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 …

New Thunderbolt Edition Graphics Card from Zotac

Zotac, a well-known designer of graphics solutions, has developed a unique in design graphics card. Entitled Zotac GeForce GTX 660 Thunderbolt, this card is heading a new Thunderbolt Edition series that is considered to be a more affordable product than Extreme series. The novice is equipped with an original PCB and an effective cooling system.

Zotac GeForce GTX 660 Thunderbolt is primarily characterized by a unique cooling system that consists of a large aluminum heatsink, three cooper heat pipes which get in contact with GPU from one side, and a couple of 100 mm fans. It should be mentioned that Zotac developers have realized a dedicated Eclean technology in their card that enables a hassle-free demounting of fans and top cover with the purpose of cleaning the cooler from dust.

GK106 chip, designed on Kepler architecture under 28 nm technological process, functions as the basic element in GeForce GTX 660 Thunderbolt card. It involves 960 CUDA cores and operates at 980 MHz …

Kingston Showcases High-Capacity SSDNow KC400 Drives

Kingston has expanded its SSDNow lineup of solid-state drives by KC400 series. It entails four high-capacity 2.5-inch models: 128 GB, 256 GB, 512 GB and 1 TB. All of them are based on a 4-core 8-channel Phison 3110 controller and SATA III interface. The new-comers feature 100.1x69.8x7.0 mm dimension only and are shipped with a 5-year’s limited warranty.

Kingston SSDNow KC400 drives support SmartECC technology that serves for the maximal protection of data purposes. In addition, they accommodate SmartRefresh technology that saves the data from reading errors. The availability of onboard dedicated software ensures that the models could restart after emergency power shutdown.

All SSDs boast quite high cumulative volume of written data. The drives are able to operate in a wide range of temperatures (from -40 to +85). Their maximal power consumption index equals to 3.74 W on reading and 0.255 W in idle mode.

Moreover, the KC400 series offers unprecedented performance …
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