John Morrison

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Another Compact GPU Launched – XFX’s RX460 Slim

Wow, this year seems to be the year of small graphics cards. Not only have we seen multiple nVidia ‘ITX’ spec cards or low profile cards, we are also seeing numerous models from the AMD camp. Along these lines, we have now seen that XFX has launched a new card, an AMD RX460 Slim. This single slot, 170mm long (claimed) card, features all the usual tech expected from this GPU core...

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Spotted: Zotac GTX 1050 Mini and GTX 1050 TI Mini

Keeping a low profile is important for keeping the people watching me from seeing everything… No wait, we’re talking about low profile graphics here. Sent in through our tipline, one of our observant readers has spotted that Zotac is readying two new LP ‘Mini’ cards – a GTX 1050 and a GTX 1050 TI. Both cards are bus powered, are rated at 75w, and feature the same...

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A Wild Gigabyte GA-Z270N-Gaming 5 Appears

James (Aibophobia) noted not a moment ago that Gigabyte had released the page for the GA-Z270N-Gaming 5 motherboard. This is a much awaited Z270 board, with a plethora of features and a ‘Phoenix‘ like aesthetic (which I love, personally!). The manufacturer lists the following features; Supports 7th/ 6th Generation Intel® Core™ Processors Dual Channel Non-ECC Unbuffered DDR4, 2 DIMMs...

Cooling Reviews

Segotep RexGB fans 1200 – A Quick Review

Firstly, a disclaimer. While it may seem like this review comes about a bit too soon after my ‘RGB can be ok’ rant, this review item was not a sample provided by the manufacturer, and thus the rant was not just me redacting my opinions so that I could get a freebie. I legitimately purchased this product for my own use, and have chosen to review it. I just wanted to play with shiny...

Other

The DC-DC Solution, An Introduction

As part of a multi-part series, I will be discussing the brave new(ish) world of DC-DC power supplies, their advantages, disadvantages and the technology that powers the smallest of our systems. In the first article, I explain what DC-DC is, why it is a useful product, and run down a few of the more popular brands on the market. What? Using a ‘DC-DC PSU’ as your sole power supply just...

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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Intel Reportedly Readying Xeon Gold Processor Line

In what could be seen as a ‘throw enough stuff at the wall and hope something sticks’ reaction to AMD’s Ryzen (which also may explain the i3-7350K), TechPowerup is reporting (based on a Canard PC tweet, which is known to be a reputable source) that Intel is readying a new line of processors aimed at creative professional workstations. The new Xeon Gold processors will be based...

Editorial

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...

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AMD’s WX7100 Reviewed by Tom’s Hardware

Without a doubt, the AMD WX7100 GPU has been the most second most intriguing product from the Radeon workstation division in some time. (We reserve the top spot here for the SSD-enhanced Radeon Pro SSG) We covered the reveal a few months back, noting that this card is based on the Polaris 10 architecture, the same generation architecture found in the RX 480. It takes time to validate workstation...