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We demonstrate two analog photonic links that use different noise reduction techniques to achieve high gain and low noise figure without electronic amplification. Both links use a high-power, low-noise master oscillator power amplifier as the optical source, a balanced-bridge dual-output LiNbO3 Mach-Zehnder modulator with a record low Vpi = 1.33 V at 12 GHz, and either one or two high-power rear-illuminated photodetectors. In the first link, both outputs of the quadrature-biased modulator are used to illuminate two photodetectors configured for laser noise cancellation, yielding record high gain (> 17.0 dB) and low noise figure (< 6.9 dB) across the 6-12 GHz band. The second link uses low biasing to maximize the signal-to-noise ratio in one of the two modulator outputs, and thus requires only one photo-detector. This link has lower gain (> 12.7 dB) but also record low noise figure (< 5.7 dB) across this same frequency band.