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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...

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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. What? Using a ‘DC-DC PSU’ as your sole power supply just...

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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...

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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. As you can see in the image above, AMD has decided not to skimp on the...

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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...

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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...

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EK releases new terminals

A few days ago EK, well-known maker of custom water-cooling products, released several new terminals and two of these are of particular interest to SFF enthusiasts looking to build a custom loop in a small chassis. The first of these is the EK-FC Terminal Angled (pictured above). This will be useful for single-card builds where for whatever reason the tubing can’t be vertically like normal...

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Intel Manages to Get a 16 Core Xeon Under 45W.. With a Few Catches

Intel has launched their Xeon D-1571 SoC, a 16 core server and workstation class CPU that supports hyperthreading. This System on Chip SKU is based on the Broadwell architecture and Intel has managed to get it to run at 45w TDP! An amazing feat of engineering considering the CPU has 16 cores and HT, making 32 threads. This is an embedded style SoC though, and will only be available on pricey, but...