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Podcast 18 – A New Beginning

Welcome to the first of our new generation of podcasts – Episode 18, A New Beginning. We’ve described our new format here. TO THE NEWS!… Intel Next Gen Intel’s Next HEDT Platform, Basin Falls, is Being Readied Kaby Lake 300 Series Chipsets to Feature WLAN Controllers and USB 3.1 Intel Core i5-7600K Tested, Negligible IPC Gains for Kaby Lake? Main feature DC-DC power supplies...

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Featured Worklog – K888D’s LZ7, a Quiet Gaming Cube with Internal SFX PSU

SFF Forum member K888D is aiming for the smallest, quietest SFF PC possible to fit a gaming system, at a budget that’s (hopefully!) under 100 quid (UK Pounds), in no small part due to the lack of risers or custom cabling. To meet that goal, they’ve designed the LZ7: a quiet gaming cube with an internal SFX PSU, and an overall volume that will be at or around just 6.9L. Initially...

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John’s Weekly Mini-Rant – SFX, The New Standard

This is one of a series of weekly mini-rants by your faithful correspondent, John Morrison. These is a regular series focusing on issues in the SFF niche. All content is entirely opinion of John, not of SmallFormFactor.net, and should not be taken as fact. Silverstone and Lian-Li have made this rant possible by releasing what I consider the tipping point for SFX – capacities greater or...

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John’s Weekly Mini-Rant – M-STX, Do We Really Need Another Form Factor?

This is one of a series of weekly mini-rants by your faithful correspondent, John Morrison. These is a regular series focusing on issues in the SFF niche. All content is entirely opinion of John, not of SmallFormFactor.net, and should not be taken as fact. About a year ago, Intel previewed a new form factor, as a slightly larger brother to the NUC format that they had championed. This new format...

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John’s Weekly Mini-Rant – It’s Time For a GPU Standard for SFF

This is the first of a series of weekly mini-rants by your faithful correspondent, John Morrison. These will be a regular series focusing on issues in the SFF niche. All content is entirely opinion of John, not of SmallFormFactor.net, and should not be taken as fact. Relatively recently, a discussion came about on our forum, regarding ‘ITX’, or ‘M-ITX’ graphics cards...

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SFF Network’s EXTREME (!!1!!!one) Thermal Testing System

Note, this is just a quick article so that we can link back to it in the future when testing those more extreme CPU coolers! Recently, a couple of manufacturers have been so kind as to supply us with some large CPU coolers to review. But this has left the team with a bit of a conundrum: do we test these coolers on our usual thermal test system, keeping the units nowhere near their true cooling...

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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, we...

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Let’s talk about reviews

SFF Network has been fortunate enough to be able to do a few product reviews since we started the site earlier in the year. In fact, we’ve actually been doing a lot more component testing in the past month or so, with a pile of forthcoming reviews now in the pipeline, and a few of these already published. To be honest, though, this push of reviews is somewhat unexpected for us, especially...