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Noctua Offering Free LGA1700 Upgrades Except For NH-L9i

Noctua has announced that it will be offering free upgrade kits for the upcoming Intel LGA1700 socket. However, the NH-L9i will not be compatible with these kits due to hardware incompatibilities. Noctua will introduce a new version of the NH-L9i specific for the LGA1700 platform. The Noctua NH-L9i is one of the most popular cpu coolers in the small form factor community. It has a stock height of only 47mm, and provides surprisingly effective cooling performance while being relatively quiet. Unlike other Noctua coolers, the NH-L9i does not use the same SecuFirm mounting system that other Noctua coolers such as …
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Silverstone Reveals Vital 4 NUC Element H Chassis

We’re late to the party on this but Silverstone is introducing its take on the NUC element chassis called the Vital 4. Featuring a unique fold out design, the Vital 4 supports up to 321mm long (168mm x 58mm x 321mm)  GPUs, has two 120mm exhaust fans on the top, and built-in antennas for Wi-Fi 6 and Bluetooth 5.0. Front I/O includes support for USB 3.1 Gen2x2, combo mic and headphone port, and a card reader. A 700 watt SFX PSU is included. The suggested retail price is $379.99 US. Click here for Silverstone’s product page. Click here for the …
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Colorful Launches Two B560 ITX Motherboards

China based manufacturer Colorful has launched two B560 ITX Motherboards that compliment the styling of their recently announced ITX 3060 GPU. The boards are the CVN B560I Gaming Pro V20 and the CVN B560 Gaming Frozen V20.     The boards both use the Intel B560 chipset with the primary difference being the Frozen edition has a white PCB while the Gaming Pro has a black PCB. Both feature support for up to DDR4-4266, PCI Express 3.0 x 16 expansion slot, and a single M.2 slot. Pricing is listed as $185 for the Pro and $195 for the Frozen. Here …
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Review Roundup: Phanteks T30-120 Fan

Reviews have dropped for Phanteks T30-120 fan with very positive results. Phanteks has clearly taken a shot directly at Noctua, but also put their own flare on the 120mm fan segment. A quick run down of the specs shows why people are talking about this fan: Sunon Magnetic Levitation bearings. Fiberglass reinforced liquid crystal polymer (similar to Noctua’s Sterrox) Built-in fan speed selector on a three phase motor: Advanced up to 3000 RPM Performance up to 2000 RPM Hybrid where the fan doesn’t start spinning until PWM signals go above 50%, and caps the fan at 1200RPM. Daisy-Chain support. 6 …
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Retro Relook – Old SFF PCs

News for the SFF crowd is light right now, so let’s take a walk back in time to the old days of SFF. The really old days. I’m talking about when the term shoebox PC was the word of the day, and good cable management was just getting all the ketchup and mustard to fit. The days of custom mainboards with cooling systems designed by Frankenstein, and when all SFF PCs needed to squeeze in an optical drive.   Let’s start with LGR with a look back at a small form factor 486 PC.   Truly a sight to behold. …
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Tek Everything Reviews Osmi 3.1

We’re a bit late to this party, but SFF specialist Jay Mattison of the YouTube channel Tek Everything has done an in-depth review of the Osmi 3.1. The build included a Corsair SFX 450 Watt PSU, Gigabyte 2060 Mini (ITX) GPU , Ryzen R5 5600X, on a Gigabyte X570 ITX motherboard. Cooling duties for the CPU were handled by the Noctua NH-L9A and Noctua NH-L12S. Check out the review and the Tek Everything website below: Osmi 3.1 website. https://tekeverything.com/  
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Review Roundup: be quiet! Dark Rock TF 2

The be quiet! Dark Rock TF 2 reviews have dropped today and they are mostly positive. The C-style cooler was praised for VRM cooling, noise levels, and stylish looks. However, it was criticized for lackluster overclocking performance, price, and installation issues. Most reviews indicate that while the cooler may be a solid choice for small form factor builds, its performance falters in larger cases compared to less expensive coolers. The Dark Rock TF 2 features a cooler height of 134mm with both fans, or only 107mm with the top fan removed. The MSRP is $85.90 US, and it includes a …
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NVIDIA Announces RTX A2000 Low-Profile Workstation GPU

NVIDIA has announced the RTX A2000; a low-profile professional workstation GPU measuring in at only 2.7″ in height and 6.6″ in length. That would be 68.58mm height and 167.64mm for those on the Metric system. The RTX A2000 comes with 3,328 CUDA cores and 6GB of GDDR6 on a 192-bit bus. Single-precision TFLOPS are listed as 8.0, RT performance at 15.6 TFLOPS, and Tensor performance at 63.9 TFLOPS. Power consumption is 70 watts, and it’s cooled with a 2-slot blower style fan. Additional features include four Mini DisplayPort 1.4A connections, AV1 decode support, and acceleration of AI based tools in …