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Need to Relax? Enjoy This Awesome COOJ MQ5 Build.

  Happy holiday fellow Small Form Factor Enthusiasts! Overloaded on food today? Need something to chill out too? Then check out this absolutely awesome COOJ MQ5 build done by Relaxing SFF! True to the name, there is no loud music, screaming Linuses, or anything but the sweet sound of a perfectly cable managed SFF machine coming together in satisfying piece by piece glory. Specs include a Z590i Unify motherboard, Intel 10600K CPU, and Power Color RX 5600XT GPU. Additionally, the RBG lighting can be controlled with the power switch so it can be easily turned on or off depending on …
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AMD Ryzen 7000 ECO Mode Saves The day for SFF

Image Credit: AMD   There has been a bit of concern going around the SFF community about how new CPUs are too power hungry and too hot. It’s not entirely unjustified. The AMD Ryzen 7000 series defaults to 95C, and then throttles clock speeds to maintain that temperaturr. Because of this behavior, the more cooling performance you have the more clock speed potential you have. Put simply, a 360mm AIO is going to boost the CPU clock much higher and longer than 37mm heatsink. Additionally, a 360mm AIO at 95C may have three fans spinning at relatively low RPMs compared …
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Behind the Scenes SFFN: We Have a System 76 Thelio

Image Credit – SFFN   Greetings all SFFN fans! I wanted to let you know that System 76 has sent us a Thelio for testing. This is their smallest design and runs a customized POP!_OS (Linux). So far testing it has been a lot of fun. I haven’t tried to use a Linux distro in about 20 years so I was initially a bit wary, but System 76 has done a very good job at making the process seamless.  I’m posting this to get some feedback from our members as to what questions you would like to ask System 76. …
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Tom’s Hardware Reviews Fractal Design Ridge SFF Case

Image Credit – Fractal Design   Fractal Design’s latest SFF case, the Ridge, has been reviewed by Tom’s Hardware. Coming in both black-on-black and white with gray trim, the Ridge can trace it’s most basic design to the Fractal Node 202. However, unlike the Node 202, the Ridge has support for 70mm CPU coolers, 120mm to 175mm radiators, 3-slot GPUs up to 335mm in length (325mm with SSD installed), two 140mm fans by the GPU, and room for three 80mm fans at the top to help exhaust the heat. Basically, it’s almost every mod done to the Node 202, but …
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Jonsplus Launches ITX Case With a Handle and BO

Image Credit – Jonsplus   I will never not rag on Jonsbo or its spinoff Jonsplus for their absolutely awful Engrish. It’s just terrible. Would someone please tell them what “BO” stands for in most of the English speaking world? Anyway, here is their latest SFF case called the BO 100, and here is what they claim it is directly from their website:     Whatever… Let’s just look at the case. The BO 100 is a small form factor case using a flat layout for the motherboard. It has an SFX PSU mounted to the bottom of the chassis …
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Jonsbo Releases Case That Doesn’t Have a Blatantly Obvious Design Flaw..and It has a Built-In LCD

Image Credit – Jonsbo   Please forgive the biased title for this news piece, but Jonsbo cases have been a constant thorn in my side for years. Beautiful, but utterly flawed. Things like PSUs mounted to panels that don’t have venting or exhaust, or fans that don’t have any intake and spin uselessly are burned so deeply in my memory now that they’ve replaced all the early memories of Christmas and Kindergarten I ever had. What I’m getting at is that Jonsbo cases hurt my brain and leave me in the perpetual confused Jackie Chan meme face. But this D31 …
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ETA Prime Reviews Intel Nuc 13 Extreme Raptor Canyon

    ETA Prime has taken a look into Intel’s latest NUC. This unit uses a 13900K and RTX 3080Ti. The CPU is cooled by a custom cooling module and a custom board. Gaming performance, as expected, is impressive. However, the 13900K does seem to suffer from the cooling implementation, and could barely score above the 12900K in Cinebench R23 despite having 8 additional cores. Still, it’s a good watch. Personally, I would like to see how this would compete against a build in a Cerberus, NCASE M1, or Dan A4 H20 with the same CPU and GPU.