Power SuppliesReviews

An In Depth Look at SilverStone’s Nightjar NJ450-SXL

It’s finally here. SilverStone’s Nightjar NJ450-SXL, the completely passive 450 Watt SFX-L power supply has arrived. SilverStone gave SFF Network the first look (and I mean first!) at this unit at Computex 2017, and our community has waited with bated breath since then. The idea of a passive (or even just a silent) SFX power supply has been on our minds for some time. Somewhat satiated by semi-fanless designs, we nonestheless still desired that final step – completely fanless. In all honesty, I expected the first real foray into fanless SFX(-L) would have been a 300W unit at best, but …
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Silverstone’s Passive SFX-L PSU launched !

After our hands-on with a prototype at Computex 2017 almost exactly one year ago, the long awaited NJ450-SXL passively cooled SFX-L PSU from Silverstone is finally ready for its debut ! Silverstone claims 24/7 continuous running @ 40°C ambient on the NJ450-SXL, which they usually qualifies its actively-cooled PSUs for. A beefy aluminium heat-dissipating housing envelops the chassis to allow heat wicking away from some of the more heat-producing components. To top this off, more premium quality components have been selected to maintain the SX800-LTI’s 80 PLUS Titanium rating on this passively cooled power supply as well. The fully modular …
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Impactics DMono is a Passive Thin-ITX Chassis

Breathing life back into the Thin-ITX form factor is the Impactics DMono, designed for Gigabyte variants of Thin-ITX. This appears to be your typical Mac-Mini inspired Thin-ITX chassis, but with one twist – there are no fans! Built from a CNC aluminium baseplate and a 5mm thick extrusion for the sides, front and back, and supports 35W Intel 115x processors. The whole shebang weights in a 2.65 KG, not unexpected considering the sheer mass needed to absorb the wattage of the CPU. There are four variants, being a black and silver variant, and subvariants of these two which change the location …
Power SuppliesReviews

HDPlex 400w HiFi DC-ATX – The Next Generation

With great excitement from the community, HDPlex launched the 400w HiFi DC-ATX power supply a short while back. Replacing the 300w unit that the community loved, this uprated unit adds that little extra “zing” for your system build. With a new design aesthetic, a change from the previous black and white colour scheme, this new 400 watt DC-DC power supply is an exciting addition to the DC-DC PSU world. There are two factions in the DC-DC world – the 12V designers and the “wide range” designers. One takes 12V in, and pumps out 12V, plus the other voltages needed. While …
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Streacom’s FC8 Alpha Chassis Now More Compatible

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.  [mks_separator style=”solid” height=”2″] FC8 ALPHA NOW SHIPS WITH SH2 HEATPIPES OCTOBER 10, 2017 When the FC8 was originally released, the trend for CPU location was center/left bias on ITX motherboards, in common with thin-ITX fixed specification, so naturally we designed and included the SH8 heatpipes to match. Since then the trend has shifted and the majority of current ITX motherboards have a center/right CPU location. With this in mind we …
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Streacom’s FC8 Reviewed – Shhh!

Passive cooling is one of the holy grails of computing – a high performance system without any moving, and thus noise producing, parts. Streacom has been producing passive system cases for some years now, emphasising both quality and performance in their products. I’ve been looking to see what all the fuss is about for some time, and recently the opportunity has arisen for this to finally happen. A while back, I looked at passive cooling, running a 65w APU under a giant Scythe Ninja heatsink. While the results were promising from a pure temperature perspective, the system was unwieldy, heatsink …
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Streacom’s Computex Offerings

Unfortunately we were unable to make it to Streacom’s suite at Computex this year, but never fear, Streacom sent me an overview of the new products they have this year. (how kind of them!) In the press release resided 3 products, however due to our innate thirst for a smaller system, only two of the products are relevant to us. First up – An active cooled variant of Streacom’s DB4, released last year. The DA4 changes things up a bit versus the DB4, meaning that this is more inspired by the DB4 than derived from. Gone is the heatsink aesthetic, replaced by …
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Streacom Launches the DB4, a Fanless m-ITX Cube

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. From Streacom; “Introducing the DB4, our most ambitious fanless case to date, featuring a bisymmetrical design that is uniquely bold and blurs the lines between technology and art. With the DB4 we set out to not only redefine what a PC case could look like, but the performance and compatibility achievable from a fanless solution. Every element of this case subtly screams premium, from the 13mm thick extruded aluminium side …
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Low Volume #6: Passive

Navigate to lowvolu.me to listen, or download the podcast here! Today’s hosts: John “confusis” Morrison, James “Aibohphobia” Schell, and Jay “Tek Everything” Mattison. A reminder: Supporters that subscribe to SFF Forum can listen to live shows, interact with us, and join in on “The Aftershow” where we answer questions and discuss topics that don’t make the cut for the podcast! Shows are recorded every other Saturday on the weeks before we upload. 1:06 – The Intel Skull Canyon NUC launches, a powerful update to the NUC line. The new Skull Canyon NUC comes with an i7-6770HQ, dual M.2 slots, Iris Pro 580 graphics, and support for an …
CoolingReviews

Passive Cooling – An Experiment

One of the major issues we come across when building our Small Form Factor systems is cooling. There just never seems to be enough space to cool our systems efficiently and quietly without investing major effort, or considerable expense. With proper design and creativity, however, good cooling can be had. And it was with this goal in mind that I was very intrigued upon re-discovering SlipperySkip’s ‘Ayr’ passive cooled SFF HTPC. SlipperySkip’s all-wood build was based around a Gigabyte Z77N-Wifi M-ITX motherboard, an Intel Core i3-3225, a 150w Pico-PSU and a Silverstone Heligon HE02. The CPU choice here is important, as passive cooling is …
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Aleutia’s R50 is a Gorgeous Fanless PC

SFF desktop manufacturer Aleutia unveiled pictures of its latest Skylake NUC derived desktop, a completely fanless model. The new Aleutia R50 is built up of a stack of metal plates, with copper plates in the middle; which serve as heatsink for the Skylake chip. This design I really do like, and it adds a point of difference to other fanless NUC based systems. CPU options include Core i3-6100U and Core i5-6260U. Memory options include 8 GB, 16 GB, and 32 GB dual-channel DDR4; and storage options include 128 GB, 256 GB, and 512 GB SSDs. Prices range between 599 GBP …