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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...

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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…...

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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...

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Intel Halts Shipments of Sandy Bridge Chipset

Reports are abound that Intel has halted shipments of its Cougar Point chipset for the Sandy Bridge platform and will be issuing recalls of the affected chips. Apparently, Intel has discovered a design flaw in the Series 6 chipset the affects the SATA II 3Gbps controller. Intel says that temperature and voltage will cause the link to degrade over time. They are expecting a 5% failure rate over...

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MSI Reveals AMD Fusion E350IA-E45 Mini-ITX

MSI has released the details for their upcoming E350IA-E45 mini-ITX motherboard. The board is targeted for the HTPC builder and due to its integrated AMD Fusion APU; it’s also suitable for light gaming.  MSI has also included a PCI Express x16 slot, a feature that was not included on its Sandy Bridge mini-ITX offering, but it’s limited to x4 speed. The E350IA-E45 uses the AMD ‘Brazos’ E350...

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Gigabyte to Release a P67 Mini-ITX Motherboard?

It’s no secret that Intel’s decision to hamstring the overclocking abilities of the H67 chipset has proved to be a big disappointment to enthusiasts. For most system builders, it means choosing between having on board video support with the H67 chipset or foregoing video for overclocking support with the P67-based boards. For ITX system builders, we have no choice. We are limited to...

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Overclocking the H67-based Mini-ITX Intel DH67CF

Overclocking is a common practice in the gaming world. With the cost of high end gear being so high, the ablility to coax as many MHz as possible out of your equipment can help gain free performance. Although the debate will continue on about whether there is any real need to overclock, many users will still try to push the limits of their hardware. Intel’s recent H67 chipset is at the...

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Lian Li PC-Q08: A Not-So-Mini Mini-ITX Chassis

A user emailed me a few days ago with a problem. He needed a case for a new build and he was having trouble finding one he like. This is not an uncommon problem. While a wide assortment of mini-ITX cases are available, very few of them are suitable for a gaming system. To be suitable for a mini-ITX gaming system, a case must have two specific features. First, it requires two expansion slots to...

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Intel DH67CF: Unboxing and First Impressions

I received the first of what I hope will be many 1155 mini-ITX motherboards today in the form of an Intel DH67CF. We’ve had a lot of discussion on the site concerning this board and it’s apparently limited Sandy Bridge processor support. It seems that Intel is concerned about heat issues when using 95w processors in mini-ITX cases, so the official specs indicate support for only 65w...

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Official ITX Product Pages Go Live! With Misprints?

Official product pages are starting to appear for upcoming Sandy Bridge LGA1155 mini-ITX motherboards. Full specifications are up for the Intel DH67CF, Foxconn H67s, Zotac H67ITX-A-E and the ECS H67H2-I on their respective websites. As excited as we are to see official specs, we couldn’t help but notice a few misprints. Memory Mix-ups: In our preview of the Foxconn H67S, we noticed that the...

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ASRock E350M1 AMD Fusion Mini-ITX Motherboard

We bent the rules a couple of days ago to show you a preview of the new Gigabyte E350V-USB3 motherboard for the new AMD Fusion Brazos platform. While they’re still bent, we’re going to sneak in another preview, this time from ASRock, that they’re calling the E350M1. Although this motherboard won’t be on any enthusiasts short-list for a new mini-ITX gaming system, these new Fusion-based boards are...

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Intel’s Take on Sandy Bridge Mini-ITX: DH67CF

With just days left until official announcements at CES 2011, it look like the details of Intel’s take on Sandy Bridge mini-ITX motherboards has popped up on a few German sites. Known as the Intel DH67CF, the board appears to have all the basics covered. The one oddity being reported concerns the RAM support on the board. The DH67CF provides two DDR3 slots for 240-pin modules at up to 1333 MHz...