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 …

Here Comes a Series of Radeon R7 Graphics Cards from Sapphire

Sapphire is the company that frequently gladdens its fans with high-end advanced solutions. Thereby, it doesn’t lag behind other manufacturers who nowadays introduce their own versions of AMD’s Radeon R series of adapters. Sapphire Radeon R7 series currently counts seven models: four of them belong to Radeon R7 240 lineup, two – to Radeon R7 250 lineup, and one – to Radeon R7 260 lineup. As a result, each customer is able to choose a card, which is an optimal balance between price and facilities.



The senior model, Sapphire Radeon R7 260X, is based on AMD Bonaire XTX GPU, running at 1150 MHz frequency. It is equipped with 2 GB GDDR5 memory modules (128-bit interface) that operate at 6600 MHz effective frequency. Cooling is provided by a two-slot cooler that embraces a few heatpipes, an aluminum heatsink, and a single axial-flow fan. Video interfaces are represented by DisplayPort, HDMI, DVI-I, and DVI-D ports.


A pair of Sapphire Radeon R7 250 models is distinguished …

Review of the ASUS ROG Strix GeForce GTX 1050 Ti Video Card

Let’s have a quick glare at one of the latest novelties in the market of graphics solutions – another representative of ASUS, to be exact, ASUS ROG Strix GeForce GTX 1050 Ti.


Equipment and Design

The card comes in a small box. The package has got extra case pads, VELCRO ties for wires, as well as the code for World of Warships 15 days’ premium mode. A good set for a this class representative.


ASUS ROG Strix GeForce resembles older video cards in this series: the same solid cooling with a large heat sink and a pair of fans, strict design. Given the low TDP, everything looks quite serious. The total length of the video card is 24 cm. The cooler takes up two slots.


The reverse side is protected by a metal plate. In the corner there is an additional power slot having six pins. The regular version of GeForce GTX 1050 Ti needs no extra power. The side panel of the cooler has a small illuminated logo.


The backlight is customizable through the ASUS Aura app. …
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