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SFF shopping in Akihabara

As I’ve mentioned planning a few times in the podcast, I’m currently in Tokyo! And of course I had to visit Akihabara, the electronics capital of Japan to see what kind of retail presence SFF has in this country that’s perpetually short on space. Akihabara (also known as Electric Town) is an area to the west of Akihabara Station in Central Tokyo, just north-east of the Imperial...

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Build Your Own Budget NAS – a n00b’s Guide Pt 1

Firstly, a clarification. This is a guide written by a n00b, not a guide for n00bs. I am in no way an expert in networking, storage or servers. With Small Form Factor Network’s foray into video media (Namely YouTube) this year, I have realised the importance of having large amounts of storage. Until now, I have been living my (digital) life on a single 240GB OCZ Trion SSD, with backups made...

Editorial

Rant: DVI – Old, or Still Relevant?

This is one of a series of mini-rants by your faithful correspondent, John Morrison. These are part of a 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. Rumours of DVI’s death have been greatly exaggerated. While the analogue backwards compatibility portion of the DVI standard has pretty much...

Editorial

Rant: Internal or External?

This is one of a series of mini-rants by your faithful correspondent, John Morrison. These are part of a 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. Ahh, the age old SFF conundrum. Do I fit all of the power supply inside the case, or split the perceived volume up and have a power brick under my...

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Community Feature – Kmpkt’s “Orangulan”

This is one in a series of features, looking at projects going on in our community. These could be full system builds, simple mods, or even accessories made by our awesome forum members. Today we are featuring Kmpkt’s (Formerly ‘ilovelampshade’) NFC S4 Mini #77 build, “Orangulan”. This is one of many builds in the forum based on Not From Concentrate’s S4 Mini...

Editorial

LowVolu.me Episode 23 – Get Social With Us

Instagram,  AM4 Brackets for all! Free mounts are available from: Phanteks, Enermax, BeQuiet, Cryorig, Corsair, Noctua, DeepCool, Alphacool, SilentiumPC, Thermalright, Cooler Master Zotac GTX1080 in stock: Intel Xeon Gold: Eurocom 780w: Favourite Forum Fread: NCase Project Sidearm:  Thoughts? Discuss them in the forum.

Editorial

Should We Pick One Standard?

This is one of a series of mini-rants by your faithful correspondent, John Morrison. These are part of a 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. There has been musings in our community of this form factor or that form factor being better than the others in all situations. M-ITX being...

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12V Please, Simplify!

This is one of a series of mini-rants by your faithful correspondent, John Morrison. These are 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. As the ATX specification evolved, and as component manufacturers changed designs and other components, we have slowly edged towards a 12v dominant...

Editorial

RGB – An Epiphany

This is one of a series of mini-rants by your faithful correspondent, John Morrison. These are part of a 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. Everybody likes to be unique. This desire manifests itself everywhere – clothing, cars, and even our computers. People mod their systems...

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CES, My View

This is one of a series of mini-rants by your faithful correspondent, John Morrison. These are part of a 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. So, CES has passed, and as usual, there was a myriad of new products, new products, new ideas. We have seen the usual; the ATX plague, the RGB...

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SFF Forum designs an eGPU case – Episode 1

So all the external Thunderbolt 3 graphics card docks announced or released so far are stupidly big, I mean, you could build a full gaming computer in something like the DAN A4-SFX in less space! To combat this and show them how we do things at SFF Forum, I offered to do the CAD work for free if someone would provide me with a Thunderbolt 3 to PCIe adapter to measure and pay for the sheet metal...