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 …

CPU Cooler Scythe Grand Kama Cross Rev. B Review

Scythe is the company known for an optimal correlation of efficiency with price, whenever we speak about cooling systems. In fact, this manufacturer develops and supplies coolers practically for all sections of PC chassis. Moreover, Scythe constructs not only classical tower-like coolers but also singular products unique in framework, design and compatibility. Model Grand Cama Cross Rev. B is not exception, since this CPU cooler's atypical framework is the first thing that strikes the eye. Nevertheless, this product is outstanding also by its efficiency and reliability.

Framework Peculiarities

Cooler Scythe Grand Cama Cross Rev. B is compatible with a variety of processors housed in Intel's Socket LGA 2011, 1366, 1156, 1155, 775 and AMD's Socket FM1, AM3/(+), AM2/(+). Unlike all traditional vertical and horizontal frameworks, this model consists of two sections located in diagonal at 40 degrees angle, relating to the cooler's base. Both parts are managed by a single …

Motherboard Asus P8Z77-I Deluxe Review

Classical desktops are gradually giving way to more advanced and compact PC solutions. The times when compact dimensions signified about fewer facilities have gone, and present-day PC market is able to offer all-in-one solutions, as well as, multi-functional, high-end mini-ATX motherboards. Asus is notable for the constant overcoming of stereotypes that allegedly stagger the development of motherboard functionality. Its P8Z77-I Deluxe motherboard proves practically unlimited facilities integrated in products of mini-ATX form factor.

Design and Integration

The availability of an additional board with power components is supposed to be the basic design peculiarity of Asus P8Z77-I Deluxe motherboard. It is located athwart to the main board and takes DIGI+VRM functions. Those functions are called to provide the motherboard with an efficient CPU power supply subsystem that is able to demonstrate good loading facilities. The additional board is developed according to the …
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