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Pros: Well worth the price of entry (which is not that high to begin with). This PSU is silent, and solidly built.
1. Reviewed by professional review sites and it has achieved high marks.
2. Decent wattage supplied for the form factor.
3. Survived a two day Prime95 and Unigine Heaven simultaneous burn-in test in my build without issue.
4. 80+ Certified.
5. All of the necessary protections such as overheat, overvoltage, undervoltage, etc.
6. Cables are the perfect length for use in very small mini-ITX enclosures. Of course, you might find this to be a con if you are trying to use this unit in a mini-ITX enclosure that is large.
Cons: 1. Capacitors are made by Teapo, a 2nd Tier supplier. Of course, at this price point, you cannot expect Japanese caps either. At least there are no 3rd Tier caps present.
2. Only two SATA power connectors on one cable. The rest are molex and a floppy connector as well. This is not good...and needs to be updated.
3. The biggest weakness is the lack of a grommet/strain relief at the point the cabling leaves the steel body of the PSU. It is a open hole with wires running through. This is a potential short waiting to happen to someone.
Other Thoughts: This unit is working precisely as intended, and I would buy again. I think the unit does need to be updated to be a little more competitive in the year 2015. The lack of a grommet and the need for more SATA power connectors are the primary items I am pointing out.
I am using this unit in a Silverstone Sugo SG05 Lite mini-ITX case, and it is a perfect fit for this situation.
If you intend to use this PSU in a system with a larger video card that requires multiple PCI-E connectors and 8-pin EPS 12V, then you will be disappointed. Pick the right PSU for your situation!
Pros: I have used Team RAM before, in various incarnations. This RAM was no different than the rest...it worked and it had a convenient XMP profile for 9-9-9-24, 1.5V, DDR3-1600.
1. Inexpensive (relatively speaking)
2. Passed two days of MemTest86+ intensive RAM testing
Cons: None at this point.
Other Thoughts: Used with a MSI AM1 Mini-ITX mobo and Athlon 5350 Kabini APU.READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: I typically build high end gaming rigs in mid tower cases. This was my first mini ITX build (and a specialized one to be sure).
I carefully researched and selected this case for the following reasons:
1. Silverstone name and quality
2. Price was reasonable
3. 120mm intake fan WITH REMOVABLE DUST FILTER
4. Positive pressure design
5. Easy to work in compared to some other cases in this class
6. USB 3.0 ports on the front, but that was also a con in my setup
7. Lots of ventilation holes designed to let heat escape with the positive air pressure design used
In building with this case, you must use a SFX power supply as that is what it is designed for. Unfortunately, there are not many SFX units on the market to choose from. You don't want one of the cheaper ones and I would stay away from the SIlverstone "high end" unit as it is OEM'd by Enhance and is using some 3rd Tier capacitors. I went with the FSP 300W unit, which has professional reviews and awards not to mention positive feedback on Newegg.
In addition, I found that putting the PSU in LAST was the best way to build. I installed the mobo first (after having already mounted the CPU/HSF and RAM). Second, I wired up the USB/FP headers, SATA headers, ATX and 12v AUX power cable, and then mounted the PSU when all was said and done. That way you are not trying to reach under the PSU to plug anything in. I balanced the PSU on top of the case while plugging in the mobo power cables.
Generally, the number of screws provided was adequate and a cable routing/mount tie was included. There is little else in regards to provision for cable routing, which is to be expected for the size of this case. It is small!
The optical drive bay is designed to take a notebook optical drive, but I did not install one. There is a single 2.5" bay and a single 3.5" bay, which is all I needed.
Everything went together well and I encountered little trouble. Once all put together, this little case makes for a solid build. The instructions provided are very clear and thorough...far more so than the average instructions that come with a case.
If I find myself looking at building another mini ITX based system, I would probably go with this case again.
Cons: The two main cons are:
1. Limited SFX power supply selection (specifically, high quality units). This is not the fault of Silverstone. No eggs removed.
2. Front panel USB is 3.0 only, which is good and bad. The MSI AM1 mini ITX mobo I used does not have a USB 3.0 header on it. Neither do a lot of mini ITX mobos due to lack of space on the PCB. I purchased an Apevia USB 3.0 to USB 2.0 converter cable and used that for one of the USB 2.0 headers on the MSI mobo and it worked out well, albeit adding to the cable clutter a little. Silverstone should provide the same converter for this situation, and this is what got an egg removed.
Other Thoughts: This build is for a SOHO server box designed as a NVR for a Ubiquiti 720P 8 camera PoE surveillance system and Ubiquiti UniFi WiFi hardware zone controller. The build is as follows:
1. MSI AM1I mobo
2. Kabini Athlon 5350 at default clock
3. 2 x 4GB (8 GB) Team Zeus DDR3-1600 9-9-9-24 1.5V
4. Gelid Solutions AM1 1U HSF
5. FSP SFX 300 Watt 80+ PSU
6. Silverstone Sugo SG05 Lite case
7. Crucial MX100 256GB SSD as boot/OS
8. Seagate Surveillance 3TB as surveillance video storage
9. Intel I210 Gigabit Ethernet Server PCI-E x1 card
10. Windows 8.1 Pro 64 bit
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