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MSI B350 Tomahawk VS. Asus B350-F ROG Strix?

Trying to decide on a motherboard for my first ever pc build. Also, from where I'm buying, the tomahawk costs about 10~20$ more than the Strix.
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    The ASUS is a higher end motherboard. Normally the Tomahawk is the cheaper of the two.

    ASUS Pro's:
    - USB 3.1 Gen 2 vs USB 3.1 Gen 1
    - 2 RGB Headers
    - More PCIe 3.0 x16 slots
    - Much higher quality built in audio plus Optical Audio jack

    Overclocking experience with CPU and RAM should be similar between the two.

    I could only see buying the Tomahawk if you need regular old PCI slots or PS/2 ports.
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  2. lupusarcadiusrex said:
    Trying to decide on a motherboard for my first ever pc build. Also, from where I'm buying, the tomahawk costs about 10~20$ more than the Strix.


    Depends on the ports/connections and features that you need/want.

    Specs-for-specs, the Asus ROG Strix B350-F Gaming is the better motherboard than the MSI B350 Tomahawk:

    Asus has 8 power phases | MSI has 6 power phases
    Asus has 6 SATA ports (all 90-degree oriented) | MSI has 4 SATA ports (only 2 in 90-deg.)
    Asus has 3 PCIe x16 slots (2x v3.0 in x16 or x8/x4 + 1x v2.0 in x4) | MSI has 2x PCIe x16 (1x v3.0 in x16 + 1x v2.0 in x4)
    Asus has 3 PCIe2.0 x1 slots | MSI has 2 PCIe2.0 x1 slots
    Asus uses Intel I211AT LAN controller | MSI uses Realtek RTL8111H LAN controller
    Asus uses ROG Supreme FX S1220A audio codec | MSI uses Realtek ALC892 audio codec
    Asus has a total of 8 USB ports at the rear panel | MSI has a total of 6 USB ports at the rear panel
    Asus has 2 USB3.1 Gen2 ports | MSI has no USB3.1 Gen2 ports
    Asus has 1 USB3.1 (19-pin) internal header | MSI has 2 USB3.1 (19-pin) internal headers
    Asus has 2 RGB LED Strip headers | MSI has 1 RGB LED Strip header
    Asus has RGB Ambient LED Lighting | MSI has Red-only Color Ambient LED Lighting

    For more info on comparison, check these AM4 motherboards comparison tables: http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/id-3502839/am4-motherboard-amd-ryzen-cpu-specs-comparison-list.html
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