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InWin’s Chopin Returns, But Bigger

Press Release: When an article is marked as such, it is posted verbatim from a Manufacturer’s text, and does not reflect the views or opinions of SFF.Network. InWin has today announced its new Chopin MAX Mini-ITX PC chassis, which offers greater component compatibility and more cooling potential to provide users more powerful small form factor setups than ever in a beautifully designed brushed aluminium enclosure that sits proudly on any desk or furnishing. Now with 25 percent more heatsink clearance (up to 54 mm), the Chopin MAX supports both AMD and Intel stock CPU coolers on their latest respective platforms. …
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AM5 Launch – SFF Options

With the.. controversial.. launch of AMD’s AM5 platform, I thought it would be worth overviewing the SFF Motherboards available or previewed at the time of writing. Available now: x670e ASUS ROG STRIX X670E-I Gaming Wifi 6E At US$469.99 at Newegg.com, the ASUS ROG STRIX….I give up… is the first M-ITX board available for the new AM5 platform. A feature packed board, with multiple protrusions as is the norm for this family of board. The chipset heatsink doubles as a M.2 SSD mount and heatsink. A “FPS-II” card is mounted at the front of the board, holding ports for the usual …
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Yeston’s RTX3060 Cute Pet is かわいい!

Let’s get this out of the way first, かわいい , pronounced kawaii, and is a Japanese word describing the “culture of cute” found in Japan. To this end, Yeston, a 2nd tier GPU manufacturer, has released the “Cute Pet” RTX3060, a very much non-gameresque card aimed at a different audience than the usual “TUF”, “Killer”, “Bazooka”, “Challenger”, etc branding. SFF Network user Cupsuki linked us to this particular card on our Discord server (have you joined us yet?) – found in a news post on VideoCardz.com, and it’s very… kawaii. It’s not just a paint job either, with quite a …
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Press Release: Colorful Releases New B660 ITX Boards

Press Release: When an SFF Network article is marked as a press release, it is copied verbatim from marketing materials supplied by the company. It does not represent the views or opinions of SFF Network or it’s staff. — Colorful Technology Company Limited, a professional manufacturer of graphics cards, motherboards, all-in-one gaming and multimedia solutions, and high-performance storage, introduces the CVN B660I GAMING FROZEN and CVN B660I GAMING Mini-ITX motherboards as the latest addition to the CVN Series motherboards for the 12th generation Intel Core processors. The GAMING FROZEN motherboard features a white PCB from front to back, complemented with …
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ASRock’s DeskMeet B660 – Fantastic Idea, Interesting Execution

ASRock’s DeskMini series has been a stalwart in the SFF world for some time now, even with the canning of the GTX/RX series (Rest in Peace, MXM graphics cards).  Eschewing standard form factors to enable denser computers, the DeskMini has been the basis of many builds and mods in our community forum. But the challenge with the DeskMini has always been hardware compatibility – only really supporting CPU, RAM and storage upgrades. What if we wanted more graphics power and more RAM? Enter the DeskMeet. As a larger brethren to the DeskMini, the new DeskMeet series significantly increases component compatibility …
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Goodisory A01 Review

Review provided by forum moderator ignsvn with editing performed by John Morrison. Want to contribute a review or editorial? Private message John (confusis) on the forum! Many forum members know that I’m never a big fan of external AC-DC brick. I see them as something that adds more wire on my already cluttered, fully-wired PC setup, regardless whether you put the brick on top of the desk, or on the floor. However, recently I have found a need to to build a low power, APU-only HTPC for family entertainment purposes. Think of watching online TV channels, Youtube, play light games, …
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Guest Review: Zotac GTX 1660 Super Twin Fan

This guest review was provided by forum member and moderator ignsvn, with editing performed by John Morrison. Want to contribute a review or editorial? Private message John (confusis) on the forum! Smaller GPUs with lower wattage may not be the most powerful out there, but they will always have a place in the heart of us SFF or HTPC enthusiasts. Today I’m going to do a short, alternative review on the ZOTAC 1660 Super Twin Fan. I said “alternative” because this review will not go into performance details (you can easily find 1660 Super specification and benchmarks on the internet). Instead, …
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Fractal Design’s ERA Chassis Review

We would like to thank Fractal Design for providing us with a review sample of their ERA ITX chassis. Without their generosity, this case review would not be possible. Way back at CES 2019, representatives at Fractal were quick to quell our disappointment in their case lineup by asking that we to stay tuned, and to rest assured that the ITX audience had not been forgotten. Immediately, I expected Fractal to simply take the easy route and refresh their wildly popular Node 202 chassis with some brushed aluminum variant but I am very glad that I was wrong. Available in …