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Forum Feature: The Case Hoarding Therapy Group

Most of us are guilty of it – tech hoarding. Whilst some can justify it (all these parts are for review work, honest!), some just like to collect PC components. In “Dr” Arboreal’s thread, community members can come clean about their obsession – in this case, *cough*, cases. The first step is acknowledging the problem, right? Starting with Arboreal’s list of mostly Silverstone products, other forum members have started listing what they have sitting about, mostly SFF, but with a few larger enclosures hiding in the crowd. The broad spectrum of cases in the possession of the community is mindblowing …
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Forum Feature: SENTRY 2.0

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! Hot on the heels of the first generation Sentry, the Dr Zaber team has taken it upon themselves to update the concept. Taking feedback into account from the first production run, as well as crowdsourcing more, the team has stepped it up a notch (or three) in design and execution.   For most in the SFF community, the Sentry needs no introduction. However, for …
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Raven Ridge HDMI 2.0 Compatibility – Forum Members to the Rescue!

Our community forum is a fantastic place, with our users banding together to help out those of us who need assistance on various SFF related topics. Recently, user Hifihedgehog started a thread surrounding unofficial support of HDMI 2.0 with AMD’s new Raven Ridge APU platform. Whilst manufacturer specs have been vague on the situation, Hifihedgehog set out to find out exactly which motherboards support the standard with a Raven Ridge APU.   Fantastic news for Raven Ridge! Thanks to an adventurous redditor, it turns out that in at least one case HDMI 2.0 capability is, in fact, not dictated by the …
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Meet the Creators: NCase’s Necere

The NCase, known by many as the quintessential “indie” SFF case, brought huge changes to our niche, and broadened many horizons in the community, from creators, to builders, to designers. Necere is one half of NCase, responsible for the design of the M1 and various accessories to go with the chassis. Today we’ll be talking SFF with Necere, seeing what inspired and motivated one of the most well known creators in our community. This is the fourth in a series of “Meet the Creators”, a series of interviews with the designers and manufacturers active in our community. Our community helps foster …
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Meet the Creators – SFFLab and Kimera Industries’ Joshua Ramirez

Tracking down this week’s Creator was a mission and a half. Joshua is busy developing SFFLab, launching the Cerberus, a Kimera Industries product, as well as performing administration for Minutiae Media! I only know of one other person as busy as Joshua, and he’s writing this article. This is the third in a series of “Meet the Creators”, a series of interviews with the designers and manufacturers active in our community. Our community helps foster the growth of the SFF world. Join our community today to chat alongside the masters. Let’s go! SFFn: What got you into SFF? JR: I was first interested …
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Meet the Creators – KMPKT Design’s Craig Babiuk

After talking with Joshua Sniffen of NFC Systems, it’s time to have a chat with another SFFLab creator – Craig Babiuk of KMPKT Design. KMPKT is currently focusing on DC-DC power supplies, including the Dynamo Mini, a direct plug ATX power supply and the Dynamo 360, a GPU power unit. This is the second in a series of “Meet the Creators”, a series of interviews with the designers and manufacturers active in our community. Our community helps foster the growth of the SFF world. Join our community today to chat alongside the masters! Lets do this. SFFn: What got you into …
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Meet the Creators – NFC Systems’ Joshua Sniffen

Some time ago, we interviewed Joshua Sniffen, of NFC Systems fame, about his love for SFF, his passion for design, and the journey from hobbyist to manufacturer. Two and a half years later, the next major revision of his signature chassis line is around the corner, and there have been a tonne of changes in the Small Form Factor world. So, it’s about time we talk to him again, and see how things are going, what has changed, and what he predicts for the future. This is the first in a series of “Meet the Creators”, a series of interviews …
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SFF shopping in Akihabara

As I’ve mentioned planning a few times in the podcast, I’m currently in Tokyo! And of course I had to visit Akihabara, the electronics capital of Japan to see what kind of retail presence SFF has in this country that’s perpetually short on space. Akihabara (also known as Electric Town) is an area to the west of Akihabara Station in Central Tokyo, just north-east of the Imperial Palace. It’s a hub of geek culture, with many stores and venues promoting video games, anime, manga, and PC hardware. Within a 10-minute walking distance of the station exits are a dozen larger stores …
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Community Feature – Kmpkt’s “Orangulan”

This is one in a series of features, looking at projects going on in our community. These could be full system builds, simple mods, or even accessories made by our awesome forum members. Today we are featuring Kmpkt’s (Formerly ‘ilovelampshade’) NFC S4 Mini #77 build, “Orangulan”. This is one of many builds in the forum based on Not From Concentrate’s S4 Mini, a great option for a slim M-ITX chassis. Early specs for this build –  HDPlex 160W combo, a Zalman CNPS2X CPU cooler, the NFC S4 Mini in PlastiDip Orange, A Gigabyte B85M Phoenix motherboard, a Galax Low Profile …
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SFF Forum designs an eGPU case – Episode 1

So all the external Thunderbolt 3 graphics card docks announced or released so far are stupidly big, I mean, you could build a full gaming computer in something like the DAN A4-SFX in less space! To combat this and show them how we do things at SFF Forum, I offered to do the CAD work for free if someone would provide me with a Thunderbolt 3 to PCIe adapter to measure and pay for the sheet metal fabrication to make it all happen. Runamok81 on the forum has graciously offered to do just that, so now there’s a project thread going and …