News

SilverStone releases the NT09-115X low-profile CPU cooler

Today SilverStone has announced the NT09-115X, a 45mm tall CPU heatsink for Intel LGA 1156/1155/1150/1151 processors with a TDP of 65W or less. The heatsink itself is a fairly basic extruded aluminum affair like the stock heatsinks but instead with sturdy-looking spring-loaded screws to attach the heatsink to the motherboard instead of the sometimes frustrating plastic push-pins that Intel...

Cooling Reviews

Noctua Fan Roundup

Noctua has been producing high-end fans since the company’s inception in 2005, and today we’ll be looking at – count’em – four of their products, which will form a basis of a standard testing kit for future cooler and chassis reviews. Today, we have on our review bench the NF-P12 PWM, NF-A9 PWM, NF-A8 PWM, and the tiny NF-A4x10 FLX. These products all have high...

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More AMD Zen and Wraith Info Released

AMD’s Wraith stock cooler, previewed here, and another redesigned cooler, have been launched today. The new coolers will be included with many of AMD’s new FM2+ processors and APUs, as well as some current lines. AMD claims the new cooler offers near-quiet cooling, at 39dB. I suppose that one is a matter of opinion. AMD states that the new design delivers 34 percent more airflow and...

Cases

Logic Supply MC600 Review

On the one hand, the mini-ITX market has been expanding at a fairly rapid rate as of late. Quite a few major manufacturers are now developing new mITX cases, which is great news, in and of itself – but a lot of these cases seem to be ignoring the “small” in small form factor. For example, the Fractal Design Node 202 and Silverstone RVZ02 do a good job of cutting some lbs...

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SilverStone announces the PP08 SFX to ATX adapter bracket

Today SilverStone is announcing the PP08 SFX to ATX power supply adapter bracket. This bracket allows a SFX PSU to be mounted to the case where an ATX PSU would go, but unlike most adapters on the market, this new one offsets the SFX unit to the far edge of the adapter plate, instead of centering it in the middle. The offset allows the space saved by going with a SFX unit in a case designed for...

Announcements

Introducing Low Volume, a podcast all about SFF

Readers, I’m pleased to be able to announce the beginning of Low Volume, a podcast by myself, James, and John! Listeners who download our program on iTunes (once it’s live there) will uncover the following podcast description, which we think does a pretty good job of capturing what we’re looking to achieve with the show: An occasional podcast by the co-founders of SFF...

Cooling Reviews

Prolimatech Samuel 17 – Goliath’s David?

Continuing our current trend of CPU cooler reviews, today we are looking at the Prolimatech Samuel 17! This particular CPU cooler has been around for years, but it’s unavailability in certain markets (I have never seen it listed for sale in New Zealand!) has lent it a certain ‘holy grail’ status in the SFF cooling world – which is a bit of a shame, since the 6 heatpipes...

Editorial Feature

SFF Network’s Thermal Test Rig

Ever since we started reviewing CPU coolers, we’ve had a dirty (not-so-much-of-a) secret – namely, that our testing has been done on an ATX board. The reason for this was practical enough: the board itself is a part of my main workstation, and I’ve been the one responsible for cooler reviews at SFF Network! However, as we grow into a fully-fledged technology and review site...

News

Fractal Design introduces the Define Nano S

It appears that one of the Fractal Design engineers left a Define S in the dryer too long and this is the result, the Define Nano S. The Nano S clocks in at 330mm x 203mm x 400mm (HxWxD) for a volume of 26.8L (excluding feet and protusions). For all intents and purposes the Nano S is a Define S shrunk down for Mini-ITX, the exterior design looks basically the same and the internal layout is also...

News

AMD drops the Radeon Nano to $499

AnandTech has the details via an AMD press release, but basically it’s just like the title says. AMD has officially dropped the MSRP of the Radeon Nano from $649 to $499. This is very welcome news for us SFF builders because the Nano is an extremely interesting product for compact builds, especially in cases that require the use of short GPUs. Formerly the Nano commanded a hefty premium...

News

AMD Launches A10-7890K Desktop APU

While AM4 is on the horizon, AMD and partner manufacturers are still releasing new AM3+ and FM2+ products. Today the A10-7890K has been announced. This socket FM2+ chip, based on the “Kaveri” Refresh silicon, replaces the A10-7870K as the fastest APU you can buy. The chip’s maximum (Turbo Core) frequency is upped to 4.30 GHz, compared to the 4.20 GHz on the A10-7870K. The...

