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Streacom’s DA2 – Versatility

It’s no secret that the majority of go-to cases found within our community are from the Indie scene, designed by fans and enthusiasts. Whilst Streacom may not be officially part of this Indie grouping, they are indeed a small bunch of enthusiasts determined to do something different in amongst the mainstream “SFF” offerings. Mentioning SFF by name in their mission statement, it seems the company has their eyes in the right place. With this, the team at Streacom decided to create something to compete with the SFF stalwarts, with design decisions focused on space efficiency. We had our first eyes …
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ASRock X299E-ITX/ac “The Little Monster” detailed

Now that Computex is over and I’ve had time to do some checking and clarify some questions, here is a more detailed rundown of the ASRock X299E-ITX/ac Mini-ITX motherboard. And the pictures are mostly in focus this time! ASRock has been strongly pushing SFF in recent years and at Computex they showed off a GTX 1080 MXM card working on Micro-STX (another ASRock innovation), two AMD AM4 Mini-ITX motherboards, and today’s subject: the X299E-ITX/ac. Backstory Feel free to skip this section if you either already know all this or don’t care. For years SFF enthusiasts have been clamoring for someone, anyone, to bring …
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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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ASRock X370 and B350 AM4 Mini-ITX motherboards pictured

ASRock had their hotly anticipated AM4 Ryzen Mini-ITX motherboards in their booth and we were sure to snap some pics of the both of them! The specs are identical for both models and are as follows: AM4 socket Support for DDR4 3200MHz+ (OC) on Ryzen CPU and 2400MHz on AM4 APU 2x HDMI ports 7.1 channel Realtek ALC1220 HD audio 4x SATA ports 1x M.2 PCIe 3.0 x4 6x USB 3.0 (1x Type-C and 3x Type-A on rear, 2x via internal header) Intel Gigabit LAN Intel 802.11ac + BT 4.2 Edit: Unbuffered ECC RAM is supported! Here is the X370 …
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ASRock X299E-ITX/ac first look

Edit: Took a bit longer than a day, but here is the much more in-depth look at “The Little Monster”. We’ll cover it in more depth tomorrow, but we made a quick stop by the ASRock booth in between meetings today and snapped some pictures of the newly announced X299E-ITX/ac motherboard. Apologies in advance for the focus issues, I’ll try better tomorrow. So in no particular order: Rear IO consists of the 802.11ac wifi antenna connectors, CMOS reset?, USB 3.1 (Type-C + Type-A), 4x USB 3.0 Type-A, 2x Intel gigabit NICs, and 7.1 ALC 1220 audio. The M.2 daughterboard repurposes …
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ASRock announces Intel X299 and AMD X370 Mini-ITX motherboards!

  PRESS RELEASE A press release, when marked as such, is posted direct from the manufacturer and is unedited. Thus, they may not reflect the view of SmallFormFactor.net or its authors. SmallFormFactor.net is in no way responsible for any part of this promotion, but we thought our readers might be interested! And we’ll be sure to get details straight from the source at Computex as soon as possible! TAIPEI, Taiwan, MAY 29th, 2017 – The leading global motherboard manufacturer, ASRock, is pleased to announce exciting new products for Computex 2017. ASRock will be demonstrating new DIY motherboards including its highly …
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Dr Zaber Sentry’s Indiegogo campaign launches!

I think that 2017 will be the year of the indie SFF case. Starting us off is the Dr Zaber Sentry, a console-sized case that can pack serious hardware, and is built like a tank. The crowdfunding campaign for the first production run is now live on Indiegogo here. The campaign has a goal of 100 units and a max limit of 1000 units for the first main production run (to keep logistics manageable in the event the campaign is super popular). The case priced at $195 plus shipping for a Sentry in either black or white. The cases will be manufactured …
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BIOSTAR Announces the RACING B150GTN Mini-ITX Motherboard

BIOSTAR announced yesterday their new RACING B150GTN Mini-ITX motherboard. As far as I can tell, it’s a variant of the H170GTN board that was shown at Computex earlier this year. The only differences I see at a glance is of course the Intel B150 chipset instead of H170, there is no slot for a wireless card on the B150GTN, and a more sensible U.2 port. Full specs are available at the product page here. I’m really glad to see this board has a much more practical U.2 port orientation compared to the H170GTN. The B150GTN has it sticking up, which will make for …
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John’s Weekly Mini-Rant – M-STX, Do We Really Need Another Form Factor?

This is one of a series of weekly mini-rants by your faithful correspondent, John Morrison. These is a regular 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. About a year ago, Intel previewed a new form factor, as a slightly larger brother to the NUC format that they had championed. This new format was called “5×5″ in reference to the 5 inch by 5 inch PCB the board used (we’ll not get into Metric versus antiquated measurement systems here!). We didn’t hear much more about …
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Computex 2016 Motherboard Roundup

This year at Computex had quite the sparse number of announcements for Mini-ITX and microATX motherboards. Most of what was on display were variations of existing products, so this roundup will be regrettably brief. ASRock Announced back in March, ASRock brought 2 SFF boards from the Hyper-series to show off this year.  Their Hyper-series motherboards contain a third-party clock generator to enable BCLK overclocking on non-Z170 chipsets. Tom’s Hardware has a little more information on specifications and a great overview of the entire Hyper-series of boards. The B150M Pro4/Hyper and the H110M-DS/Hyper are both scheduled for release in July 2016 around the …
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Logic Supply MC600 Review

On the one hand, the mini-ITX market has been expanding at a fairly rapid rate as of late. Quite a few major manufacturers are now developing new mITX cases, which is great news, in and of itself – but a lot of these cases seem to be ignoring the “small” in small form factor. For example, the Fractal Design Node 202 and Silverstone RVZ02 do a good job of cutting some lbs. compared to cases like the Bitfenix Prodigy, and the recently launched Fractal Design Define Nano S. However for some of us, they are still not small enough. In the other hand, we have Logic …
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Fractal Design introduces the Define Nano S

It appears that one of the Fractal Design engineers left a Define S in the dryer too long and this is the result, the Define Nano S. The Nano S clocks in at 330mm x 203mm x 400mm (HxWxD) for a volume of 26.8L (excluding feet and protusions). For all intents and purposes the Nano S is a Define S shrunk down for Mini-ITX, the exterior design looks basically the same and the internal layout is also similar too, just with fewer slots. It can support a 240mm/280mm radiator up front and a 240mm radiator at the top and for storage …