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 …

HP Employs Processors AMD Athlon II X2 221 and Sempron X2 198

The release of hybrid AMD processors of A series was announced about a year ago, however, their actual appearance in the market was delayed for a few months. It is a well-known fact that a part of those processors for Socket FM1 platform has got idle graphics block; this part of processors has been codenamed Athlon and Sempron. The two processor models from this series Athlon II X2 221 and Sempron X2 198 can be currently found in PCs manufactured by HP company.

Both processors have been observed in the list of specifications of desktop PCs delivered by HP: Athlon II X2 221 is employed in HP Pavillon p6-1169cx and p6-1226cn models, while Sempron X2 198 is employed in HP Pavillion p6-1152cx, 1230cx, 1231cx, and 1159cx models. The major peculiarity of such technological solution is that HP PCs with those processors are delivered only to the Chinese market.

Two-core Athlon II X2 221 operates at 2.8 GHz frequency, and accommodates 1 MB cache memory of the second level. It is …

Sharkoon Showcases Budgetary VG4-S Cases

Sharkoon has rejoiced its budget-oriented admirers with a new series of PC cases, entitled VG4-S. The greenhorns are distinguished by a decent functionality combined with an alluring price. Featuring 445x200x430 mm dimensions, the case is ready to offer enough space for a set of up-to-date internal components and welcomes the connection of various external devices. Moreover, the model is housed in a black chassis, while perforated areas are illuminated by red/green/blue backlight.

Sharkoon VG4-S supports the installation of ATX, micro-ATX and mini-ITX motherboards, offering seven expansion slots, three 5.25-inch drive bays, three 3.5-inch drive bays, and four 2.5-inch drive bays. Internal space is sufficient for the mounting of 160 mm high CPU coolers, 250 mm long power supply units, and 385 mm long graphics cards.

External I/O panel boasts the availability of 4x USB 2.0 ports and a pair of 3.5 mm audio sockets. Cooling is ensured by a preinstalled frontal fan (120 mm) …
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