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DeepCool Launches a New SFF Cooler

Deepcool has launched a new CPU cooler under their Gamer Storm branding, aimed at SFF builds! Here’s a preview:   Low-Profile Design Based on the concept of designing a SFF cooler for Mini ITX boards, the overall dimension of GABRIEL is 120X118X60mm with a 20mm thick fan included. The low-profile design ensures the widest compatibility.   Four Heatpipes & Nickel Plating GABRIEL consists of a copper base with four copper heatpipes soldered and aluminum fins. The full set of heatsink is nickel plated in order to keep away from oxidization to ensure a long lifespan.   ‘Silent’ PWM Fan GABRIEL …
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AuckLAN5 ‘Live’ Blog!

Hey folks, and welcome to my ‘as close to live as possible’ blog from AuckLAN5, where SFFr is sponsoring a Minecraft Creative Tournament, and confusis (John Morrison) is participating in many tournaments! After some power issues caused by the building being a little old, and not designed for tens of high powered gaming rigs, the Admin team has us up and running again. To follow will be notes as to the happenings at this packed house LAN event here in Auckland, New Zealand.   A packed house here at AuckLAN5.   A quick size comparison – my ITX rig and …
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Featured Mod – C4B12’s CURV3D

C4B12 is a relative newcomer to our forum, but he has already impressed us with his scratchbuild CURV3D. Here’s how he built his HTPC scratchbuild!   The Beginning I got the idea for this build when I was looking at some of the acrylic I had left from Cold Winter. Saw some nice shape coming. So I started cutting, and got these two acrylic pieces.   Standing on it’s own feet I got some nice hifi-looking feet and some hinges to put the two pieces together.   Front panel Then I made a front and backplate and powdercoated them white. …
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Bitspower Teases Full Cover Block for Maximus VI

Bitspower, one of the bigger players in the watercooling market has been teasing us with pictures of a new product, a full cover waterblock for the M-ITX ASUS Maximus VI.   Black Nickel The block, like it’s previously released sibling, is what Bitspower calls a U.S.C design (Unibody Style Construction Design)   Black Copper This is a concept Bitspower uses to define a single solid block that covers all the major heat generating parts on a motherboard.   Clear Nickel Bitspower uses C1100 Copper for the block’s base and hi-quality acrylic for the top cover. The base comes in two …
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ASRock M8 Preview

Ever the fans of smaller systems that we are, we couldn’t help but notice this new system from ASRock – the M8.   M8 The M8 is a barebones M-ITX system based on the Z87 chipset   Design It has been designed to stand out, and stand out it does!   Control The knob on the front panel doubles as a system monitoring device as well as a control system   Functional The control system has quite a few handy features, taking it well past a typical fan controller.   Upgradeable The system features a 450w SFX PSU and can …
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Welcome to the new SFFReview.com

Well hello there!. Welcome to the new SFFReview.com! Built from the ground up by our magnificent coders, we present the new home of everything small form factor. Now, for a little bit of history. Back in 2007 Craig Brugger began a site known as LOSIAS.net, as a home for his projects, beginning with Project, you guessed it, LOSIAS. LOSIAS stood for Lots Of Stuff In A System, and that’s a statement we still stand by today. Small Form Factor is a high density computing system. Lots of power, performance and potential in a small box that takes up very little …
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Featured Mod: AuckLAN SFFr Build

Here at SFFreview we’re all about Small Form Factor builds. We’re also in to the sensation that is Minecraft. When an opportunity came up to host a Minecraft Creative Build tournament at AuckLAN, in Auckland, New Zealand, we jumped at the chance. The conundrum here was what to provide as a prize! I decided to do what we know best, SFF Modding. So here goes!   AyWun A1-1001 The chassis we chose, truly SFF, and good value for money.   Let’s begin First up – better cooling. The stock case comes with a 80mm front intake spot – and we …
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How to Submit a Project Log

Note: This is an an archive post. So you want to submit a project log? Great! At SFFReview we allow our users to Submit their own project logs as articles directly to the website. This way you get all the features that we do, and can show your project in all its glory. As a bonus, this project log article gets cross posted to the forums, and the comments on the article and forum are one in the same. We only ask you do a couple things: Make sure to include a Full Article Image link for your article. This is the preview …
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SilverStone details the Milo ML05 HTPC case

SilverStone’s newest case in the Milo series, is pretty darn small. I think my first old school laptop was about the same size…   Silverstone ML05 Front Continuing with the popular slim form factor HTPC, the Milo ML05 HTPC case is the smallest in the Milo series to-date and yet still able to fit modern day components.   Top Quarter View Although measuring only 7 liters in size (half the size of Micro-ATX based ML03), it can accommodate Mini-ITX motherboard, SFX power supply and install up to four 2.5″ hard drives.   Rear Panel An innovative multipurpose 4-in-1 bracket also …
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Spire Introduces the PowerCube 702

Spire has introduced the PowerCube 702, a new ITX case to the fast growing ITX market segment. While a new case for them, it reminds me a whole lot of the older barebones systems from the likes of Biostar and MSI.   Spire 702 Introducing the new arrival Mini ITX chassis, the PowerCube 702. This cool looking and contemporary Mini ITX case is small but bold, packed with all the quality features you’re looking for in a small cube ITX chassis.   Front View The front panel is tooled with a mesh air intake which whispers style. Easy access to dual …
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Thermal Paste Roundup: First Round

Thermal paste, the goop that helps keep our little monsters from overheating, is often overlooked in the pursuit of a better performing and/or quieter system. Even I, up until a few months ago, would rely on just the cheapest product to get the job done. Thermal Interface Material (TIM) is a critical component in any PC build. It helps fill up the microscopic holes, scratches and defects in both the processor heat-spreader and the heat-sink base. Without the paste, we would be relying on air to do this for us, and air is a relatively poor heat conductor. Without further …
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ASRock FM2A55M-DGS

With the release of AMD’s ‘Trinity’ APUs, we’ve been treated to a varied selection of new motherboards to suit. Today we will be taking a look at ASRock’s ‘budget’ offering, the FM2A55M-DGS, a M-ATX board featuring a great price and decent feature set. It looks good, but is this a solid performer? AMD’s Trinity APU series is based off the HD6000 graphics processing units, and ‘Piledriver’ CPU cores. While the Piledriver CPU portion has been controversial, the HD6000 technology is a proven performer. ASRock has developed various boards for the FM2 APUs, from this budget offering to high end ATX …