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This review is from: ASUS B85M-G LGA 1150 Intel B85 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard
Pros: Inexpensive, should offer overclocking for K and Pentium G3258 processors
Cons: Cannot update BIOS (apparently) without a currently supported processor
Other Thoughts: I bought this to go with the G3258 I ordered. The board powers up but won't give me any video output. I tried all of ASUS' suggestions including installing a speaker to hear any post codes (there weren't any). I suspect that I have to update the BIOS, but I don't have a supported processor to use to do the update. Another issue is that this board is smaller than standard M-ATX, and the standard m-atx mounting location at the bottom right corner (near the SATA connectors) doesn't exist. On my case, it has permanent, molded in mounts. I didn't even try mounting it seeing that issue - I would have to put a couple layers of insulating tape to make sure it didn't short any onboard components. Seems to be a relatively well built board, with obvious cost cuts - cheap low-end Realtek sound and network, 3-phase CPU power, only 2 fan connectors. I wish it would have worked, as I have now had to purchase a Z97 board which should work out of the box for this processor. Manufacturers really need to figure out a way to update the BIOS when a processor isn't supported.READ FULL REVIEW
This review is from: Rosewill FBM-01 Dual Fans MicroATX Mini Tower Computer Case
Pros: Very cheap, smallish, quiet fans. Has all the screws and standoffs necessary. I like that it has normal brightness power and hard drive activity LEDs instead of the common bright as a laser blue that seem to be common in my cases.
Cons: Wow, I have used cheap cases before, but nothing like this. I think it is one or two gauges thicker than tin foil. It would be easy to think that the case was missing from the box. 80MM fan? I haven't had one of those in a case in years. It's what I get for wanting the thinnest case I could get that would still accept standard height expansion cards. Panels can be dented by looking at them incorrectly.
Other Thoughts: You get what you pay for. I needed a case to go in my server closet to handle a new router. I needed it to be as cheap as possible as it wasn't a planned replacement. Does the job and won't be touched/moved rarely if ever. Wouldn't consider if for a build that was functioning as a regular desktop. Very sad that the Rosewill case I used to buy for this same price, but had space for a back and front 120MM fan, and is MUCH heavier, is no longer available.READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: Bought this to replace another enclosure that didn't have drive activity lamps. This is very solidly built. The drives are easily removed and installed.
Cons: As others have mentioned, there ends up being quite a lot of cables, however it isn't difficult to manage. There isn't a lot of difference between the bright blue "on" LED and the color change, purple it seems, when there is activity. Wish I could disable the default on and only have it show when there is activity. I'm using drives in RAID1, and have had lockups, so I really wanted to see which drive was hanging as it isn't passed to the OS. It's easy to open the trays, so if this is where little kids might have access, it can be a con.
Other Thoughts: Really like this for the price. It was less expensive than my previous purchase. The build quality is very high. Yes, the cables are a mess, but it's not that big of a deal. Do wish that companies would stop the trend of using ultra bright blue LEDs.READ FULL REVIEW