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Featured Mod: AuckLAN SFFr Build

Here at SFFreview we’re all about Small Form Factor builds. We’re also in to the sensation that is Minecraft. When an opportunity came up to host a Minecraft Creative Build tournament at AuckLAN, in Auckland, New Zealand, we jumped at the chance. The conundrum here was what to provide as a prize! I decided to do what we know best, SFF Modding. So here goes!   AyWun A1-1001 The chassis we chose, truly SFF, and good value for money.   Let’s begin First up – better cooling. The stock case comes with a 80mm front intake spot – and we …
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How to Submit a Project Log

Note: This is an an archive post. So you want to submit a project log? Great! At SFFReview we allow our users to Submit their own project logs as articles directly to the website. This way you get all the features that we do, and can show your project in all its glory. As a bonus, this project log article gets cross posted to the forums, and the comments on the article and forum are one in the same. We only ask you do a couple things: Make sure to include a Full Article Image link for your article. This is the preview …
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SilverStone details the Milo ML05 HTPC case

SilverStone’s newest case in the Milo series, is pretty darn small. I think my first old school laptop was about the same size…   Silverstone ML05 Front Continuing with the popular slim form factor HTPC, the Milo ML05 HTPC case is the smallest in the Milo series to-date and yet still able to fit modern day components.   Top Quarter View Although measuring only 7 liters in size (half the size of Micro-ATX based ML03), it can accommodate Mini-ITX motherboard, SFX power supply and install up to four 2.5″ hard drives.   Rear Panel An innovative multipurpose 4-in-1 bracket also …
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Spire Introduces the PowerCube 702

Spire has introduced the PowerCube 702, a new ITX case to the fast growing ITX market segment. While a new case for them, it reminds me a whole lot of the older barebones systems from the likes of Biostar and MSI.   Spire 702 Introducing the new arrival Mini ITX chassis, the PowerCube 702. This cool looking and contemporary Mini ITX case is small but bold, packed with all the quality features you’re looking for in a small cube ITX chassis.   Front View The front panel is tooled with a mesh air intake which whispers style. Easy access to dual …
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Thermal Paste Roundup: First Round

Thermal paste, the goop that helps keep our little monsters from overheating, is often overlooked in the pursuit of a better performing and/or quieter system. Even I, up until a few months ago, would rely on just the cheapest product to get the job done. Thermal Interface Material (TIM) is a critical component in any PC build. It helps fill up the microscopic holes, scratches and defects in both the processor heat-spreader and the heat-sink base. Without the paste, we would be relying on air to do this for us, and air is a relatively poor heat conductor. Without further …
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ASRock FM2A55M-DGS

With the release of AMD’s ‘Trinity’ APUs, we’ve been treated to a varied selection of new motherboards to suit. Today we will be taking a look at ASRock’s ‘budget’ offering, the FM2A55M-DGS, a M-ATX board featuring a great price and decent feature set. It looks good, but is this a solid performer? AMD’s Trinity APU series is based off the HD6000 graphics processing units, and ‘Piledriver’ CPU cores. While the Piledriver CPU portion has been controversial, the HD6000 technology is a proven performer. ASRock has developed various boards for the FM2 APUs, from this budget offering to high end ATX …
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ECS H61H2-MV Review

AMD revealed the DTX and M-DTX in 2007 to answer the call for small form factor motherboards, and to compete with Intel’s BTX and M-BTX (2005). Both disapeared quickly though, with only OEMs soldiering on. With only the limited OEM boards available, neither form factor really took a foothold in the enthusiast market. Various manufacturers have produced a smattering of M-DTX boards for retail, with Zotac being the only notable one until now. The main issue was the fact they they almost always had Intel Atom or equivalent processors embedded. What the community wanted was upgradability, and support for the …
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ITXGamer Gets a New Home at LOSIAS

As those of you who frequent out forums will no doubt have noticed, ITXGamer has been acquired by LOSIAS Technologies. I was hoping we would have the transfer complete a week ago so the announcement would coincide with ITXGamer’s second birthday (Sept. 19 for those who are counting) but a few technical hurdles required some extra time to complete the switchover. However, the move is complete and ITXGamer is now the newest addition to the LOSIAS family. You can read the official press release here, and you can read my thoughts about it below. I started this blog two years …