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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 …
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GIGABYTE introduces GA-AB350N-Gaming WIFI AM4 ITX motherboard

Ryzen small form factor fans rejoice, GIGABYTE introduced the GA-AB350N-Gaming WIFI Mini-ITX AM4 motherboard at Computex! Joining the shortlist that includes the BIOSTAR X370GTN and the upcoming ASRock X370 Gaming-ITX/ac (as well as an AB350 Gaming-ITX/ac variant), the GA-AB350N-Gaming WIFI looks to offer premium features likely slotted between the competition in price. Outside of it being one the elusive Ryzen Mini-ITX motherboards, it’s also one of the very first B350 board across the entire range to include the Realtek ALC1220 codec (vs. ALC892), something that audiophiles will surely appreciate. And here are the other specs. Eagle-eyed viewers might not be a big fan of the centrally placed 8-pin, …
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GT1030s Appear from MSI and Gigabyte

NVIDIA’s first ‘new’ sub **50 cards in an age (since the GT210/610, etc were just rebrands!) have started to appear, with both MSI and Gigabyte showing off some interesting variants of the GPU intended to compete with AMD’s RX-550 line. All are based on NVIDIA’s Pascal GP108-300 core, produced on a 16nm FinFET process. Each card has 384 CUDA cores, 24 TMUs and 8 ROPs. Also identical across the cards is the RAM- 2GBs of DDR5 1750MHz (7000MHz effective), with 56GB/s bandwidth. GPU clock speeds have yet to be announced, But I expect the active cooled variants to be clocked …
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A Wild Gigabyte GA-Z270N-Gaming 5 Appears

James (Aibophobia) noted not a moment ago that Gigabyte had released the page for the GA-Z270N-Gaming 5 motherboard. This is a much awaited Z270 board, with a plethora of features and a ‘Phoenix‘ like aesthetic (which I love, personally!). The manufacturer lists the following features; Supports 7th/ 6th Generation Intel® Core™ Processors Dual Channel Non-ECC Unbuffered DDR4, 2 DIMMs Supports PCIe x16 slot bifurcation in 2×8 mode by riser card Fast USB 3.1 Gen 2 with USB Type-C™ and Type-A Support OC Touch Panel for Extreme Overclocking Ultra-Fast M.2 with PCIe Gen3 x4 & SATA interface Intel® Optane™ Memory Ready ALC1220 …
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Gigabyte Sneaks their GTX1050 and 1050TI Cards on to their Website

Thanks to our news tip line (here), we have been advised that Gigabyte has sneakily launched their low profile GTX 1050 and GTX 1050 Ti lines. They both appear to be using the same cooler and rear IO as the venerable GTX 750 Ti (that I myself run). [mks_separator style=”blank” height=”2″] Graphics Processing GeForce® GTX 1050 Core Clock Boost: 1506 MHz/ Base: 1392 MHz in OC Mode Boost: 1468 MHz/ Base: 1366 MHz in Gaming Mode Memory Clock 7008 MHz Memory Size 2 GB Memory Type GDDR5 Memory Bus 128 bit Card Bus PCI-E 3.0 x 16 Output Dual-link DVI-D …