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 …

PowerColor Outs an Overclocked Radeon R9 270 OC Graphics Card

Along with other AMD partners, PowerColor has elaborated its own version of Radeon R9 270 adapter. The PowerColor Radeon R9 270 OC is differentiated from rival products by an improved cooling system and factory overclocked frequencies. Its release is scheduled for late November and the retail price won’t hit over $180.

To begin with, this graphics card is naturally based on AMD Curacao Pro GPU, developed under 28 nm technological process. It consists of 1280 current processors, 32 ROPs and 64 TMUs. The core runs at 930 MHz frequency and is able to gain 955 MHz frequency on overclocking. The incorporation of GDDR5 memory (2 GB) with 256-bit bus interface ensures some striking bandwidth of 180 Gb/sec; this provides for the support of gaming applications with high resolution. Memory chip operates at 1400 MHz nominal frequency but might gain the index of 5600 MHz of effective frequency on overclocking.

Cooling system, implemented within Radeon R9 270 OC, cannot be called …

Fujitsu Intros a New Line of Ergonomic Monitors

Fujitsu introduces a new line of monitors that dramatically improve desktop PC ergonomics. The line is represented by three models: universal B Line, stylish X Line, and professional P Line. If compared with the previous generation of monitors designed by Fujitsu, these monitors are characterized by a faster startup activity, brighter display, heightened resolution, and more power-efficient operation. The latter is of crucial importance, since a new series consumes 60% less power than older models.

All three models are targeted primarily at corporate clients who spend the whole day at their PCs. According to the developers' words, monitors with 22-27 inch displays are the most suitable options for a prolonged work, since their ergonomic facilities (eye-care friendly, functional stand that allows changing the height and pitch of the display) ensure comfortable work during long hours on end.

Fujitsu P Line P27T-7 features 27-inch display with 2560 x 1440 resolution (QHD). …
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