When I did the hands-on for the MSI MPG X670E Carbon WiFi, I never expected that MSI would be kind enough to send another motherboard for me to take a look at. Well, they did and this time its the MSI MAG B760 Tomahawk WiFi.

While the MSI MPG X670E Carbon WiFi was geared for more hardcore and enthusiast usage, the MSI MAG B760 Tomahawk WiFi is more wallet friendly. An ATX motherboard (243.84mm x 304.8mm), it’s aimed at users who want to upgrade to DDR5 RAM and the new Intel 12th and 13th generation chipsets at a modest price.

There’s no custom cooling block for this motherboard, again unlike the MSI MPG X670E Carbon WiFi, but as this isn’t meant as a hardcore motherboard, it’s understandable.

That doesn’t mean that the MSI MAG B760 Tomahawk WiFi is inferior hardware though.

It’s still packing in enough heat to cater to gamers as well.

Here are the summarized specs for the motherboard taken right from the motherboard’s product page:

  • Processor : Intel 12th and 13th generation, Pentium Gold and Celeron CPUs
  • Chipset: Intel B760
  • Memory: 4x DDR5 RAM slots (192GB max, 7000Mhz+ (OC) support)
  • Expansion: PCIe 5.0 x16 (2), PCIe x1 (1)
  • Storage: 3x M.2, 4x SATA 6G (Raid 0,1, 5 and 10 support)
  • Audio: Realtek ALC897
  • LAN: Realtek 2.5Gbps
  • WIFI: Intel Wi-Fi 6E with Bluetooth 5.3 support

Phew! That’s a lot of stuff to list! I’m glad that’s over!

For my impressions, the first thing I noticed about the motherboard was how solid it all was. Everything was soldered on well, there were no loose or dangly bits.

I love that MSI reinforced the PCIe slot too, because if you’re going to use one of the new NVIDIA GeForce RTX 40XX cards, you’ll want that support. Hell, you might want to toss in your own GPU support stand too to keep the GPUs stable.

I also LOVE the sleek black and silver aesthetic that motherboard has going on. There’s no RGB built-into the hardware though, so if you’re big on lights, you might want to add some strips to brighten things up.

Another impressive feature are the included Frozr heatsinks for the M.2 SSDs.

There are two of them that come with the MSI MAG B760 Tomahawk WiFi.

One covers the top m.2 port, while the longer one at the bottom covers ports 2 and 3. Even without an SSD to slot in the ports, the heatsinks sit in really securely. In fact, you won’t be able to screw them in properly if place them the wrong way around.

I tried!

Speaking of the M.2 SSD ports, they also come with another cool feature!

They feature the MSI EZ M.2 clips, which means you don’t even need to fiddle with screws to lock the SSDs in place.

It might seem like such a small feature but if you’ve ever built your own PC before, you know how much of a pain in the ass it is to find M.2 screws. Sometimes they come with the motherboard, sometimes they come with the SSD…sometimes they don’t come at all!

Having built-in ones to secure the SSD is a feature that shouldn’t be overlooked!

The cooling for the motherboard’s not to be trifled with either. While it doesn’t have a cooler block that’s specifically designed for it, the MSI MAG B760 Tomahawk WiFi makes use of the extended heatsink we’ve seen in some of the previous MAG and MPG designs.

It also has a heavy, plated VRM heatsink which helps cool the VRM, so that it ensures a stable power supply. Finally, there are MOSFET thermal pads all around the CPU to keep things cool too.

While this doesn’t mean you won’t require cooling (an AIO liquid cooler is still recommended, along with case fans), it does mean that in the worst case scenario, there are built-in features to keep your PC from having a meltdown.

Finally, the motherboard also comes with a host of USB ports at the rear.

It’s a bit of a disappointment that there’s only one USB Type-C port (there really should be 1 more at least) but the disappointment’s tempered by the number (4!) of USB A Gen 3.2 ports. I guess that’s to maintain the low cost of the motherboard, but for those who like to future proof, it’s an annoyance.

All in all, the MSI MAG B760 Tomahawk WiFi is clearly a well built machine and more than suitable for a gaming rig that’s outfitted with current hardware.

Sal's been in the industry since the early 2000s. He's written for a ton of gaming and tech publications including Playworks, Hardwarezone, HWM and GameAxis. Recently, Sal served as a juror for the Indie Game Awards at Taipei Game Show 2020. A geek and hardcore gamer, Sal will play everything, on any platform.