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 …

Xilence Company has presented a kilowatt power supply unit of XQ series

Taiwanese company Xilence released two PSU of unusual design — XQ Series of 750 and 850 W capacities. In contrast to usual offers on the market, these PSU are equipped with a pair of 60-mm fans. It has separate adjustment of speed and can operate in a completely passive mode at a load of up to 20-30%.

Recently, Xilence added to the above-mentioned series a power supply with nominal 1000W. New model in the pre-sale testing was certified with 80 Plus Platinum, which indicates the level of efficiency from 90% to 94% in the system of 230 V. Like its predecessors, the unit uses a modular principle of cabling, active power factor correction mechanism and complies with ATX12V v2.3 and EPS12V v2.92 standards. The list of available power cables (connectors) is the following: 4x PCI-E 6-pin, 4x PCI-E (6 + 2)-pin, 7x Molex 4-pin, FDD, 12x SATA, EPS12V (4 +4)-pin, EPS12V 8-pin and ATX (20 +4)-pin.

Five-year warranty on the Xilence XQ 1000W provides the possibility of replacement the …

PSU Chieftec BPS-750C2 (Nitro 2 Series) Review

Chieftec, a renowned PSU designer, developed and released its Nitro 2 series of power supply units a few years ago. Last year the series replenished with new models and nowadays it consists of nine units with 400W-850W power. All of them have managed to gain 80 Plus Bronze certificate, due to a high efficiency level 81-85-81 at 20%, 50% and 100% power loading correspondingly. Chieftec BPS-750C2 unit is a deserving representative of Nitro 2 series that attracts clients not only by its facilities but also by a democratic price.

Design and Delivery Kit

Chieftec BPS-750C2 is housed in a black casing with a rough texture. Black ventilation grid with the company's logo in the center covers the integrated cooling system fan. Network socket on the external side is supplemented with a switch; internal side accommodates four sockets for the connection of cables that provide power to peripheral devices, and two more sockets for the graphics cards power supply. Each socket is …
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