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 …

MSI Z77A-GD65 - Common LGA1155-board by Micro-Star Company

Like the other major motherboard manufacturers, the company Micro-Star Intel thoroughly prepared for the appearance of Ivy Bridge processors and new chipsets of seventh series. Motherboard companies use simple and understandable system of names, that is why it is not difficult to arrange in order of seniority, all six motherboards based on the logic of Intel Z77 Express, from the main MSI Z77A-GD80 to younger Z77A-G43 and the small Z77MA-G45.



The box, in which comes motherboard MSI Z77A-GD65 is traditionally designed. The front side is decorated with different logos and the centre has a large poster. On the reverse side of the box there is a summary of some advantages and features of the board.


One of the characteristic weaknesses about motherboards of Micro-Star Company is the lack of panels to display USB 3.0 ports on the front wall of the chassis. The layout of the motherboard MSI Z77A-GD65 is close to the classical, and therefore it not only looks good, but is easy to …

Graphics Card Gigabyte GeForce GTX 680 Super Overclock Review

The launch of graphics solutions with WindForce 5X cooling system stirred a real boom in the market, giving a special tribute to the products developed by Gigabyte. The company launched two adapters this summer with the implementation of WindForce 5X system and now introduces one more card on its basis. Model Gigabyte GeForce GTX 680 Super Overclock can be called a paragon of efficient performance, overclocking and cooling activities.



Design


Graphics card GeForce GTX 680 Super Overclock features 295x120x64 mm dimensions and rather unusual design. Instead of common fans on the frontal board Gigabyte covered PCB and elements of cooling system by a metallic cover with decorative holes; the rear board is also covered by a metallic plate. The top board is only partially covered by the lid that hides a line of five fans, while the bottom board unveils a voluminous heatsink with heatpipes. The implemented circuit board is originally designed with a reinforced power supply …
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