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Happy holidays to all you SFF fans out there. I wanted to take a moment to let you know about some of the content we’re working on for SFF.Network, and thank you for supporting us. Having recently joined the SFF.Network team, I have truly learned to appreciate the support of our readers and members. You have made me a better writer, editor, and reporter, and I love getting your feedback in our forums. We’ve been working hard to make sure SFF.Network is one of the best spots on the Internet to get SFF information, and are working even harder to …
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Intel Announces 12th Generation Core Processors With Hybrid Core Architecture

It’s been a long time coming. Rumors and whispers have drifted through the news circles, but it has finally been made real… Intel has announced their 12th generation Core CPUs. Lets dig in, and see what might be in store of small form factor enthusiasts. There are a lot of changes coming with this generation of CPUs. We have new core designs, a new platform, new PCIe standard, new RAM, new socket, new-ish process node, and new efficiency gains. It’s as if a decade of changes hit us all at once.   Alder Lake: A Hybrid CPU The phone you’re …
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MSI RTX 3060 Ti Aero ITX Overclock and Undervolt Benchmarks

If you’ve been following our coverage of the MSI RTX 3060 Ti then you know that one of the few issues we had was that the single axial fan could get pretty loud when at full load. While gaming,the fan was spinning at about 2700RPM or over 80% of it’s max performance. This resulted in a 13dBA rise over ambient, and a temps in the 78C to 80C range. The question then is what can we do about the noise, and is there any room to overclock? Overclocking and Undervolting For these benchmarks we set up four scenarios. 1. Stock …
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NCASE Interview – Necere

Following up on the launch of the NCASE M1 article that we published, we conducted an interview with Necere. Necere is one half of the NCASE duo, and the primary designer of the M1 Classic. He’s spoken with us before, but with the end of production for the original M1, it was time to reach out again.   SFFN: Where did the idea of the M1 originate from? Necere: In the original Hardforum thread (which is still up) you can see how we progressed through several different layout concepts before I stumbled on the idea of putting a 240mm radiator …
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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 …