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Feature Article: The Launch of the NCASE M1

Image Credit: All images in this story are from Necere or Wahaha360 via the Hard Forums NCASE M1 thread, unless otherwise noted. This is the first story in a multi-piece endeavor to cover a case that changed the industry. Wherever possible, I attempted to let the quotes speak for themselves. To that end, they have been quoted without editing, and as exactly as modern formatting will allow. The Launch of the NCASE M1 Written By Revenant SFF.Network Editorial Staff Member ALL GOOD THINGS… The legendary NCASE M1, born from a seemingly random forum thread on small sub-form of Hard OCP, …
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Case Overview: SAMA IM01

We at SFF.Network are still working out the details of our new case testing methodology. However, we still want to profile and feature some of the cases that our readers are interested in. For now, we’re going to be doing some case overviews that go over the details and our impressions prior to the build and testing. So what case will start this series? Top of the line custom case? Dan A4-H20? Ghost S1? Nope! Today, we’re looking at the ultra-budget $59 SAMA IM01. I purchased the SAMA IM01 during a New Egg sale for just $59, and it typically …
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End of an Era: The NCASE M1 Classic Production Stopped BUT NOT Dead… (UPDATED!)

UPDATED..with Good News Everyone! The original story was based on an earlier post from NCASE’s site, but we have some very good news. While the M1 in it’s current form has been discontinued, NCASE’s founder has reached out and let us know that NCASE is far from dead, and a successor of sorts is in development. This is excellent news, and NCASE has updated their website to reflect it.   The original story is presented below so everyone can still see my tearful farewell. _______________ Original Story Below______________ The legendary NCASE M1 has been discontinued. There are some stories that …
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Resizable BAR at PCIe 3.0 With a Mid-Range GPU Benchmark

  Today we’re going to look at the effects of Resizable BAR, but with a twist. For those that don’t know, Resizable BAR is a feature that has recently been activated on Nvidia 3000 series and AMD 6000 series GPUs. It allows your CPU to access more than just 256MB of memory at a time. As we now have GPUs in the consumer space with 24GB of memory, this can be a good benefit. Just a heads up but you may hear AMD call this Smart Access Memory. It is Resizable BAR though. There are four catches though. The first …
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Review Roundup: AMD Radeon 6600XT

The reviews for AMD’s Radeon 6600XT have dropped today and it’s not exactly favorable for AMD’s newest 1080P GPU. Reviewers have taken issue with the low memory bandwidth, PCI-E 8X limitation, poor ray-tracing performance, and high price. While the 6600XT can provide rasterized performance akin to the RTX 3060ti in AMD optimized games, it fails to be competitive with the Nvidia part in most games, while being only $20 less expensive. Check out the reviews below:   Written Reviews: Eurogamer (AKA Digital Foundry) PC Gamer (Aka Maximum PC) Ars Technica Kit Guru IGN Trusted Reviews Hot Hardware Toms Hardware Rock …
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System76 – Thelio. A chassis that thinks outside the box.

This is going to be a unique article for us in that this is more of a showcase and not a review. This sample was paid for out of pocket and like all our articles, will remain unbiased to a fault.  As far as I am aware, there are only two ITX computer case manufactures in the USA (R.I.P. Caselabs), one of them is Sliger Designs out of Sparks, Nevada and the other is System76 from Denver, Colorado. And while System76 both designs and manufactures their own chassis, they are not available for sale without the purchase of one entirely …
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APRIL FOOLS: Corsair acquires Minutiae Media for $1.77 million; SFF.Network to be rebranded RGB.Network

A letter from @PlayfulPhoenix, owner of SFF.Network: Today I have some big news to share: as of today, Minutiae Media (the company that operates SFF.Network) has been acquired by Corsair! Furthermore, as a part of this transition, SFF.Network will now be called RGB.Network, becoming one of the brightest spots on the net. It goes without saying that Corsair has a massive reputation within the small form factor community, having brought to market such early innovations as the long-lived and industry-heralded Bulldog. Not resting on their laurels, Corsair also developed enclosures like the Graphite 380T, which manage to fit an ITX …
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Fractal Design’s ERA Chassis Review

We would like to thank Fractal Design for providing us with a review sample of their ERA ITX chassis. Without their generosity, this case review would not be possible. Way back at CES 2019, representatives at Fractal were quick to quell our disappointment in their case lineup by asking that we to stay tuned, and to rest assured that the ITX audience had not been forgotten. Immediately, I expected Fractal to simply take the easy route and refresh their wildly popular Node 202 chassis with some brushed aluminum variant but I am very glad that I was wrong. Available in …