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 …

Point of View strengthens GeForce GTX 680 UltraCharged 4GB of memory

Dutch manufacturer of discrete graphics Point of View considered as a good idea to equip one of the top-end versions GeForce GTX 680 with the prefix UltraCharged with four gigabytes of memory. This graphic card can be a good alternative to existing POV / TGT GTX 680 UltraCharged with 2GB buffer.

The new model, as well as it «precursor», is using the reference design PCB Nvidia with the configuration of additional power connectors PCI-E Power (6 +8)-pin. Typically, the PCB for GeForce GTX 680 is equipped with only four power phases for the GPU, but the version of the UltraCharged Point of View / TGT the fifth one added.

The frequencies remained the same: 1111 MHz for the graphics core (1176 MHz in turbo mode) and 6008 MHz for the 4 GB of memory GDDR5. Under three-slot cooling system, there is GK104 chip in the composition of 1536 shaders and 256-bit memory bus. Point of View marketers emphasize that the graphics processor for the graphics cards GTX 680 UltraCharged …

Western Digital Starts Delivering 2.5-inch HDD WD Green

Western Digital, a successful supplier of HDD solutions and other consumer electronics, has started the delivery of its new compact hard drives series. Codenamed WD Green, this series boasts the maximal volume capacity (2 TB) in the 2.5-inch HDD market sector. The company claims that WD Green is a perfect match for PCs that require efficient additional storage disks, for external hard drives, as well as, for devices requiring practically enormous volume facilities. At the same time, WD Green is capable to ensure low working temperatures and noiseless operation.

One of the major peculiarities and attraction of WD Green series is its power-saving and eco-friendly nature. First of all, all the models embraced by the series consume little power as in operational mode, so on the startup activity. This provides for the substantial decrease of the system loading. Secondly, the production process is conducted with the observance of all existing ecological regulations. Hence, these HDDs …
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