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Gigabyte’s GA-H67N-USB3-B3 Reviewed

I’ve finally got my hands on the Gigabyte GA-H67N-USB3-B3 mini-ITX motherboard after many months of waiting (thanks Aurora) and I know a lot of ITX enthusiasts have high expectations for this board. I know I do, especially given the success of its predecessor, the GA-H55N-USB3, which proved to be a stable platform and provided excellent overclocking abilities. We all know that Intel has hamstrung the overclocking on the H67 chipsets, but I’m still hoping that Gigabyte can offer up a product that can satisfy the wants of the mini-ITX gaming crowd. Unboxing: Packaging is an important part of any marketing …
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First B3 Mini-ITX Board Reviewed: ASRock H67M-ITX

It’s been a few months since there’s been a new mini-ITX motherboard to review. We had just gotten a taste of what Sandy Bridge motherboards had to offer mini-ITX gaming when the supply suddenly dried up. The wait is over. The first of the new mini-ITX boards is now available in the form of an ASRock H67M-ITX and I’ve picked one up for a review. It won’t be the only choice for long. By the time you read this article, most of the other mini-ITX 1155 motherboards will be available. The ASRock offering does have one unique feature that sets …
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DQ67EP: Intel’s Q67-Based Mini-ITX Motherboard

While mini-ITX enthusiast are eagerly awaiting the re-release of motherboards with the revised H67 chipset, many readers have pointed out that a new mini-ITX board has been spotted in the Intel stable. It is not, however, a revised DH67CF as expected, or even a much anticipated P67-based motherboard. Instead, it’s an entirely new mini-ITX motherboard based on the new Q67 chipset. It’s called the DQ67EP, and it has left some of our readers wondering; just what is Q67? In short, it’s another variation of the Formerly Cougar Point (that is actually the codename) platform. Intel actually has many variations of …
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HuntKey’s Jumper 300/ R90 PSU Reviewed by AnandTech

Any of you that are looking for a PSU for your next mini-ITX build should check out the review of HuntKey’s Jumper 300 power supply on AnandTech. It’s also a good read for anyone who is still unconvinced that they can run a decent gaming system on a small (albiet high-quality) power supply. The Jumper 300 (or R90 as it’s known overseas) carries an 80Plus Gold certification, confirmed by AnandTech testing and according to the manufacturer, has enough juice to handle a GTX 460. Assuming your running a CPU with modest power use, the Jumper 300 could even handle a 560 …
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ZOTAC Resumes Shipments of H67-ITX Motherboards

Zotac is the first manufacturer to announce that they have resumed global shipments of their mini-ITX Sandy Bridge motherboard, the H67-ITX. To differentiate the new board (with the updated H67 B3 chipset) from the previous version, Zotac has assigned it a new SKU, H67-ITX-C-E. Fans of Zotac will recognize this updated SKU for previous Zotac products. Zotac expects resellers to have the updated H67-ITX-C-E available in the next few weeks. Users who have purchases the original H67-ITX-A-E will be able to exchange their affected boards through their authorized reseller. Source: Zotac
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How to Measure Your System’s Power Use

Several readers have asked me how I measured the actual power usage of my test system in last weeks article on power supplies. It’s a simple process that I recommend every system builder undertake at least once to get a first hand understanding of the power requirements of their systems. Here is a quick little step by step on how I did it: Go to your local hardware store and ask for a power meter. Plug the power meter into your wall outlet and switch the display to show ‘watts’. Plug the power cable from your computer (or your power bar if you want to measure …
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The Sparkle One: A GTX 570 in a Single Slot.

A couple of weeks ago I was asking around on the forums for suggestions on a single slot graphics card for a build I was planning. The consensus was that the Radeon HD5670 would be the best bet, as I had originally specified ‘no external power required’. Now that I have a better understanding of power requirements, I was leaning toward the HD5770 as the best single slot solution. Or not… The Sparkle One has recently made an appearance at CeBIT and despite an obvious handicap (seems it’s about 13 inches long) that will prevent it from being used inside …
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You Probably Don’t Need As Much Power As You Think!

One of the most common questions I am asked by readers is for recommendations on the best power supply for their mini-ITX gaming systems. It’s one of the more popular topics on our forums. Not surprisingly, many builders are faced with dilemma of trying to spec a power supply that will suit their builds. It needs to have enough power to run high end components, yet be compact enough to fit into their chosen mini-ITX case; two requirements that do not often go hand in hand. There is a solution, but it requires that I go out on a limb …