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This review is from: GIGABYTE GA-AM1M-S2H AM1 2 x SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 HDMI Micro ATX AMD Motherboard
Pros: Low power consumption, little heat, pairs well with Kabini quad core 5350. Has all the amenities of a full ATX motherboard, just less of quantity of them.
Cons: None so far. I will report back after completing my NAS build.
Other Thoughts: Using it for a NAS with OpenMediaVault installed. Added 8 Gigs of ram, Kabini 5350, Artic Alpinte M1 CPU cooler, (4) 2TB drives and (3) 1TB drives. Raid 10 and Raid 5 respectively. Added (2) SYBA PCI express Sata 6 controllers just for the software raids too. Just ordered a new 500 Watt power supply as my old recycled 650 Watt was noisy as heck. All parts from Newegg of course. So far testing file transfer rates, additional services installed within OMV does not have any overall impact to the system. The rig does look promising...I will let you know after more stress testing of motherboard :)READ FULL REVIEW
This review is from: ASRock AM1B-M AM1 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Micro ATX AMD Motherboard
Pros: Low power consumption and small form factor. Paired it with the Kabini 8350 Sempron 1.3Ghz, 4 gigs ram and 1 2.5" HD. Also picked up a fanless Artic Cooler heat sink for the CPU. Built it to replace my home Router. Installed Untangle with OpenVPN, IDS, antivirus, etc. All free no less... Works great, low heat and is quiet. Great little board!
Cons: Only drawback is no USB 3.0 header on motherboard. But I knew that going in.
Other Thoughts: Worried a the Kabini 3850 would not be up to snuff on performance, but had the Kabini 5350 2.05Ghz on hand in case. No need as this little rig handled all perfectly. I wanted to buy another one but it was out of stock at the time.READ FULL REVIEW
This review is from: CORSAIR Hydro Series H90 CW-9060013-WW/RF Water Cooler Manufactured Recertified
Pros: Came shrink wrapped like a new purchase. Could not beat the price (49.00). Tested pump and it runs real quiet, fan is ok.
Cons: None yet. Planning to use for water cooling my R9 290 air cooled. Replacing fan with a better quality, quieter fan.
Other Thoughts: I have bought refurbished components before and never had one come in its original packaging and shrink wrapped. Like other reviewers stated, I do not believe this is a refurb, If it is then Corsair does it refurbishments real well.READ FULL REVIEW