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 …

Greeting New MSI Radeon R7 and Radeon R9 Graphics Cards Series

Right after an official release of new GPU solutions from AMD, the entire galaxy of graphics cards has filled out the market. MSI was among the first companies to introduce its Radeon R7 and R9 solutions, which replenished three brand lineups: Gaming, Classic and Overclocking. All the models are intended at entry-level users with standard graphics needs, as well as at hard-core enthusiasts with rather steep demands.



MSI Gaming series has been supplemented by three new products, codenamed Radeon R9 270, Radeon R9 270X, and Radeon R9 280X. All of them boast the incorporation of Military Class 4 components to provide for a more reliable functioning. In regard to cooling, the products are equipped with Twin Frozr IV Advanced cooler. Along with the adapters, MSI delivers a dedicated Gaming APP program; it optimizes and enhances their performance by activating the pre-installed profiles with heightened clock frequencies.


To continue, Classic series has also been replenished …

Motherboard Gigabyte G1.Sniper 3 Review

The development of motherboard segment was always characterized by experiments and competition. In earlier times manufacturers tried to differentiate their products by color and delivery set configurations. Nowadays the conjuncture seems to be quite similar, although contemporary technological approaches presuppose the development of motherboards from scratch, while the remnants from the past used ready-made base. Motherboard Gigabyte G1.Sniper 3 belongs to the generation of exclusive products with solid and high-end components, as well as original design.



Design and Framework


Gigabyte G1.Sniper 3 design is differentiated by the predominance of dark colors, but due to the bright-green radiator embedding, PEG-slots and memory slots coloring, the motherboard looks brisk. Enlarged dimensions are considered to be the major distinction of this motherboard from other products. This model is developed in XL-ATX form-factor that can be compatible only with full-tower casings. The …
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