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AMD to Refrain From Using 12HVPWR Connector for RX 7000 Cards

With the impending clusterf*ck of the 12HVPWR connector situation on NVIDIA’s current generation cards, it’s good to hear that AMD will be refraining from using the aforementioned connector on the RX7000 series. In a tweet from industry veteran Kyle Bennett, we have confirmation that neither AMD, nor their AIB partners, will use the connector. After the @NVIDIAGeForce melting drama, I have verified through multiple sources that @Radeon Navi 31 ref cards will NOT use the 12VHPWR power adapter, and I could not verify any AIBs using 12VHPWR on N31 either. Picture in case you don't know what a smoked 12VHPWR …
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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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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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ASUS Upgrades the ROG Huracan G21 Prebuilt

Launched in the middle of 2018, the ASUS ROG Huracan G21 has been getting a bit long in the tooth. Realising this, ASUS has decided to give the system the refresh treatment, upgrading the platform, CPU and GPU. This 17.7L (129.9×372.4×366.1 mm) chassis houses a decent gaming rig, replete with the RGB and fancy acronyms expected. First up, ASUS has replaced the original H370 chipset board with a Z370 unit – possibly unlocking the ability to overclock. This upgrade is to support a choice of CPUs based on the Intel 9th gen platform, namely the i7-9900K, 9700K and the i5-9400K. …
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Palit Revives Passive Cooled GPUs with the GTX1650 KalmX

Passive graphics cards, a great option that sadly has been limited to ultra low power cards as of late, has made a return, thanks to Palit and their GTX1650 KalmX. This 178mm long graphics card is well over height, but that is a given considering the huge heatsink fin array keeping the 75W TDP under control. Being a 75W card, no external power connector is needed. No factory overclock is present on this card, running at the stock GTX 1650 speeds of 1485 MHz base, with up to 1665 MHz boost. Three IO ports are provided on the rear of …
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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 …
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ZOTAC GAMING GeForce RTX 2060 Twin Fan Review

We would like to thank ZOTAC for providing us with a review sample of their ZOTAC GAMING GeForce RTX 2060 Twin Fan while attending CES. Without their on the spot generosity, this graphics card review would not be possible. With CES 2019 behind us and having just recently reviewed ZOTAC’s GeForce RTX 2070 Mini, we’re very pleased to get our hands on the new ZOTAC GAMING GeForce RTX 2060 Twin Fan. In our RTX 2070 Mini review, we reported that the $530 card was a far better price:performance option than the $1200 RTX 2080 TI (reviewed here) and while it was true then, it’s …
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CES 2019: EVGA

Next up, EVGA. Well known for their graphics cards, let’s see if they have anything SFF on show. With the recent release of the RTX 2060 series, EVGA had a couple of models – the XC and SC – ready for perusal. One thing to note –  both these cards use a, what possibly could be controversial, 2.5 slot design.   Thoughts? Discuss them in the forum.