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Pros: My build was straightforward with this case as I have one SSD, no cards, so not a lot of cabling and easy with mini-itx board.
Cons: Didn't include the 4-1 bracket so when a few months later I complained, I gave Silverstone my invoice from Newegg and they wanted to charge me for the bracket that they left out (perhaps this was a return by someone else).
Other Thoughts: Not going to go with Silverstone on any more builds given the company's attitude for me. While this case makes it as an HTPC, it would be nice to have a mount for my slim optical drive, but without the 4-1 bracket, it cannot be put into my build.READ FULL REVIEW
This review is from: HT | OMEGA eClaro 7.1 Channels 24-bit 192KHz PCI Express x1 Interface Sound Card
Pros: Installation is easy with no power needed. Not the longest PCI-e so pretty safe for small form factors like mini-ITX.
Cons: The main problem is the Oxygen C-Media applet that installs and you MUST set the input and output number of channels (2CH for music, 6CH for 5.1 movies & TV, etc), otherwise it will fail to play DTS or Dolby Digital output.
Other Thoughts: I removed the card for built-in audio over SPDIF (toslink) and now my media is automatically switched between 2CH and 6CH when I'm playing music or watching TV or movies.
Might install this on a dedicated music box or movie watching box, but this is not a ready contender for an HTPC that does both.
Pros: Great for NAS like freeNAS that use constant spin. Forget the need for speed as 5400rpm is perfectly fine in that use case. Drives are engineered for NAS use.
Cons: Failure rate: 2 of 6 exhibited errors with smartctl -a /dev/ada[x] showing LBNA or in kernal WRITE_FPDMA_QUEUED errors.
RMA process a bit weird as you register your drives but some might not be selectable in RMA screen, and you need to call WD to get them appropriated.
Other Thoughts: I always buy +1 drive than I need; that way I can swap it in and RMA the bad drive and resilver while I wait for replacement. Then I'm back to +1.READ FULL REVIEW