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KFA2/Galax Release their SNPR eGPU

At Computex this year, we previewed the GALAX SNPR eGPU, a GTX1060 based external graphics unit. To our disappointment though, Galax did not entertain our desire to inspect the internals of this unit. Finally, they have launched the SNPR eGPU to the world, and we finally get to see inside. Initially, we were unsure if this was a MXM, proprietary or discrete card unit, as the size of the SNPR eGPU didn’t match any existing GALAX/KFA2 GPUs. Featuring a GTX1060 GPU with 6GB of VRAM, this Thunderbolt 3 eGPU is a mid range product, in a unique form factor. A …
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More Vega Nano News!

With Drew and Tim’s exclusive photo-op earlier, our appetite was whetted for more news on the Vega Nano. Drew and Tim are very persistent reporters though, and managed to track down more exclusive information and pictures for Small Form Factor Network. What have we learnt? The card has a typical board power of 150 watts (GPU, vRAM, but excluding cooling solution), and uses an 8 pin plug for power. The card features a single fan, and single slot rear IO, much like the previous Radeon Nano. The brushed shroud is rather attractive, and includes the cube corner that we have come …
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ZOTAC announces two GTX 1080 Ti Mini’s!

Not that long ago we reviewed ZOTAC’s GTX 1080 Mini, which set a new bar for SFF GPU horsepower, yet now they’ve outdone themselves by cramming the even beefier GTX 1080 Ti into the same form factor! TechPowerUP has more details, but from the renders we can glean that this new model uses the same heatsink and shroud as the GTX 1080 Mini, so the overall dimensions should be the same at 211mm x 125mm. If the renders are accurate (keep in mind the renders should be taken with a grain of salt), the PCB extends a bit farther on the GTX 1080 …
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GALAX GTX 1070 KATANA single-slot in stock!

GALAX showed off a single-slot GTX 1070 late last year, but unlike their vaporware single-slot designs from previous GPU generations, this one has actually become reality and is now in stock on GALAX’s web store! The specs on this card are pretty impressive considering the form factor. Despite the smaller heatsink and thinner blower fan compared to normal double-slot thickness cards, the KATANA still ships in a slightly overclocked configuration, with a base clock of 1518MHz and a boost clock of boost clock 1708MHz. The cooling solution looks about as robust as it can get in the limited space available, …
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SAPPHIRE Pulse Radeon RX 570 ITX launched

AMD has refreshed their GPU lineup with the Radeon RX 500-series, consisting mainly of clockspeed bumps (and attendant power consumption increases unfortunately) but one nice surprise is the appearance of a short RX 570 card in the form of the SAPPHIRE Pulse Radeon RX 570 ITX. This is a welcome development for Polaris for SFF builds, since neither the RX 470 or RX 480s were available in a SFF-friendly form factor from any of the AIBs despite the small size of the reference RX 470 PCB. Specs are standard for a RX 570: 4GB of 7Gb/s GDDR5, boost clock of 1244MHz, …
Editorial

Rant: DVI – Old, or Still Relevant?

This is one of a series of mini-rants by your faithful correspondent, John Morrison. These are part of a series focusing on issues in the SFF niche. All content is entirely opinion of John, not of SmallFormFactor.net, and should not be taken as fact. Rumours of DVI’s death have been greatly exaggerated. While the analogue backwards compatibility portion of the DVI standard has pretty much been relegated to the low end cards (understandable given the low end cards are usually rebrands of older units), the chunky, old-school DVI plug still stubbornly remains on our GPUs and motherboards. Whyyyy? Well, from …
GraphicsReviews

An In Depth Review of the ZOTAC 1080 Mini

We would like to thank ZOTAC for providing us with a review sample of their ZOTAC 1080 Mini. Without their generosity, this graphics card review would not be possible. Originally announced back in December of 2016, showcased at CES, and then released in January, the ZOTAC 1080 Mini is the veritable King of graphics cards among SFF enthusiasts. At present, there doesn’t exist a single more powerful GPU capable of fitting into the some of the smallest chassis around. Below are a few resources that ZOTAC was kind enough to provide for use in creating this review: ZOTAC 1080 Mini Landing Page ZOTAC 1080 Mini Product Page ZOTAC …
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Another Compact GPU Launched – XFX’s RX460 Slim

Wow, this year seems to be the year of small graphics cards. Not only have we seen multiple nVidia ‘ITX’ spec cards or low profile cards, we are also seeing numerous models from the AMD camp. Along these lines, we have now seen that XFX has launched a new card, an AMD RX460 Slim. This single slot, 170mm long (claimed) card, features all the usual tech expected from this GPU core. Running at a base of 1090 MHz and a boost to 1220MHz, with either 2 or 4GB of GDDR5 (depending on the SKU) running at 7GHz, this card is …
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Spotted: Zotac GTX 1050 Mini and GTX 1050 TI Mini

Keeping a low profile is important for keeping the people watching me from seeing everything… No wait, we’re talking about low profile graphics here. Sent in through our tipline, one of our observant readers has spotted that Zotac is readying two new LP ‘Mini’ cards – a GTX 1050 and a GTX 1050 TI. Both cards are bus powered, are rated at 75w, and feature the same dual-40mm cooling design, based on an extruded aluminium heatsink. The Zotac GTX 1050 TI Mini features a base clock of 1290MHz, with boost to 1392MHz. 4GB GDDR5 is specified, on a 128 bit …
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Zotac GTX 1080 Mini now in stock!

Zotac announced the first short GTX 1080 video card at the end of last year and it’s been one of the most discussed video cards on the forum since then, but now it’s here! Amazon has it listed for $720, and shows in stock, with 2 left as of this writing. The price is a bit high, but presumably there’s a bit of price gouging going on since stock is so limited, and it’s being sold via a third-party seller and not Amazon themselves. But that’s the price you pay for having the latest and greatest, right this minute. Hopefully the price will come down …
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Galax shows off a single-slot GTX 1070!

At the GALAXY & NVIDIA Carnival in Wuhan, China, GALAX (what GALAXY goes by in North America) showed off a single-slot GTX 1070. The defining feature is, of course, the fact that the stock heatsink and rear IO is just a single slot in thickness, with what appears to be a pure copper heatsink to compensate for the smaller surface area. Not visible in this picture, but the PCB is about the same length as a reference GTX 1060 with the section of the card with the fan extending past the circuit board. The power connector is a single 8-pin connector, …
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XFX has announced two single-slot AMD RX 460 graphics cards.

Following just after the announcement of the HIS RX 460 Slim-iCooler OC on the 24th, VideoCardz has shared that XFX has two new single-slot AMD RX 460 graphics cards coming to the Small Form Factor market. Both Polaris 11 based cards will use AMD’s reference clock speeds and will operate on a maximum of 75 watts, requiring no additional power. XFX will offer a 2GB and a 4GB variant, and based off the screenshots below, both cards appear to be using the same robust aluminum heatsink as the one used on the HIS RX 460. We weren’t able to find the exact dimensions of the card but TechPowerUP! states that the …