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This review is from: ENERMAX UC-8EB 80mm Case Fan
Pros: Just the right amount of quiet and air flow
Cons: One started making a fluttering noise after 5 weeks. The 2nd one is still silent.
Other Thoughts: I expected longer longevity from this.READ FULL REVIEW
This review is from: Seagate 1.5TB Portable External Hard Drive USB 3.0 Model STBX1500401 Black
Pros: Inside it's a Samsung Spinpoint M9T ST1500LM006
Works inside the PS3
Cons: NoneREAD FULL REVIEW
Pros: Small, affordable, low power consumption, quite powerful for what it is.
Responsive and Competent Tech Support.
Cons: Poor workmanship on the heatsink attachment, bios needed a revision.
Other Thoughts: I bought 2 of these. One is running as a NAS in a rather large mini Itx server case with plenty of cooling. Fan ran at over 6000 rpm. Turning on smart-fan made it quiet. All was ok with this build.
Second one was going to be an HTPC so I put it in a smallish itx case. Immediately, the temps went too high and the PC kept shutting down. Realized that smart fan function was broken, fan speed did not increase with temps. Contacted support and withing a couple of days they provided new bios with fixed smart fan functionality. Kudos for that. It turns out that now smart fan would slowly increase fan speed and eventually it would become too loud. Support suggested that I check the thermal paste. I had to remove the heatsink. The paste looked hard & brittle and it did not look like it was making contact. I replaced it with arctic silver and again the temps rose rapidly. Something was not right. The heatsink had 2 rubber posts that I thought were too tall. I removed those and now the heatsink is making perfect contact. Temps are 20 degrees lower than before. Still a bit high for my taste but at least the HTPC is not crashing anymore. I think FoxConn would do well to put a slightly bigger/better heatsink on this baby and it will be a great embedded solution.
p.s. this htpc is powerfull enough to play 1080p mkv in foreground using xbmc while in the background wmc is recording 3 tv shows off an hdhomerun prime. Very impressive for the little celeron...