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Noctua Confirms AM5 Heatsink Compatibility and Free Upgrades For Smaller/ Older Models

Press Release: When an SFF Network article is marked as a press release, it is copied verbatim from marketing materials supplied by the company. It does not represent the views or opinions of SFF Network or it’s staff. — Noctua confirms AM5 heatsink compatibility and announces free-of-charge upgrades for low-profile coolers and older heatsink models Vienna, September 22nd – Noctua today confirmed that all its CPU coolers and mounting-kits that support AMD AM4 also support the upcoming AM5 socket, except the NH-L9a-AM4 low-profile cooler and the NM-AM4-L9aL9i mounting-kit. For the latter, Noctua announced the new NM-AM5-L9aL9i kit that will be available …
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Slate-Case AQ Production Update

Image Credit – Protolyth     For those eagerly awaiting the upcoming Slate-Case I have good news. Protolyth has announced that all of the metal fabrication has been completed, and are prepping for freight delivery. This puts them in a mid-September time frame to start delivery if there are no further delays. Of course in this day and age, there are no guarantees that there won’t be another delay, but Protolyth are clearly keeping everyone informed. SFFN has a unit on order for review, and I will be posting up further info as soon as it arrives. You can check …
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MSI Launches an Embedded Tiger Lake Thin-ITX Board

Source: https://www.tomshardware.com/news/tiger-lake-mini-itx-motherboard-msi Product page: https://www.msi.com/Motherboard/PRO-HM570TI-B-I526/ One of our favourite form factors is Thin-ITX, a slimmed down version of M-ITX, more aimed at prebuilts and All-in-One PCs. However, these boards offer a world of possibility in our pursuit of small. MSI has just launched the PRO-HM570TI-B-I526, a Thin-ITX board with an embedded Intel Tiger Lake i5-11260H. This processor is a 6c12t with a max boost of 4.4 GHz. Depending on your TDP setting in BIOS, the CPU can run at a base clock of 2.1GHz at 35w or 2.4GHz at 45w. A pair of DDR4 SODIMMs are supported, with a maximum …
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A Batch of Arctic Cooling’s Liquid Freezer II Series May Be Faulty

Press Release: When an SFF Network article is marked as a press release, it is copied verbatim from marketing materials supplied by the company. It does not represent the views or opinions of SFF Network or it’s staff. Source: https://www.arctic.de/en/lf-service-kit Since its launch in 2019, the Liquid Freezer II series has won countless awards and become a popular product in the hardware community. Because ARCTIC is committed to serving this community with honesty and transparency, it is our duty to inform you of a potential issue. During ARCTIC’s routine quality checks, we found a potential issue with certain Liquid Freezer …
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Raspberry Pi Roundup

Being arguably the most popular “maker” board of the past decade, the Raspberry Pi family has been a boon to makers, tinkerers and enthusiasts. Browsing the web this week, I’ve found a few RPi related items to share! First up, how simple can an ethernet adapter get? About that simple. Using a trinity of resistors and an RJ45 jack, GitHub user KingyoPiyo has developed a crazy simple ethernet adapter for the Paspberry Pi Pico – the practically portless smallest variant of the RPi.  Whilst the configuration only allows for transmit (no receive) at 10Base-T,  it’s still a wonder of simplicity. …
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ASUS’s ROG X670e-i Sighted

With the impending appearance of AMD’s AM5 platform, news of SFF friendly boards has been very thin on the ground. Thankfully, at least one M-ITX board has now been sighted – ASUS’s X670e-i. Courtesy of forum users Karma and Neathdrawls, we have a couple of sources of information on this soon to be launched board. As expected from ROG boards, the board is stacked high with expansion boards, which unfortunately will likely impact cooler compatibility. Aside from this, and the immediate confusion I had thinking it was an Intel board (this AMD LGA situation is going to mess with my …
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Yeston’s RTX3060 Cute Pet is かわいい!

Let’s get this out of the way first, かわいい , pronounced kawaii, and is a Japanese word describing the “culture of cute” found in Japan. To this end, Yeston, a 2nd tier GPU manufacturer, has released the “Cute Pet” RTX3060, a very much non-gameresque card aimed at a different audience than the usual “TUF”, “Killer”, “Bazooka”, “Challenger”, etc branding. SFF Network user Cupsuki linked us to this particular card on our Discord server (have you joined us yet?) – found in a news post on VideoCardz.com, and it’s very… kawaii. It’s not just a paint job either, with quite a …
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Intel Arc A380 Listed on newegg.com

Intel’s controversial new Arc GPU family has made it’s first appearance on an e-tailer’s listings in the form of the ASRock Challenger Arc A380 6GB. The card has been listed on newegg.com at a price of US$139.99 with touted availability of 22 August. As noted by Gamer’s Nexus and other sources, performance of the GPU seesaws between challenging the AMD RX6500XT in some game titles, all while being handed a solid beating by the RX6400 in others. The ASRock Challenger Arc A380 6GB GDDR6 itself features a 2250MHz core clock, 1 x HDMI 2.0b and 3 x DisplayPort 2.0 ports, …