Tomahawk Max II) is already being sold in India with the AGESA BIOS, which means the board does not (yet) support the Ryzen 5000 CPUs and will need a BIOS update from the users side once MSI provides official BIOS update for their B450 and X470 motherboards to support Ryzen 5000. But that becomes easier with the BIOS Flashback functionality which enables BIOS updates using a USB stick without ever requiring an already supported CPU. Once the board starts shipping with updated BIOS, the same will be updated in this article.
Check out B450 Tomahawk: Specs Sheet here, Buy in US, Buy in India
Check out B450 Tomahawk Max: Secs Sheet here, Buy in US, Buy in India
Check out B450 Tomahawk Max II: Specs Sheet here, Product page here.

Coming to the pricing and availability for purchase, there are is no official documentation or announcement from MSI talking about the same. But from our experience with the first Max variant that was announced last year, you can expect the newer Max II to replace the older version at the same price of around $120 USD MSRP and to hit the shelves with or shortly after the release of the Zen 3 based Ryzen 5000 CPUs with hopefully out-of-the-box support for the same.
MSI's roadmap for its Bios updates for the month of October

MSI have already released a beta BIOS that will support the Zen 3 base Ryzen 5000 CPUs on 11 of its B550 and X570 boards. MSI also released a roadmap showing BIOS releases for its boards that will enable support the Ryzen 5000 CPUs.

MSI MAG B550 Unify:

Couple months ago wccftech reported that MSI was going to release a B550 Unify motherboards to its B550 line-up, we now have more details on it from a twitter user with handle @KOMACHI_ENSAKA who released a few details suggesting that the board will support upto 5000MHz RAM with XMP profiles. It will have support for 2.5Gigabit Ethernet over the Realtek RTL8125B-CG controller and WiFi 6 support with the Intel AX200. For all those black lovers who want to build a full black themed PC - this motherboard is expected to be all black in terms of aesthetics.

Are you excited about the new version of everybody's favourite MSI B450 Tomahawk motherboard? Do let us know down in the comments section below.

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