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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 …
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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 …
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Raijintek shows off SFX-L, SFX, and a PCIe extender

Raijintek had a 450W SFX power supply at their booth last Computex, but as far as I can tell it never came to market. But this year they are showing off two SFX-L units. First is the LSFX-series Gold-rated 500W(?) Raijintek PSU-4550 unit. As can bee seen on the sign, it features all-Japanese capacitors and will include a SFX to ATX bracket. It is fully modular. The sign says 500W, but the label advertises 550W as max load. The 12V only does 41A though so I would personally consider this as more of a 500W units since most modern systems are so …
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FlexATX Computex 2017 roundup

FlexATX has grown in popularity for shrinking down SFF builds beyond what even SFX will allow, and I’ve seen several cases in development in the forum that make use of these server form factor power supplies. So here at Computex 2017 I made sure to scout out all the big FlexATX manufacturers to see if they had any cool new products that could be suitable for consumer applications (i.e. not deafeningly loud). Unless otherwise noted, all the following FlexATX are 150mm and have the -12V rail. So in alphabetical order: ASPOWER This is a brand I’m not familiar with at …