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Model - MSI B450 TOMAHAWK MAX, CPU Sockets - AM4, Chipset - AMD B450 Chipset, Supported CPU - AMD Ryzen 1st/2nd/3rd Generation / Ryzen with Radeon Vega Graphics Processors & Athlon with Radeon Vega Graphics, Memory Type - DDR4, Memory MHz - 1866/ 2133/ 2400/ 2667/ 2800/ 2933/ 3000/ 3066/ 3200/ 3466/ 4000/ 4133MHz, Memory Channel - Dual Channel, Memory Slot - 4, Memory Max. - 64GB, Optane Memory Support - No, Graphic - Onboard Graphics, Multi-GPU Support - 2-Way AMD CrossFire, PCI Express Slot - 1 x PCIe 3.0 x16 slot (PCI_E1), 1 x PCIe 2.0 x16 slot (PCI_E4, supports x4 mode), 3 x PCIe 2.0 x1 slots, Storage Interface - 6Gb/s, M.2 Slot - 1 x M.2 slot (PCIe 3.0 x4 or PCIe 3.0 x2 and Supports SATA 2242/ 2260 /2280/ 22110 storage devices), LAN Chipset - Realtek 8111H, LAN Speed (Mbps) - 10/100/1000Mbps, Audio Chipset - Realtek ALC892, Audio Channel - 7.1-Channel, USB Port - 1 x USB3.2 Gen 2 Type-C, 1 x USB3.2 Gen 2 Type-A, 4 x USB3.2 Gen 1 Type-A, 6 x USB2.0, DVI Port - 1, HDMI Port - 1, SATA Port - 2 x SATA, 4 x SATA, DirectX Support - 12, Supported Operating System - Windows 7 / 10, Form Factor - ATX, RaidSupport - 0,1,10, CrossFire Support - Yes, Special Features - Military style with extended heatsink design for better thermal solution, plus DDR4 Boost, Core Boost, Turbo M.2 and USB 3.2 Gen2 connector, Extended Heatsink Design, Lightning Fast Game experience, MULTI-GPU With STEEL ARMOR PCI-E slots. Supports 2-Way AMD Crossfire, Flash BIOS Button, Heavy Plated Gaming Heatsinks, Military Style designed for maximum cooling, PCI-E Steel Armor, Arsenal Sticker Area, Free for customization with personal style, Others - 1 x M.2 slot, 1 x 4-pin CPU fan connector, 1 x 4-pin water-pump-fan connector, 1 x TPM module connector, 1 x Front panel audio connector, 1 x Serial Port connector, 1 x Clear CMOS jumper, 9 mounting holes, Warranty - 3 Year
Whether you build a new PC or upgrade the existing one, the motherboard is the most vital component to choose when you have already picked the processor of your choice.
It is important to keep a few things in mind while purchasing the mainboard:
You can single out a great CPU from either Intel or AMD, but whatever CPU you choose, make sure your mainboard has the right socket for the selected CPU. The latest mainstream AMD chips use AM4 sockets while current Intel 9th Gen Core CPUs require LGA 1151v2 sockets.
Motherboards typically come in three sizes from largest to smallest: ATX, Micro-ATX, and Mini-ATX motherboards. ATX motherboards offer the highest number of RAM and expansion slots. If you are looking for a budget build, you can use a smaller chassis with the micro or mini boards, but you'll have to settle for fewer PCIe slots, RAM banks, and other connectors.
Most mainstream boards these days have four RAM slots, although Mini-ITX models often have just two, and high-end boards frequently offer eight. The amount of slots, of course, limits the amount of RAM you can install.
It’s essential to check the I/O area on a motherboard to make sure it has the external connection options you need. You may need more USB 3 ports while others may want more audio ports. Among the most common ports, there are USB 3, USB 2, audio, USB type C, USB 3.1 Gen1 and Gen2, HDMI, Display port, PS/2 and Thunderbolt 3 ports. Ports one probably want the most are USB 2 and USB 3 Gen1 ports, as the first one is perfect for keyboard, mouse, and many other devices and the later one work with most peripherals. USB 3.1 Gen2 and USB Type-C ports will come handy in the near future, although most peripherals do not support this standard yet.