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ECS H61H2-MV Review

AMD revealed the DTX and M-DTX in 2007 to answer the call for small form factor motherboards, and to compete with Intel’s BTX and M-BTX (2005). Both disapeared quickly though, with only OEMs soldiering on. With only the limited OEM boards available, neither form factor really took a foothold in the enthusiast market. Various manufacturers have produced a smattering of M-DTX boards for...

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ITXGamer Gets a New Home at LOSIAS

As those of you who frequent out forums will no doubt have noticed, ITXGamer has been acquired by LOSIAS Technologies. I was hoping we would have the transfer complete a week ago so the announcement would coincide with ITXGamer’s second birthday (Sept. 19 for those who are counting) but a few technical hurdles required some extra time to complete the switchover. However, the move is complete and...

SFFReview Archives

Press Release – ITXGamer Joins the LOSIAS family

(29 September 2012) LOSIAS Technologies is pleased to announce the acquisition of ITXGamer.com, and welcome ITXGamer users and visitors to the family. ITXGamer is a world leader in gaming related SFF discussions, focusing on the hardware aspect of the amazingly compact systems. “Acquiring ITXGamer will cement our position as the world’s leader in SFF reviews, news and community...

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Preview: Cool Master Elite 120 Advanced ITX Case

When the temptation strikes me to build a new ITX rig, the first thing I look for is a case to house it. There’s new mini-ITX hardware dropping regularly these days and it’s fast becoming a viable format for many PC gamers. Sadly, finding a quality case with the features most gamers want is still a tall order. Aside from the staple PC-Q series from Lian-Li and the SG series from SilverStone...

SFFReview Archives

So, you want to build a scratch mod? Part 2

When I last left off, I had just finished covering a little bit of the case’s interior layout. As I stated last time, I like to work from the inside out. I was pretty happy with the placement of the parts in the concept. There was minimal wasted space, and I felt I had a design that could be easily maintained. I tend to go pretty complex given the chance, but I did have a slightly different goal...

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Intel 1155 Stock Cooler Comparison

Sometimes the most appropriate cooler solution for a SFF rig is in fact the stock cooler. With this in mind, we set out to see which stock cooler for Intel’s socket 1155 was the better option, and by how much. Specifically designed by the CPU manufacturer for your CPU, the stock coolers are commonly derived for their poor performance and awful noise output. In some situations, such as HTPC...

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Asrock H61M-ITX Motherboard Review

ASRock, originally a spin off of ASUS, has been making inroads into the mainstream market since it’s inception in 2002. While originally viewed as the budget ASUS arm, the quality and innovativeness of ASRock products has only become better over the years. Today we will look at the ASRock H61M-ITX motherboard. While the product has been on the market for a while, it still features as a...

SFFReview Archives

PCS4VETS – Alfred Shuryan’s Purple Heart “Merit” Build

Alfred A Shuryan, although being a newer member of our community, has been hard at work (an understatement!) getting the parts together and beginning the work on the Purple Heart “Merit” casemod. Raising awareness of a cause so close to the hearts of many is an admirable task. Many LOSIAS members are vets themselves, and/or have family members or close friends who have served. Please...

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So you want to build a scratch mod – Part 1

So, you want to build a scratch mod? It’s something a lot of enthusiasts have thought about tackling over time. You reach a certain point and you’re no longer satisfied with simply modding existing cases. You want to get a little more creative, and as a result, a little more personal. The modding community is always growing, and as you see rigs that inspire you, the desire to create something...

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Single Slot Graphics Cards – Space Saving, But Rare

In the world of enthusiast computing, we’ve come to a crossroads. Crossfire and SLI performance is such that it’s not quite worth it (yet) to run dual graphic cards, over a big single. The sacrifice many of make now is losing a slot to a dual (or even partially triple) slot graphics card. While many boards have saved costs/PCI express lanes by not putting a slot where it will be blocked by a dual...

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Why Use a standard motherboard in you mods

I’ve been a case modder for over a decade now, and whilst I am relatively unknown, some of my designs are not. I have made many entries into design contests around the world.   Having been involved with the casemodding world for so long, I’ve seen the community begin to stagnate. Everyone wants a feature on MPDC, CaseModBlog, Bit-Tech, etc etc. So the recipe for the old classic...

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Featured Mod – Gambo’s 2 1/2;

Here at SFFReview we support modders, from the regulars to the newbies. Over the past week, one of our newer users, Gambo, has stunned us all with the first scratchbuild he’s ever attempted, and it’s amazing! Project 2&½ was designed for surfing the net, CAD and light gaming, and it embodies the SFF spirit we all love here. Built from aluminium, and housing a Gigabyte H55N-USB3...