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This review is from: ASUS H97I-PLUS LGA 1150 Intel H97 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Mini ITX Intel Motherboard
Pros: Best UEFI BIOS setup of any major vendor
MiniPCIe and M.2 slots
VGA/, DVI, HDMI, Displayport all there
All solid caps, great power delivery setup
Cons: Onboard analog audio is lackluster (Realtek 1150 would improve this, doesn't merit subtracting an egg; you can use HDMI in a media center)
Could use one more USB header (don't know where you'll find the room though, and doesn't merit subtracting an egg)
Other Thoughts: I purchased this board as part of a combo to upgrade my HTPC. I'm using a Core i5-4590S, a Noctua NH-L9i cooler, 2 x 4GB Kingston DDR3L, a Samsung PM851 M.2 128GB SSD, LiteON BD-ROM, in an nMedia 7000B case with the LCD kit. It's a rock-solid board. For small applications, I don't see how you can go wrong.READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: For the price, you get some pretty good under the hood hardware.
Cons: The user interface is horrible. Sans Digital's website for support is horrible. The customer phone support number goes to a voicemail box. I would rather spend more money for lesser hardware backed by Synology or QNAP's excellent user interfaces, and support. This is not a product you should purchase when there are many other great brands of NAS products available from NewEgg.
Other Thoughts: It is unlikely I would use one of these units even if I got it for free. Sadly, a client purchased one without consulting me, and I am now attempting to assist them.READ FULL REVIEW
This review is from: Thermaltake CL-P001-AL12RE-A 120mm NiC L31 Aluminum CPU Cooler
Pros: -The low height (140mm) means this will fit into an mATX case
-Despite that, still has a 120mm fan
-Heatpipes are relatively large in diameter and have very little gap on the mounting plate
-Designed to ensure it allows enough clearance for RAM
-Fan is not loud if run on a 4-pin connector or at controlled speeds
-A mounting solution that doesn't use push pins
-Price is very reasonable
Cons: -The backplate uses foam that can be punctured easily by solder points on a mainboard, and can compress enough to bring the metal close to these solder points, risking contact with them. Solid rubber would be a better option with less give.
-Difficult to mount tightly enough that the heatsink cannot move a little on top of the CPU heatspreader. This could be improved; problem is similar to what Thermalright used to have back in the day.
-If you run the fan at full-tilt, it will be loud. This isn't a con, per se; just use fan control to limit its idle speed. You'll probably never get hot enough to hit maximum.
Other Thoughts: I bought this for the wife's system; it brought temperatues down 5-7C at idle over the Arctic Cooling Freezer 7 Pro it replaced, while still fitting into a Lian Li PC-A04B microATX case, being reasonably priced.
If you really wanted to, you could probably sand it down to make it even smoother. I used Thermalright Chill Factor 3 paste; the package includes basic goop, but this is better stuff.