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ASUS at CES

ASUS had quite a few SFF related products in their booth on the show floor and our reporter Drew was sure to snap pics of them all. Plus, stayed tuned for the special CES episode of the Low Volume podcast, where Drew will be talking about his multi-hour chat with Raja Gill, the Technical PR Manager for ASUS USA and former AnandTech Senior Motherboard Editor! [mks_separator style=”blank” height=”2″] We covered the ASUS 200-series motherboard launch lineup already, but here are the two flagship SFF boards for good measure. ASUS STRIX Z270I GAMING If the reception to this board in our forum is anything …
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HDPLEX CES Update

Larry from HDPLEX is in Vegas attending CES and Drew, our man on the ground covering the show, was able to catch up with him and get some updates on the upcoming AC-DC and DC-ATX units. For those unaware of the company, HDPLEX develops a line of fanless cases plus the cooling and power solutions to make them feasible, along with accessories like an ultra-flexible PCIe extender. The “NanoATX” power supply line consists of internal AC-DC adapters (that take AC in and output 19V DC) and DC-ATX units that take 16-24V DC input and convert it to the various voltages and connectors need …
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EVGA’s Z270 Stinger motherboard launched

We’ve covered the 200-series boards from most of the big motherboard companies, but now we’re taking a quick look at EVGA’s offering, the Z270 Stinger. The Z170 Stinger was pretty lackluster, it looked nice, but didn’t have the features to justify its launch price of $199 (though it’s dropped precipitously in price since). The Z270 version though is an already big improvement in that regard by including more features and it is listed for $170 on EVGA’s website. The board has 4x SATA ports, 1x U.2, Intel NIC, 802.11ac wireless, USB 3.1 Type-A and Type-C, and a PCIe 3.0 x4 M.2 SSD …
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Corsair launches cable kit for SF-series SFX PSUs

The SF600 SFX power supply from Corsair is a great unit, but one of the complaints I had in my review was that the stock ribbon cables were stiff and unwieldy in a tight SFF build. They weren’t terrible by any means, but they were a far cry from the very flexible cables SilverStone includes with their SFF units. Today Corsair is addressing that with a Premium PSU Cable Kit for the SF-Series, featuring individually sleeved cables. While Corsair offers similarly sleeved cable kits for their other PSUs, this kit comes in lengths appropriate for a SFX power supply: 1x 24-pin …
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ASRock Z270M-STX MXM Micro-STX Motherboard Pictured

This morning we posted about the amazing ASRock DeskMini GTX and DeskMini RX, and now we have shots of the new Micro-STX motherboard that makes this all possible: the ASRock Z270M-STX MXM! Here’s a good overview of the board, the upper 4 standoff locations are the same as Mini-STX and the width of the board is the same at 147mm. The main difference is the board is extended downward to make room for the MXM slot to a height of 188mm, and there are an additional 2 standoff holes at the bottom corners to support the additional PCB real estate. The …
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SilverStone at CES 2017: Cases

Hot of the presses from our staff member Drew, who is at CES 2017 right now, we have a few new unreleased cases to show you from SilverStone. VT01 The VT01 on the left we already saw not long after the mini-STX platform revealing, but the one on the right is a new beast, named the VT02. Specs: Motherboard support: Mini-STX Material: 0.8mm SECC Drive bays: 2x 2,5″ Dimensions: 165mm (W), 73mm (H), 157mm (D) = 1.9 liters [mks_separator style=”blank” height=”2″] So in return for 10mm of extra width, 8mm extra height and 5mm less depth, you get room for an …
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SilverStone at CES 2017: Power Supplies

Our very own Drew Duncan is currently Las Vegas at CES 2017 and his first meeting of the show was with Tony Ou, the marketing manager at SilverStone. SilverStone is one of the few big case and PSU companies that has really thrown their weight behind SFF so it’s always exciting to see what they have in store. SX500-G and SX650-G And of course, at their suite SilverStone is showing off their ever growing stable of SFX and SFX-L power supplies. Among these are the latest pre-production units of the upcoming SX500-G and SX650-G, which are Gold-rated, fully-modular units with slim 92mm cooling …
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AMD Showcases High-Performance Ecosystem Ready for Ryzen

PRESS RELEASE: A press release, when marked as such, is posted direct from the manufacturer and is unedited. Thus, they may not reflect the view of SmallFormFactor.net or its authors. SmallFormFactor.net is in no way responsible for any part of this promotion, but we thought our readers might be interested! Las Vegas, Nevada — 2017 International Consumer Electronics Show (CES) 1/4/2017 – Following global excitement generated by the reveal of new technology and performance details of upcoming AMD Ryzen™ high-performance desktop processors, AMD (NASDAQ: AMD) today announced 16 cutting-edge high-p​erformance AM4 motherboards from five manufacturers. In addition, AMD exhibited Ryzen processor-based …
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ASUS Announces New VivoMini PCs at CES

Continuing the trend towards SFF computing (we hope!), ASUS has launched three new VivoMini PCs at CES. Supporting Kaby-Lake, the new systems offer solid performance in a small space, just what we like. The range is recommended to retail from US$275 to US$799.   UN65U Starting at US$275-$449, the UN65U will be available in Q1 2017. Supporting up to a 512GB M.2 SSD, the system also provides support for a 1TB 2.5″ HDD. Aesthetically, the unit features the ‘spun metal’ pattern so common on their products. The device can output 4K UHD via the integrated GPU, and it comes with 802.11ac …
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MSI’s 200-Series Boards, In Black and White and Red

Written by James Schell and John Morrison. And next in line for this roundup of motherboard announcements is MSI! [mks_separator style=”blank” height=”2″] Z270I GAMING PRO CARBON AC MSI continues the trend this generation of a monochrome color scheme for the board itself to allow the RGB lighting to stand out. It has the armored PCIe and RAM like the other high-end boards for Z270, M.2 PCIe 3.0 x4, M.2 WiFi 802.11ac WiFi card, Intel NIC, and so on. One note though, they advertise the “Lightning” USB 3.1 Type-A and Type-C but this is not Thunderbolt 3, they’re running off an ASMedia …
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Gigabyte’s 200-Series Range – Sizeable (In a Good Way)

Written by James Schell and John Morrison. Streaking into first place with the most SFF boards on offer at launch, Gigabyte brings it’s breadth of options to the market. With so many options, surely there’s one here for everyone? Maybe? [mks_separator style=”blank” height=”2″] Mini-ITX GA-Z270N-WIFI While Kaby Lake is fairly disappointing as far as CPU performance improvements is concerned, I’m very appreciative that the new generation of boards that are launching with it are trending towards a more subdued, monochrome color scheme compared to the often gaudy designs of previous gens. The GA-Z270N-WIFI here looks to be a solid Mini-ITX board …
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We’re at CES! (And a quick-but-important forum update)

We’re incredibly excited to be able to share not one, but two exciting updates with our readers of SFF Network, as well as our community at SFF Forum. First: although listeners to our podcast (Low Volume) will have already heard of this news, SFF Network will be on the show floor at CES 2017 in Las Vegas, with our newest writer Drew Duncan scouring the conference for announcements and news that’s specifically pertinent to SFF. With press credentials and camera in hand, this is a fantastic development and opportunity for us, as we’ve previously only been able to rely on second-hand reports …