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ID-Cooling Announces All-In-One Liquid Cooler With CPU And GPU Blocks

I still remember the day, some years ago, when I stumbled upon a review of PNY’s “Liquid Cooled” GTX 580 on Tom’s Hardware. It was an unassuming article, for the most part, if not a little more interesting since sealed loops were still only starting to become more popular. But what made that product review so interesting to me was the fact that there were actually two versions on offer by PNY: A traditional AIO loop (with an integrated pump/block, and radiator/reservoir)… and this: You aren’t seeing things: all the way back in 2011, PNY created and sold an AIO that incorporated …
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Plextor Launches M6V, a Value SSD

Plextor announced the launch of its entry-level M6V series, SATA 6 Gb/s SSDs. The drives feature a Silicon Motion SMI-2246 controller with Toshiba 16 nm Toggle NAND flash memory. The 128 GB variant features 128 MB of DRAM cache, with sequential speeds of up to 535 MB/s reads, with up to 170 MB/s writes. The 256 GB variant, which comes with a larger 256 MB DRAM cache, offers up to 535 MB/s reads, with up to 335 MB/s writes. The 512 GB variant leads the pack, with a 512 MB DRAM cache, up to 535 MB/s reads, and up to 455 MB/s writes. 4K …
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AMD Launches Budget A-Series APU, A8-7670K

AMD today announced the launch of its newest socket FM2+ APU, the A8-7670K. This APU, is based on the company’s new 28 nm “Godavari” silicon, like the recently-launched A10-7870K. This quad core Excavator based APU features Radeon R7 graphics, with 6 Graphics CoreNext 1.2 units, totalling 384 stream processors, dual channel DDR3 controller, 4MB of cache and PCIE Gen3. The APU runs at 3.6GHz, which can TurboCore up to 3.9GHz. Overclocking is available, with unlocked multipliers and DDR3-2133 support. The GPU is clocked at 757MHz and supports DX12. Dual-Graphics is supported, enabling pairing with an AMD discrete GPU. The APU has …
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Welcome to SFF Network

Hello, and welcome to smallformfactor.net: a collaboration that encompasses a network of community-driven news content, and forum-based discussion, surrounding all things SFF. [mks_pullquote align=”right” width=”400″ size=”24″ bg_color=”#171717″ txt_color=”#ffffff”]Small form factor systems are swiftly growing in popularity among some of the most influential groups of system builders: professionals, modders, overclockers, and gamers.[/mks_pullquote] Until today, small form factor computing has usually found itself marginalized in subsections of forums, or relegated to mere tags on technology review sites. Yet, with the ascendancy and desirability of ever-smaller devices and enclosures in computing, the SFF community has clearly earned itself a home on the internet, designated wholly to it. …
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Not From Concentrate: An interview with Josh Sniffen of NFC Systems

Josh Sniffen is the owner of NFC systems, a SFF design firm founded in 2009. With a lineage of products and designs including the NFC ArK and the S Series, Josh has a wealth of experience and knowledge, both as a system building enthusiast and modder, and as a vendor of ultra-portable SFF chassis and systems. Earlier this week, we had the opportunity to speak to Josh about his prior work, as well as his newest creation, the S4 Mini. Josh is set to demonstrate the chassis this Friday, while participating at PDXLAN 26.   Joshua Ramirez: Thanks for taking the time to talk with …
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SFF Forum hits version 2.0: New look and features!

Alongside the launch of SFF Network, we’re excited to also announce a bunch of changes and new features that have been added to our existing community, SFF Forum. We’ve been working on these updates for some time, and couldn’t be happier with how well SFN 2.0 has turned out! To be honest, that there are just too many changes, big and small, to summarize in a single article, and your best bet to learn about about everything new is to simply use the forum for a while. But I’d like to mention some of more substantive changes we’ve made, for today’s reveal, just so you …
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Moore’s Law Buckles as Intel’s Tick-Tock Cycle Slows Down

Techpowerup is reporting that Moore’s law – that the number of transistors per square inch on integrated circuits had doubled every year since the integrated circuit was invented – may have come to an end. After being accurate for many years in CPU architecture, problems with the 10nm and smaller nodes becoming incredibly challenging. Intel’s Broadwell platform launched later than expected, late enough for Intel to launch a Haswell refresh. In order to progress to faster, more powerful processors, the designers will have to start looking at smarter and more creative was to use the transistors to improve performance. [mks_separator style=”blank” height=”2″] …
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How Small Can You Go? Part 2

Continuing on from the previous article, we are now looking at how different PSU locations can change the size and cooling capacity or a design. In a Small Form Factor system, the power supply is usually the biggest component by volume. Once again, throughout this article I will be using standard component sizes and measuring internally. When taking into account materials, component tolerances, manufacturing tolerances and design elements, the size can grow markedly from the internal volume. I haven’t covered all possible layouts, but it should give you an idea what to consider. I’m ignoring drives for this, as this is …