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Noctua introduces NH-L9i low-profile CPU coolers for LGA1700 and NA-FD1 fan duct

With the advent of Intel’s new LGA1700, the old uSFF stalwart cooler, the Noctua NH-L9i, was made unusable to those who want the latest and greatest platform. LGA1700’s mounting hole dimensions are larger at 78mm square versus LGA115X’s 75mm square. Also of note is that the CPU heatspreader on the new platform being 1mm shorter than previous generations – meaning even if the mounting hole pattern hadn’t changed, the contact pressure of existing coolers would likely be incorrect to enable proper thermal transfer. Noctua has just announced that they now have an LGA1700 version of the L9i available for purchase …
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Computex 2022 Will Be A Physical Event!

Press Release: When an SFF Network article is marked as a press release, it is copied verbatim from marketing materials supplied by the company. It does not represent the views or opinions of SFF Network or it’s staff.  October 6, 2021, Taipei – COMPUTEX 2022 is set to kick off from May 24 to 27 in the Taipei Nangang Exhibition Center Hall 1 & 2, featuring Innovative Computing, Accelerating Intelligence, Digital Resilience, Connected X-Experience, Innovations and Startups, and Sustainability. This annual tech event will continue to lead in the discovery of the latest technology trends. Due to the pandemic, the …
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Guest Review: Zotac GTX 1660 Super Twin Fan

This guest review was provided by forum member and moderator ignsvn, with editing performed by John Morrison. Want to contribute a review or editorial? Private message John (confusis) on the forum! Smaller GPUs with lower wattage may not be the most powerful out there, but they will always have a place in the heart of us SFF or HTPC enthusiasts. Today I’m going to do a short, alternative review on the ZOTAC 1660 Super Twin Fan. I said “alternative” because this review will not go into performance details (you can easily find 1660 Super specification and benchmarks on the internet). Instead, …
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ASRock’s B550AM Gaming Motherboard Sighted

  ASRock’s B550AM Gaming motherboard has been sighted, but rejoice ye not, as this board has a pair of caveats that make it less news worthy than I originally figured. Firstly, the B550A chipset is a rebrand of B450. Secondly, this board at the time of writing appears to be for OEM only markets. So, with that out of the way, let’s look at some interesting features – From TechPowerup; “The AM4 socket is wired to four DDR4 DIMM slots supporting dual-channel DDR4 memory; the board’s sole PCI-Express 4.0 x16, and an M.2-22110 slot that has PCIe 3.0 x4 and …
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ASUS Upgrades the ROG Huracan G21 Prebuilt

Launched in the middle of 2018, the ASUS ROG Huracan G21 has been getting a bit long in the tooth. Realising this, ASUS has decided to give the system the refresh treatment, upgrading the platform, CPU and GPU. This 17.7L (129.9×372.4×366.1 mm) chassis houses a decent gaming rig, replete with the RGB and fancy acronyms expected. First up, ASUS has replaced the original H370 chipset board with a Z370 unit – possibly unlocking the ability to overclock. This upgrade is to support a choice of CPUs based on the Intel 9th gen platform, namely the i7-9900K, 9700K and the i5-9400K. …
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Palit Revives Passive Cooled GPUs with the GTX1650 KalmX

Passive graphics cards, a great option that sadly has been limited to ultra low power cards as of late, has made a return, thanks to Palit and their GTX1650 KalmX. This 178mm long graphics card is well over height, but that is a given considering the huge heatsink fin array keeping the 75W TDP under control. Being a 75W card, no external power connector is needed. No factory overclock is present on this card, running at the stock GTX 1650 speeds of 1485 MHz base, with up to 1665 MHz boost. Three IO ports are provided on the rear of …
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AMD Launches the Radeon Pro W5500

AMD has released the Radeon Pro W5500 – an RX5500 (or RX5500 XT depending on the yet to be disclosed clock speeds) wearing a shiny blue, rather slimming, suit. This single slot ‘Pro’ grade GPU is a RDNA gen 1 based product, built on TSMC’s FinFET 7nm node. With 22 Compute Units, a 125W TBP (Total Board Power), the card is a mid range performer. GDDR6, PCIe 4.0, and Professional grade drivers are the base bullet points with this card, along with a single slot form factor. The single slot form of the card seems to have been missed by …
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Press Release: Noctua Releases the Chromax NH-L9a-AM4

Press Release: When an SFF Network article is marked as a press release, it is copied verbatim from marketing materials supplied by the company. It does not represent the views or opinions of SFF Network or it’s staff. — Vienna, January 21st 2020 – Noctua today introduced another addition to its chromax line of all-black CPU coolers: the new NH-L9a-AM4 chromax.black is a low-profile quiet CPU cooler for AMD’s Ryzen-based HTPCs and Small Form Factor (SFF) builds. Thanks to the same proven heatsink design and NF-A9x14 PWM fan as the original NH-L9a-AM4, it stays true to the same successful formula …