Value for Money - 93%
Quality - 90%
Look/Feel - 91%
Extra's/Features - 89%
With the launch of the Intel’s new Kaby Lake processor range and chipsets, comes along new boards as well. Today we having a look at MSI’s H270 Tomahawk Arctic mid-range motherboard. The Tomahawk Arctic is an awesome little board that has all the bells and whistles that you would expect on a Top tier board (Z270 boards) for half the price. To top it off the Tomahawk Arctic looks epic! It has this grey and white finish that just screams awesomeness. So what do you get for your well-earned money? Well, you get two M.2 slots that are Intel Optane ready and you can configure the M.2’s so that they can work as a RAID. The Tomahawk Arctic doesn’t have the M.2 heat shield that you would find on your bigger models (like the Gaming M7 which we also reviewed). Another cool feature that the Tomahawk Arctic has is that it has a dedicated VR port! So no more fumbling for a port at the back of your PC, this USB port has little to no latency. One of the features that also filtered down from the bigger models is RAM and VGA steel shielding. I have heard of a few guys that were a little too hard on their modules and had to get new boards (luckily it hasn’t happened to me yet), it is really nice of MSI to protect our investments like this!
As with all of MSi’s products, the Tomahawk Arctic features Military grade components. Another protection feature that MSI included on this board is a double grounding layer on your mounting holes, this helps that your components don’t suffer ESD attacks. One thing that I saw on the Tomahawk Arctic is that they are using a slightly older Realtek audio chip, it’s not that big of a train smash but it would have been awesome to have the newer chip. Lastly, the Tomahawk Arctic features a dedicated RGB header for connecting your internal RGB lighting to your board and control it from the included MSI Mystic light app. The board itself also features some white LED’s on the bottom of the board and a cool white LED that shines from the massive heatsink on the chipset.
Overall I love the design of the board and the price! I would recommend this board to anybody wanting to upgrade or start out with Intel’s Kabylake and Skylake CPU’s. With lots of features that have filtered down from the bigger boards and an awesome grey and white design, it would be a hard sell not to take it. This board to me also would be my first choice when doing a 10-12K PC build. This is your local mad scientist signing out….Now to pick; a black case or a white case for this board? Choices, choices, choices
Estimated RRP: +-R2500
Release Date: 8 February 2017
- Lots of top end features that has filtered down to the Tomahawk Arctic
- Supports Intel Optane!
- Not much to dislike