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G.SKILL Shows Low-Profile DDR5

(Image Credit: GSKILL) G.SKILL has announced their upcoming low-profile DDR5 memory in the form of the Ripjaws S5. Coming in at only 33mm in height, the 16GBx2 kits will support up to DDR5-6000 speeds at 36-36-36-75 CL Timings. While the price has not been announced, analysts are expecting the DDR5 memory market to cost up to double that of DDR4’s current pricing.   (Image Credit: GSKILL) The Ripjaws S5 were shown in both black and white, with low profile heatsinks attached to the memory. At 33mm, they will still be too tall for coolers like the Alpenfohn Black Ridge that …
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Valve Expands Steam Deck Compatibility Program

Valve is working quickly to expand compatibility testing for their upcoming Steam Deck. To this end, they have created four categories as staff test the tens-of-thousands of games that currently reside on Steam. Games that are “verified” will play natively on Steam Deck, whereas a game that is “playable” might require additional steps to play, or have some minor issues. Unplayable games will be labeled just that; “unplayable”. The final category is simply called “untested”.  Valve states that these ratings can change over time as developers patch their games. Additionally, Valve will maintain a curated list of games that run …
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QNAP Launches SFF NAS With Four NVME Drives and 2.5Gbe

  Qnap has launced the TBS-464 portable NAS or NASbook as they’re calling it. The unit includes support for up to four NVE drives, two 2.5Gbe ports that support trunking, two USB 3.2 Gen 1 ports for data transfer, and two HDMI 2.0 ports for direct connection. To power the TBs-464 is powered by an Intel Celeron N5105 or N5095 quad-core CPU, and 8GB of DDR4 memory. Currently, the unit supports up to 32TB of storage. All of this in a case that measures 30 × 230 × 165 mm. As of writing, the list price for the TBS-464 is …
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Gigabyte Aorus Shows Project Cielo Modular SFF PC

Gigabyte via Aorus has shown their concept of the future of small PC gaming in the form of Project Cielo. Sporting a modular design, the PC can be expanded and upgraded by simply swapping the stackable parts. Aside from normal desktop PC components, it also features a 5G antenna, battery pack, and Bluetooth speaker.   The systems design looks like a PS5 and Mazda rotary engine were merged in some incredible industrial mix up. Actual specs haven’t been released but based on the size of the PC module, the system is likely using either laptop components, or a chip with …
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Apple Announces M1 Pro and M1 Max CPUs

Article Correction: I originally did not see the writing in the corner of the show slide that specified the laptops that Apple compared the new chips to. I have a corrected the this in the article. Apple announced the newest M1 based Apple Silicon CPUs today at it’s only conference; the M1 Pro and M1 Max. Available in their new new Mac Book Pro model laptops, these CPUs represent a substantial leap in performance and capacity compared to the original M1. Tim likes fields… The M1 Pro features 33.7 billion transistors. It has eight performance cores and two high-efficiency cores, …
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Hexus Reviews Asus RTX 3070 Noctua Edition

Hexus has released a review of the ASus RTX 3070 Noctua Edition. No surprise, the 4.3 slot card is the quietest and coolest air-cooled GPU they’ve tested. Additionally, the card actually runs in a passive mode most of the time, and the back plate is more brown then previously expected. If you have an SFF case with the space for it, and are dead set on the quietest GPU, it looks like Asus and Noctua made your card…if you can find it. Be sure to check out the Hexus review by following this LINK.
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TEAMGROUP Launches SSD Aimed at The Playstation 5

TEAMGROUP has launched a new series of SSD’s designed for the PS5. Called the T-Force Carde A440 Pro Special Series for the PS5 (A440Pro PS5 for short from this point forward), the drive features claimed read and write speeds of 7,400 and 7,000 MB/s. TEAMGROUP’s internal testing claims to have achieved a real world of 6,600 MB/s in an actual PS5. While the top of the drive looks like a sticker, TEAMGROUP claims there is an ultra thin 3.7mm tall white graphene heatsink. The SSD carries a five year warranty, and its estimated release is late October 2021. The 1TB, …
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Asus Releases RTX 3070, 3070 Ti, and 3080 Blower Cooler Cards

Image Credit ASUS Asus has announced the blower edition of their RTX 3070 Ti GPU. Called the Asus Turbo GeForce RTX 3070 Ti. The design incorporates a dual ball bearing blower fan coupled to a 2-slot heatsink. All of the cards are just 268mm long, though the PCI-e power connectors are placed on the end of the card functionally increasing their length. Image credit: ASUS For the SFF world, blower coolers can be incredibly useful. However, they have become a relatively rare breed as the GPU market has transitioned to two, three, or even four slot axial fan style coolers. …