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 …

Intel may release six-core processor Core i7-3970X EE

The top board platform Intel LGA2011 is not yet very demanded among customers, mainly due to the high prices of components — motherboard with chipset X79 and processors Intel Sandy Bridge-E. However, it should be remembered that the models LGA1366 also initially were desirable for only enthusiasts with a tight purse, and only in 2010, with cheaper motherboards and the release of new, more powerful processors, Core i7, (Bloomfield / Westmere) sales statistics of LGA1366 components rose considerably.



It is possible that consumer interest in the LGA2011 platform will also grow this and especially next year. Part of this will contribute to six-core Core i7-3970X Extreme Edition which is expected to be released. Core i7-3970X EE has a clock speed of 3.4 or 3.5 GHz stock, which is in turbo mode increases up to 4.0 GHz. Other features of the model coincide with those of the 3960X:

— Process technology: 32 nm Sandy Bridge-E architecture;

— The number of cores / streams: …

ASRock Announces the Launch of High-End Motherboard X79 Extreme 11

ASRock press service has proudly announced the launch of a motherboard X79 Extreme 11 with prominent characteristics. According to the provided information, all motherboard tests have been successfully completed, and this allowed the manufacturer to give a go-ahead to the official release. This model is initially designated for the installation of Intel processors, basically of Sandy Bridge-E generation CPU for Socket LGA 2011. The motherboard is developed on the Intel X79 Express chip sets. X79 Extreme 11 is designed in CEB form-factor with the implementation of high-quality components, including Premium Gold Caps capacitors which are distinguished by the prolonged operational term.



Heat removal process is entrusted to a couple of radiators of different framework. One of the radiators is equipped with a compact fan. Power subsystem accommodates digital controller and is designed in correspondence with 24+2 phase algorithm. The key advantage of motherboard X79 Extreme 11 is the …
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