Editorial

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 …
News

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 …
Cases

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 …
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ASUS B150I Pro Gaming/Wi-Fi/Aura motherboard

Asus is at it again.  They have announced the B150I Pro Gaming/Wi-Fi/Aura motherboard.  The B150I is an alternative to the Maximus VIII Impact for budget conscious Mini-ITX gamers. The B150I comes with a nice red and black color scheme.  It also features LED lights running down the back side that can be customized via the Asus Aura desktop utility. The board offers an assortment of Asus tech including Supreme FX, Sonic Radar II audio, ASUS LANGuard, and GameFirst. There are 4 SATA III ports, three fan headers, and an M.2 x4 port on the backside for the latest and greatest …
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SPCR reviews the ASUS Maximus VIII Impact

The silence savants over at SPCR have reviewed the ASUS Maximus VIII Impact motherboard: The Asus Maximus VIII Impact is the most capable and feature-packed mini-ITX motherboard I’ve ever seen. Aside from the usual features provided courtesy of the Z170 chipset, the Impact is outfitted with a high-end audio solution, a proficient wireless module/antenna, a premium power regulation system, a U.2 port, up to five independently controllable fan headers via the included fan card, and an external temperature sensor that can be placed anywhere in the case. They’ve even crammed in physical power, reset, clear CMOS, and BIOS Flashback buttons, …
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ASUS announces the ROG Maximus VIII Impact

Today, ASUS is officially showing off the new ROG Maximus VIII Impact, their enthusiast Mini-ITX offering for the Z170 platform. Some of the highlights of the new model include updated aesthetics to match the other Z170 ROG boards, 802.11ac 2×2 WiFi, USB 3.1 in type-A and C, a PCIe 3.0 x4 “U.2” connector, SupremeFX Impact III audio card with a nice-looking shield, 2x DDR4 slots, and an included fan extension card for 3 extra fan headers. The full specifications list can be found here. I put U.2 in quotation marks because it seems ASUS has taken it upon themselves to call the …