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Forum Feature: Sliger SM550/560

In a semi-regular series, we will have a short look at various projects and one-off builds in the forum. This is not a paid promotion in any way, just a selection of cool stuff we like! For those who dont know Sliger, you may be familiar with some of their work. They have built a strong portfolio in the SFF scene, producing cases such as the DSE Breathe and the Chimera Industries Cerberus. Today we are going to take a look at something new from them, the SM550 and SM560 cases, part of a series that spans the SM550, SM560, …
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Performance Per Litre – An Interesting Metric

One of the more challenging threads on our community forum recently, has been focused entirely on seeing who’s system had the best performance density on the forum. Whilst benchmark competitions have usually been reserved for the wealthy, or the sponsored, this one has the ability to change that with a factor that our community excels at – creativity and going ever smaller. Not by having the fastest system, but the fastest per litre, our users can ‘compete’ on size as well as performance. Tweaking, overclocking, custom cases, smaller power supplies, and the like, are all valid ways to improve one’s ranks. The …
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How STX Changed My View of SFF

This article marks a return to my editorial content – occasional articles entirely based on my personal opinion. These are part of a series focusing on issues in the SFF niche. All content is entirely opinion of myself, not of SmallFormFactor.net, and should not be taken as fact. For years, I was a Micro-ATX SFF stalwart. I never truly believed M-ITX could offer all I needed in a system, with lackluster networking, audio and storage solutions, as well as just poor physical design. CPU coolers sat too close to RAM or expansion slots, minimal drive expansion was available, and the …
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Exploring Taipei – A Photo Essay of Sorts

Throughout our time at Computex 2017, the SFFn team focused mostly on covering the event. However, we’re not above a little exploration, and we decided to share a few snapshots into our Taipei based adventures. Keep in mind a few of these are photos taken with potato phone cameras, so the quality may not be up to our usual standard! No captions, attributions or locations are given – feel free to query any picture in the forum and we’ll try to remember the location and subject!
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Rant: DVI – Old, or Still Relevant?

This is one of a series of mini-rants by your faithful correspondent, John Morrison. These are part of a series focusing on issues in the SFF niche. All content is entirely opinion of John, not of SmallFormFactor.net, and should not be taken as fact. Rumours of DVI’s death have been greatly exaggerated. While the analogue backwards compatibility portion of the DVI standard has pretty much been relegated to the low end cards (understandable given the low end cards are usually rebrands of older units), the chunky, old-school DVI plug still stubbornly remains on our GPUs and motherboards. Whyyyy? Well, from …
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Rant: Internal or External?

This is one of a series of mini-rants by your faithful correspondent, John Morrison. These are part of a series focusing on issues in the SFF niche. All content is entirely opinion of John, not of SmallFormFactor.net, and should not be taken as fact. Ahh, the age old SFF conundrum. Do I fit all of the power supply inside the case, or split the perceived volume up and have a power brick under my desk? Is that cheating? Do I include the brick in the final volume of my case? If I do, do I include the volume of my …
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LowVolu.me Episode 23 – Get Social With Us

Instagram, https://www.instagram.com/sffnetwork/ AM4 Brackets for all! https://smallformfactor.net/news/noctua-presents-new-products-three-am4-edition-coolers Free mounts are available from: Phanteks, Enermax, BeQuiet, Cryorig, Corsair, Noctua, DeepCool, Alphacool, SilentiumPC, Thermalright, Cooler Master Zotac GTX1080 in stock: https://smallformfactor.net/news/zotac-gtx-1080-mini-now-stock Intel Xeon Gold: https://smallformfactor.net/news/intel-reportedly-readying-xeon-gold-processor-line Eurocom 780w: https://smallformfactor.net/forum/threads/eurocom-780w-external-power-supply.1431/ Favourite Forum Fread: NCase Project Sidearm: https://smallformfactor.net/forum/threads/ncase-project-sidearm.1525/ [mks_separator style=”blank” height=”2″] Thoughts? Discuss them in the forum.
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Should We Pick One Standard?

This is one of a series of mini-rants by your faithful correspondent, John Morrison. These are part of a series focusing on issues in the SFF niche. All content is entirely opinion of John, not of SmallFormFactor.net, and should not be taken as fact. There has been musings in our community of this form factor or that form factor being better than the others in all situations. M-ITX being preferable over M-STX. SFX is superior to TFX or Flex-ATX power supplies. DisplayPort being better to HDMI. With so much variety on our markets, should we work towards simplifying the SFF …
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12V Please, Simplify!

This is one of a series of mini-rants by your faithful correspondent, John Morrison. These are a regular series focusing on issues in the SFF niche. All content is entirely opinion of John, not of SmallFormFactor.net, and should not be taken as fact. As the ATX specification evolved, and as component manufacturers changed designs and other components, we have slowly edged towards a 12v dominant world. The two heavy hitters in your system, the CPU and GPU, both utilise 12V inputs. There’s a good reason for this – they require higher amperage than the rest of your system. [mks_separator style=”blank” height=”2″] …