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 Debuts with a Couple of E3V5 Mainboards

Following the success of Intel Xeon E3-1200 v5 CPUs, ASRock decided to launch a couple of compatible ATX motherboards. The Fatal1ty E3V5 Performance Gaming/OC and E3V5 WS models both feature Intel C232 chipset. The first new-comer is targeting gamers, while the other one is called to satisfy the needs of fastidious enthusiasts.

ASRock Fatal1ty E3V5 Performance Gaming/OC comes equipped with 4 DIMM slots which support DDR4-2133 MHz memory modules. The inventory also includes Super Alloy design as well as Gaming Armor, Hyper BCLK Engine, F-Stream, Key Master, DDR4 Non-Z OC technologies.

ASRock E3V5 WS accommodates six SATA III ports, a pair of PCIe 3.0 x16 expansion slots, 8-channel Realtek ALC892 audio, Intel I219LM gigabit Ethernet controller, and a variety of external interfaces: four USB 3.0 ports, two USB 2.0 ports, two PS/2, one RJ-45, and three audio ports.

The only drawback of both motherboards is absence of video ports. Thus, it’s vital to complement them with …

SilverStone to Out Kublai KL06 Chassis

SilverStone Technology is about to release a new PC chassis within the framework of Kublai series. The KL06 is a mini-tower solution, featuring 405x211x375 mm dimensions, made of stainless steel with an aluminum frontal panel and a ventilation grid. Along with a totally ‘blind’ model, the manufacturer offers a case with a side acrylic window (SST-KL06B-W). The recommended retail price will fluctuate within $92 mark.

SilverStone Kublai KL06 interior is differentiated by an unconventional location of the motherboard tray – on the left-side facet. The layout is ready to welcome micro-ATX, mini-ITX and mini-DTX mainboards with some high-performance parameters. In addition, there is space for two 5.25-inch drives, a single 3.5-inch drive, eight 2.5-inch drives as well as four PCI expansion cards.

The board supports the installation of two dual-slot graphics adapters of up to 342 mm in length and up to 177 mm in width, CPU coolers of up to 165 mm in height, and …
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