Friday, September 11th 2020

MSI Announces the MAG B550 TORPEDO Motherboard

MSI, a world-leading motherboard manufacturer, proudly announces the new member of the MAG family: the all-new MAG B550 TORPEDO. For the 3rd Gen Ryzen processors & Ryzen 4000 G-series processors, the new MAG B550 TORPEDO motherboard is designed to be the best choice in its class. The MAG B550 TORPEDO has the same military theme as all the other members in the MAG family. The 10 Dual Rail Power System with smart power stages and the stunning extended heatsink allow the MAG B550 TORPEDO to stably supply the power needs for multi-core processors. It supports up to AMD Ryzen 9 3950X 16 cores processors.

Besides the heatsink on the power stage components, the MAG B550 TORPEDO also has the M.2 SHIELD FROZR that maintains the temperature of the PCI-E Gen 4 SSDs that it also supports. Support of the PCI-E Gen 4 graphics card is the next highlight of this motherboard. The PCI-Express signals are strengthen and protect against electromagnetic interference for stutter-free user experience by the steel Armor PCI-E slot. Be ready to enjoy the superior bandwidth with MSI lightning Gen4 solution.
Lastly, both front and rear Type-C connectors are ready for the latest USB Type-C devices. 2.5G LAN with LAN manager provides gamers incredibly fast data transfer speeds and low latency connection to the internet. The pre-installed IO shield makes the build process even easier than before. None of the features that modern motherboards have is missing.

It can be seen with half an eye that MAG B550 TORPEDO will lead players to dominate the battlefield and conquer the enemies.
Source: MSI
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18 Comments on MSI Announces the MAG B550 TORPEDO Motherboard

#1
dj-electric
This Torpedo board forgot it needs more USB ports in the back.
Cmon, its 2020, stop doing this kind of stuff to us.
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#2
watzupken
I feel MSI have too many different boards at the lower end. They have Bazooka, Mortar and now Torpedo. I think it is a matter of time they will introduce missile and grenade models. And in my opinion, the names are really awful.
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#3
Tomorrow
watzupken
I feel MSI have too many different boards at the lower end. They have Bazooka, Mortar and now Torpedo. I think it is a matter of time they will introduce missile and grenade models. And in my opinion, the names are really awful.
I quite like the names actually. Punchy and easy to remember.
Plus there's no shortage of names to choose from.
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#4
Buftor
This looks identical to Tomahawk, but with one LAN instead of two. The Tomahawk was down to $165 this week. Are they discontinuing the Tomahawk after 3 months??
Another note about the Tomahawk, the video spec originally said HDMI maximum resolution of 4096x2160 @24Hz. Now the specs say HDMI 2.1 maximum resolution of 4096x2160 @60Hz. Did they release a new revision of the board, or it was HDMI 2.1 all along, and they updated the specs after the release of Ryzen 4000 APUs?
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#5
Dammeron
dj-electric
This Torpedo board forgot it needs more USB ports in the back.
Cmon, its 2020, stop doing this kind of stuff to us.
Perfect to combine with almost zero ports up front on most new cases nowadays. But at least there's a lot of front USB headers on MBs...
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#6
tripleclicker
Dammeron
Perfect to combine with almost zero ports up front on most new cases nowadays. But at least there's a lot of front USB headers on MBs...
You could buy those 5.25 face plates with the USB ports and card reader stuff... Oh, wait, there's no more 5.25 drive bays on most cases these days, it was replaced by tempered glass and RGB bling. :banghead:
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#7
Caring1
dj-electric
This Torpedo board forgot it needs more USB ports in the back.
Cmon, its 2020, stop doing this kind of stuff to us.
Hubs are cheap, and leave less cords dangling from the back of the case.
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#8
tabascosauz
Buftor
This looks identical to Tomahawk, but with one LAN instead of two. The Tomahawk was down to $165 this week. Are they discontinuing the Tomahawk after 3 months??
Another note about the Tomahawk, the video spec originally said HDMI maximum resolution of 4096x2160 @24Hz. Now the specs say HDMI 2.1 maximum resolution of 4096x2160 @60Hz. Did they release a new revision of the board, or it was HDMI 2.1 all along, and they updated the specs after the release of Ryzen 4000 APUs?
On a closer look, this might actually share the Tomahawk's 6-layer PCB. The RAM traces aren't visible, and you can't have shielded traces on 4-layer boards (or at least manufacturers have never done it). Contrast the 4-layer SKUs like the Mortar, Bazooka and VDH and the similarity between this and the Tomahawk are plain to see.

