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 …

Gaming Enclosure Chieftec LF-01B Review

Chieftec Industrial Co. Ltd., a global supplier of PC chassis and versatile power supply units, has replenished its line of enclosures with a new series, codenamed Libra. Chieftec LF-01B is a worthy representative of this series, targeting primarily gamers and enthusiasts. The manufacturer equipped the product with branded fixture for voluminous graphics cards to imply its gaming predestination. Besides, this model features high-quality layout to provide for functionality and versatility.



General Peculiarities


Enclosure Chieftec LF-01B is developed in Midi-Tower form factor and goes with the bottom-like PSU localization. There are no color variations of the casing, as it is delivered in totally black coverage. This model is compatible with the motherboards of up to ATX standards and with rather long graphics cards (up to 428 mm in length). Chieftec LF-01B accommodates two HDD bays, one of which is located in the bottom part of the casing; it is intended at a single 2.5-inch …

The new version of the chassis from Zalman Z9 Plus

The company Zalman continues to utilize the design of the whole successful chassis Z9, releasing a new model Z9 Plus D4-U3. Perhaps, the only difference from the recent Z9 U3 is the lower part of the front panel, made in the form of letter D.



The list of applied characteristics has remained the same. The body is made of steel and plastic in the form factor Mid-Tower. Its dimensions are 504 (L) x 207 (W) x 464 (H) mm, weight — a little over 7 lbs. Inside can be placed the motherboard ATX or microATX, seven cards PCI-E expansion up to 290 mm, ATX-compatible power supply, three optical drives, and seven hard drives, including two SSD 2.5 format.


The set includes two 120-mm fan — in front with the LED-backlit display and on the back without it. On the input-output is a small information display, two USB 3.0 ports and USB 2.0, Mini-Jack connectors for headphones and microphone.


Zalman Z9 Plus D4-U3 will debut in Japan and perhaps in some other markets, August 19 at a …
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