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ASRock Z97E-ITX/ac LGA 1150 Intel Z97 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Mini ITX Intel Motherboard
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

5 out of 5 eggs A stellar mini-ITX motherboard 12/07/2014

This review is from: ASRock Z97E-ITX/ac LGA 1150 Intel Z97 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Mini ITX Intel Motherboard

Pros: Two builds with this motherboard so far.

Easy and completely painless installation and setup. Absolutely zero BIOS or driver issues.

Worked perfectly upon boot-up with my Core i7 4790.

Recognized the 16 GB (2x8GB) of DDR3 1600 with no issues whatsoever.

Wi-Fi works perfectly. I get five bars signal strength at all times (which beats the discrete Wi-Fi card in my previous main system by a country mile).

Compared to other mini-ITX motherboards that I own, this one is superb.

Cons: None that I'm aware of so far.

Other Thoughts: Great value for the money. Has the look and feel of higher-priced models.

I've just ordered a third one to use in a Pentium G3258 build. I'm looking forward to finally having an opportunity to overclock that CPU to see what it can do.

Rosewill Legacy U2-S Silver Aluminum Alloy Mini-ITX Tower Computer Case
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

5 out of 5 eggs Bets Mini ITX case I've ever owned 12/01/2014

This review is from: Rosewill Legacy U2-S Silver Aluminum Alloy Mini-ITX Tower Computer Case

Pros: Simple, elegant design. Easy to build in. Brushed aluminum construction makes it sturdy but extremely light.

I'm sick and tired of risking a hernia every time I need to work on (or even move) my huge steel tower cases. I'm done with that for good. I want small and light now, and the U2 is perfect for my needs!

Cons: None. I've purchased three of these so far, two for my own use, and one for a build for someone else. I also have the U3 (micro ATX) model that I used to build my gaming system.

Other Thoughts: Not sure why reviewer Kevin M. is having problems. The SATA data and power cables are the same and I have absolutely no trouble connecting the SSD (mounted at the bottom of the case) or the hard disk drive (mounted in the cute little drive cage on the inside-front of the case.

For bottom-mounted drives, I suggest not tightening the mounting screws too tightly, as the soft rubber grommets will smash down too far, and perhaps that is why he is having difficulty attaching his connectors.

Finally, as with the U3 (micro ATX) model, this case comes with a small fan-speed-control switch attached to a three-pin connector inside the case along with a (long) four-pin Molex connector for power. I just removed it entirely, as the stock case fan is quiet and can connect directly to the motherboard. There is no need for the extra cable clutter.

SILVERSTONE ST45SF-G 450W SFX12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS GOLD Certified Full Modular Active PFC Power Supply
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: Small form factor, completely modular, flat cables. I've purchased several of the 450W model and several of the 600W model for beefier builds, so of course I like them overall... until now.

Cons: Loud. The earlier models that I own are whisper quiet, but my v2.0 unit has a loud whine, so much so that I can hum the precise pitch. <sigh>

Other Thoughts: Great PSU other than the fan noise. Silverstone really needs to put a better fan in these things. Most people who want to build an HTPC or a small ITX machine for their desktop are not going to want to endure hours of listening to a loud fan that whines.


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Display Name: Richard F.

Date Joined: 10/24/04

  • Reviews: 16
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  • First Review: 10/09/13
  • Last Review: 12/07/14
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