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 …

Gigabyte Z87X-OC and Z87X-OC Force Motherboards’ Up-scale Peculiarities

Gigabyte has won its unflinching reputation as the leading manufacturer of multifarious hardware components primarily thanks to catering for the needs of any customer, either it is a corporate client or an average home user. Today the company decided to cater for the needs of enthusiasts and overclockers, who long for extreme performance, extreme speeds, as well as for limitless facilities, by introducing two new high-end motherboards. Codenamed Z87X-OC and Z87X-OC Force, the boards are based on Intel Z87 Express chipset that supports the 4th generation Intel Haswell processors.




Motherboards Gigabyte Z87X-OC and Z87X-OC Force feature Ultra Durable 5 Plus design, an improved hardware base, and an optimized cooling system. Both models have got 12-phase power stabilization system and an updated UEFI DualBIOS technology. These boards employ Gold Plated Solid Power Connectors that imply an increased usage of gold in 8-contact socket for CPU power supply and in 24-contact …

Lian Li to Release a Space-Saving PC-Q33 Chassis

Lian Li, a well-known hardware manufacturer from Taiwan, is ready to marvel the audience by one more offbeat PC case: the PC-Q33. The model is developed in a space-saving mini-ITX standard with 229x328x240 mm dimensions. Despite frugal size, an overall case capacity equals to 29.2 liters. This chassis features a quite laconic design, although will be available in two coating variations: black and silver. The implementation of a lock on the frontal panel is thought to be the model’s basic peculiarity.



The PC-Q33 is consistent with mini-ITX and mini-DTX motherboards and supports the installation of 220 mm graphics cards, as well as 180 mm CPU coolers. At the same time, the maximal length of the power supply unit should not be more than 200 mm. Internal layout presupposes the mounting of three 2.5-inch drives and a couple of 3.5-inch drives.


PCI Expansion slots are available in the amount of two only. The frontal panel accommodates two high-speed USB ports (3.0 v) and 3.5 mm …
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