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Need to Relax? Enjoy This Awesome COOJ MQ5 Build.

  Happy holiday fellow Small Form Factor Enthusiasts! Overloaded on food today? Need something to chill out too? Then check out this absolutely awesome COOJ MQ5 build done by Relaxing SFF! True to the name, there is no loud music, screaming Linuses, or anything but the sweet sound of a perfectly cable managed SFF machine coming together in satisfying piece by piece glory. Specs include a Z590i Unify motherboard, Intel 10600K CPU, and Power Color RX 5600XT GPU. Additionally, the RBG lighting can be controlled with the power switch so it can be easily turned on or off depending on …
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AMD Ryzen 7000 ECO Mode Saves The day for SFF

Image Credit: AMD   There has been a bit of concern going around the SFF community about how new CPUs are too power hungry and too hot. It’s not entirely unjustified. The AMD Ryzen 7000 series defaults to 95C, and then throttles clock speeds to maintain that temperaturr. Because of this behavior, the more cooling performance you have the more clock speed potential you have. Put simply, a 360mm AIO is going to boost the CPU clock much higher and longer than 37mm heatsink. Additionally, a 360mm AIO at 95C may have three fans spinning at relatively low RPMs compared …
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NCASE M1 EVO Prototype Shown

Image Credit – NCASE     This is what I get for taking a vacation! I missed Wahaha360 posting up three pics of the new M1 EVO. It’s been a long road for these pictures to appear, and I’m pleased to see that the new M1 hasn’t lost the design language of the original. Wahaha360 is promising that it will be smaller, have better compatibility, and be built with higher build quality. Based on the photos, it appears the new M1 EVO will come with two USB Type A and two USB Type C ports on the front in a …
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Craft Computing Builds Retro ITX SFF PC

Craft Computing has posted up their latest video on building a retro SFF PC. Normally, this is an incredibly difficult challenge due the lack of an ITX standard during the Windows 98SE era. However, Craft Computing used an Atom powered ITX board to solve that issue. In typical retro computing fashion, a lot of trial and error was required. The resulting PC though is an excellent outside-the-box retro machine complete with PCI bifurcation, external audio, and a GeForce 6200 GPU. Check it out below.  
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Rumor: RTX 2060 Returns With 12GB

  Anyone else getting deja vu? It appears the rumors of Nvidia bringing back the RTX 2060 are true, at least according what Tom’s Hardware discovered in the latest driver release. Tom’s theorizes that it appears that Nvidia’s plans of selling Turing based crypto mining cards, that have no resale value once they aren’t profitable, didn’t pan out. Shocker. Who would have thought it? Sales plummeted by 60% in Q3, and now Nvidia is sitting on a bunch of 2060 class Turing GPUs. What will they do? Slap some extra VRAM on it and sell it to desperate gamers. Except …
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Sapphire Announces GearBox 500 Thunderbolt 3 PULSE RX 6600XT 8GB eGFX External GPU

Sapphire has announced their newest eGPU: the GearBox 500 Thunderbolt™ 3 PULSE RX 6600XT 8GB eGFX. Sporting a futuristic aluminum sandwich-style case, the eGPU comes packed with a 6600XT, though it can accept a range of GPUs up to an AMD 6700XT, Nvidia 3060 Ti, or Nvidia Quadro P4000. If you don’t want to put a GPU in the case, the internal PCIe slot is rated at PCIe 3.0 x 4, but is physically an X16 length slot. Additionally, the GearBox 500 comes equipped with a 500 watt power supply, gigabit Ethernet port, and a pair of USB 3.0 ports. …
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Noctua introduces NH-L9i low-profile CPU coolers for LGA1700 and NA-FD1 fan duct

With the advent of Intel’s new LGA1700, the old uSFF stalwart cooler, the Noctua NH-L9i, was made unusable to those who want the latest and greatest platform. LGA1700’s mounting hole dimensions are larger at 78mm square versus LGA115X’s 75mm square. Also of note is that the CPU heatspreader on the new platform being 1mm shorter than previous generations – meaning even if the mounting hole pattern hadn’t changed, the contact pressure of existing coolers would likely be incorrect to enable proper thermal transfer. Noctua has just announced that they now have an LGA1700 version of the L9i available for purchase …