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 …

ASRock Teases Small-Sized X99M Killer Motherboard

Fans of small-sized PC systems might take delight in all the possibilities offered by Intel X99 chipset that is targeting innovative Intel Core i7 (Haswell-E generation) processors. Originally, the couple has been predestined for Socket LGA2011-3 platform full-fledged ATX motherboards. Nonetheless, ASRock is the one to equal all users by launching micro-ATX X99M Killer motherboard. In keeping with the manufacturer, the board’s functional does not yield to its senior companions.



ASRock X99M Killer accommodates four DIMM-slots for DDR4 memory modules, three PCI-e 3.0 x16 slots, ten SATA III 6 Gb/sec ports, a single Ultra M.2 port that employs four lines of PCI 3.0 bus. The major peculiarity ascribed to this model is the availability of two network controllers: Qualcomm Atheros Killer E2200 and Intel’s gigabit Ethernet proprietary version.


To continue, audio subsystem is developed according to Purity Sound 2 design standards, ensuring 7.1-channel sound production. External …

NZXT Source 530: a Spacious Chassis for Ardent Gamers

NZXT has just announced the release of a new PC chassis for gamers, entitled Source 530. The model belongs to NZXT’s Classic series and is designed in a Full-Tower form-factor, featuring 507x235x510.5 mm dimensions. The case is made of steel with an aluminum finish and a black paint. In accordance with the manufacturer, the chassis is ideal for a mighty gaming platform, due to a spacious internal layout and optimal airflow.



NZXT Source 530 supports various motherboards, including standard ATX, mini-ITX, micro-ATX, and E-ATX ones. The frontal facet cannot boast the variety of inputs/outputs (a couple of USB 3.0 ports and the same number of audio slots), although its internal layout strikes by rich facilities. Thereby, the model boasts the availability of three external racks for 5.25-inch drives and six internal racks for 3.5/2.5-inch drives, which are characterized by tool-free fixture. Additionally, it’s feasible to install one more 2.5-inch drive on the rear side of the …
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