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 …

The Attractive ID-COOLING ICEKIMO 120W Liquid Cooling System

This time the well-known ID-COOLING company decided to attract customers not with high performance specifications, but with its new liquid cooling system’s original and extraordinary layout.



A heat dissipator, a pump, tubes and a fan with white backlighting are completely WHITE, which evoke associations with ice-cream, ice or snow.


The dimensions of the 14 channel aluminum heatsink are 154 × 120 × 27 mm. FPI number is 20.

An ID-12025M12S fan is of 120 × 120 × 25 standard size. Its max rotary speed is 700–1500 rpm, max air flow ratio is 62.0 cfm, max static pressure is 1.78 mm H2O and the noise level is 18.0–26.4 dBA. The power consumption is announced to be 3.0 W.


The dimensions of the copper microchannel water unit are the following: 68 × 68 × 35.6 mm. It is compatible with Intel LGA115(х)/1366/2011/2011-v3 and AMD Socket AM2(+)/AM3(+)/FM1/ FM12(+) platforms. The cooling agent is nontoxic and anticorrosive.


The total weight of the system makes 639 …

New Mini-ITX Motherboard H87E-ITX/ac from ASRock

ASRock, a Taiwanese manufacturer of motherboards, is eager to introduce its new elaboration – motherboard H87E-ITX/ac. The new-comer is designed in a compact mini-ITX form-factor and is destined for the creation of compact desktop systems. Chipset Intel H87 Express in combination with Intel Core (4th generation) LGA 1150 processors provide for utmost stability and high performance in the majority of working modes.



ASRock H87E-ITX/ac houses two slots for RAM memory modules of DDR3 type; the maximal volume of supported memory might achieve 32 GB. The board takes power by means of 24-pin ATX and 8-pin EPS connectors. Digi Power system, featuring DrMOS voltage regulators, allots four phases for providing power supply to the CPU. Expansion of facilities becomes possible due to a single PCI Express 3.0 x16 slot, a single miniPCI Express slot, a single eSATA port, and six SATA III 6 Gb/sec ports.


Network facilities are guaranteed by gigabit Ethernet port, Bluetooth 4.0 module, …
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