CasesReviews

Guest Review: Mini-Box’s M350

This guest review was provided by forum member Windfall, with editing performed by John Morrison. Want to contribute a review or editorial? Private message John (confusis) on the forum!   Go back. Way back. Okay, maybe not very far back: 1996, when Mini-Box was founded. “Inspired by the unprecedented success of small form factor mainboards,” they have since “since directed [their] focus on designing and developing smaller, more compact PC peripherals.” I don’t know if that’s true or not, as I got it from their about page. I can tell you though, that from their product portfolio, it certainly appears …
CasesReviews

Battle of the Boutiques Part 1: A4-SFX | S1 | SM550 | SM560

With the tremendous success of the Dancase A4 from community member Dondan, we now have several boutique cases that feature that iconic sandwich hardware layout. For anyone unfamiliar with the terminology, the sandwich layout is MOBO/CPU/RAM/PSU on one side and GPU on the other. This layout is made possible by the use of a flexible PCIe riser cable that plugs into the PCIe slot on your motherboard and relocates that slot to the backside of the motherboard. This layout is extremely efficient not just for space savings, but it also provides hardware with the ability to pull in fresh air …
Editorial

Forum Feature: Sliger SM550/560

In a semi-regular series, we will have a short look at various projects and one-off builds in the forum. This is not a paid promotion in any way, just a selection of cool stuff we like! For those who dont know Sliger, you may be familiar with some of their work. They have built a strong portfolio in the SFF scene, producing cases such as the DSE Breathe and the Chimera Industries Cerberus. Today we are going to take a look at something new from them, the SM550 and SM560 cases, part of a series that spans the SM550, SM560, …
News

MSI’s ITX 1660 Ti and 1660 Cards Appear

With the impeding retail launch of the NVIDIA 1660 series cards (ugh, naming schemes), we were expecting to see product pages appear. Lo and behold, MSI’s ITX cards in the family have appeared! The links to these cards were sent through our tip line – thanks! Keeping the same shroud as the previous generation Aero cards, not much has changed on the outside. It’s the inside where things have iterated. Both cards feature a 192 bit memory bus, are rated at 120W, and have a single layer of rear ports, with DisplayPort x 1 (v1.4), HDMI 2.0b, and DL-DVI-D. HDCP support …
GraphicsReviews

ZOTAC GAMING GeForce RTX 2070 Mini Review

We would like to thank ZOTAC for providing us with a review sample of their ZOTAC GAMING GeForce RTX 2070 Mini. Without their generosity, this graphics card review would not be possible. Fresh off the heels of our NVIDIA 2080 Ti review, ZOTAC has provided us with their ZOTAC GAMING GeForce RTX 2070 Mini. This GPU is perfect for those who don’t need as much horsepower, are using something like an HDPlex PSU, desire a short(er) length GPU, or perhaps want to buy something with a much better price to performance ratio. Below are a few resources that ZOTAC was kind enough to provide for …
MotherboardsReviews

ASRock’s Z390 Phantom Gaming-ITX/ac – A New Direction

For some time, ASRock has been using the Fatal1ty branding on their high end products – a tie back to the days of old, where Quake was king, and bright, flashy branding was cool. However, Fatal1ty has given way to ASRock’s “Phantom Gaming” brand, with a much more subtle aesthetic. All black? Yes please! Beefy heatsinks? Yessir! First sighted on ASRock’s limited availability (unfortunately) GPU line, the Phantom Gaming brand has come to motherboards – slowly taking over the performance space within ASRock’s lineup. This particular model uses the Intel Z390 chipset – what Z370 should have been, but I digress. …
News

The first Intel Z390 board has been revealed, by ASRock

Dubbed the ASRock Z390 Phantom Gaming-ITX/ac (edit: link doesn’t work anymore), ASRock is the first to officially launch an mITX Z390 board, Intel’s latest chipset supporting the 9th Gen Intel Core processors that are right around the corner. The stand-out features are the Thunderbolt 3 enabled USB Type-C connector, as well as the four USB 3.1 Gen2 ports (10Gb/s per port) at the rear, with an additional two USB 3.1 Gen1 (5Gb/s per port) at the rear as well, along with two more via the internal header for the case front panel. The M.2 heatsink stands out as well, with …
News

Streacom Launches the DA2

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.   We are pleased to announce the DA2 ……. in short Its a compact ITX case designed to strike a balance between size and compatibility, allowing high performance components to fit comfortably in a small form factor space. The Concept Whilst there are compact cases on the market that do a great job of cramming high performance components into a super tiny space, they tend to focus on …
News

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 …
Power SuppliesReviews

SilverStone SX650-G and SX500-G Reviewed

We would like to thank SilverStone for providing us with review samples of their SX650-G and SX500-G units. Without their generosity, this power supply review would not be possible. The world of SFX power supplies has come along leaps and bounds in the past few years, leading to more and more powerful small form factor builds gracing our community. One of the leading manufacturers in the field, Silverstone, has recently added two more products to their lineup – the SX650-G and the SX-500G. First showcased in 2016 and again at CES 2017, the impressively specc’d SX650-G reaches as high as 819 watts …