Xigmatek Intros New CPU Cooler Gaia II

Xigmatek, an outstanding manufacturer of cutting-edge PC components, announces the release of a new CPU cooler, entitled Gaia II. The model is developed in accordance with a traditional tower-like framework and might be truly called a universal cooling solution. It supports a large variety of platforms for processors with TDP level of not higher than 150 W: Intel Socket LGA 775/1366/1156 and AMD Socket AM2(+)/AM3(+)/FM2/FM1.

Cooler Gaia II is designed with the direct implementation of H.D.T. technology (Heat Pipe Direct Touch). This implies that all three copper heatpipes, which stem from the heatsink base, come into direct contact with the CPU surface. The heatpipes themselves have got U-shape structure and 8 mm dimensions. They pierce ‘multi-plate’ aluminum heatsink to provide for a better heat dissipation.

The model is delivered with a pre-installed 120 mm fan with bright orange blades; it is fixed to one of the heatsink sides and housed in a black frame. The fan is …

Solid-Based Deepcool Pangu Case Review

For a good while Deepcool has been known as a manufacturer of cooling solutions only. Nonetheless, the rising competition and the enlarging number of multi-segment companies, which specialize in several markets simultaneously, prompted Deepcool to expand its production line. It was well worth the effort. The lineup of PC cases is nowadays full of offers for customers with diverse tastes. Pangu, one of the latest company’s elaborations, is an evidence of many years’ experience and a touch of epoch’s needs. Its primary attraction is a solid-based chassis; still there are some other peculiarities worth of investigating.

Key Features

Deepcool Pangu case features the following specifications:

— form-factor, dimensions: midi-tower, 477x205x501 mm;

— chassis: steel + ABS plastic, black/white coating versions;

— supported motherboards: ATX, micro-ATX, mini-ITX;

— drive slots: 2x external 5.25-inch, 1x internal 5.25-inch, 6x internal 2.3/2.5-inch;

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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 …
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