MSI MAG X570 Tomahawk Wifi arrives w/ Thunderbolt support

MSI has officially introduced its latest MAG X570 Tomahawk Wifi motherboard for AMD 3rd Gen Ryzen processors supporting Thunderbolt connectivity. So far now, it is one of the very few motherboards for the AMD X570 platform that allows a Thunderbolt connection (only via TBT connector). The new MSI MAG X570 Tomahawk Wifi features high-speed DDR4 memory (up to 4600 MHz via overclocking), latest standard USB ports, & blazing-fast storage with two M.2 slots PCIe 4.0 slots.

Compared to the existing MSI X570 motherboards in the market, the newer one does not surprise with innovative features. But it is not a motherboard to underestimate either. It still provides a good value for money under budget.

The 12X60A SPS Power Stages design allows the MSI MAG X570 Tomahawk Wifi to provide smooth operations under heavy workloads even with the flagship 16-core AMD Ryzen 9 3950X CPU. And with the help of MSI’s proprietary heat dissipation technology, the motherboard is able to maintain stable frequencies even during extreme overclocking.

MAG X570 Tomahawk offers 4 DIMM slots that support a total of 128 GB dual-channel DDR4 memory running at 3200 MHz (JEDEC). Through overclocking, the DDR4 speeds can reach up to 4600+ MHz.

Storage and Connectivity

Along with 6 SATA ports, the new MSI MAG X570 Tomahawk Wifi equips two Lightning Gen4 x4 M.2 (PCIe 4.0 x4) slots with M.2 Shield Frozr for super-fast storage.

In terms of connectivity, the motherboard supports up to 17 USB ports with 8 ports on the rear and 9 on the front. Out of 17, 11 of those ports support the latest USB 3.2 standard.

Precisely, on the rear, MSI MAG X570 Tomahawk Wifi features 3x (Gen 2, Type A), 1x (Gen 1 Type C), 2x (Gen 2, Type A), & 2x USB 2.0 ports. The rest of the ports are accessible through USB connectors.

For robust network connectivity, the motherboard incorporates the latest Intel Wi-Fi 6 AX200 module & Realtek 8125B 2.5G LAN controller.

You can further expand the capabilities of the motherboard via PCIe expansion slots. Up to 4 expansion slots are available in the new MAX X570 Tomahawk Wifi:

  • 1x PCIe 4.0/3.0 x16 slot (PCI_E1)
  • 1x PCIe 4.0/3.0 x16 slot (PCI_E3) (supports x4 mode)
  • 2x PCIe 3.0 x1 slots

Thunderbolt Support

Unfortunately, there are very few motherboards for the AMD X570 platform in the market that supports Thunderbolt connection. Even worse, there is only one motherboard (ASRock X570 Phantom Gaming-ITX/TB3) for the AMD platform right now that actually integrates a Thunderbolt 3 port.

The new MSI MAG X570 Tomahawk supports Thunderbolt connection but only via connector.

MSI MAG X570 Tomahawk Wifi Specifications

MSI MAG X570 Tomahawk
SocketAM4
CPU (max support)RYZEN 9
ChipsetAMD X570 Chipset
DDR4 Memory SpeedUp to 3200 Mhz by JEDEC
Up to 4600+ Mhz by A-XMP OC MODE
Memory ChannelDual
DIMM Slots4
Max Memory128 GB
Multi-GPUSupports 2-Way AMD CrossFire Technology
Expansion Slots1x PCIe 4.0/3.0 x16 slot (PCI_E1)
1x PCIe 4.0/3.0 x16 slot (PCI_E3) (supports x4 mode)
2x PCIe 3.0 x1 slots
SATAIII6
M.2 Slot2
RAID0/1/10
TPM (Header)1
LAN1x Realtek 8125B 2.5G LAN controller
WiFi ModuleIntel Wi-Fi 6 AX200
BluetoothBT 5.0
Storage6x SATA 6Gb/s ports (from AMD X570 Chipset)
2x M.2 slots (Key M) (Supports up to PCIe 4.0 x4)
-M2_1 slot: AMD processor
-M2_2 slot: X570 Chipset
USB 3.2 PortsFront: 1x (Gen 2, Type C), 4x (Gen 1, Type A)
Rear: 3x (Gen 2, Type A), 1x (Gen 1 Type C), 2x (Gen 2, Type A)
USB 2.0 PortsFront: 4
Rear: 2
Audio Ports (Rear)5+ Optical S/PDIF (Realtek ALC1200 Codec)
I/O ControllerNUVOTON NCT6797 Controller Chip
HDMI1
DIRECTX12
Form FactorATX
Dimensions12″ x 9.6″
OS SupportWindows 10 64-bit

If you’re a content creator, you may need a motherboard with more high-speed PCIe NVMe M.2 SSD slots (not SATA). Check out this post covering AMD X570 motherboards with maximum M.2 slots.


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Ishaan Sarna

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