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 …

Cooler Master to Continue Its Series of Heatsinks with Vapor Chambers

Cooler Master has lately introduced its new lineup of coolers with the implementation of vapor chambers technology (TPC 812 series). However, the company's plans are not limited to this series only, and the upcoming release of V4 GT series is the most convincing proof of it. The new series will be based on horizontal vapor chamber technology and intended at the colling down of high-end graphics cards.



In accordance with the manufacturer's undertakings and plans, the implementation of this technology will provide for the octuple improvement of heat dispersion as compared with the solid copper-contact sink. This approach towards the processor's colling down enables the involvement of more heat pipes. Nevertheless, V4 GT model will be equipped with only four heat pipes.


Vapor chamber technology stipulates efficient removal of heat from the processor and other integral components. At the same time, it averts the creation of hot spots and promotes for the even distribution of …

Power Supply Unit FSP Raider RA550 Review

Power supply units with 80Plus Bronze standard were rarity in earlier times and distinguished themselves by rather high cost. Nevertheless, nowadays customers are able to acquire PSU models with this standard for quite a moderate price. This is explained by the surplus congestion of products in the market and the need to supply different consumer groups with high-end, but at the same time, cheap PSU solutions. FSP Raider RA550 is characterized exactly by moderate price and high efficiency index. This allowed the very model of PSU to receive 80Plus Bronze marker.



Design and Framework


First of all, it should be mentioned that FSP Raider series is presented by several models which include RA 450W, 550W, 650W and 750W. PSU model under consideration, RA550 cannot boast a refined design template. Quite the contrary, it is developed in a classical design, with the provision of specifications on the side and rear plates. The casing is made of thin hard steel which is covered by a …
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