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 …

Next year TSMC will start manufacturing the first 20nm chips

The Taiwanese company TSMC confirmed its intention to start production of chips using 20 nm technological processes in 2013. However, for now the company does not plan its production on an industrial scale and will release the first chips in a limited quantities, giving them a total of 1% of production capacity. According to the head of the company, the mass production of semiconductor chips with this technology will not begin until 2014.



Meanwhile TSMC Company is going to produce only one version of the chip, which will be able to enter into the wide range of devices, from smart phones with low-power to high-performance graphics cards. For comparison, the Taiwanese company currently has four different output chips on 28-nm technology. These are 28LP (poly / SiON) for low-power low-cost chips, 28HPL (HKMG) for use in low power applications, 28HP (HKMG) for high-performance chips and 28HPM (HKMG). The latest version combines elements of high-performance chips with high efficiency …

Zotac to Release a Small-Sized but Efficient Graphics Card GTX 650 Ti

Despite the variety of high-end graphics solutions in the market, not all customers, especially gamers, have possibilities of buying rather costly items in order to assemble a powerful gaming system. In this light, Zotac decided to comply with its customers’ budget by introducing a small-sized but efficient model – GeForce GTX 650 Ti (codename: ZT-61102-10H). Unlike the reference adapter with 1 GB memory, this solution stipulates the incorporation of 2 GB memory. This brings the new-comer to the higher level in graphics segment.



Graphics card Zotac GeForce GTX 650 Ti is based on Nvidia GK106 GPU, developed under 28 nm technological process. It features 769 CUDA cores and runs at factory-overclocked frequencies: the nominal frequency has been increased from 928 MHz to 941 MHz. The GPU is accompanied by GDDR5 memory modules that feature 128-bit interface. Memory runs at 1350 MHz in nominal mode but is able to enhance its potential to the effective 5400 MHz frequency.


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