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 …

Transcend to Announce a SuperSpeed USB 3.0 SSD

Transcend Information, a leading designer of storage solutions, announces the launch of its new super high-speed SSD, codenamed ESD200. The drive employs the latest USB 3.0 interface of SuperSpeed generation and is distinguished by truly compact dimensions, providing for the most convenient utilization. The casing is void of movable parts and operates with minimum noise level. Besides, it's based on a set of flash chips and owns anti-heat, shockproof and anti-vibratory properties. The series will be introduced by models of 128GB and 256GB volume capacity.



The implementation of SuperSpeed USB 3.0 interface ensures ten times faster data transfer speed, if compared with the previous USB 2.0 generation. On such conditions, Transcend ESD200 is capable to develop Read speed up to 260 Mb/sec and Write speed up to 225 Mb/sec. This implies that 4.7GB DVD drive full of different content will be copied for fifteen seconds only. However, a new SSD is backwards compatible with USB 2.0; so, …

Greeting a New Powerful CPU Cooler ‘Lucifer’ from Deepcool

Deepcool Industries, an established developer of high-efficient cooling solutions, introduces its new CPU cooler with a horrendous name Lucifer. This cooler features 140x110x168 mm tower-like framework that is ready to manage the heat produced by any up-to-date desktop processor platforms from Intel (LGA2011, 1366, 1156, 1155, 775) and AMD (Socket FM1, FM2, AM3, AM3+, AM2, AM2+).



Deepcool Lucifer embraces a voluminous heatsink section that contains thirty-six nickel-plated aluminum ribs, six U-shaped, nickel-plated copper heat pipes, and a single 140 mm fan. The latter employs a hydrodynamic bearing and is governed by PWM technology. Fan speed might vary from 700 RPM to 1400 RPM; the maximal airflow produced by the fan approximates 81.33 CFM, while the maximal noise level does not exceed the margin of 31 dB.


It should be mentioned that this cooler is able to remove up to 130 W heat in passive mode (without a fan). The availability of a thermal compound in the nominal …
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