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Day 3 at CES 2018 – A Roundup

Once again, our team of Drew and Tim (3lfk1ng and ||| respectively on the forum) knocked it out of the park and spread the word of SFF to the tech world at CES. Here’s a roundup of the “extras” from today’s adventures.   The beautiful Open Bench Table Mini was present, and yes, I want one. Bad! Suitably sized, of course. This one seems.. familiar! The only AM4 Mini-ITX motherboard that we haven’t tested yet – come on ASUS!   MSI once again showed off their Trident and Vortex SFF prebuilts – although word is they will be discontinuing most …
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ASRock at CES 2018

With anticipation, our team headed to the ASRock suite first thing today, hoping for yet more SFF awesomeness from one of the companies who have proven their SFF mettle numerous times recently. First up, ASRock is working with MXM partners to increase the availability and decrease the cost of MXM GPUs for the Micro-STX platform. Here, a desktop grade GTX1060 is available in the form factor. The next generation Z370 Micro-STX was on display, with many, many changes to the first, Z270, iteration; The new power phase(5+1) supports 6-core processors. New STX board allows for XMP profile 2.0 w/ speeds …
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ASUS Mini PCs at CES 2018

ASUS was another brand present at CES 2018 – let’s have a look. First up – an innovative product for mounting your multiple monitor setup. The system supports screens up to a bezel thickness of 10mm and at this time is planned to support 19-30″ screens. The slightly opaque nature of the device is somewhat visible, however. The world’s first 144Hz laptop display on the ROG G703 laptop. I have to say though, these uber gaming laptops aren’t to my taste – us SFF fanatics can built desktops at a similar volume! RGB. No comment. Much more our style. This …
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Digital Storm’s Spark – A Closer Look

Earlier this week, the first enthusiast grade Micro-STX prebuilt system was revealed, with a couple of teaser images and not much else to go off to sate our SFF appetites. With our team at CES 2018, we decided we needed a closer look! It must be noted, that this is the initial prototype, produced in acrylic. A metal version is in the works, with minor redesigning taking place, but the overall design is expected to remain the same. The system packs a 92mm radiator, the expected ASRock Micro-STX motherboard, 4 x M.2 drives and the usual MXM graphics card. Yes, …
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Zotac at CES 2018

After perusing the Silverstone booth, our team at CES 2018 made their way to the booth of another one of the core SFF proponents in the industry – Zotac. Long time Mini PC manufacturer, Zotac is one of those companies we like to keep an eye on.   Calipers handy, let’s go! The AMP Box Mini is an eGPU enclosure for “ITX” sized graphics cards as well as a PCIe SSD. More my style, the P3000 Workstation is a tiny system aimed at professional use, with an NVIDIA Quadro GPU and an Intel i5-7500T CPu. The P5000, the big brother …
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Silverstone at CES 2018

On day two of CES 2018, our team hit the Silverstone booth to check out the innovative company’s projects and new products!   Firstly, the news; Silverstone’s 700/800 watt SFX units are getting a revision that will use their new FDB fans. They are still focused on making ATX/mATX cases that use ATX PSU’s ( Editor: boo)   First up – something ATX, but useful for those really pushing the limits, new Strider power supplies, in 1000w and.. 1200W variants. In an effort to move SFX into more market segments, this HTPC chassis is in development, and weighs in at …
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Day 1 of CES 2018 – A Roundup

We haven’t yet set foot on the show floor, but already the SFF related news is flying thick and fast! Below is a roundup of interesting coverage from Day 1 at CES 2018. Our team arrives at the show tomorrow (Las Vegas time), calipers in hand, so look forward to more in depth coverage! Digital Storm’s Project Spark (SFFn), a Micro-STX based prebuilt is launched, showing us that the form factor is on the minds of system integrators and PC enthusiasts. NZXT Launches the N7 Z370 Motherboard (PCPer) – Not SFF, but definitely interesting to see another company in the motherboard marketplace. …