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 …

Evga Expands SuperNova T2 Series of High-Wattage PSUs

Evga has added to its sensational SuperNova 1600 T2 power supply unit a triplet of high-wattage models of 750 W, 850 W & 1000 W power. All of them correspond to 80Plus Titanium standard thanks to quite high efficiency level (up to 96% in 230 V networks). Moreover, the new-comers are backed by a 10-year’s limited warranty that vindicates unprecedented reliability of the asset.

Evga SuperNova T2 units come equipped with high-profile Japanese capacitors and a single +12V rail. The latter ensures that the models could stand tough loading, close to par: 748.8 W at 62.4 A, 849.6 W at 70.8 A and 999.6 W at 83.3 A respectively. The triplet is cooled down by a 140-mm fan based on dual ball bearings; on low loading the fan deactivates to provide for optimal noise level.

Similar to other advanced solutions, the greenhorns are packed with all innovative protection mechanisms, including overcurrent, overheating, overloading & short circuit tools. The list of integrated connectors …

Chassis Gigabyte Luxo X10 Review

Gigabyte developers aren't beat up by a variety of product lines and the necessity to compete with multiple rivals. Their hard work results in a large number of hardware items enjoyed by millions of customers throughout the world. Moreover, Gigabyte has assured to provide high-quality products at an appropriate price. PC chassis Luxo X10 is a bright example of a correlation scheme 'accessible luxury', which is displayed in the implementation of up-dated technologies and absolutely optimal price.


Gigabyte Luxo X10 is characterized by the following specifications:

— employed form-factor: ATX (mid-tower), 180x430x480 dimensions;

— supported motherboards: micro-ATX, ATX;

— compatibility: PSUs up to 295 mm, graphics cards up to 295 mm in length, CPU coolers up to 160 mm in height;

— external ports: two 3.5 mm slots, a single USB 2.0 and a single USB 3.0;

— drive bays and slots: 7 expansion slots, 4 external bays for 5.25-inch drives, 4 …
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