Get to know a fresh motherboard with the B560 chipset for the LGA1200's chassis Intel Successful MSI Engineering
With the launch of 11th generation processors Intel Based on the Rocket lake S architecture, new motherboards based on fresh chipsets from Intel Series 500. The bracket is the same bracket LGA1200 A familiar one we got with tenth generation processors, only here there is built-in support for the new generation and some slight technological improvements that may make it easier for those who are mostly looking for fast connectivity.
For those wondering, there are a number of differences between the previous B460 chipset and the new B560 when it comes to what manufacturers can Motherboard Do on this platform. Also, there is one important thing that still remains behind bars.
The B560 chipset allows, like others in the 500 series, connectivity USB Speed of 20Gbps, as well as fast 6E Wifi (2.4Gbps at 6GHz). In addition to these, the possibility develops of using faster memory than that which the processor officially supports.
We know users have so far connected Processors Such and such (e.g. Core i5 10400F that we know is quite popular) along with a motherboard based on the B460 chipset, was locked to a memory frequency of up to 2666MHz and no more even if he chose a kit that could operate at 3000MHz or higher. This is simply because Intel has decided to limit the maximum memory speed for such a processor and motherboard. Processors Core i7 andCore i9 were limited to 2933 MHz in boards if they did not have the Z prefix.
The decision did not involve much technical logic, but mainly a desire to create segmentation between different motherboards and processors and increase performance gaps. Any healthy processor could run memory at significantly higher frequencies than what is considered a "natural capability" of the processor and support the frequency. In the 500 chipset series, Intel decides to remove another artificial limitation and allow processors to work with any suitable memory kit available on the market, of course depending on the true processor and board capabilities. In doing so, it aligns with the line AMD, Which has enabled such a move since the departure of a resident AM4 its.
There is one area that is particularly painful where it still casts Intel Artificial restriction on both its processors and its motherboards and this is the area of acceleration for processors. In the absence Motherboard Has a chipset in the prefix Z and a processor with the symbol K, can not be performed The fast To a processor beyond its official operating frequencies. Both of these factors must be present, although even motherboards such as the one under review can technically cope with increased power consumption from the CPU housing.
Hardware maker MSI has a lot of interest in military toys. She loves tough themes, names of weapons and most importantly an emphasis on how important a hardware product is to survive environmental conditions and long-term use. Putting the advertising material aside, the MAG B560 TOMAHAWK WIFI is considered one of the advanced motherboards currently offered under the B560 chipset. That is, it is a motherboard that wants to meet the needs of users who are not interested in overclocking the CPU cores, or who have a processor that is not capable of pointing The fast.
The MAG B560 TOMAHAWK WIFI is a motherboard in a standard ATX configuration for computer cases. This motherboard is equipped with three M.2 interfaces for drives SSD Advanced, along with 6 SATA interfaces for additional drives.
The rear panel and inputs include audio, antenna connections to the motherboard WiFi card, DisplayPort and HDMI display ports if using a built-in graphics core, and a network input controller Intel At 2.5Gbps. There are four standard USB 2.0 ports (in black) for keyboard, mouse and other peripherals that do not need fast traffic. In addition, four USB 3.0 ports at 5Gbps for external volumes and communications. As part of the B560's advantages over the B460, you also get a USB Type-C port at 20GBps - good for drives SSD External for example.
The B560 TOMAHAWK does not have many interfaces PCI-Express, But may not have many reasons to assimilate a large amount of them. The upper is connected via standard 4.0 directly to the processor, the middle is wired via X4 in standard 3.0 to the chipset and the lower contains X1 in standard 3.0 to the chipset.
There are two things I would be happy if MSI were to embed in this motherboard even though it appeals to a target audience that is not necessarily looking for the most advanced. One is that the lower M.2 interface will also get a heat sink like the other two and the other is the built-in sound card. With a relatively small amount of filters and amplification, chip The ALC897 sitting on the motherboard it feels a bit naked and not backed up. This is the kind of audio solutions we saw in cheap motherboards even five years ago and more, and maybe it's time to put more emphasis. Unlike top-end motherboards, which are primarily designed for users who will probably be able to afford external sound cards, investing in a high-quality built-in sound card in mid-market boards like this makes a lot more sense to me. There was a short period where we saw an increase in the quantity of components and qualities in this market share, but it seems to be in regression.
MSI knows that even a motherboard that is considered mid-market still needs to move Processors Example Core i9 11900K andCore i9 10900K have tremendous power consumption (and thanks to the 14nm production process). Motherboard It uses a fairly good voltage stabilization system, which uses six stages with a current capacity of 40A and even slightly more for the processing cores, while the CPU and graphics core controllers also get stages separately.
