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 …

Review of Network TV-tuner AVerMedia HomeFree Combo

Computer technologies develop at lightning speed. Average customers manage to master all intricacies of new gadgets much slower than to keep pace with innovative technologies, since numerous companies introduce their products practically every day. The development of wired and wireless networks is considered to be a foreground direction in the computer technologies market, so the products which serve the platform for those developments appear on regular basis. Network connection, which enables the TV signal receipt by means of PC employment, is implemented via dedicated TV-tuners. AVerMedia company offers a totally new broadcasting solution in the form of free-running network TV-tuner HomeFree Combo which supports as digital so analog broadcasting of DVB-T standard.

Framework and Delivery Set

TV-tuner HomeFree Combo casing is made of dead plastic. The casing clipboard is equipped with light-emitting diode activity indicators, infrared sensor, and indicators signalizing …

Chieftec Developed Dragon DX-02B Chassis for Gamers

A new gaming chassis has replenished the line of PC hardware developed by Chieftec. Codenamed Dragon DX-02B, the model is designed in midi-tower form-factor and can accommodate motherboards of ATX, micro-ATX and e-ATX standard. Internal layout is predestined for the installation of eight expansion slots, and six internal bays for drives which have an access from the frontal panel. Two of those bays support hot swapping option. Besides, the casing contains four bays for 5.25-inch drives.

Dragon DX-02B is able to house graphics cards of up to 34 cm in length. It should be mentioned that one of 5.25-inch bays might be employed for the integration of 3.5-inch drive (external panel or card reader).The model supports power supply units of ATX 2.3/PS II standard, the place for which is stipulated on the chassis' base. The interface panel is introduced by two USB 2.0 ports, one USB 3.0 port, a single eSATA port, and a couple of audio-out slots.

One of the most beneficial features …
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