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 …

Flash-Drives from SanDisk at IFA 2012

IFA 2012 is confidently picking up speed, allowing dozens of companies to introduce their creations. SanDisk came to the electronics exhibition with a handful of advanced devices, among which are upcoming flash-drive releases. SanDisk tech bench highlighted a couple of flash-drives with expressive codenames: Cruzer Edge and Cruzer Pop. It should be mentioned that both drives have already been announced by the company earlier this year, but now they are given the most prominence.

Cruzer Pop model is primarily oriented at non-corporate clients who will be glad to choose a flash-drive of bright color. The company delivers the model in several color gamuts and volume capacities (4GB, 8GB, 16GB, and 32GB). Cruzer Pop has got camp bed like framework and features 45x18x3.8 mm dimensions.

To continue, Cruzer Edge model is equipped with a retractable USB 2.0 socket and void of additional caps. The manufacturer paid much attention to safety measures, and due to this reason, the …

Crucial officially introduced a series of SSD-drives v4

Solid State Drives Crucial v4, informal shipments of which began in May, the day before were added to the price lists of dozens online stores across Europe, as well as clearly stated on the website This series is designed as a compromise between high performance devices Crucial m4 and slow by today's range hard drives.

Developer (Micron) is positioning 2.5-inch drives v4 as an inexpensive solution for computer systems of class mainstream and PCs, collected before 2011, when it received widespread Interface SATA 6 Gb / s. New items have the connector SATA 3 Gb / s and are characterized by maximum read / write speeds in the range 230/190 MB / s. The claimed amount of IO operations per second (IOPS, 4 KB blocks) is small — 10,000 for reading and writing at up to 4000. Retain the support TRIM operation, operating systems Windows, Linux and Mac.

Technical details are set out by the manufacturer rather sparingly, and yet such information as the controller model and …
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