And being a 6-layer PCB, it probably shares the Tomahawk's 5x2 ISL99360 VRM as well. Never have I seen discrete MOSFETs on a current 6-layer AM4.

I've also been seeing the Tomahawk dropping significantly in price here. I can't help but feel like there's no room for this Torpedo board.

For those complaining about USB ports, you're looking in the wrong place if you think MSI has you covered. The Tomahawk, Mortar and Bazookas all have the shitty 6-port layout on the back. TUF and Aorus Pro have USB aplenty.
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#9
Buftor
tabascosauz
On a closer look, this might actually share the Tomahawk's 6-layer PCB. The RAM traces aren't visible, and you can't have shielded traces on 4-layer boards (or at least manufacturers have never done it). Contrast the 4-layer SKUs like the Mortar, Bazooka and VDH and the similarity between this and the Tomahawk are plain to see.

And being a 6-layer PCB, it probably shares the Tomahawk's 5x2 ISL99360 VRM as well. Never have I seen discrete MOSFETs on a current 6-layer AM4.

I've also been seeing the Tomahawk dropping significantly in price here. I can't help but feel like there's no room for this Torpedo board.

For those complaining about USB ports, you're looking in the wrong place if you think MSI has you covered. The Tomahawk, Mortar and Bazookas all have the shitty 6-port layout on the back. TUF and Aorus Pro have USB aplenty.
It's also looks basically the same as board as MPG B550 GAMING EDGE WIFI, just without the WiFi and the pretty light around the chipset.
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#10
NesteaZen
jesus. very conservative with the USB ports
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#11
The Foldinator
What happens when you press that "bios button" does it auto start a usb drive ?!
bit of a n00b question :oops:
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#12
NesteaZen
so nvm at USB. it's a B550 chipset thing. max 14 ports. the boards have 13
but what case has six f@#$ing ports + one usb-c on the front?



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#13
Bones
watzupken
I feel MSI have too many different boards at the lower end. They have Bazooka, Mortar and now Torpedo. I think it is a matter of time they will introduce missile and grenade models. And in my opinion, the names are really awful.
I'm just waiting for the Booby trap and SCUD models to appear....

No complains with the MEG ACE I've got (So far) and it has enough ports and so on for my useage. This new one is probrably a rehash of an older model (Tomahawk) from what I've been seeing like the Unify is of the ACE model I've got now.
Could be fair to expect from it what the Tomahawk has shown based on that but a comparison between the two is really needed to nail it down.
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#14
jesdals
Hmmm I gues they kind of sunk this one....
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#15
ExcuseMeWtf
More and more boards nowadays skimps on expansion slots to make spacing for large GPU coolers.

So I guess full ATX instead of mATX is now only really relevant for multi-GPU configurations, ie highest of high-end.
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#16
AusWolf
Tomorrow
I quite like the names actually. Punchy and easy to remember.
Plus there's no shortage of names to choose from.
I agree with that, though I'd prefer a touch more professionalism (weapons have nothing to do with computer platforms), and some indication of positioning within the market. I'm starting to have a hard time being able to tell the differences among MSi boards - they're all relatively priced the same, and equipped the same.
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#17
Rob94hawk
Love this board! Well that solves one choice for my new build. Looking forward to a review.

Don’t need a ton of USB ports for a dedicated gaming rig anyway.
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#18
kn00tcn
watzupken
I feel MSI have too many different boards at the lower end. They have Bazooka, Mortar and now Torpedo. I think it is a matter of time they will introduce missile and grenade models. And in my opinion, the names are really awful.
mortar is the highest end, bazooka is almost gaming mid end

(there is no tomahawk in micro size, there is no mortar in full size)
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