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Pros: Small form factor.
Relatively quiet (still a bit of fan noise)
Easy to assemble (see notes below)
Easy on power.
Cons: Don't ever try, not quick enough for 4K decoding. (I have a Brix Pro i5-4570R to handle this
Price is a bit steep if you factor in the RAM and mSATA SSD cost. Not such a big issue if you go for just 2.5"
Other Thoughts: For the assemble part, choose your parts wisely.
Look at the gigabyte.us compatibility list for RAM, very important! I bought a GEIL but it wasn't on the list and even though it's 1.35V it wasn't supported. No way to boot.
Also, it can't handle 4K video playback. Tried a couple sources and it's 100% CPU usage with pauses. HD (1920x1080) should be fine.
I put it in my room, works so great.
Here's my setup:
Kingston 4GB DDR3-1600 CL11 1.35V SODIMM.
Hitachi 1TB 2.5" HDD
Intel 530 series mSATA SSD 240GB.
Pros: 1. Low profile
3. Old system supported (try the R7 240, it won't even boot)
Cons: 1. Driver support is going out soon.
2. The performance is actually worse than Intel HD4400/4200 internal graphics accelerator.
Other Thoughts: To this day and time - early 2014, the use of this card is marginalized. I can think of someone wanting to pop this in a Sandy-bridge-era Pentium/Celeron board, but if you are building new HTPC/PCs, you better use the onboard graphics and invest in an i3 (Haswell) instead of splitting the capital between a CPU and a Video card. I have done benchmarking of this with an i3-4130. Believe it or not, the onboard graphics is around 50% faster than this card, while consuming less electricity and generates less heat in combination.READ FULL REVIEW
This review is from: Cavalry EN-CAU3G-TB 2.5" USB 3.0 External Enclosure
Pros: 1. small and compact
2. pretty quick, well it's USB3.0 after all
Cons: 1. Filmsy at best. And the circuit board is held by double-sided tape...
2. It's hard to get drives out. I had to use a toothpick to pry my SSD/HDD out of the case... I didn't bother with the included padding which seemingly will make getting the drive out even harder!
Other Thoughts: I ended up separating the circuit board out of the case and just use it as is. Speed is good but design is pretty bad. It does have a power input which I think should be 5V. In that case it might have a chance to power up a 3.5" drive (let alone the 10K rpm ones though)READ FULL REVIEW