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 …

PowerColor Radeon R9 295X2: High-End Adapter with Two GPUs

PowerColor has recently launched the most powerful in AMD’s Radeon series graphics card, entitled Radeon R9 295X2. The key peculiarity of the model is the availability of two GPUs, which are accompanied by a hybrid cooling system. Such remarkable specifications make the card an ideal solution for advanced gamers and overclocking enthusiasts.

PowerColor Radeon R9 295X2 employs PCI-e 3.0 x16 interface and incorporates a pair of AMD Hawaii XT GPUs (28 nm, GCN 2.0). Each processor features 2816 CUDA cores, 64 ROPs, and 176 TMUs. They operate at the maximal 1018 MHz clock frequency. Each GPU ‘cooperates’ with 4 GB GDDR5 memory (8 GB in total) with 512-bit rails. Its nominal clock frequency makes up 1250 MHz, whereas efficient frequency might reach up 5000 MHz.

This remarkable graphics card is furnished with a hybrid cooler. Both GPUs are taken care by a liquid-cooling solution of enclosed type, power circuits are taken care by air cooling. The latter consists of a fan …

PC Chassis Aerocool Qs-200 Lite Review

PGS Q series of chassis supplied by Aerocool is supposed to be rather successful. Currently, it counts a few different models and Qs-200 Lite is one of them. The very case is a lightweight version of an old-timer Qs-200. Chassis Qs-200 Lite is delivered in two versions: totally black and totally white. Color is their only distinction, since all internal and design parameters are identical.

Design and General Specifications

Aerocool Qs-200 Lite is developed in mini-tower form-factor and features 368x185x405 mm dimensions. Its design is void of any notable details. The frontal panel is made of a dull plastic; it's fixed by six plastic claps that facilitate its easy removal. This panel covers a solid dust filter that contains additional combs, a bay for the installation of a fan (80 mm, 92 mm, or 120 mm), a pair of bays for the installation of 5.25-inch drives, and a single bay for the 3.5-inch drive. The lower part of the panel is taken by a fine-meshed metallic grid with …
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