Z390 MAG Tomahawk: Great features for a very affordable price

With the recent update on Intel’s Core i-series, a new set of motherboards have also been released by our favourite brands. MSI on the other hand, has led new naming scheme for their motherboards inluding the MSI MAG Z390 Tomahawk.

The MEG:

The MPG:

The MAG:

With the MEG being made for Enthusiasts, MPG for Performance and the MAG as Arsenal gaming. The MAG series has been set up to be the mid-range motherboards from MSI. Don’t get me wrong, despite coming in the mid-range section, it still packs quite a lot of features.

Today, we dive deeper into the MAG Z390 Tomahawk motherboard. This board has a very

MAG is setup to be mid-range, but still pack in a lot of features. Today we are checking out the first MAG board from MSI, the MAG Z390 Tomahawk. This board has a belligerent design that gives it a more enticing look. It comes with a pre-installed I/O shield as well.

MSI MAG Z390 Tomahawk Design

The MSI MAG Z390 Tomahawk features some of the most militaristic board that comes with an overall black and silver theme with a very deep solid silver-grey heatsink and I/O shield. It fully utilizes the basic RGB LED lighting across the chipset heatsink and the underneath of the 24-pin motherboard power connector that can be fully customized via the MSI’s Mystic Light RGB Software.

The MSI MAG Z390 Tomahawk features a total of three PCIe 3.0 slots with the slots running at x16, x4 and x4 with the top slot being reinforced by MSI’s Steel slot reinforcement. Additionally, it has a total of four RAM slots with support for DDR4-4400 and a total capacity of 64GB. Along with that are six SATA ports and two M.2 slots which both have support for PCIe and SATA drives for storage.

At the I/O shield, you are greeted by three USB 3.1 Gen 2 Type-A ports and a single USB 3.1 Gen 2 Type-C, that also includes two USB 2.0 ports. Users that feel the need for more USB ports may do so through the use of internal headers that open up to an additional four USB 3.0 and four USB 2.0 ports.

The MAG Z3900 Tomahawk has dual NIC with a pairing of Intel Gigabit controllers, five 3.5mm audio jacks and a single S/PDIF optical output. Although unlikely, should users want to fully utilize the iGPU, there are DisplayPorts and HDMI video output as well.

Software & Lights

The MSI MAG Z390 Tomahawk motherboard is accompanied by their well known Dragon Center. Upon opening, there are tabs for Performance, Hardware Monitoring, EyeRest and Lan Manager.

  • At the performance tab, you would see build-in settings for “Silent” and “OC” but there are two other custom profiles that you may set. Adjusting clocks, voltages, and even memory settings are easily done here.
  • At the Hardware Monitor tab, it gives a live view of the temps, frequencies, and voltages that your system is going through.
  • EyeRest sets the settings for your monitors during certain activities you might be doing on your PC.
  • Gaming LAN manager gives full control over the network connection, allowing priority setting on bandwidth, usage, network tests etc.

There are other built in tools in the Dragon Center, including Graphics Fan tool, USB Speed Up, and VR Ready.

MSI’s Mystic Light software gives control to the RGB lighting on this motherboard. The interface is user-friendly and gives an option to select the two RGB spots as well as the headers. There RGB LEDs on the heatsink, as well as on the front edge of the board, giving it some pretty neat under-glow.

Conclusions

The MSI MAG Z390 Tomahawk has a great military theme which could definitely be a great appeal to some gamer. Although the boards were made to be a mid-range selection, it gives you a premium feel. This series is a first for MSI and they have done a pretty decent job loading it with the necessary features with a few RGB.

In terms of features, we have two M.2 slots, one of which has a heatsink to cover. In addition, MSI has added USB 3.1 gen 2 support for this board should you need it. The board was designed to have a single x16 slot that has MSI’s Steel Armour, while the other two are x4 slots.

MSI has made great improvements over time with their motherboards. The MSI MAG Z390 Tomahawk with it’s three RGB headers is made great for casual gamers. It has sufficient features and nothing too extra. Priced at P 9,988. 

The only thing we feel is missing with the MSI MAG Z390 Tomahawk is the SLI support. Otherwise, this is a great value for money.

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