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How STX Changed My View of SFF

This article marks a return to my editorial content – occasional articles entirely based on my personal opinion. These are part of a series focusing on issues in the SFF niche. All content is entirely opinion of myself, not of SmallFormFactor.net, and should not be taken as fact. For years, I was a Micro-ATX SFF stalwart. I never truly believed M-ITX could offer all I needed in a system, with lackluster networking, audio and storage solutions, as well as just poor physical design. CPU coolers sat too close to RAM or expansion slots, minimal drive expansion was available, and the …
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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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ASRock’s Z370 DeskMini GTX1060 – Barebones Bonanza? (Part 2)

In part one of this article, we tore down and set up the ASRock DeskMini GTX1060, a Micro-STX based barebones system that comes with a MXM format GTX1060 6GB GPU. In this second part of the review, we will look more in depth, to gain a deeper understanding of the Deskmini GTX/RX Z370, and see what it is capable of. As a recap, the ASRock DeskMini GTX/RX Z370 is a well designed Micro-STX barebones system, that in part 1, gained my recommendation, and my conversion from M-ITX to Micro-STX for my personal preference. The design of the platform, as well …
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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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ASRock’s Z370 DeskMini GTX1060 – Barebones Bonanza? (Part 1)

When Craig reviewed ASRock’s B250 DeskMini GTX1080, we were impressed by the utter performance density offered by the platform. A GTX1080, with desktop GPU performance, in a box under 3 litres of volume. Today it’s my turn to look at a DeskMini GTX/RX model, albeit the next generation, based on Intel’s Z370 chipset. The ASRock DeskMini GTX/RX line is based on the Micro-STX form factor, a variation on the STX form factor originally launched by Intel as “5×5” a few years back. ASRock realised that by adding in a mere 2 inches in length (ugh… metric plz) meant that the …
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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 NUCs Appear on Retailer Listings

Intel has renewed it’s support for the NUC platform, recently releasing Gemini Lake variants of the platform, namely the NUC7CJYH and NUC7PJYH NUCs. As you may have guessed, the “C” and “P” in the model numbers reference the inbuilt processor – either a Celeron (SR3S5) or Pentium Silver (SR3S3) Processor. The units have started to show at e-tailers for pre-order for example, ShopBLT.com lists it here and CompSource here. While there’s no details on availability as yet, at least the price is known. The entry-level Celeron NUC will be sold for approximately US$130, whilst the Pentium Silver variant will sell for around US$190. …
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Intel Launches Xeon D-2100 Series SoCs

Press Release: When marked as such, the content is published verbatim, and thus does not necessarily reflect the views of SmallFormFactor Network or Minutiae Media. Intel today introduced the new Intel Xeon D-2100 processor, a system-on-chip (SoC) processor architected to address the needs of edge applications and other data center or network applications constrained by space and power. The Intel Xeon D-2100 processor extends the record-breaking performance and innovation of the Intel Xeon Scalable platform from the heart of the data center to the network edge and web tier, where network operators and cloud service providers face the need to …