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CRU-DataPort 2.5
  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

5 out of 5 eggs Perfect for Dell hotswap bays 02/05/2014

This review is from: CRU-DataPort 2.5" to 3.5" Metal HDD/SSD Adapter Bracket 5220-0000-02

Pros: Does exactly what I needed: Lets me put 2.5" drives in the 3.5" bays of my Dell servers. Other adapters that put the drive in the center of the bay don't work for me, since they don't align the SAS port in the right way.

Cons: Only possible to fit in three of the screws that secure the adapter into the hard disk tray. Not a major issue, feels plenty secure without it, and I don't think it would be possible to make an adapter that fit all four screws without messing up the alignment of the SAS port.

BUFFALO AirStation HighPower N600 Gigabit Simultaneous Dual Band DD-WRT Wireless Router - WZR-600DHP
  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: It's a nice, powerful, and not too expensive, and I haven't had any trouble with the wireless that others have reported. In fact, it's been rock solid, fast, and nice to work with. I didn't like the stock DD-WRT, so I put OpenWRT on it and I've been extremely happy with how it's performing now.

Installing OpenWRT isn't quite drop-dead simple but it's pretty easy if you just google around a bit. After that I have full use of my connection, a better interface, and better managability and it works better as well.

Cons: I expected to like the fact that it came with DD-WRT but honestly the stock DD-WRT is really annoying. It's slow (I couldn't saturate my 50/25Mb pipe on stock firmware), takes forever to boot, has a few issues with NAT loopback port forwarding and the interface is kind of annoying and ugly. I still miss the Tomato interface, but OpenWRT isn't too bad, and the router is blazing fast with it.

Foxconn RM3-H2 Intel Core i7 / i5 / i3 / Pentium (LGA1155) Intel Socket H2(LGA1155) Intel H61 none 1 x HDMI Barebone
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

4 out of 5 eggs Nice, easy, and attractive, once you get past the BIOS issue 01/05/2013

This review is from: Foxconn RM3-H2 Intel Core i7 / i5 / i3 / Pentium (LGA1155) Intel Socket H2(LGA1155) Intel H61 none 1 x HDMI Barebone

Pros: I like the look of this case, and the price was quite nice for Black Friday.

Install of the parts was easy and the quick install sheet looked helpful, but I ended up not needing it. Came with plenty of screws and even a few small zipties.

My Ivy Bridge i3 CPU goes great with it (after I get the BIOS updated, see below), and it makes a nice HTPC.

Worked out of the box with Ubuntu Linux. In fact, I just took the hard disk out of my ancient HTPC and put it in this one, and it came up just fine.

Cons: WARNING: REQUIRES A BIOS UPDATE TO USE IVY BRIDGE CPUs! That's any CPU whose 4-digit product number begins with a 3 (e.g. i5-3570). Without the update fans will spin but there will be no video output and the board will appear DOA. Some of the other reviews suggest it needs it for Sandy Bridge CPUs too (they begin with a 2) but I can't confirm it.

Fortunately the BIOS chip is removable, and Foxconn will happily send you an updated one, just call their RMA number that other reviews have provided.

I called them, and I eventually got it working, but getting the chip was a comedy of errors. First there were a few understandable delays due to the holidays, and I had a tough time giving my address to the strong-accented fellow on the other end of a noisy phone line. Then they sent the updated chip to the wrong zip code, meaning it took almost two weeks to arrive. They also sent the chip in an simple envelope without sufficient padding, so the pins were all completely bent out of shape. Fortunately none of them were broken off, so the chip was still usable. I just had to painstakingly straighten the pins out, one by one, over the course of half an hour, all the while chuckling darkly to myself.

After that it did work nicely though, so I guess I can't complain too much.

Also, thumb screws for the top cover would have been nice.


Gordon D.'s Profile

Display Name: Gordon D.

Date Joined: 11/05/03

  • Reviews: 32
  • Helpfulness: 18
  • First Review: 01/28/08
  • Last Review: 02/05/14
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