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 Intros an Overclocked TurboDuo R9 280 OC Graphics Card

Tul Corporation has just introduced its own version of AMD Radeon R9 280 adapter under PowerColor brand name. Entitled TurboDuo R9 280 OC, it features 267x111.2x38 mm dimensions and comes with industry-scale boost. The card has got an improved VRM node, a solid-rock hardware base, as well as a highly efficient cooling system. No information about the release date or pricing has been unveiled so far.

PowerColor TurboDuo R9 280 OC employs The Gold Power Kit components soldered on the PCB: high-quality transistors in PowerPAK SO-8 cases, chokes with ferrite cores, and solid-state capacitors. The integrated TurboDuo cooler consists of a heatsink, three copper heatpipes and a pair of 90 mm fans. It demonstrates up to 23% higher performance and 19% lower noise level than reference cooler does.

This graphics card is based on Tahiti Pro GPU with 1792 current processors (GCN architecture), 32 ROPs, and 112 TMUs. It runs at 855 MHz nominal and 960 MHz overclocked frequency. The GPU …

Official Release of MSI Z87 XPower Motherboard

After several weeks of rumors and speculations, MSI has finally released its Z87 XPower motherboard. MSI Z87 XPower, a flagship XL-ATX model in a series of Intel Haswell-compatible boards, is differentiated by a high-quality hardware base, enhanced overclocking facilities, and total support of numerous advanced technologies. According to MSI, CPU overclocking options are considered to be among the strongest aspects ascribed to the new-comer. With this aspect in mind, the company equipped its flagship board with the most powerful 32-phase power supply system.

This motherboard is compatible with the 4th generation processors from Intel, which support Socket LGA1150 platform. Being an advanced product, XPower accommodates an increased amount of expansion slots: five PCI Express 3.0 x16 slots and a pair of PCI Express 2.0 x1 slots. Such assembly allows for operating with up to four graphics cards simultaneously in AMD CrossFireX or Nvidia SLI configurations. The board also saves …
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