Articles

Editorial

Opinion – M-DTX, The Ultimate SFF Motherboard

Quite a few years ago, AMD launched the DTX (and by extension, the M-DTX) standard, aiming to reduce costs in motherboard manufacturing by more efficiently optimising the use of a standard sheet of PCB material. In doing so, they inadvertently created what I consider the ideal SFF board form factor – M-DTX. This form factor offers the best of the M-ATX and M-ITX formats, in a balanced...

Events

AuckLAN 7.5, A NZ LAN 2-4 December

AuckLAN 7.5 is happening this weekend, at MegaWeb in Auckland, New Zealand. As a continuation of the AuckLAN series, this smaller LAN is a great event for those in the Auckland Area. I will be attending the LAN representing SmallFormFactor.net, and sponsoring a couple of prizes for attendees, with support from Noctua. If you live in Auckland, please join in, the weekend promises to bring a lot of...

Editorial

Low Volume – Episode 19 – Smaller GPUs Please!

Welcome to the second of our new generation of podcasts – Low Volume – Episode 19 – Smaller GPUs Please! We’ve described our new format here. TO THE NEWS!… 1:10  13:36  24:26  32:15  Main feature 37:08 Card Form Factors Featured Forum Fread 44:45  Join us live next time here: Comments? Leave them in the forum.

Editorial

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...

Guides

Convert Your NH-U12S or NH-U14S to Rotate 90 Degrees

In my review of the NH-U12S, I made mention of the weirdness surround Noctua’s decision to change the mounting system on the U12S and U14S coolers. It seemed odd to me to design an entirely new mounting system to rotate the cooler 90 degrees, but not make it compatible with other products  in Noctua’s lineup. So, in the interests of finding something out, I took a screw driver to two...

Editorial

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...

Editorial

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...

Editorial

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...

Editorial

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...

Editorial

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...

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...