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 …

Meet New External HDD Armor A30 from Silicon Power

Silicon Power, a renowned manufacturer of flash-memory devices, is going to release a new external HDD, entitled Armor A30. The drive features 134x87.5x18.6 mm dimensions and is estimated to operate at +5-+55 C temperatures. The most outstanding peculiarity pertained to Armor A30 is its compliance with MIL-STD 810G Method 516.6 Procedure IV standard. This implies the drive is housed in a super-solid ‘silica gel’ case that is able to survive the fall from a height of 122 cm, strong vibrations, temperature alterations, and to resist dust and water.

Silicon Power armor A30 will be available in two capacities (500 GB and 1 TB) and two color variations (white and black). All the models employ high-speed USB 3.0 interface and offer some notable performance. Hence, these HDDs feature maximal 5 Gb/sec data transfer speed (USB 3.0 interface) and up to 480 MB/sec (USB 2.0 interface). It should be stressed that the drive receives power via USB interface as well and is compatible with …

Graphics Card Gigabyte GeForce GTX 680 Super Overclock Review

The launch of graphics solutions with WindForce 5X cooling system stirred a real boom in the market, giving a special tribute to the products developed by Gigabyte. The company launched two adapters this summer with the implementation of WindForce 5X system and now introduces one more card on its basis. Model Gigabyte GeForce GTX 680 Super Overclock can be called a paragon of efficient performance, overclocking and cooling activities.


Graphics card GeForce GTX 680 Super Overclock features 295x120x64 mm dimensions and rather unusual design. Instead of common fans on the frontal board Gigabyte covered PCB and elements of cooling system by a metallic cover with decorative holes; the rear board is also covered by a metallic plate. The top board is only partially covered by the lid that hides a line of five fans, while the bottom board unveils a voluminous heatsink with heatpipes. The implemented circuit board is originally designed with a reinforced power supply …
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