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ASRock E3C224D4I-14S Extended mini ITX Server Motherboard LGA 1150 Intel C224 DDR3 1600/1333
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: Small Form Factor
Supports 32GB of ECC RAM
Supports newest Xeon and Haswell Processors
Lots of HDD/SSD connectors
Your choice of SATA3 or SAS2 Drives (even includes two mini SAS 8087 fan-out cables which can be spendy)
Dual Intel Gigabit Ports supporting Teaming (requires a Switch that supports Link Aggregation Control Protocol/LACP and Jumbo Frames to utilize Teaming, otherwise use them as separate dual/redundant connections). They work a charm with ESXi 5.5 out of the box.
Digital iKVM built-in. (Comparable to Dell's but slightly more basic than SuperMicro's.)

Cons: Uses proprietary 17-pin TPM Module (instead of the std 19-pin). You have to order one by snail-mail direct from ASRock US Tech Support.

*EXTENDED* Mini-ITX means that it won't fit most mini-ITX cases. I was able to get it to fit into my Fractal Design Node-304 case but I had to drill 4 new mount-holes in the case (and thread them with tap and dies) and couldn't use the I/O Shield, otherwise it was a tight fit but worked.

Other Thoughts: Other than Rackmount Cases and the Mercury S3 Case I don't think there is any other case that this motherboard will fit in without modifications. There were many people making claims it would fit in their favorite Mini-ITX case on various forums but "Pics or it didn't happen" proved that the only way most got it to fit was using zip-ties to mount the board and making a makeshift I/O Shield out of cardboard rather than an actual fit. The Fractal Design Node-304 took minimal modifications but it still required metal drilling with a special bit and a drill powerful enough to punch through 1/4" steel.

Still, I love this board and would buy again to throw into another Node-304. Have it running 16 VMs (8 of those running under a nested Hyper-V install within a VM on ESXi) 24/7 for the past several months and it doesn't get hot, use much power, or make much of a sound.

Not a single problem with it. It's a set it and forget type of board perfect for a home workbench or SMB Server.

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SYBA GamesterGear PC200 PC Wired Gaming Headset with Detachable Mic
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

3 out of 5 eggs Not bad but not great 03/03/2014

This review is from: SYBA GamesterGear PC200 PC Wired Gaming Headset with Detachable Mic

Pros: Sturdy construction
Long braided cable
Detachable Mic
Good Bass

Cons: Very tinny sound
Mic is overly sensitive

Other Thoughts: For the price point it one shouldn't expect superior sound quality. The soundstage is good, and it is great for games or movies in 5.1, but for music it is far too tinny in sound, even causing distortion in high notes.

The mic is so sensitive that it picks up breathing. Position doesn't seem to matter. I have to ride my mute button when using this in multiplayer games.

The headset is comfortable for long periods of time so long as you don't have big ears.

My roommate kept using mine and liked them better than her Panasonics, so much that she just ordered herself a pair.

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Fractal Design Node 304 FD-CA-NODE-304-BL Black Aluminum / Steel Mini-ITX Tower Computer Case
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: Small Form Factor (mITX)
Accepts full ATX Power Supply
6 Drive Bays
Silent
Filters on Intakes
Well Constructed

Cons: Tight fit for some ATX Power Supplies (must be less than 160mm long, and preferably modular).

Vertical HDD Trays secured too tightly with overly torqued soft-head screws

Other Thoughts: I love this case in so many ways. Good ventilation, good airflow, plenty of room for an mITX case, silent fans, solid construction, and looks sexy (in a minimalistic way).

About the size of a Subwoofer.

Plenty enough clearance over the motherboard for most after-market Coolers.

When other comments mentioned the problem with the screws holding the vertical HDD Trays, they weren't kidding or being melodramatic. You simply *MUST* use a Power Drill with Screwdriver attachment to remove them! Once removed, since they will probably be stripped in the attempt, replace them and save yourself future headaches.

Other than that, there are no other complaints...

Corsair CX430 Power Supply fit perfectly, even though it isn't modular, and it also has the 4-pin Molex connectors to attach to Variable Fan Controller. I highly recommend it with this case if you aren't adding a PCIe Video Card.

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Display Name: Mark G.

Date Joined: 10/09/05

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  • First Review: 12/10/07
  • Last Review: 11/20/14
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