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Gigabyte Launches M.2 NVMe SSDs

Gigabyte, already members of the SSD market, has broadened their range, adding a few M.2 NVMe drives to their lineup. Available in 128 and 256GB sizes at launch, with 512GB coming later, the 2280 form factor drives offer you another choice in the M.2 market. The advantages of the M.2 form factor family is already well known within our community (no cables, small size, etc), so the usual marketing spiel on this isn’t needed here. However, one thing to note is the speeds offered by these drives – the 128GB drive is slower than the 256GB unit – 1200 MB/s read …
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Laptop Launch Extravaganza!

Earlier this week, the rest of Intel’s 300 series of chipsets and a few related mobile processors were released, meaning every man and his dog has updated their existing lineup, or launched new products based on the new chips. Here’s a roundup of some of the more interesting laptop-related tidbits, in no particular order; Intel Not to be overshadowed by all the manufacturer launches, Intel has also launched a product of their own, an i9 Mobile processor. Specifically, the Core i9-8950HK, a 2.9GHz, 45w rated part. Based on the Coffee Lake silicon (on 14nm), the chip features 6 cores, 12 …
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Intel H370, H310 and B360 Chipset Boards Incoming!

Thanks to Techpowerup! and VideoCardz for doing the legwork on this one. With the month or two of Intel’s Z370 chipset being available, we’re finally seeing more budget friendly boards readying for launch. Here’s a roundup of the SFF friendly models! ASUS ASUS STRIX B360-G GAMING ASUS TUF B360M-E GAMING ASUS PRIME H310M-A ASUS PRIME H310M-D ASUS PRIME H310M-E ASUS PRIME H310M-K ASUS TUF H310M PLUS GAMING ASUS PRIME B360M-K ASUS STRIX H370-I ASUS STRIX XB360-I     ASRock ASRock B360M-HDV ASRock H370M-ITX/ac ASRock H310M-ITX/ac ASRock H310M-HDVP ASRock H310M-HDV ASRock H310M-G/M.2 ASRock H310M-DGS ASRock B360M-ITX/ac   Gigabyte GIGABYTE H370M D3H …
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Impactics DMono is a Passive Thin-ITX Chassis

Breathing life back into the Thin-ITX form factor is the Impactics DMono, designed for Gigabyte variants of Thin-ITX. This appears to be your typical Mac-Mini inspired Thin-ITX chassis, but with one twist – there are no fans! Built from a CNC aluminium baseplate and a 5mm thick extrusion for the sides, front and back, and supports 35W Intel 115x processors. The whole shebang weights in a 2.65 KG, not unexpected considering the sheer mass needed to absorb the wattage of the CPU. There are four variants, being a black and silver variant, and subvariants of these two which change the location …
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Gemini Lake Keeps Flooding In With Gigabyte’s J4005N-D2P

The successor to Intel’s Apollo Lake, “Gemini Lake” is the latest generation of embedded processors from the company. Only two sub-brands populate this core’s lineup – Pentium Silver and Celeron. Designed for embedded systems, industrial systems and the like, the chips are 6-10 watt 2-4 core units with Intel UHD graphics 600/605. Gigabyte has launched the J4005N-D2P, a Celeron J4005 based board. The embedded processor is clocked at 2GHz, with turbo to 2.7. This dual core (no Hyperthreading) with Intel UHD Graphics 600, isn’t a powerhouse, but at 10 watts, we wouldn’t expect it to be. From Gigabyte: Built-in Intel® Celeron® J4005 …
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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 reveals next-gen 16-core Atom Server ITX board

GIGABYTE Server, the enterprise and embedded branch of Gigabyte’s consumer brand, has released the specifications for its MA10-ST0 motherboard, complete with Intel Atom C3958 SoC (System on a Chip). This is remarkable since this is the first sighting of this SoC, which is a Denverton-family CPU that has only been revealed as a dual-core C3338 with a 1.5 GHz base clock and 2.2 GHz boost clock. So what does this C3958 SoC get you ? A 31W TDP for starters, which the afformentioned 16 cores running at 2.0 GHz and potentially an unknown boost clock and 16MB of L2 cache. …
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SFFn at techXpo New Zealand!

New Zealand is a tiny little country at the bottom of the Pacific Ocean, so it comes as no surprise that we don’t get big tech shows like CES, Computex, PAX and the like. We do get a small show called techXpo though, sponsored by local mega retailer PBTech. I wandered around taking numerous photos, and chatting with the likes of AMD, ASUS, Coolermaster, Ubiquiti and Canon. A quick recap of what I learnt; Threadripper smaller than ATX isn’t on anyone’s plans AMD’s Raven Ridge is very close, as is Ryzen mobile ASUS has an AM4 ITX board in the …
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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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GIGABYTE GA-AB350N-Gaming WIFI available on Newegg

The GIGABYTE GA-AB350N WIFI is now available on Newegg here for $114.99. We covered this particular ITX motherboard during Computex back in June so if you would like to learn more, you can check out our previous article here. For those of you still waiting on ASRock’s AM4 ITX motherboards, you can follow along on the forums here– it should be available towards the middle of this month. Feel free to join the discussion on the GIGABYTE GA-AB350N motherboard on our forums.
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An actual SFF eGPU dock appears from GIGABYTE!

Edit: The product page is now live on the GIGABYTE website here. While waiting in GIGABYTE’s VIP suite on the 36th floor of the Taipei 101 to take a look at their new B350 AM4 Mini-ITX motherboard, we had a chance to take a look at this very unexpected product from GIGABYTE. This is the AORUS GTX 1070 Gaming Box, a truly SFF eGPU dock! After being plagued by horrendously big docks that outsized some entire ITX gaming cases for the past year, we finally have what looks to be a worthy SFF solution for adding graphics horsepower to your …