Small form factor (SFF) PCs are on the rise, offering powerful hardware in stylish, space-saving designs. Once a niche market, SFF systems are now embraced by major case manufacturers, making them ideal for desks, LAN parties, tight spaces, or media centers.

However, ensuring compatibility between components has been a challenge for SFF builders. Limited space necessitates meticulous attention to detail, including power cable clearances often missing from product specifications. This leads to guesswork and additional research.

SFF PC Building Made Easy: NVIDIA Introduces SFF-Ready Guide 1

To address this, NVIDIA has collaborated with graphics card and case manufacturers to introduce the SFF-Ready designation. This simplifies the selection process by identifying high-performance GeForce RTX graphics cards (RTX 4070 and above) that meet specific size requirements (151mm height, 304mm length, 50mm depth). These dimensions ensure compatibility with SFF-Ready cases and future GPU upgrades without needing a new chassis.

SFF systems offer several advantages:

  • Space-saving design – Ideal for limited spaces or minimalists.
  • Enhanced portability – Perfect for LAN parties or frequent movers.
  • Improved aesthetics – Many SFF cases boast sleek designs for modern aesthetics.
  • Reduced noise levels – The smaller size often translates to less internal heat generation, potentially resulting in quieter operation.

We were told that the product pages for graphics cards and cases from the manufacturers will soon be labeled “SFF-Ready Enthusiast GeForce Cards” and “Compatible with SFF-Ready Enthusiast GeForce Cards.” This helps simplifies component selection and ensures a smooth build experience.

SFF PC Building Made Easy: NVIDIA Introduces SFF-Ready Guide 3

As of June 2nd, 2024, there are 36 GeForce RTX 40 Series enthusiast graphics cards that meet the SFF-Ready guideline from NVIDIA and our partners ASUS, GALAX, GIGABYTE, INNO3D, MSI, Palit, PNY and Zotac, with more due to be unveiled in the coming days at Computex 2024.

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