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BIOSTAR H81MHV3 LGA 1150 Intel H81 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard
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  • neweggOwned For: more than 1 year

3 out of 5 eggs Used for personal server use. Dead x16 socket 03/05/2016

This review is from: BIOSTAR H81MHV3 LGA 1150 Intel H81 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard

Pros: Works great for running small game servers on a G3258. (I know it wont be OC'd here but another board is on the way. Everything worked great day 1 with all my SSD's for game server storage but today I tried to plug in an video card and the motherboard doesn't recognize the card.

Cons: Looked in BIOS and it doesn't recognize the x16 slot at all. The x1 lane is found fine though. Not sure if this was broken from day 1 but very disappointing. Did proper checks on graphics card seating, visual inspect of all connectors for all parts involved, upped the power supply to a 700 watt, tried another graphics card I had lying around, tried all parts in other systems I have on hand.
The 'OS' version of the fan and system temp software is almost non-existent. It loads a window and says 1 thing, what the current temp of the CPU temp is. I suppose if you only have 1 job.....

Other Thoughts: Everything I own works find in other configurations just not on this board. Too bad, would have made a nice budget board for lan events but will just have to stay stuffed away in my rack at home. 1 Egg off for broken x16 lane, and 1 Egg off for too simplistic of features for the BIOS. Could use Raid configs and better fan control management in and out of BIOS.

Patriot Blaze 2.5
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  • neweggOwned For: 1 month to 1 year

4 out of 5 eggs Patriot Blaze 240GB SSD 08/01/2015

This review is from: Patriot Blaze 2.5" 240GB SATA III Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) PB240GS25SSDR

Pros: Works =D
Used as a boot drive for a home ITX server and holds one game server currently and is lag free.

Cons: Saw someone post about this thing feeling empty, I have to agree it does feel quite light to the touch and makes me wonder about how it will survive my 5th floor drop testing so we shall see.
Read speeds during bench-marking got well over 500, where the writes were in the mid 300's on Sata III.
Kinda wonder if firmware is to blame for the reads or my super cheap ITX-H81 Biostar board is to blame. Meh.

Other Thoughts: Over all I'm happy with this SSD, hope it lasts 2x as long as it I need it too. Hoping for a PCI-E x4 ssd upgrade and use this guy in my main rig for extra game space, Darn you gta and your file sizes *angry fist*.

Thermaltake SD101 VP11821N2U Black Steel Mini-ITX Tower Computer Case 180W Power Supply
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  • neweggOwned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: Well I'm Loving this case. I took the plunge and bought it and I am happy with it.
There was some minor modifications I needed to make to make me happy but all is well. If I were to buy this again I would defiantly buy a different PSU than the after market one I tried to 'make' fit in there.
More in Other Thoughts*

Cons: With all of my parts on the table, *listed in Other Thoughts*, I managed to get 29c on the cpu, and 25c on the vid card.
Inside the case I got 45c on the cpu, and 35c on the vidcard. And under stress I managed to get cpu to 60c and the vid card to 52c.
ALSO --> I managed to over heat my psu a bit during gaming and had random shut offs. (which I managed to fix) NOT THE factory psu btw.

Other Thoughts: Asrock Z77 e-itx Board
I-3 3220 CPU
8Gb Corsair LP 1600 Ram
Zotac GT 640 2GB LP
Apollo 350w SFX PSU (wouldn't recommend this type)
Crucial m4 64gb SSD + 330gb toshiba 2.5 laptop HDD

I would recommend the (Item#: N82E16817338081) PSU. It has enough power yet it smaller and correctly sized to fit this case. Should only really need zip ties to strap it down behind the front grill.
-ALSO I believe the thermaltake page is a bit misleading on the air flow. The front of the case does not have an intake vent and I believe I saw a picture advertising the air flow with a nice blue arrow pointing towards this grill that is just a solid piece of plastic with a grill on top of it.
-To solve my problem and just as a suggestion on the V2 of this. Give the option to have a 140mm fan mount on that cd tray bracket. I managed to drill some holes in it to achieve this and it has worked wonders. Cpu under load doesn't break 45c now and idles under 30c. =)


Joel R.'s Profile

Display Name: Joel R.

Date Joined: 03/23/07

  • Reviews: 9
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  • First Review: 08/18/07
  • Last Review: 03/05/16
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