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 …

Sapphire Introduces Edgy R9 290 Vapor-X OC Graphics Card

Sapphire Technology Ltd., the first-string supplier of graphics cards based on AMD chips, introduces its proprietary version of Radeon R9 290 adapter – R9 290 Vapor-X OC. As seen from the title, the model features an original Vapor-X cooler with three low-noise fans and has received factory overclocking. Bright design and outstanding performance makes this card a desirable acquirement for enthusiasts and overclockers.



Sapphire R9 290 Vapor-X OC is based on Hawaii PRO GPU (28 nm, GCN architecture) with 2560 stream processors. It runs at 1030 MHz frequency. The chip is accompanied by 4 GB of GDDR5 memory (512-bit interface) that operates at 5600 MHz effective frequency. The card is developed for PCI Express 3.0 x16 rail and is powered through a pair of sockets: 1x 8-pin and 1x 6-pin.


The award-winning Vapor-X cooler consists of an evaporator and five heatpipes. The main heat-pipe features 10 mm diameter, two other – 8 mm, and the last two – 6 mm. This combination is …

Silicon Power Amplifies Its SSD Line with Slim S50 Series

Silicon Power, a renowned Taiwanese designer of various storage solutions, amplifies its solid-state drives line with a new series, entitled Slim S50. This series is introduced by four models of 32GB, 64GB, 128GB, and 256GB capacity. All of them are housed in a really slim black casing (7mm) that owns vibration-proof and shock-proof properties. The drives are characterized by the employment of a high-speed SATA III 6Gb/sec interface.



Whatever the model is under consideration, Slim S50 drives demonstrate compatibility with PCs of various form-factor, including the most advanced and compact ultrabooks. Along with the exponential physical properties, these SSDs are ready to provide the customers with a stable and utmost performance.


Thus, the maximal sequential reading speed equals to 530Mb/sec, while the speed on sequential writing speed approximates 200Mb/sec. Unfortunately, Silicon Power does not specify the showings on random Read/Write operations; there is also no …
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