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TEAMGROUP Outs new SSDs and RAM

Press Release: When a new post is marked a such, the content is copied verbatim from the company’s release, and does not necessarily reflect the views of Small Form Factor Network or Minutiae LLC. TEAMGROUP T-Force Gaming Luminous SSD and High-End Memory Release New Models with Ultimate Specs             September 20th, 2018, Taipei _TEAMGROUP’s gaming brand, T-FORCE is expanding its product series. The recently announced, new generation of 2.5-inch RGB solid state drive – DELTA RGB SSD, and the international award winning XTREEM both release new models today, bringing extreme computer performance to satisfy global gamers’ desire for blazing …
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ASRock’s “Little Monster” X299E-ITX/ac Reviewed

Earlier this year, we previewed ASRock’s “Little Monster”, their X299E-ITX/ac motherboard, with a featureset longer than some motherboard’s manuals, and a board density to suit. The X299E-ITX/ac was shown with not one, but two daughterboards! The board was launched at Computex 2017, and we just so happened to be there, thanks to our community. After looking over the spec list, having a hands-on with a display unit, and passing on the news to the community, we waited.. and waited. Just like a kid waiting for Christmas, we waited. Well, the time has come, and here it is! The Moniker So, …
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AMD’s AM4 on the M-ITX Platform – Round-up and VRM Temperature Investigation

So, over the past month, we have covered 4 of the 5 M-ITX AM4 offerings, with only BIOSTAR’s B350 variant un-tested. However, due to the fact that the X370 and B350 variants share the same PCB and expansion offerings, we decided that we had sufficient information to create a roundup review to make it easy to pick a board for your next build. The VRMs Firstly, let’s deal with the elephant in the room – VRM temperature issues. From early on, users have reported overly hot VRM heatsinks and temperatures, raising concerns as to the longevity of their boards under …
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Gigabyte’s AB350N-Gaming WIFI – AM4 M-ITX, Finally!

When AMD released the new Ryzen processors back in March, the enthusiasts amongst us were pleasantly surprised by the capabilities and efficiencies introduced by the new platform. One major thing (well, two, if you count enthusiast M-ATX) missing from the launch, however, was any real M-ITX offering for the new chip. Months passed, and at CES 2017 we heard that M-ITX was indeed incoming, now that Ryzen had proven itself as a market player that had enough sales volume to placate board partners. We were told that three companies had boards incoming, but not who these companies would be. Eventually, …
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G.SKILL shows off 3466MHz 16GBx2 DDR4 SODIMM kit

Outside of industrial specialists VLP, and even just normal height LP, RAM seems to have disappeared with the advent of DDR4. Things didn’t change at Computex, with ever bigger and flashier heatsinks being the norm, often in order to fit even more RGBs. As such we didn’t make time to stop by G.SKILL’s booth while at the show, which is unfortunate in hindsight because they were showing off a 32GB kit (16GB x 2) of DDR4 SODIMM at a new high speed of 3466MHz! Timings aren’t spectacular at CL 16-18-18-43, but they are respectable considering it’s SODIMM. High-end SODIMM isn’t …
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Innodisk booth at Computex 2017

Innodisk isn’t a big name in memory, at least not outside of industrial uses, but they’ve risen in profile recently due to the fact that they’re one of the only providers of VLP DDR4 RAM. Here are some of the ECC Unbuffered VLP DDR4 but there are also Non-ECC versions available. [mks_separator style=”blank” height=”2″] And here’s a stick of DDR4 SODIMM. [mks_separator style=”blank” height=”2″] This oddity is Mini DIMM, which is just like it days, a miniature DRAM form factor. The Innodisk rep told me that the most common use is embedded devices like high-performance routers. [mks_separator style=”blank” height=”2″] There wasn’t any …
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AMD’s AM4 – A Unified Socket

At CES 2016, AMD has talked a little bit more about its upcoming Zen architecture processors. Specifically, the company revealed the socket that will be used and announced the code names of the new CPUs and APUs. We posted a leak about these names and some specs here. The current lineup of AMD CPUs and APUs spans across 3 different sockets: The FX line of CPUs drop into the AM3+ socket, the APU lineup uses socket FM2+, and the Athlon and Sempron SoC chips slot into socket AM1. These three sockets exist because each of the processor lines has very different underlying …