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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 …
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More AMD Zen and Wraith Info Released

AMD’s Wraith stock cooler, previewed here, and another redesigned cooler, have been launched today. The new coolers will be included with many of AMD’s new FM2+ processors and APUs, as well as some current lines. AMD claims the new cooler offers near-quiet cooling, at 39dB. I suppose that one is a matter of opinion. AMD states that the new design delivers 34 percent more airflow and 24 percent more surface area for heat dissipation than its predecessor. “The new high quality, robust thermal solutions from AMD for select processors provide a great out-of-the-box experience at no additional cost to the consumer,” said …
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CPU Coolers – An Introductory Roundup

Any good review website needs a solid test bench for reviewing hardware. Now it’s time to introduce ours. It does not yet have a name, and it’s a bit camera shy, but it does the job well. Specifications The test bench currently includes the following hardware; Gigabyte 970-D3P Motherboard Phenom II 555BE @ 3.2GHz 8GB Crucial DDR3-1600 Value RAM (single DIMM) Hitachi 60gb 2.5″ 5400RPM SATA HDD (temporary!) EVGA GT240 1GB Thermal Master 420W Power Supply Aluminium Test Bench Chassis [mks_separator style=”blank” height=”2″] Now on to the coolers. Zalman CNPS8700CU-LED This cooler is made entirely of copper, and features 2 …
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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 …