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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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Digital Storm’s Spark – A Closer Look

Earlier this week, the first enthusiast grade Micro-STX prebuilt system was revealed, with a couple of teaser images and not much else to go off to sate our SFF appetites. With our team at CES 2018, we decided we needed a closer look! It must be noted, that this is the initial prototype, produced in acrylic. A metal version is in the works, with minor redesigning taking place, but the overall design is expected to remain the same. The system packs a 92mm radiator, the expected ASRock Micro-STX motherboard, 4 x M.2 drives and the usual MXM graphics card. Yes, …
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Zotac at CES 2018

After perusing the Silverstone booth, our team at CES 2018 made their way to the booth of another one of the core SFF proponents in the industry – Zotac. Long time Mini PC manufacturer, Zotac is one of those companies we like to keep an eye on.   Calipers handy, let’s go! The AMP Box Mini is an eGPU enclosure for “ITX” sized graphics cards as well as a PCIe SSD. More my style, the P3000 Workstation is a tiny system aimed at professional use, with an NVIDIA Quadro GPU and an Intel i5-7500T CPu. The P5000, the big brother …
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Digital Storm Unveils Project Spark – a Micro-STX, Watercooled, Prebuilt

Press Release: When marked as such, the content is published verbatim, and thus does not necessarily reflect the views of SmallFormFactor Network or Minutiae Media. Digital Storm is proud to announce Project SPARK, our smallest enthusiast-class PC to date. With a custom hardline liquid cooling system, SPARK effortlessly delivers an unparalleled level of performance featuring up to NVIDIA GTX 1080 graphics and an Intel Core-i7 8700K processor. SPARK redefines custom PCs by delivering the performance of a full-size desktop at a quarter of the size. Built upon a new Micro STX platform, the processor, graphics card, memory, and storage drives …
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ZOTAC at Computex 2017 – Small Prebuilts and VR Galore!

ZOTAC, one of the originators in the Mini-ITX and SFF world, was present at Computex 2017 showing off a few small PCs, a small(ish) eGPU case, some VR stuff, and the next iteration of the GTX 1080 Mini that Drew reviewed earlier this year – the ZOTAC GTX 1080 Ti! Yes, that is the exact cooler as on the GTX 1080 Mini that Drew guessed was possibly capable of handling the GTX 1080 Ti! Underneath the identical shroud sits a different PCB though – with beefier VRMs to cope with the more powerful GPU. Dual 8-pin power connectors are a hint …
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ASUS Announces New VivoMini PCs at CES

Continuing the trend towards SFF computing (we hope!), ASUS has launched three new VivoMini PCs at CES. Supporting Kaby-Lake, the new systems offer solid performance in a small space, just what we like. The range is recommended to retail from US$275 to US$799.   UN65U Starting at US$275-$449, the UN65U will be available in Q1 2017. Supporting up to a 512GB M.2 SSD, the system also provides support for a 1TB 2.5″ HDD. Aesthetically, the unit features the ‘spun metal’ pattern so common on their products. The device can output 4K UHD via the integrated GPU, and it comes with 802.11ac …
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MSI Announces the Aegis SFF Gaming PC

MSI Computer Corp has launched yet another SFF (or very close to SFF) Gaming system the MSI Aegis Barebone PC. Aegis comes with a unique case design that is compact, easy to upgrade and houses a full sized MSI GeForce graphics card, up to a GTX 980 Ti. The chassis includes a built in stand, handle and is purported to be suitable for hauling to LAN parties. No word on board, processor, memory or storage specs yet, nor do we have any pricing information.   From MSI; Ready for Excellent Graphics Play the latest games in all their glory with MSI Aegis. …
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MSI Launches New SFF Prebuilt, the Nightblade MI

Well, it looks like SFF has hit the mainstream – even the big hardware makers are pre-building SFF systems for you! MSI has just launched their new system, the Nightblade MI. Measuring 126.7 x 234.8 x 340.6 mm in size (10.13 litres), this system really does fit the bill of Small Form Factor. Materials appear to be steel and plastic, but the major standout is the CPU cooler – is that a laptop style cooler we see there? No word yet on how loud this system will be. The graphics card (a GTX960 2GB) slots in ‘above’ the motherboard, in …