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 …

SSD Kingston HyperX 3K Review

The opulence of solid-state drives in PC market promotes for a sufficient supply to all potential customers. Irrespective of the rich choice, some products prove to be inefficient in coping with certain tasks. Durability and fool-proof work are one of the major SSD identifying features that worry the targeted users. It should be underlined that with the development of ever newer technologies ascribed to the design of micro chips, SSDs increased their work immensely. Kingston HyperX 3K is a product with outstanding parameters and prolonged life. It is estimated for three thousand cycles of cell rewriting and predestined for mid-market sector.



Specifications


SSD Kingston HyperX 3K goes in several capacity variants: 90GB, 120GB, 240GB, and 480GB. All the drives are developed in 2.5 inch form-factor and employ SATA 6 Gb/sec interface. Other specifications of the model line include:

— memory chips: memory type – MLC (synchronous), interface – ONFi2, technological …

Intel to Release Celeron Ivy Bridge Processors in 2013

CPUs designed under 22 nm technological process are present practically in all Intel product lines but for Intel Celeron and Intel Atom series. This situation is going to change in the first quarter of the coming year, when new Itel Atom Silvermount and Celeron processors of Ivy Bridge generation are going to be introduced. Celeron series will be represented by three models: G1610, G1610T and G1620; they will substitute the items developed under 32 nm process. Moreover, a more advanced technological process will be applied even to the design of budgetary CPUs with the purpose to enhance their performance and power-saving characteristics.



According to the current data, all three Celeron models will be equipped with two cores based on Ivy Bridge micro-architecture, 2 MB cache-memory of the latest level, and with graphics core Intel HD Graphics 2500. They will also employ two-channel DDR3 memory type, operating under a dedicated controller at 1333 MHz frequencies. Nominal CPU and …
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