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ASRock E350M1 AMD E-350 APU (1.6GHz, Dual-Core) AMD A50M Hudson M1 Mini ITX Motherboard/CPU Combo
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  • Owned For: more than 1 year

4 out of 5 eggs Update: Realtek 8111E NIC failed after 16 months 01/20/2014

This review is from: ASRock E350M1 AMD E-350 APU (1.6GHz, Dual-Core) AMD A50M Hudson M1 Mini ITX Motherboard/CPU Combo

Pros: Price and value.
Low power consumption.
Fully compatible with NAS4Free and FreeBSD 9.1

Cons: Realtek 8111E Onboard NIC recently failed. It refuses to maintain a connection to the switch. When the connection is restored, it dies as soon as I try to access the computer.

Other Thoughts: This is an update to my 5-star feedback post. I use this build as a home server running NAS4Free 9.1.0.1 Sandstorm. It's on 24/7, and I haven't turned it off for more than a few hours at a time for the last 15 months.

Given the continuously ON nature of the machine, and the price of the motherboard, having the NIC fail at this time is acceptable. Nothing lasts forever, right? Only thing is, the Dell GX150 this thing replaced never failed at anything. I guess they don't build them like they used to.

I ordered a replacement Realtek 8111B Rosewill PCI-Express NIC for the repair.

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In Win BP655 mini ITX case with Haswell Ready 200W power supply, 8cm Fan, Black, TAC 2.0, Front USB 2.0X2, HD audio
  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: Power supply is TFX size, not SFX as I stated in my original review.

Cons: No cons here.

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ASRock E350M1 AMD E-350 APU (1.6GHz, Dual-Core) AMD A50M Hudson M1 Mini ITX Motherboard/CPU Combo
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: mITX form factor. Integrated SATA controller with 4 ports. Gigabit LAN port. eSATA port. AMD E-350 platform is very energy efficient (when compared with the older Intel Atoms), but still quite fast for server duty. In fact, almost overkill for a file server. Nice price at $95 when I bought it.

Cons: CPU fan is used for active cooling rather than a well-designed heatsink. No built-in speaker; had to purchase one for $3 (no joke) to get sound out of it. NIC driver does not come in the vanilla FreeNAS 8.2.x

Other Thoughts: NAS4Free is a fork of the older FreeNAS 0.7.x project before they were bought out and became FreeNAS 8.x. The reason why I went with NAS4Free rather than FreeNAS is because the built-in NIC went undetected in FreeNAS 8.2. Odd behavior, considering gigabit LAN is so ubiquitous. NAS4Free is based on FreeBSD 9.1, which seems to include the driver.

Overall, I think this mobo is overkill for the type of duty I need it for. CPU temps idle around 45 deg C on a normal autumn day.

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Display Name: David C.

Date Joined: 08/08/05

  • Reviews: 22
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  • First Review: 03/18/09
  • Last Review: 01/20/14
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