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 …

Well-Knit Gigabyte GA-B85N Phoenix Motherboard Review

While mini-ITX motherboards keep on arousing customers’ mistrust, manufacturers move heaven and earth to eliminate any doubts. Take GA-B85N Phoenix model from Gigabyte alone. It is absolutely ready to satisfy all basic needs a modern high-performance PC requires. In addition, it is not as pricey as its full-format competitors. Hence, what a demanding customer will get for about $100?


Gigabyte GA-B85N Phoenix boasts the following technical data sheet:

— chipset: Intel B85, socket – LGA 1150, supported CPUs – Pentium, Celeron, Xeon, Core (Haswell gen.);

— memory: 2x DIMM slots, DDR3 SDRAM, volume – 16 GB, max. frequency – 1600 MHz;

— expansion: 1x PCIe 3.0 x16, 1x mini-PCIe 2.0 x1;

— storage: 3x SATA III 6 Gb/sec, 1x SATA II 3 Gb/sec, 1x mSATA 6 Gb/sec, all governed by the chipset;

— graphics: Intel HD Graphics onboard, two video outputs (HDMI 1,4a, DVI-I);

— fan connectors: 2x 4-pin;

— audio: Realtek ALC898, 7.1 …

MMD Announces 241P6VPJKEB Monitor under Philips Brand

MMD, the owner of Philips Monitors brand, has designed a new monitor, entitled 241P6VPJKEB. The greenhorn is distinguished by the support for 4K Ultra HD resolution (3840x2160) that is appropriate as for corporate so for multimedia needs. The display features 23.8-inch diagonal and 16:9 aspect ratio. Sales are scheduled to start in early 2016 for the recommended price tag of 549 EUR.

Philips 241P6VPJKEB takes AH-IPS panel with WLED backlight as the basis. It boasts some prominent specifications: 300 cd/m2 – maximal brightness, 178/178 – the widest viewing angles, the possibility to display 1.074 billion colors, the 99% coverage of sRGB gamut. Besides, the model comes equipped with a pair of speakers (2W each) and an integrated webcam (2 mp) with a microphone.

The kit of external interfaces includes 1x DVI port, 1x D-Sub, 1x DisplayPort, 1 HDMI 2.0 port with the support for MHL 3.0 technology; the latter enables trouble-free connection, charging and processing of …
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