News

Intel’s 5×5 is Making a Comeback

A while back, Intel previewed it’s 5×5 form factor, designed to be smaller than M-ITX. New boards and cases have been released for the form factor, with a new name – Mini-STX. At CES, ASRock discussed its upcoming H110M-STX Mini PC that will use the form factor. The chassis ASRock specified for this new mini-PC measured 155 x 155 x 80 mm (L x W x H), 1.9 litres. Although SFF PCs...

News

Lian Li is on a Boat

First up, apologies for the ancient pop culture reference in the title. Lian-Li tends to produce a wacky product every few years. A while back, the the PC-CK101 puffed on to the scene, a train themed M-ITX chassis that had many of us scratching our heads in confusion. We’ve only just caught wind of this interesting enclosure that continues the trend, an all-aluminium yacht-like design...

News

AMD’s AM4 – A Unified Socket

At CES 2016, AMD has talked a little bit more about its upcoming Zen architecture processors. Specifically, the company revealed the socket that will be used and announced the code names of the new CPUs and APUs. We posted a leak about these names and some specs here. The current lineup of AMD CPUs and APUs spans across 3 different sockets: The FX line of CPUs drop into the AM3+ socket, the APU...

News

New SilverStone SFX power supplies with 92mm fan?

I was checking SilverStone’s Facebook page to see if there was any updates on the 700W SFX-L unit and spotted this interesting photo of their PSU lineup. The above picture is a cropped and sharpened view of the linked image. As far as I know, the two mystery SFX PSUs in the front are previously unannounced units. At Computex last year they had shown off a non-modular SFX unit that still...

News

MSI shows off their 30th anniversary edition board, the B150M GAMING 3X

MSI is celebrating their 30th anniversary this year and decided to mark the occasion with a special edition microATX motherboard, the B150M Gaming 3X. Ryan Shrout from PC Perspective is at the MSI booth checking out their boards and spotted this. It comes in a very, uh, interesting color scheme, with a golden PCB and red accents. MSI says this “represents fortune and bliss in traditional...

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Gigabyte Launches the GA-X150M-Plus WS… and Forgets the Rear IO?

One of the weirder boards to be launched at CES this year is Gigabyte’s GA-X150M-Plus WS. This microATX motherboard features socket 1151 with the Intel C232 chipset (which Gigabyte has decided to call X150 for some unknown reason), dual DDR4 DIMM slots and a high quality audio solution. Also featured is a Realtek GbE LAN chipset, which supports cFosSpeed, a network traffic management...

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ASUS B150I Pro Gaming/Wi-Fi/Aura motherboard

Asus is at it again.  They have announced the B150I Pro Gaming/Wi-Fi/Aura motherboard.  The B150I is an alternative to the Maximus VIII Impact for budget conscious Mini-ITX gamers. The B150I comes with a nice red and black color scheme.  It also features LED lights running down the back side that can be customized via the Asus Aura desktop utility. The board offers an assortment of Asus tech...

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Corsair Bulldog case and SF600 PSU updates

Logan from Tek Syndicate is at the Corsair suite at CES and there have been a few tweaks and improvements to the Bulldog chassis since the last time we saw it. The aesthetic has been toned down with a piano black finish in place of the black with bright red accents of the original prototype. It’s a “little bit smaller” by “a few millimeters in each direction”. That...

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MSI introduces Vortex – the world’s most powerful trashcan!

For those who like the size and form factor of the current Apple Mac Pro but want something more suited to high-end gaming, MSI now has you covered with Vortex. Within the 6.5L cylindrical chassis, the Vortex supports up to an Intel i7-6700K, 64GB RAM, dual PCIe 3.0 x4 M.2 slots, and two GTX 980s! This is made possible by using the MXM version of the desktop GTX 980 that Nvidia released a few...

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Origin PC announces the custom-designed Chronos SFF case

Origin PC is throwing their hat in the ring with a custom-designed SFF case of their own, the new Chronos series chassis. Previously the Chronos line just used off the shelf cases like the SilverStone RVZ01. This new design vaguely resembles the Falcon Northwest Tiki from the outside but the interior layout is different so this isn’t just a tweaked version of that chassis, though it very...