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 …

Transcend Rolls Out StoreJet Cloud Storages

Transcend brings to the market a pair of unique cloud storages – the StoreJet Cloud 110 & the StoreJet Cloud 210. The first new-comer is equipped with a single 3.5-inch drive bay (max. capacity – 4 TB), while the second one avails two bays, offering up to 8 TB capacity and the possibility to create RAID 1 arrays (mirroring). The bays support HDD/SSD with SATA II interface.

Transcend StoreJet Cloud storages take a two-core ARM Cortex-A7 CPU, running at 1.1 GHz frequency. It is accompanied by 256 MB of DDR3 memory. The advantage of such combination lies in high power efficiency and affordable price. Both models are characterized by a sleek design & the support for remote access, data backup, and stream processing options.

New cloud storages accommodate one Gigabit Ethernet port and one USB 3.0 port. They are known to support Apple Time Machine for data backup on Mac devices as well as AirPlay, iTunes & Chromecast technologies for content broadcasting. There is also a …

SSD Silicon Power Velox V60 Review

SSDs got implanted into IT market long time ago but still manage to provide potential customers with innovative and efficient solutions. There is no wonder that SSD market is represented by a large number of products oriented as on enthusiasts so on average people with average needs. Silicon Power is among the companies that frequently gladdens its clients with ever newer models and advanced technologies. Its new Velox V60 series is ready to offer an unmatched performance and unprecedented durability, along with rather 'stinging' price. However, its specifications justify the high cost.

Delivery Kit

Silicon Power Velox V60 is delivered in a compact cardboard, the external cover of which is full of information about this model. The kit involves a set of necessary for usage components, such as accompanying documentation, user manual, 3.5-inch adapter, and a set of screws. The screws are a useful means for the installation of the SSD not only in a dedicated slot in laptop, …
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