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 …

Xigmatek Outs Midgard III Case with Wireless Charger Dock

Xigmatek, a renowned Taiwanese designer of prime-class PC hardware, has launched a follower of the well-known Midgard case series – the Midgard III. It features 409(d)x515(h)x260(w) mm dimensions, always ready to accommodate mini-ITX, micro-ATX, and standard ATX motherboards. The case has got a sleek stern design, though is peculiar by the availability of a unique wireless charger station (Qi standard), leaving all competitors way behind (in terms of connectivity).

Xigmatek Midgard III comes with three external 5.25-inch bays, eight internal 3.5/2.5-inch bays, and seven expansion slots for add-ons. The framework is predestined to accommodate standard ATX/EPS power supply units, CPU coolers of 160 mm in height, graphics cards of 330 mm in length, and heatsinks of 300x50 mm dimensional type. The hidden in the top-front facet I/O panel houses Reset button, a pair of USB 3.0 ports, the same number of USB 2.0 ports, and two audio in/out sockets.

Optimal airflow within the …

Galaxy Unveils the GTX 760 Gamer and the GTX 780 Ti HOF Graphics Cards

Galaxy Microsystems, an official partner of Nvidia, has just introduced a couple of proprietary graphics solutions based on Nvidia’s GeForce GTX 760 and GeForce GTX 780 Ti adapters. Codenamed GTX 760 Gamer and GeForce GTX 780 Ti HOF (Hall of Fame), both products are differentiated by a refined design, combined with unmatched performance.

Galaxy GTX 760 Gamer

This graphics card is attributed to the mid-end solutions. It is developed on Nvidia GK104-225-A2 chip (28 nm) that involves 1152 CUDA cores, 32 ROPs, and 96 TMUs. The GPU operates at 1086 MHz, although has the potential to rise up to 1150 MHz on overclocking. The card boasts the availability of 4 GB GDDR5 memory with 256-bit bus. Its effective clock memory makes up 6 GHz. Cooling process is realized by means of a voluminous cooler, supplemented by two 80 mm fans and a metallic shield.

Galaxy GeForce GTX 780 Ti HOF

This model is peculiar by an original white PCB and the implementation of factory …
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