One-Shot MSI Z170A Tomahawk Mainboard Review

Arsenal Gaming is a specific lineup of motherboards in MSI’s portfolio. It embraces 7 different models, joined under military-style codenames. The units are targeting primarily gaming community, although the Z170A Tomahawk is a universal solution at an affordable price. As distinct from the comrades, it features a set of controllers & sockets which are considered to be remnants of the past. Let’s find out what kind of advantages this board offers.



CPU & Memory


Motherboard MSI Z170A Tomahawk is developed on Intel Z170 Express chipset. It supports LGA1151-compatible CPUs of the 6th generation (Skylake): Intel Celeron/Pentium/Core i3/Core i5/Core i7. The hardware rests on a 4-layer dark PCB (304x224 mm, ATX) with red PCI-e and RAM slots. The rear panel is differentiated by the availability of a backplate for the CPU socket. The integrated ISL95856 controller is accountable for the providing power to the CPU (3+5 VRM).


The board comes with four DIMM slots for the …

A New Series of Haswell-Based Gigabyte Brix Mini-PCs

The appearance of Brix mini-PCs last spring was Gigabyte’s debut in this market segment. The first products were elaborated specifically for Intel Ivy Bridge processors. However, the company decided to update the line of ultra-compact PCs with four new models. Entitled GB-BXCE-2955, GB-BXi7-4500, GB-BXi5-4200, and GB-BXi3-4010, the products are characterized by the support of power-efficient Intel Haswell CPUs.



The most efficient model is Gigabyte GB-BXi7-4500 with the integrated Intel Core i7-4500U processor (1.8/3.0 GHz), whereas the least efficient turns to be Gigabyte GB-BXCE-2955, based on Intel Celeron 2955U (1.4 GHz). At the same time, Gigabyte GB-BXi5-4200 is equipped with Intel Core i5-4200U CPU (1.6/2.6 GHz) and Gigabyte GB-BXi3-4010 comes with Intel Corei3-4010U solution (1.7 GHz).


Except for diverse CPUs, all four Brix mini-PCs feature practically analogous specifications:

— dimensions: 114.4x107.6x29.9 mm;

— memory: two DIMM slots, support for 16 …

Acer Unleashes New Aspire All-in-One PCs

Promoted at Computex 2012 global technical exhibition, Acer Aspire 5600U and 7600U PCs have finally been launched. The models supplemented the series of Acer's all-in-one solutions and offered a number of unmatched opportunities for customers. Among others, Aspire 5600U and Aspire 7600U computers are distinguished by an adjustable stand that doesn't have any mind-bending gismos. One should take into account that the newly launched products feature both similar and dissimilar characteristics.




First of all, these all-in-one PCs operate under the instruction of Windows 8 platform. They are equipped with 8GB DRAM of DDR3 type, hard drive of 1TB volume capacity, an integrated card reader, and a couple of USB 3.0 ports. Network facilities are realized via Wi-Fi and Bluetooth modules.


Secondly, both PCs have got quite different internal layout. Aspire 5600U is considered to be a more affordable solution based on up to Intel Core-i5 3110M version CPU (third generation of Ivy …
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