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Pros: Clean design for its price. Works fine with older thicker 2.5" drives. Lever arm is fragile but expected for the price, so I'm not docking it points for that.
Cons: Ejector mechanism lever arm pushes above the sata connector instead of the far side. The arm completely fails for thin drives (e.g. 6.8mm height)... it just swipes over the top of the drive and thus cannot eject it.
Other Thoughts: I really like the design except for the lever-arm problem. Unfortunately the lever-arm problem makes the unit virtually unusable, because thin drives are more the standard height now.READ FULL REVIEW
This review is from: Diablotek PHD Series PHD380M 380W Micro ATX Power Supply
Pros: The power supply does appear to work.
Cons: The power supply appears to have a mini-itx form factor, not a micro-atx form factor.READ FULL REVIEW
This review is from: ZOTAC 880GITX-A-E AM3 AMD 880G HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Mini ITX AMD Motherboard
Pros: The board generally worked well with linux and the BSDs, except for the SATA ports in AHCI mode.
Cons: The AHCI chipset probes as Generation-2 only, and connects to 6GBit/sec SATA-III devices at only 3GBits/sec. This is the actual chip registers that are indicating this and has nothing whatsoever to do with any software drivers. What is weird is that this is the 880G chipset w/presumably the SB850 southbridge, which DOES support 6GBit/sec SATA ports because I have the same combo on my Gigabyte 880GMA-UD2H mobo and it probes the same devices at 6GBits/sec speeds.
My presumption is that the Zotac BIOS has very old chipset firmware in it and/or the chipsets have very old firmware, or the BIOS is doing something stupid and blowing up the link configuration causing the chipsets to indicate only 3GBit/sec operation. Or they are lying outright. The information on the site is extremely poor.
The BIOS update requires a msdos floppy, so old. Updating my BIOS didn't solve the problem.
Boot order selection doesn't work very well w/ regards to having a USB stick override the normal HDs
Other Thoughts: I see a lot of poor reviews, and mine is poor too in that the board is advertised as having 6 GBit/s SATA ports when it doesn't. The BIOS also has poor usb keyboard emulation and poor memory & cpu clocking controls, and the smart fan doesn't quite feel right. But insofar as operating as a small server the lack of 6GBit/s SATA support is the only showstopper.READ FULL REVIEW