Feature News

The SFF Build Challenge #1: A Gaming Rig Under $450

During the most recent episode of Low Volume, the crew and I kicked off a brand new segment of the show that will perhaps be the first series of content to be spread out across our podcast, SFF Network, and SFF Forum alike: The SFF Build Challenge! This segment is meant to take place on the last episode of Low Volume for every month, and, best of all, everything from the choice of build to the...

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Low Volume #7: Challenge

Navigate to lowvolu.me to listen, or download the podcast here! Today’s hosts: the full cast! James Schell (Aibohphobia), Jay Mattison (Tek Everything), John Morrison (confusis) and Joshua Ramirez (PlayfulPhoenix). 5:08: Joshua returns from Honduras! 6:10: SFF Network is now on Instagram. Our thanks to forum member jtrias21 (Jon) for curating content from SFF Network and...

Announcements

Corsair SF600 power supply giveaway!

I was impatient and purchased the SF600 that was used in my review. So instead of a review unit I asked Corsair for one to give away instead! To enter the random drawing, just post in this thread before Friday May 6, 11:59 EST. Note: This giveaway is limited to the United States. Shipping will be covered.

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SilverStone announces the Raven RVZ01-E

Today SilverStone has announced the RVZ01-E, a variant of their RVZ01 slim console-style case that can fit an ATX power supply instead of just SFX. Press release below: “SilverStone RVZ01-E is an evolution of the ground-breaking RAVEN Z RVZ01, a slim form factor case with tremendous capability. While maintaining the same volume size and appearance as the original model, the RVZ01-E’s...

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BIOSTAR Introduces the Hi-Fi B150S5

BIOSTAR has introduced its latest Hi-Fi series motherboard intended for gaming and multimedia system builders. With support for the latest 6th-gen Intel Core processors and support for PCI-e 3.0 devices, BIOSTAR claims their Hi-Fi series can give with a full-immersive audio and visual experience powered by the latest processors and DDR4 memory up to a maximum of 32GB. The BIOSTAR Hi-Fi B150S5...

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MSI Announces the Aegis SFF Gaming PC

MSI Computer Corp has launched yet another SFF (or very close to SFF) Gaming system the MSI Aegis Barebone PC. Aegis comes with a unique case design that is compact, easy to upgrade and houses a full sized MSI GeForce graphics card, up to a GTX 980 Ti. The chassis includes a built in stand, handle and is purported to be suitable for hauling to LAN parties. No word on board, processor, memory or...

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Low Volume #6: Passive

Navigate to lowvolu.me to listen, or download the podcast here! Today’s hosts: John “confusis” Morrison, James “Aibohphobia” Schell, and Jay “Tek Everything” Mattison. A reminder: Supporters that subscribe to SFF Forum can listen to live shows, interact with us, and join in on “The Aftershow” where we answer questions and discuss topics...

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ECS Introduces the H110I-C4P ITX LGA1151 Motherboard

ECS has launched a new M-ITX motherboard – the H110I-C4P, a value-orientated board based on Intel’s H110 chipset. The board features support for 6th generation Core, Pentium, and Celeron processors, in the LGA1151 package. For power delivery, the usual ATX 24-pin and 4-pins are present, sending electrons to a simple 4-phase VRM. The CPU is wired to a pair of DDR4 DIMM slots...

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AMD Shipping Bristol Ridge APUs

AMD has announced that it is shipping its seventh generation of accelerated processing units (APUs), codenamed Bristol Ridge, ahead of schedule, with HP confirming that its Envy x360 convertible laptop will feature the parts. No word on whether or not these include the AM4 parts. Based on the same 28nm Excavator architecture as the sixth-generation Carrizo APUs but with further updates and...

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CableMod launches Configurator – design your own custom PSU cables!

CableMod has launched their new Configurator service today. This new service allows users to configure a set of cables for their modular PSU to the lengths that they need. This will be especially useful for SFF builds since the cables on normal power supplies are usually excessively long for a small case. For those not familiar with them, CableMods is a Hong Kong-based company that makes...

