Which DDR3 SDRAM is better for Ivy Bridge

The overclocker memory is now in the category of products for perfectionists, still the common users are pleased with usual modules DDR3-1600 or DDR3-1333 SDRAM. The issue appears related to the release of processors Ivy Bridge series, which in some aspects are similar to its predecessors, still have some distinctive features.



Ivy Bridge processors are restricted on the maximum frequency supported by the DDR3 SDRAM. This indicates the theoretical chance of these processors work with high-speed memory DDR3-3200 SDRAM. Developers of overclocker memory package perceived the change in rules with certain enthusiasm: there are DDR3-2400 modules available in stores. The gap in frequencies of «elite» and «running» versions of the memory has grown twice in size. It won’t have a noteworthy blow on the work of commonly used tasks in systems.


The memory controller in the Ivy Bridge can work both in symmetric mode, with delay, frequency and volume modules in memory channels, and …

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 …

Nvidia GeForce GTX 780 Ti Graphics Card Official Release

After a line of rumors and leaks, Nvidia has officially introduced its latest powerful graphics card, codenamed GeForce GTX 780 Ti. Thanks to the implementation of a full-fledged GK110 core and the increase of clock frequencies, the card is going to compete with GTX Titan model, as well as with a top-tier Radeon R9 290X from AMD. In view of such efficiency, its recommended price goes up to $700.



The GeForce GTX 780 Ti is equipped with GK110 GPU that contains 2880 stream processors (GTX Titan features 2688 of them), 7.1 billion transistors, 48 ROPs, and 240 TMUs with the support for FP16/FP32 trilinear filtration. The core operates at 875 MHz (nominal) and 928 MHz (overclocked) frequencies. All major components are allocated on a black PCB, equipped with PCI Express 3.0 x16 bus. The incorporated GDDR5 modules with 384-bit interface (overall capacity – 3 GB) run at 7008 MHz with the bandwidth of 336 Gb/sec.


Power supply is realized via a single 8-pin and a single 6-pin …
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