At MSI this technology is called "Duet Rail" but what actually happens is that each channel controls a group of four mice (MOSfet in the plural, at your disposal). In each such group, two handle the high frequencies and two the low. Specifically here, each such group has the ability to handle a voltage conversion from 12V to the voltage required for a processor at a maximum current of 40A without much problem, with the bottleneck (as in most conversion systems) being heat emitting and dealing with it. Technically, a system like the one we see in this motherboard can (and has done in the past) run Processors Without body Cooling Rule and use a completely passive heat evaporator. Admittedly, when the system needs more effort, a body is required Cooling Increase.
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Not only are the heat sinks on the MAG B560 TOMAHAWK WIFI satisfying, they are huge. MSI Took a request from overclockers and end users and went with it very far. Lots of surface area and fans gives this system the ability to handle any processor you want, even in quite harsh environmental conditions.
Although there is no support for overclocking for processors, MSI has found it appropriate to include two power connectors where 8PIN is mandatory, and 4PIN is an option. I can not blame them, with the crazy power consumption data of Core i9 processors it is better that as much iron as possible captures the tendons that conduct the amount of current that processors Intel Asking. Still, even with a CPU Core i9 and using a quality power supply, using only 8 PIN will definitely suffice.
The same familiar BIOS accompanies all MSI boards of recent years, a BIOS called Click BIOS 5 and I have absolutely no complaints about its design and features. I think that-MSI Does a good job, and has a solid and easy-to-use BIOS.
Although processor speed capabilities are not found here, but a motherboard is replete with every possible tuning that does not include raising working frequencies for processors using the product. There are full tools for supporting and overclocking memory DDR4. MSI claims that the MAG B560 TOMAHAWK WIFI can handle זיכרון At 5033MHz. Not bad.
Summary - Motherboard capabilities
We use five main categories to summarize and rate this motherboard. This section of the review is also intended for those who want a concise summary of everything the board has to offer, with its weak point and strength.
Rear ports - Since this is a motherboard that will serve mainly gamers and less content creators, the variety of back ports is especially healthy. The inclusion of a tower with four USB 2.0 ports for us is a bonus for any periphery that does not need fast traffic. Four standard USB 3.0 ports is also a decent amount, along with an ultra-fast Type-C that can be used for drives SSD External. author Network Of 2.5Gbps becomes the standard as there is natural support for it for the platform.
Expansion interfaces - Three M.2 interfaces and six SATA is a healthy choice. Admittedly, a point comes down to a lack of body Cooling To the lower M.2 interface. We do not believe there is a real reason here for saving a penny that costs a penny to keep another component (SSD) that costs a lot more. also,
Cooling and overclocking - Overclocking for processors does not exist so there is not much to discuss. Intel, You are asked to give motherboard manufacturers the choice of whether to support based on hardware and not as a segmentation need. With the 4133MHz memory kit in our possession, the system upload was done without any problem at all. This motherboard supports fast memory thanks to the indicator and its components. The voltage stabilization system in this panel may not be considered particularly prestigious, but there are enough components that participate in the work over a large area. The heat sinks for this system can quietly represent significantly more expensive products. When examining rendering effort in a blender with Core i9 11900K, the voltage stabilizer sensors reported a maximum working temperature of 63 degrees Celsius (cooling for a Noctua NH-D15 processor), which is about 10 degrees less than "excellent", so we have no complaints about that. It is difficult to over-engineer my body Cooling.
Design and visibility - A relatively neutral color scheme of black and gray gets positive points when combined with other hardware is easier to apply. There are some colored LEDs controlled under the heat sink of the chipset, but not beyond that. The design is a bit crowded and busy when it comes to lines, with minimalism not here. Still, on taste and smell so the consideration remains in the hands of the user.
Cost and value - In this category the MAG B560 TOMAHAWK has little competition with other boards that exist in the chassis. You can look at the H470 and Z490 boards but since you do not get an additional M.2 interface and guaranteed support for PCI-Express 4.0, it is better to look mainly at this generation. If users do not want a full manual overclocking for the processor, this motherboard is a reasonable value for the price. The premium for a new chipset certainly looks with a tough price tag. NIS 857 is the recommended market price for this motherboard. This is a premium of about NIS 250 above the typical price level of B-boards so far. In return, you get what looks like a Z board with no overclocking ability for the processor. in fact, At the price of MPG Z490 GAMING PLUS, We get a board with better connectivity inB560 The new TOMAHAWK.
In conclusion - we found the motherboard as a solid product and full of interfaces. Admittedly, its price is not easy to digest, similar to the prices of processors Intel The new ones in relation to their performance. We must not forget that this motherboard is also suitable for Series 10 processors. The B560 chipset is not capable of overclocking the processors, but everything else is here and in abundance. We may find this motherboard as a good option in the future for processors Intel In the 11th generation locked up, especially when they start to get cheaper.