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Streacom’s Computex Offerings

Unfortunately we were unable to make it to Streacom’s suite at Computex this year, but never fear, Streacom sent me an overview of the new products they have this year. (how kind of them!) In the press release resided 3 products, however due to our innate thirst for a smaller system, only two of the products are relevant to us. First up – An active cooled variant of...

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ASRock X299E-ITX/ac “The Little Monster” detailed

Now that Computex is over and I’ve had time to do some checking and clarify some questions, here is a more detailed rundown of the ASRock X299E-ITX/ac Mini-ITX motherboard. And the pictures are mostly in focus this time! ASRock has been strongly pushing SFF in recent years and at Computex they showed off a GTX 1080 MXM card working on Micro-STX (another ASRock innovation), two AMD AM4 Mini...

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Exploring Taipei – A Photo Essay of Sorts

Throughout our time at Computex 2017, the SFFn team focused mostly on covering the event. However, we’re not above a little exploration, and we decided to share a few snapshots into our Taipei based adventures. Keep in mind a few of these are photos taken with potato phone cameras, so the quality may not be up to our usual standard! No captions, attributions or locations are given –...

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SFX Computex 2017 roundup

As promised, here is the SFX power supply Computex 2017 roundup. While not as extensive as the SFX-L roundup and they’re mostly budget units, more competition and options in this space is always very welcome. Akasa As covered in the Akasa booth article, they have two upcoming SFX units of 350W and 450W capacity. They are non-modular, feature a 92mm fan, and are of Bronze-equivalent...

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SFX-L Computex 2017 roundup

There sure were SFX-L units all over the exhibit hall at Computex this year! I love this because I truly believe that SFX and SFX-L have the potential to supplant ATX as the standard form factors for PC power supplies (reducing the space the PSU takes up inside the case in the process), and we’re starting to reach an inflection point of SFX and SFX-L PSU availability from multiple companies...

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Akasa Venom RG prototype ITX case, SFX/SFX-L PSUs, and more

While wandering the floors of Computex this sharp-looking Mini-ITX case immediately caught my eye, especially when I saw whose booth it was in. This is the prototype Venom RG case from Akasa. While Akasa has the Venom line of gaming products, most of their cases though are aimed at the industrial market so I was quite surprised to see this premium-looking Mini-ITX case from them. The exterior...

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SilverStone’s new Argon AR11 49mm LP cooler

Rounding out our coverage of SilverStone’s booth from Computex 2017 is a new addition to the Argon series of CPU coolers, the Argon AR11 low-profile heatsink. The heatsink is about 94mm x 97.5mm (including the tips of the heatpipes) in width, but the height measures in at exactly 49mm excluding the tops of the fan mounting screws. The air pusher that will come with the AR11 is a 92mm x 20mm...

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An actual SFF eGPU dock appears from GIGABYTE!

Edit: The product page is now live on the GIGABYTE website here. While waiting in GIGABYTE’s VIP suite on the 36th floor of the Taipei 101 to take a look at their new B350 AM4 Mini-ITX motherboard, we had a chance to take a look at this very unexpected product from GIGABYTE. This is the AORUS GTX 1070 Gaming Box, a truly SFF eGPU dock! After being plagued by horrendously big docks that...

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GIGABYTE introduces GA-AB350N-Gaming WIFI AM4 ITX motherboard

Ryzen small form factor fans rejoice, GIGABYTE introduced the GA-AB350N-Gaming WIFI Mini-ITX AM4 motherboard at Computex! Joining the shortlist that includes the BIOSTAR X370GTN and the upcoming ASRock X370 Gaming-ITX/ac (as well as an AB350 Gaming-ITX/ac variant), the GA-AB350N-Gaming WIFI looks to offer premium features likely slotted between the competition in price. Outside of it being one...

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ASRock X370 and B350 AM4 Mini-ITX motherboards pictured

ASRock had their hotly anticipated AM4 Ryzen Mini-ITX motherboards in their booth and we were sure to snap some pics of the both of them! The specs are identical for both models and are as follows: AM4 socket Support for DDR4 3200MHz+ (OC) on Ryzen CPU and 2400MHz on AM4 APU 2x HDMI ports 7.1 channel Realtek ALC1220 HD audio 4x SATA ports 1x M.2 PCIe 3.0 x4 6x USB 3.0 (1x Type-C and 3x Type-A on...

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Raijintek shows off SFX-L, SFX, and a PCIe extender

Raijintek had a 450W SFX power supply at their booth last Computex, but as far as I can tell it never came to market. But this year they are showing off two SFX-L units. First is the LSFX-series Gold-rated 500W(?) Raijintek PSU-4550 unit. As can bee seen on the sign, it features all-Japanese capacitors and will include a SFX to ATX bracket. It is fully modular. The sign says 500W, but the label...

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ASRock Micro-STX updates (GTX 1080 is working!)

When ASRock unveiled the DeskMini GTX back at CES they only supported up to the MXM GTX 1060, and when Drew talked with them power delivery concerns were the main holdup for supporting anything higher. But those crazy guys at ASRock have managed to get not only the GTX 1070, but even all the way to the GTX 1080 MXM cards working in there! Even cooler, it does so while providing all the power...