Power SuppliesReviews

SilverStone ST30SF V2.0 and ST45SF V3.0 Review

Welcome to this special double feature PSU review! On the docket today are the SilverStone ST30SF V2.0 and the ST45SF V3.0, which are non-modular, Bronze-rated units with 92mm cooling fans of 300W and 450W capacity respectively. As the revision number at the end signifies, these are updated versions of previous SilverStone SFX power supplies and as such, they retain the old naming scheme. After reviewing high-end SFX-L monsters like the SilverStone SX700-LPT, Lian Li PE-750, and SilverStone SX800-LTI, it feels a bit strange to be reviewing more down to earth units like these, but realistically 300-450W would cover the vast majority …
CasesReviews

Metal Fish’s Metal Book – a Community Review

This review has been written by forum member IntoxicatedPuma, and reflects their views, not necessarily those of SmallFormFactor.net. Only minor edits for readability have been made.  [mks_separator style=”blank” height=”2″] Since a lot of people don’t have access to cases and computer components inside China – or at least it is difficult to get them – I figured I would start a series to review some of the unique cases and components that are only sold locally. First up from The China Desk: Metal Fish’s Metal Book. [mks_separator style=”blank” height=”2″] Basic Information & Background​ I purchased this on Taobao using the …
Power Supplies

SilverStone SX800-LTI Review

It hasn’t even been a full year since the SX700-LPT came out, and yet Silverstone has already one-upped themselves on both wattage and efficiency with their just-released unit, the SX800-LTI. For those not familiar with Silverstone’s current SFF PSU model number scheme, that amalgam of numbers and letters translates to a 800W, SFX-L form factor, Titanium-rated efficiency, fully-modular power supply. Yes, seriously. But before we dive into our review, the backstory for this unit is quite interesting in and of itself, as it was less than a week after my SX700-LPT review (a 700W, Platinum-rated unit) went up – when I was wrapping up …
Reviews

Quick Review: Silverstone SST-SF01 Noise Dampening

So, with the new year brings new opportunities. In the pursuit of better content, we have decided to focus on YouTube as one of the mediums for our reviews and for this, a quality recording environment is needed. With thought put into the audio and video aspects of the ‘studio’ where the recordings will take place. In this article, I will look at one product that might just help out with the audio side – SilverStone’s SST-SF01 Noise Absorption Foam. There are a multitude of ways to make your environment quieter. For our purposes today, I will focus on one …
CoolingReviews

Thermal Paste – A Roundup, Updated

Physics is a fair but harsh mistress. For while the heatspreader on your CPU – and the base of your CPU cooler – may look smooth, flat and able to make perfect contact, this is far from the case. Microscopic surface imperfections present on all metallic surfaces work against the movement of energy, by preventing proper contact and thus reducing the efficiency of heat transfer. And while this can be improved with better machining (and in extreme cases, careful lapping of the surfaces), us mere mortals must suffice with the use of thermal paste to bond surfaces together. Especially when one considers common convex …
Cooling

Reeven Vanxie – Sufficient Cooling

After the recent reviews of two of Reeven’s other products, the call from our community came out – they want to see how Reeven’s smallest cooler, the Vanxie, performs. Today we have that cooler on our SFF test bench to see how it performs. The main competitor, the Noctua L9A, has already been through the gauntlet, how will the Vanxie compare? As an aside, I applaud Reeven for their (amusingly) honest marketing for this cooler. From their specification that the cooler is for SFF systems, to the following quote from the page on their website; Sufficient Cooling Cooling efficiency in …
CasesMiscReviews

AeroCool’s Dream Box – Wait… What??

Sometimes, we just need that extra level of customization in a computer enclosure. Of course, with products like the In-Win Chopin, we are sometimes able to get options like picking the colour of the accent portion of the case, if we are so fortunate. I suppose that’s nice enough. With the Aerocool Dream Box, however – the subject of today’s review – we get quite a bit more tweak-ability, if you will. With parts that seem to be based on the OpenBeam style kits (extruded aluminium beams), the Dream Box offers almost unlimited options when it comes to building what …
Cooling

Reeven Brontes – Another Eye on Performance

In Greek mythology, Steropes, Brontes and Arges are three siblings decended from Gaia and Uranus (stop giggling, you in the back). They were the blacksmiths to Zeus, Poiseidon, and other gods. In this case, however, Brontes is a 59mm tall CPU cooler from an relatively unknown brand – Reeven. REEVEN is a newly established international manufacturer of PC related products. REEVEN’s product lines include the best quality of advanced CPU coolers, cooling fans, PC cases and many other items. The target of our products will be a wide range of audiences under our philosopohy “Professional Quality Gears”, for products that will …