Asus Preps H110M-E/M.2 Mainboard with M.2 Socket 3 Support

Asus decided to distinguish itself against the rivals by introducing a motherboard, based on Intel H110 chipset, which boasts a range of integrated facilities. One of such boons is the support for M.2 Socket 3 interface with a bandwidth index of 10 Gb/sec. However, when it operates in SATA mode, one out of four SATA 6 Gb/sec ports is disabled. If PCI-e drive is installed, there will be no restrictions.



Mainboard Asus H110M-E/M.2 supports all modern CPUs from Intel with Socket LGA1151. The PCB accommodates a pair of DIMM slots for the installation of 32 GB DDR4-2133 MHz memory. This micro-ATX board is equipped with a 4-phase Digi+ VRM as well as 5X Protection II protection technology.


The model houses a pair of PCI-e 2.0 x1 expansion slots & a single PCI-e 3.0 x16 slot. Storage subsystem is introduced by one M.2 slot and 4x SATA III ports. Audio subsystem is built on 8-channel Realtek ALC887 controller, whereas network facilities are backed by Realtek RTL8111H controller. …

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 …

Oval CPU Cooler Xigmatek Colosseum SM128164 Review

Rivalry in the CPU cooling market is rather tough nowadays. Each and every manufacturer tries to exceed its competitors by elaborating high-performance and durable coolers. Some companies pay attention primarily to efficiency, while the others try to draw potential audience by an unusual design. Xigmatek, a renowned manufacturer in this segment, has been introducing qualitative and original solutions for many years. Its Colosseum SM128164 is a vindication of the assumptions that unusual in design coolers can be efficient. Let’s have a look at it.



Design and Framework


The Xigmatek Colosseum SM128164 at the first sight looks as an ordinary cooler of a rectangular form with the height of 157 mm. It consists of a heatsink block, a fan, a mirror-like base, and five heat pipes. The central pipe is larger than the other four: its diameter equals to 8 mm, whereas the side pipes feature 6 mm diameter. Nonetheless, if turning the cooler sideways, it becomes vivid that the item is a …
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