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Image Credit - Cubeor We've come a long way since the days of purely functional beige boxes as our PCs. What was once just a cage to hide away the inner workings of our systems has today become far more. Modern cases are as much an expression of the user's aesthetics as they are protection for the parts within. Lighting, paints, high quality materials, and artistic flares are now part of choosing your parts just as much as ensuring compatibility. Some designs however, blend the world of...
 
Photo Credit - Gigabyte Review by Chris aka Revenant Gigabyte. What happened? You could have had the best board of the Alder Lake launch... There is a difference between a bad motherboard, and one that has merely got quirks. Too few USB ports? It's annoying but I can deal with it. VRM that can't handle a CPU causing a performance hit? Bad. A BIOS layout I personally find obnoxious? Meh, I can learn it. A BIOS that doesn't even support half the advertised features? Bad. So where does...
 
All Photo Credits - Revenant FIRST LOOK FSP. It's not a name I think about when power supplies come up. I'm guessing it's probably not a name that most readers think of. However, I bet you know the names OCZ, SilverStone, Thermaltake, Nexus, Zalman, Antec, and Sparkle. Why do I bring that up? Every single one of those companies have relied on FSP to design and manufacture power supplies for them. Let that sink in for just a minute. The OEM for some of the most well known and respected...
 
Like the title says, we just posted up our first look at the impressive Silverstone Sugo 16. Enjoy!
 
Image Credit - Revenant Zotac was kind enough to send us one of their Magnus One SFF PCs for review. Normally, I prefer to delve directly into the review of a system. However, for the Zotac Magnus ONE we had a slight delay due to deciding to add a Zotac Magnus EN1070 for comparison. A brief look at the very basics of specs: Magnus ONE: Intel i7-10700 RTX 3070 32GB of DDR4-SODIMM (note that the system sells with 16GB, but we require 32GB for our testing). 512GB NVME SSD 1TB HD 500 Watt...
 
The MSI RTX 3060Ti Aero ITX 8G OC LHR (Aero 3060Ti for short) is a one-of-a-kind video card. It’s currently the only single fan RTX 3060Ti on the market, and the only 3060ti designed to fit ultra-compact ITX cases. The card’s length is a mere 172mm. The next smallest 3060Ti is the EVGA RTX 3060 TI XC Gaming, and is nearly 3cm longer at 201.8mm long. Three centimeters may not sound like much, but in the small form factor world it’s the difference between a card that fits and buying a new...
 
If you've been following our coverage of the MSI RTX 3060 Ti then you know that one of the few issues we had was that the single axial fan could get pretty loud when at full load. While gaming,the fan was spinning at about 2700RPM or over 80% of it's max performance. This resulted in a 13dBA rise over ambient, and a temps in the 78C to 80C range. The question then is what can we do about the noise, and is there any room to overclock? Overclocking and Undervolting For these benchmarks we...
 
Following up on the launch of the NCASE M1 article that we published, we conducted an interview with Necere. Necere is one half of the NCASE duo, and the primary designer of the M1 Classic. He's spoken with us before, but with the end of production for the original M1, it was time to reach out again. SFFN: Where did the idea of the M1 originate from? Necere: In the original Hardforum thread (which is still up) you can see how we progressed through several different layout concepts...
 
Today we're going to look at the effects of Resizable BAR, but with a twist. For those that don't know, Resizable BAR is a feature that has recently been activated on Nvidia 3000 series and AMD 6000 series GPUs. It allows your CPU to access more than just 256MB of memory at a time. As we now have GPUs in the consumer space with 24GB of memory, this can be a good benefit. Just a heads up but you may hear AMD call this Smart Access Memory. It is Resizable BAR though. There are four catches...