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Lian Li announces two SFX-L power supplies

Known for their quality aluminum cases rather than power supplies, today Lian Li announced two SFX-L power supplies, the Gold-rated 550W PE-550 and the Platinum-rated 750W PE-750. There is basically no information on these units available other than what’s listed on Lian Li’s website. They both share grill designs, what appears to be the same slim 120mm fan as the SilverStone...

Cooling Reviews

Passive Cooling – An Experiment

One of the major issues we come across when building our Small Form Factor systems is cooling. There just never seems to be enough space to cool our systems efficiently and quietly without investing major effort, or considerable expense. With proper design and creativity, however, good cooling can be had. And it was with this goal in mind that I was very intrigued upon re-discovering...

Misc Reviews

Noctua’s Chromax Range – Colourise Your System

Noctua has, since their inception in 2005, stuck with a set “coffee and cream” colour scheme across their entire product line… until now. Noctua’s new Chromax range – along with the Redux and IndustrialPPC line of fans, reviewed by us a while ago – adds some much needed variety to Noctua’s stable. With the prevalence of beautifully themed builds...

Cooling Reviews

Thermal Paste – A Roundup

Physics is a fair but harsh mistress. For while the heatspreader on your CPU – and the base of your CPU cooler – may look smooth, flat and able to make perfect contact, this is far from the case. Microscopic surface imperfections present on all metallic surfaces work against the movement of energy, by preventing proper contact and thus reducing the efficiency of heat transfer. And...

Other

End of an era? Intel’s tick-tock CPU development ending

As reported by PC Perspective, Intel is ending their “tick-tock” CPU cadence, where they would alternate between a new manufacturing process node (tick) and a new architecture (tock). Intel has been keeping to their schedule for quite a few years now but recently as they’ve moved towards sub-10nm processes their release schedule has slipped, most notably with Broadwell...

Cooling Reviews

High End Downdraft – How Does the Noctua NH-L12 Compare?

Sometimes, downdraft cooling is the best option for a SFF build. Tower coolers don’t cool memory, chipset or any other board components particularly well. Downdraft coolers also have the added advantage of being able to act as an intake for slimmer cases – enabling you to use one less fan – making for a quieter system. Noctua has many downdraft style coolers, but the NH-L12...

Cooling Reviews

NH-D9L – Mini Tower for your Mini Tower

Sometimes, you just need a tower cooler. Maybe the airflow design of your case needs front to back cooling, or maybe you just need to get the heat out of the top of the chassis. The problem we come across in the world of SFF is that a full sized tower cooler will quite likely not fit! In walks the Noctua NH-D9L, a shorter tower cooler that will fit in a lot more cases than the usual 120mm or...

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Low Volume #5: Focus

Navigate to lowvolu.me to listen, download the podcast here, or watch on YouTube! Today’s hosts: Joshua Ramirez, James Schell, and John Morrison. Thanks to James Mattison, this and future episodes of Low Volume will have an accompanying video that illustrates what we discuss! Furthermore, listeners (and now viewers!) can expect podcasts to land every other Wednesday, on lowvolu.me...

Cases

GEEEK A10 – Plastic Fantastic

Case manufacturers today have a litany of materials available to them to build a computer chassis with. They vary from the common steel and aluminum boxes, to more exotic wood and acrylic ones that have risen in popularity. And with today’s product review, of the GEEEK A10, we find a case made from the latter material – acrylic. GEEEK is a Taiwan-based case manufacturer that...

Power Supplies Reviews

Corsair SF600 Review – A New Player Has Joined

Welcome to this review of the highly anticipated Corsair SF600 SFX power supply! The SF600 is a 600W SFX form factor power supply, with Gold-rated efficiency, fully modular cables, all-Japanese capacitors, and a semi-passive 92mm fan. The SF600, along with the SF450, is part of the new SF Series of power supplies from Corsair, hopefully the first of many SFF-orientated units from the company. A...

Cooling Reviews

Redux and Industrial PPC, Not Your Usual Noctua Fans

Noctua’s fans have been produced in the same shades of Coffee and Cream since the company launched in 2005, much to the chagrin of many within the PC enthusiast community. While some saw the colours as a distinct brand, and thus a signature fitting for a premium product, many saw the colours as not particularly eye-pleasing, if not generally incompatible with the colours used in other...