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 …

PGS Chassis AeroCool Mechatron Review

The production of gaming-oriented chassis is evolving each year, despite the gradual escape from voluminous desktop platforms to more compact ones. Nowadays chassis targeting gamers present really high-end facilities and have catchy, aggressive design. AeroCool often gladdens this customer segment with high-quality and moderate in price products. Its recent development, chassis AeroCool Mechatron, is called to suffice the gamers' need for advanced options, reliability and convenience.



Design


Model AeroCool Mechatron belongs to PGS (Performance Gaming Series). It is developed in Middle-Tower form factor and boasts a futuristic design with sharp edges, ornamental ledges and underlined angles. The chassis is delivered in two color variations (black and white) and two framework variations (with side acrylic window or grid). The clipboard resembles the frontal part of the futuristic robot; it contains red LED line in the upper part, company's logo in the lower part, serial …

Lifting the Veil from USB Type-C Bus

Since the launch in 1995, Universal Serial Bus (USB) has proved itself as the most successful ever computing interface. Nowadays tens of billions of electronic devices are connected together due to it. It goes without saying that this bus has outlived a few modifications, each distinguished by higher speed and reliability. Thus, today the community is able to revel in a completely new modification – USB Type-C – that forecasts a lot privileges of connectivity process. Let’s see what users will get with a new bus.



Layout and Connectivity


In physical terms, Type-C is a bit larger than USB 2.0 Micro-B but a bit tinier than binary USB 3.0 Micro-B, featuring 8.34x2.56 mm. Such dimensions enable its connection to the devices of any type, including the thinnest smartphones/tablets. The oval-shaped socket houses 24 contact outputs (to compare: USB 3.0 sockets feature only 9 outputs).


The most outstanding physical peculiarity of Type-C is a symmetric connector that …
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