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 …

HDD-Box with Futuristic Design from Icy Dock

The market of external enclosures boasts a number of products from different companies. Nevertheless, Icy Dock decided to stand out against the background of others and introduced its HDD-box codenamed MB080U3S-1SB Blizzard. It seems that the manufacturer went beyond the realism and created a really futuristic dock for hard drives: instead of standard square shape Icy Dock made diamond-shaped detachable clipboard.

The dock is made of metal and plastic, and goes totally in black color. The clipboard covers 80 mm fan which is called to cool down even hot drives. This is unusual fan localization for the external enclosures but the manufacturers explain their move twofold. Firstly, this way the fan is able to dissipate cool airflow to all sides of HDD. This ensures the longevity of the cooling fan and increases the cooling system efficiency. Secondly, it promotes for hassle-free installation without any screws or other tools. The ejection of the clipboard is enabled due to the …

Motherboard Intel DZ87KLT-75K Review

Intel has been a leading designer of multi-field CPUs and chipsets for many years on end. Nowadays it continues its operation, defining the mode of a global IT industry development. Being a guru in one field, the company has never been thought a major player in the motherboard segment for which its products are destined. The only people/structures that took benefit of its boards were system integrators; nonetheless, today Intel is trying to catch up with the segment of home users, now and then releasing top-tier products. DZ87KLT-75K is exactly such model. Let’s see what it has to offer.


Motherboard Intel DZ87KLT-75K features the following peculiarities:

— form-factor: ATX (305x244 mm);

— chipset and socket: Intel Z87, Socket LGA1150;

— connectivity: one PCI Bus Master slot, three PCIe x1 slots, three PCIe x16 slots, a pair of FireWire ports IEEE1394 (main and additional), one Thunderbolt port, one external Wi-fi/Bluetooth v2.1 module, a …
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