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 …

The “exquisite” ASUS MX27UC monitor

Recently the exquisite ASUS Designo monitors family has been expanded by Designo MX27UC. This display possesses a 27-inch AH-IPS matrix with the resolution of 3840 × 2160 px, a thin screen frame and the capacity to display 1.074 bln of shades. The device is produced in golden and black colours, among its peculiarities one can find a ring-shaped base and a thin construction. The monitor weighs 5.5 kg regarding its dimensions 614.4 × 429.5 × 225.4 mm.



The matrix used exhibits high brightness and contrast ratios – 300 cd/m² and 1300:1 respectively. Viewing angles are wide — 178° in horizontal and vertical directions, pixel density is 163 per inch, and the pixel pitch is 0.156 mm. The monitor offers 100 % sRGB coverage of the colourspace.


Designo MX27UC is very comfortable to work with. The Eye Care technology stack provides a blue light filter (Ultra-low Blue Light) and a Flicker-free option. Other benefits include the SplendidPlus pre-setting, QuickFit virtual …

Transcend Releases SSD320 with SATA III Interface

Transcend has introduced a series of new 2.5'' solid-state drives, codenamed SSD320. The new product supports SATA III 6 Gb/sec standards, and is notable for the outstanding data transfer speed, as well as, reliability. SSD320 is based on SandForce SF-2281 controller of the second generation which adds to the overall performance.



Transcend SSD320 series will include drives of various volume capacities, starting from 64 GB and finishing with 256 GB. These models employ MLC NAND flash-memory chips. In addition, those SSDs support error correction technology. Transcend has taken care of its new series and promoted for the unmatched performance and showings. SSD320 ensures quick download of programs and practically instantaneous system response while working with complicated graphic material or multimedia applications. The devices are capable to achieve the maximal reading speed of 560 Mb/sec, and the maximal writing speed of 530 Mb/sec. Random writing speed (4K) equals to 87000 …
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