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 …

Acer Continues to Release Ready-Assembled PCs and Produces Aspire XC-730

A new product by Acer resembles a nettop in appearance. However, taking into account its 419.5 × 100 × 291.6 mm dimensions, we should not concern it to be of this type of devices. This is about Aspire XC-730, operated by the preinstalled Windows 10 Home (64-bit) OS.



The system is based on the 4-core Intel Apollo Lake Pentium J4205 processor with 1.5–2.6 GHz actual frequency. The Acer Aspire XC-730 features 2 MB of cache SM, DDR4/DDR3L RAM dual-channel controller and an Intel HD 505 graphics solution. The CPU cooling system is likely to be passive; and the side panel holes provide additional chilling of inner components without the need in extra fans. The volume of RAM memory equals to 4 GB, though, can be extended to 8 GB. The HDD capacity is 1 TB at 7,200 rpm.


The novelty from Acer is equipped with a DVD-writer, an HDMI, a DisplayPort, a D-Sub, audio and four USB 3.0 ports, as well as with a Gigabit Ethernet slot and Wi-Fi adapter. The power consumption rate of this PC …

Motherboard Gigabyte GA-F2A85X-UP4 Review

The second generation of AMD A-Series hybrid processors, announced earlier in October, are already integrated in a number of graphics solutions. The newly appeared products are compatible with Socket FM2 only and cannot be applied for Socket FM1 infrastructure. This implies that a number of motherboards lose their upgrade facilities and can't be updated with a new advanced solution. Still, the market is currently ready to present a few boards destined to operate with the updated AMD A-Series. Gigabyte is one of the pioneers in this respect, introducing its motherboard GA-F2A85X-UP4, developed specifically for Socket FM2.



Integration


Gigabyte GA-F2A85X-UP4 is designed in ATX form-factor with 305x244 mm PCB dimensions. AMD A85X chipset is a heart of the motherboard; it secures the compatibility with A-Series (second gen.) APU and Athlon CPUs in the implementation of Socket FM2. The overall TDP level claimed for the model is not more than 100W. The PCB allots four DIMM slots …
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