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Pros: This proccessor consumes singnificatly less energy than the core i5 as expected. It runs cool most of the time even with the stock heat sync. Handles most tasks rather well on my home server, even without the aid of a graphics card.Frequent backups and file requests with 3 SATA drives seems to be no issue for this proccessor.
Cons: Transcoding is a challenge for this proccessor at times. If I'm streaming to multiple devices (More than 3 at time) there can be a lag in the transcoding when using Plex. I confirmed this isn't a WIFI issue since netflix and hulu don't have this problem.READ FULL REVIEW
This review is from: MSI H81I LGA 1150 Intel H81 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Mini ITX Intel Motherboard
Pros: It has all the basics: USB 3.0/2.0 Video Ports and PCIE. It has support for 4 SATA drives. I use it in a home server, I've had no issues so far. I like the BIOS interface, and the built in OC feature.
Cons: I wish it supported more SATA drives, built in WIFI would be nice.READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: Very compact
Cons: This WIFI adapter barely pickups up signal even when it is right next to the router. I used it on my rasberry as a print server. It constantly dropped the connection. I thought the issue could be the pie not providing enough power. I tested on an old laptop, and it did no better. DO NOT BUY this product.READ FULL REVIEW