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 Develops Radeon HD 7850 with Passive Cooling System

PowerColor decided to rouse the curiosity of those customers who would like to enhance their gaming experience by total silence. In contrast to the majority of contemporary gaming graphics adapters which employ powerful, and not infrequently, noisy air-coolers, the new solution from PowerColor, model Radeon HD 7850 SCS3, employs noiseless passive cooling system. Unfortunately, the company does not unveil any data concerning an official presentation, release date or approximate price of the product. Nonetheless, the first online appearance is called to raise positive suspension.

PowerColor Radeon HD 7850 SCS3 will be furnished with a two-slot cooler consisting of several heatsink blocks with a large dissipation area. Those blocks include a range of aluminum plates, joint by a complex heat pipe system. A ramified heat pipe scheme plays a key role here, since it accelerates the transition of heat from GPU to the heatsinks. No other specifications are available so far. Still, the …

Chassis LanCool PC-K62 Review

Some of the consumers might be puzzled at first by the launch of a new PC chassis from LanCool. LanCool is not a frequenter at IT market, though closer look at its history unveils the truth. In fact, this is a subsidiary company created by LianLi, a renowned manufacturer of PC hardware (chassis in particular). Thus, the launch of LanCool PC-K62 chassis won't confuse anyone, since the community is actually familiar with the products and technological solutions of this company. In general, LanCool PC-K62 is attributed to Dragon Lord series and intended basically at gamers.


The casing of LanCool PC-K62 is designed in Midi-Tower form factor and made chiefly of steel with plastic inclusions. The prevalence of steel in the chassis design ascribes this model to the middle-price products segment. The left-side panel accommodates a transparent acrylic window that highlights the internal framework of the casing. It goes in a rather unusual shape that resembles a wing of a …
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