Monday, August 24th 2020

MSI Rolls Out the MAG B460 Torpedo Motherboard

MSI today rolled out the MAG B460 Torpedo, a Socket LGA1200 motherboard based on the Intel B460 chipset. This marks the debut of the new "Torpedo" brand extension that's part of the MSI Arsenal Gaming (MAG) product family, positioned a notch below the MAG Tomahawk. MSI has been giving the Tomahawk extension value additions over the past few generations, pushing its typical pricing up, along with features such as dual Ethernet, rear I/O shroud, etc. The MAG B460 Torpedo keeps things simple within the ATX form-factor. The board draws power from a combination of 24-pin ATX and 8-pin EPS power connectors, and uses a 13-phase VRM to power the CPU. The VRM heatsinks appear slightly smaller than the ones on the MAG B460 Tomahawk. The tiny heatsink over the PCH is hard to miss, too.

Expansion slots on the MSI MAG B460 Torpedo include one PCI-Express 3.0 x16 reinforced slot wired to the CPU, a PCI-Express 3.0 x16 (electrical x4) slot wired to the B460 PCH, and two other PCIe x1 slots. Storage connectivity includes two M.2 NVMe slots, both PCI-Express 3.0 x4 wiring, one of which includes a heatsink; and six SATA 6 Gbps ports. Networking features one 2.5 GbE interface driven by a Realtek 8125B controller. The onboard audio solution uses a Realtek ALC1200 codec with audio grade capacitors, 8-channel jacks, and headphones amp. As part of the CoreBoost feature set, you get to eke out more performance from your non-K 10th Gen Core processors by relaxing power limits. MSI is pricing the MAG B460 Torpedo at USD $109.99, about $30 cheaper than the Tomahawk.
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22 Comments on MSI Rolls Out the MAG B460 Torpedo Motherboard

#1
lynx29
what is with MSI and military names lol
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#2
micropage7
lynx29
what is with MSI and military names lol
and they gonna torpedoing your hardware there
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#3
Paganstomp
I guess "Torpedo" was better then calling it "Titanic"... idk.
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#4
dj-electric
lynx29
what is with MSI and military names lol
It started with that stupid "Military standard" way back around a decade ago, P55 era.
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#5
wrperin
13 VRM phases? Will it be like ASUS did? duplicates?
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#6
windwhirl
lynx29
what is with MSI and military names lol
MSI Arsenal Gaming.
Torpedo, Tomahawk, Mortar, Bazooka. All brand names are weaponized. Heck, even MAG (for MSI Arsenal Gaming) sounds like FN MAG

Maybe the idea is to shoot down and bombard the competition with overwhelmingly large marketing firepower? Lots of shock-and-awe tactics too, probably :D :laugh: :roll:
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#7
TheLostSwede
lynx29
what is with MSI and military names lol
You Sir, are mistaken.
This is the torpedo this motherboard was named after.

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#8
bonehead123
btarunr
along with features such as dual Ethernet, rear I/O shield
uHHHH.....since when is including a rear I/o shield a "feature" ??????? please enlighten us....

I know some mobo mfgr's have recently started (quitely) leaving them out of the boxes, just to cut a few pennies from their BOM's, but really, W.tF.... so now we have to pay a higher price to get something that has always been included in the past.....it's just a thin piece of stamped sheetmetal/plastic with a bunch of holes in it afterall....:(...:mad:..:confused:
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#9
Turmania
I'm holding out for " Patriot " series. :)
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#10
AusWolf
I'm lost with all these names. Wouldn't it be simpler to call them Tier 1, 2, 3 and so on?

Edit: Someone correct me if I'm wrong, but Tomahawk is their top-tier, Mortar is sort of medium, and Bazooka is a lowish-tier but (sometimes) still acceptable product. This Torpedo board seems to be sitting between Bazooka and Mortar, which is weird.
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#11
Turmania
AusWolf
I'm lost with all these names. Wouldn't it be simpler to call them Tier 1, 2, 3 and so on?

Edit: Someone correct me if I'm wrong, but Tomahawk is their top-tier, Mortar is sort of medium, and Bazooka is a lowish-tier but (sometimes) still acceptable product. This Torpedo board seems to be sitting between Bazooka and Mortar, which is weird.
I assume 'Godlike' is their top tear. Then comes 'Ace' and 'Unify' not 100% sure though.
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#12
AusWolf
Turmania
I assume 'Godlike' is their top tear. Then comes 'Ace' and 'Unify' not 100% sure though.
What!? It's even more complicated than I thought. :confused:
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#13
ARF
bonehead123
uHHHH.....since when is including a rear I/o shield a "feature" ??????? please enlighten us....

I know some mobo mfgr's have recently started (quitely) leaving them out of the boxes, just to cut a few pennies from their BOM's, but really, W.tF.... so now we have to pay a higher price to get something that has always been included in the past.....it's just a thin piece of stamped sheetmetal/plastic with a bunch of holes in it afterall....:(...:mad:..:confused:
Who is doing it? Just MSI or others, as well?
Avoid, vote with your wallet, sir.
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#15
Vayra86
TheLostSwede
You Sir, are mistaken.
This is the torpedo this motherboard was named after.


I'm pretty sure that will kill a man.
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#16
AusWolf
bonehead123
uHHHH.....since when is including a rear I/o shield a "feature" ??????? please enlighten us....

I know some mobo mfgr's have recently started (quitely) leaving them out of the boxes, just to cut a few pennies from their BOM's, but really, W.tF.... so now we have to pay a higher price to get something that has always been included in the past.....it's just a thin piece of stamped sheetmetal/plastic with a bunch of holes in it afterall....:(...:mad:..:confused:
I can't wait for the day when a CPU socket will be counted among the features of a motherboard.
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#17
milewski1015
Turmania
I assume 'Godlike' is their top tear. Then comes 'Ace' and 'Unify' not 100% sure though.
Yes, but that's for the MEG (MSI Enthusiast Gaming) series, not the MAG series. Don't forget about the MPG (MSI Performance Gaming) series with the Gaming Pro Carbon, Gaming Edge, and Gaming Plus, all of which are above the MAG series.
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#18
droopyRO
Vayra86
I'm pretty sure that will kill a man.
Krogan sandwich :)
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#19
windwhirl
TheLostSwede
You Sir, are mistaken.
This is the torpedo this motherboard was named after.


I'm wondering if they have an ICBM tier too :laugh:

I imagine that one must be extra spicy :roll:
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#20
Dave65
Waiting for one that says MSI LONG LANCE TORPEDO.
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#21
Caring1
Vayra86
I'm pretty sure that will kill a man.
You're putting it in the wrong hole. :roll:
bonehead123
uHHHH.....since when is including a rear I/o shield a "feature" ??????? please enlighten us....

I know some mobo mfgr's have recently started (quitely) leaving them out of the boxes, just to cut a few pennies from their BOM's, but really, W.tF.... so now we have to pay a higher price to get something that has always been included in the past.....it's just a thin piece of stamped sheetmetal/plastic with a bunch of holes in it afterall....:(...:mad:..:confused:
I'm sure they mean the plastic cover on the Motherboard over the ports, not the rear I/O shield.
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#22
ShurikN
I think I'll wait for the MSI MAG SCUD. That one's gonna be a blast.
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