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hec Black 0.7mm Thickness SECC (Japanese Steel Metal) ITX ITX200B Mini ITX Media Center / HTPC Case
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: Great for small form factor HTPCs.
Contrary to some reviews, the case fan is relatively quiet when run at low speeds.
Dedicated filtered intake for the CPU.

Cons: Filter is mounted with screws on the inside of the case, meaning to clean it you have to open the case.
Power Supply uses a non-standard form factor, so replacing it will require going through the case manufacturer.

Other Thoughts: Keep in mind, this case is about the same size, if not smaller, than a cable box, and has a cooling capacity to match. You’ll have to build around the cooling limitations, meaning you aren’t going to be cooling an i7 nor an FX CPU in this case. I’m using a Pentium Dual core CPU running on a low profile cooler and it runs at 50C under load in this case.
The cooler is another thing to consider, while I haven’t tested it, I don’t believe the Intel stock cooler will fit in this case, I preemptively purchased a Zotec low profile cooler that I was sure would fit. AMD stock coolers MAY fit, depending on how big the cooler is.
I did have an issue with the power supply after about 2 months of constant use, and as stated its a non-standard form factor. However, I’m not taking off an egg due to the excellent Customer support I received and the timely RMA response and allowing me to only RMA the power supply and not the entire case.

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RCA ANT1450B Flat Antenna With Amplifier in Black Finish
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

3 out of 5 eggs Ok antenna, garbage signal booster 01/20/2015

This review is from: RCA ANT1450B Flat Antenna With Amplifier in Black Finish

Pros: It's inexpensive and receives excellent quality on the channels I can receive with it. (See other thoughts)

Cons: My only true con and the reason for knocking off 2 eggs is the 'inline signal booster'. Simply put, it's garbage. It does nothing to improve the signal of the channels I can receive, nor does it increase the channels I get. My TV shows the signal strength of the channels and a couple channels had worse signal strength with the booster.
Why take of 2 eggs for just that? Because this particular product costs roughly $15 dollars more (about twice as much) then if I had just purchased the antenna without the booster.

Other Thoughts: Keep in mind the geography near where you live before buying this. Its a nice antenna when it can receive channels, but it's by no means powerful. If you have hills and/or mountains close to your house, you'll need something much more powerful than this. There's roughly 100 OTA channels available where I live, but can only get a select few with this antenna due to the interference from the hills nearby. That's something to keep in mind. I'll be returning this and unfortunately I will only be getting about half the price back after shipping.

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ASRock 990FX Extreme3 AM3+ AMD 990FX + SB950 5 x SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard with UEFI BIOS
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

3 out of 5 eggs Edit of old review - Not good for 8-Core CPUs 08/12/2014

This review is from: ASRock 990FX Extreme3 AM3+ AMD 990FX + SB950 5 x SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard with UEFI BIOS

Pros: I still maintain most of what I said in my previous review, though the board isn't as flawless as I first thought it to be.

Cons: I'm dropping this down 2 eggs over my last review due to a recent and very disappointing discovery that is actually going to lead me replacing this board in my rig.

If you have one of the 8-Core 125 Watt Vishera Core CPUs (ie. 8350) be warned that this board struggles to run it. Now, yes, the specs say that the board can use the 8-core CPUs up to 140 watts, and its not totally lying about that, it can run it, but, and trust me its a big but, the VRMs power phasing struggles to power the CPU under a heavy load and over clocking is nearly impossible.

Using both CoreTemp and SpeedFan I monitored my CPU under a 100% load using Prime95. Initially everything seems to be fine, but once things start to heat up, ussually around 70C the clock speed drops from 4.0GHZ to 1.3GHZ and at the same time, the Vcore voltage drops from 1.25v to about 0.8v. After everything cools down a bit the clock and volts go back up and I initially thought it was just poor cooling since my CPU cooler isn't the best, but after stopping Prime95 and letting the computer idle with the Temp dropping to around 47C the Vcore and Clock speeds will fluctuate sporadically until I restart the computer.

Looking at the official Spec sheet on ASRocks website for the supported CPUs, I noticed a little asterisk and looked to see what it meant. Apparently ASRock recommends a downward blowing CPU cooler for optimal performance on the three 8-Core 125 watt Vishera Core processors and only those three because the VRM can only be cooled properly if the CPU fan is also blowing over the VRMs Heatsink, but if you're using liquid cooler, non-downward blowing heatsink, or just a poor quality heatsink, the VRM doesn't get properly cooled and overheats causing its voltage to drop and in turn throttles the CPU.

What does this mean to everyone? If you plan to use an 8-Core 125 Watt Vishera such as the 8350, then find a better board or you're going to be restricting the CPUs performance. Any other AM3+ CPU that it supports should be fine, though I can't vouch for this.

Other Thoughts: Again, if you want full performance from those 8-Core CPUs, then find a better board and if you want to overclock that CPU then you'll need a better board.

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Display Name: Thomas C.

Date Joined: 06/25/12

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  • First Review: 06/30/12
  • Last Review: 08/24/15
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