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 …

Ultrabook Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon will debut on August 21

In May this year, Lenovo, HP, along with being the largest manufacturer of branded PCs, has announced plans to release 14-inch ultrabook premium-level ThinkPad X1 Carbon. In order to attract affluent buyers who are in search of a fashion mini-PC, the frame and lid are made of CFRP (carbon fiber) — lightweight and durable material that is used, including in the aerospace industry, and expensive cars. Due to this, the thickness of the laptop is reduced to 17.7 mm, and weights — up to 1.36 kg.



Screen of Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon has a resolution of 1600x900 pixels, a maximum brightness of 300 and wide viewing angles. Graphic system is presented by built Adapter Intel HD 4000 into the processor Ivy Bridge. RAM is 4 GB and can be expanded up to 8 GB. Keyboard ThinkPad Precision doesn’t have numeric keypad, but it has an LED backlight.


In addition, the novelty has a webcam 720p, battery with a resource of battery life of up to 6 h 20 min., fingerprint scanner, connectors …

A New Swiftech’s Offer – Komodo NV-ECO GTX TITAN X Water Block

The Swiftech company, which produces liquid cooling system components, announced the full cover water block for the NVIDIA TITAN X video card market release. This new product was called Komodo NV-ECO GTX TITAN X, though, the “GTX” part is misplaced, as far as the actual card (unlike the old GM200 core TITAN X) on the GP102 chip doesn’t contain in its name the prefix GeForce GTX.



This cooler is produced out of C110 class chromed copper and acryl. The water unit dimensions are: 268(L) × 122(W) × 19(H) mm, weight — 1.247 kg.

There is a little protrusion in a contact plate according to the NVIDIA GP102 core shape, 0,5 mm thick thermal pads for heat rejection from power system transistors and GDDR5X memory chips. Note: Swiftech professionals have already inserted material lines, so users don’t have to do it themselves.


This cooler’s layout is rather simple, though the microplates array presence in the GPU area should be admitted.


The construction is …
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