Gigabyte Aorus Shows Project Cielo Modular SFF PC

Gigabyte via Aorus has shown their concept of the future of small PC gaming in the form of Project Cielo. Sporting a modular design, the PC can be expanded and upgraded by simply swapping the stackable parts. Aside from normal desktop PC components, it also features a 5G antenna, battery pack, and Bluetooth speaker.   The systems design looks like a PS5 and Mazda rotary engine were merged in some incredible industrial mix up. Actual specs haven’t been released but based on the size of the PC module, the system is likely using either laptop components, or a chip with …

Apple Announces M1 Pro and M1 Max CPUs

Article Correction: I originally did not see the writing in the corner of the show slide that specified the laptops that Apple compared the new chips to. I have a corrected the this in the article. Apple announced the newest M1 based Apple Silicon CPUs today at it’s only conference; the M1 Pro and M1 Max. Available in their new new Mac Book Pro model laptops, these CPUs represent a substantial leap in performance and capacity compared to the original M1. Tim likes fields… The M1 Pro features 33.7 billion transistors. It has eight performance cores and two high-efficiency cores, …

Case Overview: SAMA IM01

We at SFF.Network are still working out the details of our new case testing methodology. However, we still want to profile and feature some of the cases that our readers are interested in. For now, we’re going to be doing some case overviews that go over the details and our impressions prior to the build and testing. So what case will start this series? Top of the line custom case? Dan A4-H20? Ghost S1? Nope! Today, we’re looking at the ultra-budget $59 SAMA IM01. I purchased the SAMA IM01 during a New Egg sale for just $59, and it typically …

Hexus Reviews Asus RTX 3070 Noctua Edition

Hexus has released a review of the ASus RTX 3070 Noctua Edition. No surprise, the 4.3 slot card is the quietest and coolest air-cooled GPU they’ve tested. Additionally, the card actually runs in a passive mode most of the time, and the back plate is more brown then previously expected. If you have an SFF case with the space for it, and are dead set on the quietest GPU, it looks like Asus and Noctua made your card…if you can find it. Be sure to check out the Hexus review by following this LINK.

TEAMGROUP Launches SSD Aimed at The Playstation 5

TEAMGROUP has launched a new series of SSD’s designed for the PS5. Called the T-Force Carde A440 Pro Special Series for the PS5 (A440Pro PS5 for short from this point forward), the drive features claimed read and write speeds of 7,400 and 7,000 MB/s. TEAMGROUP’s internal testing claims to have achieved a real world of 6,600 MB/s in an actual PS5. While the top of the drive looks like a sticker, TEAMGROUP claims there is an ultra thin 3.7mm tall white graphene heatsink. The SSD carries a five year warranty, and its estimated release is late October 2021. The 1TB, …

Asus Releases RTX 3070, 3070 Ti, and 3080 Blower Cooler Cards

Image Credit ASUS Asus has announced the blower edition of their RTX 3070 Ti GPU. Called the Asus Turbo GeForce RTX 3070 Ti. The design incorporates a dual ball bearing blower fan coupled to a 2-slot heatsink. All of the cards are just 268mm long, though the PCI-e power connectors are placed on the end of the card functionally increasing their length. Image credit: ASUS For the SFF world, blower coolers can be incredibly useful. However, they have become a relatively rare breed as the GPU market has transitioned to two, three, or even four slot axial fan style coolers. …

Review Roundup: AMD Radeon RX 6600

Reviews for the AMD Radeon RX 6600 have dropped and the card has arrived to a very lukewarm reception. Coming in at a suggested retail of $329, the RX 6600 features 1,792 stream processors with a boost clock of up to 2,491MHz and game clock of 2044MHz. It also features 8GB of GDDR6, and has a board power rating of just 132 watts. Image Credit: AMD Most reviews are showing benchmark results which have the RX 6600 performing in a similar performance brackets as low as the RX5600XT and up to the RTX 3060 depending on the game. While any …

XBOX Series X “Mini Fridge” Pre-Orders Start October 19th

Can a mini-fridge be SFF news? It is based on the Xbox Series X, which is a SFF gaming device. Screw it. Writing it anyway… Microsoft has announced that you can pre-order the Xbox Series X “Mini Fridge” starting October 19th. The SFF fridge holds up to 12 cans of your preferred beverage, and will start to arrive at retailers in December 2021. US and Canadian small form factor fridge fanatics can pre-order their XBOX Mini Fridge from Target, while European customers will need to use GAME. The price is $99 US. You can follow this link to Microsoft’s XBOX …