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 …

All-in-One PC AIO 307 from iRU with Pre-Installed Windows 8

IRU announces the release of a new all-in-one PC codenamed AIO 307. Earlier the company launched AIO 304 model that was distinguished by some prominent specifications. However, AIO 307 is a product of a new generation with more elaborated design and internal layout, as said by the developers. The promoted PC will be represented by six different configurations with the employment of various CPUs, RAM and HDD capacity.



Upon the whole, iRU AIO 307 is based either on Intel Core i3-2130 or Intel Core i5-3450 processors. RAM volume capacity might achieve 6GB, while there are configurations where HDD capacity equals to 1TB. Graphics subsystem is introduced by Nvidia GeForce GT 630M 1GB graphics adapter. But what is more striking, it's the availability of PCs with a pre-installed Windows 8 OS.


PC AIO 304 design can be characterized by elegance and functionality. Its 21.5-inch display features Full HD resolution (1920x1080). All control buttons are located under the screen; they …

HDD Western Digital VelociRaptor WD1000DHTZ Review

Western Digital started the winning of HDD market almost ten years ago. Since that time the company has managed to dramatically improve its manufacturing process and achieve the desirable heights. Its latest HDD solution, codenamed VelociRaptor WD1000DHTZ, deserves special attention thanks to its performance showings and low operational temperatures.



General Peculiarities


Flagship HDD VelociRaptor WD1000DHTZ goes in 1TB volume capacity and is destined for the employment primarily in workstations. It combines high performance along with reliability to become an efficient solution for professional office needs, compact servers, high-end workstations, rendering processes, and for the management of graphics content of high resolution. Upon the whole, this model stands somewhere between the entry level SSDs and winchesters of 3.5 inch form-factor.


Additionally, Western Digital delivers modifications of VelociRaptor which go in more modest capacities (250 GB and 500 GB). …
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