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 …

SilentiumPC Debuts with Pax M70 Pure Black Chassis

SilentiumPC enters the market with a new mid-tower case, entitled Pax M70 Pure Black. The model features 467x230x483 mm dimensions and weighs 8.55 kg. As seen from the title, the case boasts purely black paintwork that adds elegance to the styling. The chassis is made of SECC steel; side panels as well as decorative lid are coated in soundproof dual-layer materials. Pricing is set at $80.



SilentiumPC is targeting mini-ITX/micro-ATX/ATX systems. Front and top panels are rich in perforated surfaces, while one of the side panels accommodates a transparent acrylic window. Interior layout offers a couple of bays for 5.25-inch drives, the same number of bays for 3.5-inch drives, and three bays for 2.5-inch storages. All cages boast the implementation of anti-vibration system. Expansion is ensured due to seven PCI-slots.


To continue, the chassis is roomy enough for CPU coolers of 175 mm in height, graphics cards of 415 mm in length and liquid cooling heatsinks of 280 mm in …

Thermaltake Showcases an Original Bigwater 760 Pro Cooling System

Thermaltake Technology, a renowned Taiwanese designer of varied PC hardware pieces, is going to release its new original water-cooling system, codenamed Bigwater 760 Pro. This cooler is targeting powerful processors that require no less powerful cooling. The product demonstrates a wide compatibility with all novel processors that support Socket LGA775, LGA1366, LGA115x, LGA2011, FM1, FM2, AM2(+), and AM3(+).



Bigwater 760 Pro consists of three major parts: waterblock, head block and a couple of hoses. The implemented waterblock features nickeled-copper base of 45x35 mm dimensions. The head block features 252.8x145.8x84 mm dimensions and takes two 5.25-inch bays within the chassis. Its framework involves a pump, a heatsink and a tank for coolant.


The pump is based on a ceramic bearing and produces not more than 16 dB noise. Its performance level achieves 500 liters/hour, while Mean Time Between Failures index is estimated at eighty thousand hours. The integrated heatsink is …
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