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 …

AOC Introduces Extraordinary myConnect and myUltraSpeed Monitors

AOC International GmbH is glad to introduce a pair of extraordinary PC monitors, which replenished myDisplay series and Style Line production line. Codenamed AOC myConnect and AOC myUltraSpeed, the models are differentiated by a stylish design and some unique facilities. For instance, the first monitor offers USB-connection with laptops in Plug&Play mode, while the second one is peculiar by a high refresh rate, valuable for inveterate gamers.

AOC myConnect features 15.6-inch WXGA mobile display. It employs DisplayLink technology to allow a single USB 3.0 port to be connected with a laptop. This port provides for not only video imaging to the monitor, as it also charges it. This model accommodates an ergonomic stand that enables the transition of the display to the portrait mode. Moreover, thanks to Smart Auto Pivot, the display is able to change the aspect automatically.

Monitor myConnect is delivered with a brand software package. It contains a lot of useful settings …

Welcome In New LPDDR4 Memory Chips from Samsung

Samsung settles down to a large-scale production of LPDDR4 mobile memory chips. Elaborated according to 20 nm technological norms, the new-comers boast the integration of an advanced technology that ensures 8 Gb crystal density and twice the performance compared with LPDDR3 chips. Currently, the company produces models of 2 GB and 3 GB capacity, however in early 2015 it will set to the development of 4 GB solutions.

New LPDDR4 memory modules are targeting various mobile devices with thirst for lightning-fast data transfer speed. The latter index might accelerate up to 3200 Mb/sec; this will allow employing chips for the implementation of resource-intensive tasks, such as recording and playback of high-resolution video or serial filming.

Samsung developers claim that 2 GB LPDDR4 DRAM is 40% more power-efficient than counterparts with 4 Gb crystal density. This became possible due to the adopting of low-voltage swing-terminated logic for I/O signaling. As a result, the …
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