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 …

Sharkoon Showcases Small-Sized QB ONE PC Chassis

Sharkoon Technologies GmbH come out in the European market with a new extraordinary PC chassis, entitled QB ONE. The model features 368x225x180 mm dimensions, ready to welcome mini-ITX mainboards. The layout offers two PCI expansion slots, two bays for 5.25-inch drives and three 3.5-/2.5-inch ones (all are installed without tools).



Sharkoon QB ONE is targeting graphics cards as long as 315 mm, PSUs (ATX & SFX) of 145 mm in length, CPU coolers as high as 150 mm, and heatsinks of 145 mm in height. Connectivity options include four USB ports (2x 3.0 version and 2x 2.0 version) and two audio ports. One of the most outstanding features pertained to the framework is a smart arrangement of all controls; this enables dual case positioning: horizontal and vertical.


This chassis boasts an optimized ventilation system. Hence, it is equipped with one pre-installed 120 mm fan on the top panel; additionally, it’s possible to mount one more top fan, one 80 mm fan on the rear panel, …

Asus Showcases PB328Q Professional Monitor

Asus has replenished its inventory with a new PC monitor, entitled PB328Q. The greenhorn positions itself as a solution for professional graphics designers and for those who value accuracy of color rendering. The model is distinguished by 32-inch IPS panel with WQHD resolution (2560x1440) and the widest viewing angles (178 degrees in H/V aspects), fast response time – 6 ms GtG, and 100% coverage in sRGB environment.



The key peculiarity implemented within Asus PB328Q is the availability of 6-axial system of color adjustment (yellow, magenta, red, blue, green, and cyan). The display offers additional 77% screen surface to place several windows in different applications. The integrated panel ensures 300 cd/m2 maximal brightness index, 100M:1 dynamic contrast, and more than 1 million of displayed colors.


To continue, the new-comer comes equipped with inbuilt speakers of 3 W each. Connection facilities are backed by four video ports (DisplayPort, D-Sub, HDMI, DVI-D) and four …
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