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 …

AMD reduces the prices for range of video cards Radeon HD 7000

Today, more affordable prices on video cards series AMD Southern Islands for desktop PCs come into effect. The formal reason for reducing the cost of these solutions is the start of selling single-chip flagship Radeon HD 7970 GE. The most significant price reduction ($ 50) affected the high-end Radeon HD 7970, HD 7950 and HD 7870. Their new recommended price is now 430, 350 and 300 dollars respectively. At 10-20 dollars dropped Radeon HD 7850 (new price $ 240), Radeon HD 7770 ($ 120) and Radeon HD 7750 ($ 100).

Among the manufacturers of the disbanded Tahiti XT will be at least three companies — XFX, Sapphire and PowerColor / Club 3D. Radeon HD 7970 and HD 7950 have a cuddle GeForce GTX 670, Radeon HD 7850 is now $ 10 cheaper than GeForce GTX 570 and Radeon HD 7750 is the same as and GeForce GT 640 DDR3.

So, the developer of Advanced Micro Devices has established a new suggested retail price for the video cards Radeon. Before those price tags will be seen in shops it will …

Graphics Card MSI GTX 770 Gaming Review

MSI Gaming product line has already managed to win the hearts of inveterate gamers, overclockers and enthusiasts, due to remarkable performance and a perfect overclocking potential. Gaming series includes a set of high-end motherboards, as well as graphics solutions. The first ones come with automatic overclocking facilities and network controllers that improve the quality of connection while gaming; the second ones, with MSI GTX 770 Gaming in particular, bring gaming experience to a new, higher level. However, let’s come closer to the deal and give a detailed review of GTX 770 Gaming model.

Framework and Hardware Base

Graphics adapter MSI GTX 770 Gaming is based on an original PCB with an enforced power supply system. The heart of the item is GK104 chip that features 1536 stream processors, 32 ROPs and 128 TMUs. A black aluminum plank covers almost the whole PCB surface; it is fixed by eight screws at the back and two screws at one of the side panels. This plank contains …
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