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The state of SFF as we know it

Over the last couple of years, a minute part of computing history, the market and ‘modding’ communities have slowly become aware of the feasibility of smaller, more efficient computer systems. Over the course of this article, I will endeavor to decipher the current situation, as well as make a few suggestions as to where I think we as a community should be heading. As always, this is my personal...

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ZOTAC Previews a Z77-Based Mini-ITX Motherboard

Zotac was one of only two manufacturers who brought the overclockable Z68 chipset to the mini-ITX platform (ASRock was the other). Their attempt, the Z68-ITX, was met with decidedly mixed results. Some boards were highly overclockable and stable. Others, not so much. Not wanting to leave ITX overclockers out in the cold when Ivy Bridge drops, Zotac has added to their promised mini-ITX line...

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Tips for Installing the Scythe Kozuti Low Profile Cooler

I’ve had my ThermalTake Element Q Llano ITX build on the back burner for a while owing to the need to find a low profile CPU cooler that would fit under the SFX power supply. Mini-ITX cases with the PSU directly over the CPU are quite common, but as most are designed to be used with Atom and Brazos motherboards, CPU heatsink fit is usually not an issue. However, for those select few who...

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ZOTAC Showcases H77-Based Mini-ITX Boards at CES

Once again Zotac is showing the love for the mini-ITX format. Their recent display at this years’ CES included not just one, but two, H77-based mini-ITX motherboards. These socket LGA1155 boards are based on the upcoming “Panther Point” chipset from Intel and will pave the way for the upcoming Ivy Bridge processors to find their way into our mini-ITX gaming boxes. The two H77...

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First Look: Zotac’s A75-ITX WiFi FM1 Motherboard

Expected to be available this week for about $150, the Zotac A75-ITX Wifi is the second mini-ITX FM1 motherboard that we’ve previewed with built in WiFi support (the other being the ASUS F1A75-I). Clad in trademark yellow and orange, the A75-ITX is priced at the higher end of the Llano mini-ITX range, but upon first look, appears to offer the features to back up the asking price. At first...

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First Look: Gigabyte’s GA-A75N-USB3 Pictured

With a model from ASRock already on the table and a preview from ASUS circulating, it was only a matter of time before Gigabyte dropped hints about their upcoming mini-ITX socket FM1 mini-ITX Llano motherboard. Announced months ago as the GA-A75N-USB3, a few images and some specifications have begun to appear for Gigabyte newest mini-ITX gaming motherboard. Upon first glance, the GA-A75N-USB3...

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Apples to Apples: TT Reviews the ASRock Z68M-ITX/HT

Good reviews on mini-ITX hardware are hard to come by. Not only is the format always the last on the list for the ‘big’ sites to review, but when they do get around to reviewing, the first thing they do is compare the mini-ITX offering to larger formats and find the mini-ITX model lacking in some way. It’s rare to find a review on a ‘big’ site that actually compares apples to apples. However...

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First Look: ASRock’s A75M-ITX Llano Motherboard

I’ve taken a liking to the mini-ITX offerings from ASRock over the last year. I’ve personally used the H67M-ITX in my system and found it to be a good board for a great price. A first glance at the A75M-ITX shows that ASRock is going to use that same tactic with its new Llano mini-ITX motherboard. The A75M-ITX has plenty of good features starting with the AMD Hudson D3 chipset which...

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AMD’s Dual Graphics: Crossfire on a ITX System?

One of the biggest shortcomings that a mini-ITX gaming system faces is its lack of ability to support multiple GPUs. Between AMD’s Crossfire and Nvidia’s SLI, hardcore gamers can rock multiple video cards in their ATX systems for huge performance gains. Sometimes, gamers can even enjoy cost savings with a multi GPU setup. Two slower cards can be paired together to get the same...

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First Look: ASUS F1A75-I Deluxe ITX Motherboard

Many ITX enthusiasts are still hoping for a Z68-based ITX motherboard from ASUS. Whether or not that will happen is still a matter of speculation, but for those who are waiting for an AMD solution for their mini ITX build, ASUS has released the specs for its upcoming FM1 Llano mini-ITX board, the F1A75-I. The ASUS F1A75-I is Asus has packed plenty of features onto this board. Starting with the...

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Two Zotac Z68 Mini-ITX Motherboards Previewed

Due to an unforeseen circumstance, namely a 7-day free trial of RIFT (hey, it’s a gaming site too. Right?), I am a bit late in posting the latest news regarding the appearance of the very first Z68 mini-ITX motherboard, which popped up for pre-order in Japan a few days ago. It looks like Zotac has another, or rather two, new high-end mini-ITX motherboards based on the highly anticipated...

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Gigabyte Drops P67-based ITX in Favor of Z68

Rumors of a P67-based mini-ITX motherboard from Gigabyte have been floating around the forums since CES2011 back in January. The plan was that Gigabyte was first set to release and H67 version and then follow it up with an overclockable P67 model later in the year. They got the first part. We had a chance to play with the H67-based model and although we found it to be a solid product, on par with...