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PSA: Only five days left for the SFF Forum Swag Sale!

It was over a week ago that we kicked off a Teespring campaign for various SFF Forum swag, but with just five days left, time is running out to get your hands on our first-ever branded gear – emblazoned with our shiny new logo, no less! Though time may be limited to put in an order, the good news is that our campaign easily reached our MOQ (minimum order quantity), meaning that all orders are guaranteed to be made and shipped. In fact, we’ve already had reports of some folks getting shipping notifications for their orders, with shirts and hoodies …
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The DC-DC Solution, An Introduction

As part of a multi-part series, I will be discussing the brave new(ish) world of DC-DC power supplies, their advantages, disadvantages and the technology that powers the smallest of our systems. In the first article, I explain what DC-DC is, why it is a useful product, and run down a few of the more popular brands on the market. [mks_separator style=”blank” height=”2″] [mks_separator style=”blank” height=”2″] What? Using a ‘DC-DC PSU’ as your sole power supply just won’t work. For a system to run (generally), you need to take AC (alternating current) from your mains power, and convert it to the …
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Enermax to launch Revolution SFX series of power supplies.

On December 9th, Enermax will launch their new Revolution SFX series of power supplies. Available in 550W and 650W variants, these 80-Plus Gold, fully modular power supplies are yet another welcome addition to the SFF market. With semi-fanless operation up to 30% utilization, the offset 80mm fan will (hopefully) help to provide quiet operation depending on the system load. This unit appears to be based on the same Enhance Electronics platform as the SilverStone SX600-G, Thermaltake STP-0600F-G, and Lian-Li PE-550 though so it will remain to be seen if Enermax has improved on the fan controller deficiencies inherent to the platform. Edit1: or maybe not. …
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AMD AM4 Bristol Ridge APU De-Lidded

Professional overclocker Nam Dae Won (NameGT) from Seoul, South Korea has de-lidded an AMD AM4 Bristol Ridge APU for all the world to see (Source, Facebook). Likely based on the Bristol Ridge A12-9800 that he took to 4.8GHz back in September (on the stock cooler no less), this unveiling comes with a very pleasant surprise. [mks_separator style=”blank” height=”2″] [mks_separator style=”blank” height=”2″] As you can see in the image above, AMD has decided not to skimp on the quality of the thermal interface material. AMD has chosen to use a liquid metal-based compound, at least on the engineering samples. This is a welcome addition over the budget TIM that …
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Follow, Like, Subscribe, Stalk…

In this age of social media, we would be remiss to shelter ourselves in the warm comfort of a community forum, all alone with nobody on the outside to indulge with. Indeed, the world has gone positively social – social media that is! So, now we have, too. (…or rather, we did early on, but hey, self promotion is fun!) We’re on Facebook! Find us by clicking the Facebook logo above. Share your SFF PC with us, comment on news posts, and more. [mks_separator style=”blank” height=”2″]   Forum member @jtrias21 runs our Instagram presence, and is doing a fine job …
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End of an era? Intel’s tick-tock CPU development ending

As reported by PC Perspective, Intel is ending their “tick-tock” CPU cadence, where they would alternate between a new manufacturing process node (tick) and a new architecture (tock). Intel has been keeping to their schedule for quite a few years now but recently as they’ve moved towards sub-10nm processes their release schedule has slipped, most notably with Broadwell. Broadwell was the shrink to 14nm but the desktop chips released just a few months before it’s tock successor, Skylake. With the previous cadence, Skylake would have been followed by a shrink to 10nm but instead we’re getting Kaby Lake, a refinement …