Overclocking-Oriented ASRock Z170 OC Formula Mainboard Review

ASRock Z170 OC Formula is a flagship motherboard with a bunch of intriguing features. Along with an internal perfection, the model boasts a set of options for extreme overclockers. The latter are given a chance to enable LN2 Mode or Slow Mode to achieve the targeted performance results. Moreover, there are facilities for adjusting different parameters in real time. What else can the Z170 OC Formula offer? Let’s find it out.



ASRock Z170 OC Formula Highlights


The motherboard features the following specifications:

— chipset & CPU: Intel Z170, support for Socket 1151, Skylake-S Celeron, Pentium, Core i3/i5/i7;

— memory: 4x DIMM slots, DDR4 SDRAM, up to 64 GB, 2133-4500 MHz frequency;

— GPU: integrated Intel HD 510/530;

— form-factor: ATX, 305x244 mm dimensions;

— expansion: 3x PCIe 3.0 x16, 1x PCIe 3.0 x16 (x4), 3x PCIe 3.0 x4, 1x PCIe 3.0 x1, 1x PCIe 2.0 x1, 1x mini-PCIe 2.0 x1;

— audio: Realtek ALC1150 controller, 2x Texas Instruments …

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 …

MS-CH01FV2, a New Mini PC by Mouse, Resembles a Key Breloque

MS-CH01FV2 is a new mini PC from the Mouse Computer Company, which outwardly resembles a breloque, relies on Windows 10 Home OS and costs around 180 USD.



The device operates at the Intel Cherry Trail platform, represented by an energy-effective Atom x5-Z8350 processing unit. This 14 nm chipset possesses 4 compute cores and the Intel HD Graphics 400 accelerator card. The assigned clock rate is 1.44 GHz, the boosted value equals 1.92 GHz. The active cooling system with a small fan disseminates heat.


The specialty offers 2 GB of RAM and the 32 GB flash module (eMMC) for storage. Optionally one can utilize a microSD card. MS-CH01FV2 ensures IEEE 802.11ac Wi-Fi wireless connection and features an HDMI interface, an embedded Bluetooth 4.1 + LE controller, alongside with USB 3.0 and USB 2.0 ports.


The fob computer weighs about 60 g only and is of 113 × 39 × 13 mm dimensions.
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