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CES 2019: AMD

The SFFn crew (Tim and Joshua and myself) just had to make it to the AMD keynote – here’s what we saw! The Radeon VII is a triple fan card, so not the smallest. However, for the water enthusiasts amongst us, the card has all the IO in a single slot – no more DVI here!   Thoughts? Discuss them in the forum.
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SilverStone’s AR11 – Heatpipe Direct Contact Returns

Heatpipe Direct Contact – buzzwords from a bygone era when heatsink technology hadn’t quite reached the peak it is at now. However, there may still be performance to be gained from this technology – especially in smaller form factors where getting the heat to the cooling fins is of utmost priority – a heatsoaking solid baseplate may not be the best option. SilverStone has launched the Argon Series AR11  – a 47mm high heatsink with a blend of old and new technology. Let’s see how it performs! The Specifications Model Number SST-AR11 Material Copper heat pipes with aluminum fins Application …
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CRYORIG C7 Cu – Dat Copper Tho

Just before Computex 2017, we were treated to a sneak preview of something different – the CRYORIG C7, but in all copper form. With claims of 10-15% improvement in initial testing, down to community members reporting no real improvement, the C7 Cu has been a controversial product to say the least. With a review unit in hand (finally!), today we set out to review the C7 Cu versus the original aluminium variant. Unfortunately, we gave away our original CRYORIG C7 some time ago, so with the help of SFF Network Patrons, we picked up a new one to enable apples …
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Intel Launches Xeon D-2100 Series SoCs

Press Release: When marked as such, the content is published verbatim, and thus does not necessarily reflect the views of SmallFormFactor Network or Minutiae Media. Intel today introduced the new Intel Xeon D-2100 processor, a system-on-chip (SoC) processor architected to address the needs of edge applications and other data center or network applications constrained by space and power. The Intel Xeon D-2100 processor extends the record-breaking performance and innovation of the Intel Xeon Scalable platform from the heart of the data center to the network edge and web tier, where network operators and cloud service providers face the need to …
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Xigmatek Launches the Prodigy ST1266 Downdraft Cooler

Xigmatek has launched the Prodigy ST1266 downdraft style CPU cooler. Measuring in at 67mm tall, and 126 mm wide by 120mm deep and is rated to cool up to 150 watts! The Prodigy ST1266 supports sockets LGA2066, LGA2011(v3), LGA115x, AM4, AM3(+), and FM2(+). Made up of an aluminium base with six 6mm copper heatpipes directing heat to the typical aluminium fin stack, the cooler should perform on par with other coolers in this product area. The fan included with the cooler is a black and orange 120mm x 15mm fan, spinning between 800 to 1,500 RPM, and is rated for 56.9 …
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AMD and Co Love PC!

For the first time, SFFN had direct access to an AMD press conference, instead of hoping that our feeble home internet connections (well, apart from myself with 100/30 fibre – take that, US-based staff!) could cope with streaming their live event. Joshua, Craig and I were on-location yesterday at the event, which was held at the Westin Taipei hotel in Taipei during Computex 2017. Eagerly waiting for news on a Vega Nano, Ryzen APUs and ThreadRipper, we planted ourselves in the crowd and noted the following from Lisa Su (AMD’s CEO) and her team. First up was a happy birthday of sorts …
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From The China Desk: ID-Cooling IS-40 and IS-40 v3

The first CPU coolers to go across The China Desk are the ID-Cooling IS-40 and IS-40 v3. These coolers are from ID-Cooling, a lesser known brand in the western world. ID-Cooling was created 4 years ago, being launched during Computex 2013. How far has ID-Cooling come in this short time? Let’s find out. I am looking at two coolers in this review, so we need to be able to tell them apart! The ID-Cooling IS-40 and IS-40 v3 are budget low profile coolers coming in at just 100 rmb (CNY) or $25 (USD) on Newegg. The easiest way to differentiate the IS-40 from …
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AMD Ryzen announced, detailed and available for pre-order TODAY !

Ever since AMD first announced the work that would later be branded as Ryzen, the company has been strategically and masterfully orchestrating a narrative of dramatic change and disruption to the staid status quo of consumer and enthusiast-grade processors.  Today, however, AMD has built up this performance into a crescendo, by revealing their top-performing Ryzen AM4 CPUs today – and by divulging additional details regarding the architectural milestones and performance characteristics that can be expected once they land in the hands of customers. Perhaps the biggest highlight, however, is their availability: AMD has announced that the top-performing chips will be available worldwide on …
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Noctua Presents New Products! Three AM4 Edition Coolers

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! [mks_separator style=”solid” height=”2″] Noctua presents three special-edition AM4 CPU coolers for AMD Ryzen Vienna, February 1st 2017 – Noctua today presented three special-edition models of its award-winning quiet CPU coolers. The new SE-AM4 versions of the NH-D15, NH-U12S and NH-L9x65 are dedicated premium-quality solutions for the new AM4 socket of AMD’s …
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Passive Cooling – An Experiment

One of the major issues we come across when building our Small Form Factor systems is cooling. There just never seems to be enough space to cool our systems efficiently and quietly without investing major effort, or considerable expense. With proper design and creativity, however, good cooling can be had. And it was with this goal in mind that I was very intrigued upon re-discovering SlipperySkip’s ‘Ayr’ passive cooled SFF HTPC. SlipperySkip’s all-wood build was based around a Gigabyte Z77N-Wifi M-ITX motherboard, an Intel Core i3-3225, a 150w Pico-PSU and a Silverstone Heligon HE02. The CPU choice here is important, as passive cooling is …
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High End Downdraft – How Does the Noctua NH-L12 Compare?

Sometimes, downdraft cooling is the best option for a SFF build. Tower coolers don’t cool memory, chipset or any other board components particularly well. Downdraft coolers also have the added advantage of being able to act as an intake for slimmer cases – enabling you to use one less fan – making for a quieter system. Noctua has many downdraft style coolers, but the NH-L12 is one of their largest, second only to the not so small NH-C14S (which can hit 142mm tall!). The NH-L12 is a dual fan cooler, which includes both a NF-F12 PWM and a NF-B9 PWM fan. …
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NH-D9L – Mini Tower for your Mini Tower

Sometimes, you just need a tower cooler. Maybe the airflow design of your case needs front to back cooling, or maybe you just need to get the heat out of the top of the chassis. The problem we come across in the world of SFF is that a full sized tower cooler will quite likely not fit! In walks the Noctua NH-D9L, a shorter tower cooler that will fit in a lot more cases than the usual 120mm or bigger towers. Featuring a single 92mm fan, the NH-D9L will of course not outperform it’s larger brethren, but with the included …