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 …

Thermaltake Introduces Mid-Tower Soundproof Chassis New Soprano

Thermaltake proudly introduces a new series of PC chassis, codenamed New Soprano. The series is represented by two models: a model with totally white external casing New Soprano Snow Edition and a model with totally black casing. Both chassis are developed in Mid-Tower form factor and are a perfect choice for high-end systems with minimal noise effect. They are predestined for the employment with the motherboards of ATX and micro-ATX dimensional type.

The major privilege of the series is seen in the implementation of soundproof casing that saves the user from bothersome noise. The casing employs steel as the major material (SECC) and features plastic clipboard. The walls are covered by a soundproof foam from the inside and provide for the utmost silence facilities.

The top panel accommodates an integrated dock-station used for the connection of a single 2.5/3.5-inch winchester. The upper part of the facade is equipped with two USB 2.0 and two USB 3.0 ports, as well as a …

Cooler Master to Continue Its Series of Heatsinks with Vapor Chambers

Cooler Master has lately introduced its new lineup of coolers with the implementation of vapor chambers technology (TPC 812 series). However, the company's plans are not limited to this series only, and the upcoming release of V4 GT series is the most convincing proof of it. The new series will be based on horizontal vapor chamber technology and intended at the colling down of high-end graphics cards.

In accordance with the manufacturer's undertakings and plans, the implementation of this technology will provide for the octuple improvement of heat dispersion as compared with the solid copper-contact sink. This approach towards the processor's colling down enables the involvement of more heat pipes. Nevertheless, V4 GT model will be equipped with only four heat pipes.

Vapor chamber technology stipulates efficient removal of heat from the processor and other integral components. At the same time, it averts the creation of hot spots and promotes for the even distribution of …
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