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Streacom’s DA2 – Versatility

It’s no secret that the majority of go-to cases found within our community are from the Indie scene, designed by fans and enthusiasts. Whilst Streacom may not be officially part of this Indie grouping, they are indeed a small bunch of enthusiasts determined to do something different in amongst the mainstream “SFF” offerings. Mentioning SFF by name in their mission statement, it seems the company has their eyes in the right place. With this, the team at Streacom decided to create something to compete with the SFF stalwarts, with design decisions focused on space efficiency. We had our first eyes …
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SilverStone’s SX700-G is Shipping!

At Computex this year, we covered the new 700W SilverStone SFX power supply – the SX700-G. Offering a true SFX form factor at a massive (seriously) 700w, the PSU is impressive to behold. With a Gold efficiency rating, this power supply builds on the solid previous generation SilverStone power supplies.   Check out more info at the official product page: https://www.silverstonetek.com/product.php?pid=833 MSRP: North America – USD$155.99 – ETA Mid-end December Australia  – AUD$205 – ETA Mid-end December New Zealand – NZD$239.99 – ETA Mid-end December Europe  – €139.99 (exclude VAT) – ETA End Dec/Early January   Thoughts? Discuss them in the …
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NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Ti review, SFF style.

This product was purchased using personal funds. No signed agreement or contact with the manufacturer has been made. As such, this review is presented as-is using only rasterize based rendering engines. The card’s main technology features aren’t usable in today’s games …yet. As such, this is going to be an ongoing review, a first for SFFn, and will see several updates throughout the following months. The GeForce RTX 2080 Ti has been covered extensively on other sites as the launch of NVIDIA’s new Turing GPU architecture was hotly anticipated. Most of the unique reading material that we had planned to …
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SilverStone’s AR11 – Heatpipe Direct Contact Returns

Heatpipe Direct Contact – buzzwords from a bygone era when heatsink technology hadn’t quite reached the peak it is at now. However, there may still be performance to be gained from this technology – especially in smaller form factors where getting the heat to the cooling fins is of utmost priority – a heatsoaking solid baseplate may not be the best option. SilverStone has launched the Argon Series AR11  – a 47mm high heatsink with a blend of old and new technology. Let’s see how it performs! The Specifications Model Number SST-AR11 Material Copper heat pipes with aluminum fins Application …
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Lazer3D Launches the HT5 – and a Giveaway!

We looked at Lazer3D’s HT5 case a short while ago, and it came away with a fantastic rating. The case is now available for purchase at Overclockers UK and via Lazer3D.com! For more info on the launch, click here. With the launch, let’s give one away! The review sample unit that Lazer3D sent to SFF Network is up for grabs – including the one-off laser etched faceplate. To enter, all you need to do is comment in the forum thread (click here) – let us know which of the Lazer3D products is your favourite – the LZ7, the HT5 or …
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DREVO’s Blademaster – Knobs, Keyboards and Kickstarters

Launched as a Kickstarter project some months ago, Drevo’s Blademaster keyboard has become the “most backed keyboard Kickstarter (campaign) ever”. As keyboard fans, we kept an eye on the project, and were pleased to see the campaign go without a hitch, thus far. With the campaign behind us, we have been sent a sample to check out and pass judgement on. With a customisable knob, RGB all the things, and a unique aesthetic, the Blademaster stands out on it’s own just from a first glance. Will the user experience match up? Let’s see. The Promise Beginning as a Kickstarter campaign, …
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Lazer3D’s CG7 Cravo – Flexibility

Initially known as Project Gregory in the SFF Network forums, the CG7 is touted as a flexible, customisable, SFF chassis with so many options to choose from it boggles the mind. Instead of offering a single setup, options, be it at time of purchase, or via included components, mean that your CG7 will be different from any other. Two configurations are available – Mini-ITX with a TFX power supply, or Flex-ATX (i.e not full width M-ATX) with a DC-DC power supply option. We’ll look more into both below. The important aspect here is that this is an indie case with …
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The first Intel Z390 board has been revealed, by ASRock

Dubbed the ASRock Z390 Phantom Gaming-ITX/ac (edit: link doesn’t work anymore), ASRock is the first to officially launch an mITX Z390 board, Intel’s latest chipset supporting the 9th Gen Intel Core processors that are right around the corner. The stand-out features are the Thunderbolt 3 enabled USB Type-C connector, as well as the four USB 3.1 Gen2 ports (10Gb/s per port) at the rear, with an additional two USB 3.1 Gen1 (5Gb/s per port) at the rear as well, along with two more via the internal header for the case front panel. The M.2 heatsink stands out as well, with …
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ASRock’s DeskMini 310 – NUC Killer?

We’ve looked at ASRock’s DeskMini range in the past, with in depth analysis of the B250 and Z370 series DeskMini GTX/RX models – with GTX1080 and GTX1060 GPUs included. These cater for the high end, with prices to suit. At the other end of the spectrum, we have the DeskMini 110 and 310 – Mini-STX rather than Micro-STX, and integrated graphics only. The barebones market is an interesting one – DIY PC with less DIY, but better manufacturer support. Buy a barebones box, slap in a CPU, RAM and storage and you’re off – no power supply selection headaches, board …
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SilverStone’s PCIe to M.2 Range Expands

TechPowerup recently revealed that Silverstone has launched two of their PCIe to M.2 adapters – the ECM23 and ECM25. While we saw these at Computex 2018, it’s great to see them finally ready for retail. The ECM23 is a stylish interpretation of the concept, with an included heatsink. The card uses a full length x16 slot – although only x4 lanes are wired in. Supporting 2230, 2242, 2260 and 2280 M-Key M.2 form factors, the ECM23 supports all PCIE AHCI/NVMe SSDs – SATA variants need not apply. The ECM25 is the no-nonsense variant, fitting in an x4 slot (or larger). …