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SilverStone’s SX700-G is Shipping!

At Computex this year, we covered the new 700W SilverStone SFX power supply – the SX700-G. Offering a true SFX form factor at a massive (seriously) 700w, the PSU is impressive to behold. With a Gold efficiency rating, this power supply builds on the solid previous generation SilverStone power supplies.   Check out more info at the official product page: https://www.silverstonetek.com/product.php?pid=833 MSRP: North America – USD$155.99 – ETA Mid-end December Australia  – AUD$205 – ETA Mid-end December New Zealand – NZD$239.99 – ETA Mid-end December Europe  – €139.99 (exclude VAT) – ETA End Dec/Early January   Thoughts? Discuss them in the …
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 …
CasesReviews

Silverstone CS280 Reviewed – DIY NAS Made Easier

  We would like to thank SilverStone for providing us with review sample of their CS280 8-Bay 2.5″ NAS chassis. Without their generosity, this case review would not be possible. At CES 2018, Silverstone had a large number of 40 liter+ cases on display (which we chose not to cover). Unfortunately for us, the ITX market was largely ignored at their suite. Save for a certain power-supply that we’re pretty eager to get our hands on, there wasn’t much for us to cover …although there are rumors that we may see something special at Computex 2018. What we didn’t see …
MiscReviews

Community Review: modDIY’s Cable Kits

This review has been supplied by forum member Bledha! We thank him for this excellent read. If a community member wishes to produce front page content, please message Confusis (John) on the forum for more information! With all the options on the market today covering everything from artisanal combed and expensive custom cables to shrink-tube wrapped dollar menu type items from big international e-tailers – it can be difficult when searching for the ever elusive middle ground. While stuck deep in that search, modDIY continued popping up around the web, and so with a color palate selected from some of …
Power SuppliesReviews

HDPlex AC-DC 160w and 300w – A Powerful Solution?

HDPlex provides a product range that covers a lot of the parts you may need to build your SFF rig – AC-DC power supplies, DC-DC Direct Plug ATX power supplies, higher power DC-DC ATX power supplies, adapter plates, flexible PCIe risers and more. Today, we will look at the AC-DC supplies in the range, the 160 Watt and 300 Watt variants. A reliable, high power, 19V power supply has been notoriously difficult to source, especially with the recent Dell power brick counterfeits on the market. It’s even more important for HDPlex, who has 2 DC-ATX units that rely upon such …
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Silverstone Starts Shipping Flex ATX 350W Power Supply

Almost a year after unveiling at Computex 2017, Silverstone is now ready to supply the market with it’s first commercial Flex ATX form factor PSU, the FX350-G. Measuring a decent 350W at 80 PLUS Gold rating efficiency, this will be able to power mainstream gaming or a compact NAS SFF builds with ease. Silverstone likes to show that power supplies don’t need to be  large to be powerful by including a power density rating, which it measures at 707W per liter for this PSU. It has been certified to work at 40°C ambient environments and maintain a 350 continuous power …
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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SilverStone SX650-G and SX500-G finally incoming!

After much anticipation, product pages for the new SilverStone SX650-G and SX500-G SFX power supplies have popped up on the website. We first shared news of these units when they were initially shown off way back in January of 2016. Since then we’ve checked in with SilverStone for status updates on them first at CES 2017, and again just a few months ago at Computex. So you can imagine how excited we are to see that these units will soon enter retail availability. According to SilverStone, the new PSUs started shipping from the factory a few days ago and will hopefully …
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SFX Computex 2017 roundup

As promised, here is the SFX power supply Computex 2017 roundup. While not as extensive as the SFX-L roundup and they’re mostly budget units, more competition and options in this space is always very welcome. Akasa As covered in the Akasa booth article, they have two upcoming SFX units of 350W and 450W capacity. They are non-modular, feature a 92mm fan, and are of Bronze-equivalent efficiency. I say equivalent because the display units at least did not feature a 80 PLUS rating but a “85% efficient” label instead. The OEM is Sirfa/High Power. Cooler Master When we checked in with Cooler Master …
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SFX-L Computex 2017 roundup

There sure were SFX-L units all over the exhibit hall at Computex this year! I love this because I truly believe that SFX and SFX-L have the potential to supplant ATX as the standard form factors for PC power supplies (reducing the space the PSU takes up inside the case in the process), and we’re starting to reach an inflection point of SFX and SFX-L PSU availability from multiple companies. The reason I say that is because having more SFF power supply options encourages case manufacturers to design around the form factor, which in turn creates a bigger market for these PSUs, which encourages …
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Akasa Venom RG prototype ITX case, SFX/SFX-L PSUs, and more

While wandering the floors of Computex this sharp-looking Mini-ITX case immediately caught my eye, especially when I saw whose booth it was in. This is the prototype Venom RG case from Akasa. While Akasa has the Venom line of gaming products, most of their cases though are aimed at the industrial market so I was quite surprised to see this premium-looking Mini-ITX case from them. The exterior design is very clean, with thick silver aluminum panels and a steel frame. In fact, the front is so clean that there isn’t even any front IO present, including the power button! According to …