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This review is from: ASRock J1900D2Y Mini ITX Server Motherboard LGA 1150 DDR3 1333 / 1066
Pros: Almost all of the onboard sensors have lm_sensors drivers for Linux servers, the only exception being the BMC driver. But even without the driver for the BMC sensor you've got motherboard temp, CPU temp by individual core, and all voltage, fan speed, and intrusion detection sensors. I don't know what else the BMC sensor could include.
Cons: This motherboard has no front panel USB header. No worries, I won't be needing one on a router anyway and it would just hurt cable management, but if you need front panel USB your only option is the standard USB port that's directly attached vertically to the motherboard.
They really should better highlight that you don't need to use the 20+4 pin AND the 4 pin 12V power connections. I found out by complete accident while reading an unrelated page in the manual because it was included in some fine print notes. I'd never have found it if I was looking for instructions on the motherboard's ATX power connections. I'd originally intended to knock off an egg because of the horizontally placed 4 pin 12F plug hanging off the edge of the board because it makes it extremely difficult to fit into a small case. But since you can use either or depending on your case and cable layout, it's a huge plus.
ASRock (and other IPMI board makers) really needs to get with the times and come up with a remote console for the browser which does not require Java. Java in the browser is dead. The NPAPI has been removed from Chrome and will soon be removed from Firefox which will make these remote consoles extremely difficult to use.
Other Thoughts: It would be really nice if ASRock and other small server board manufacturers would start including additional I/O shields for 1U server cases. A standard I/O shield will not fit in a 1U case and must be cut. That's no tall order for anyone with a dremel and a cutting wheel but it would be a nice convenience.
All in all the cons were not enough to give it anything less than five stars. I highly recommend this board to anyone who needs a low power server which doesn't need ECC RAM support. I'm using mine as a router via the two Intel GB interfaces. I plan to expand that with a PCI-E 4-port NIC later. I wanted a CPU with AES but the next Intel SoC after this one is the Avaton which is much more expensive. There's a big gap to fill between the J1900 and the quad core Avaton but for now the J1900 does the job really well.
This board could run at 100% load 24/7, stay cool, and suck up almost no power. It's a lot of machine in a very small package.
Pros: It's small, it's relatively cheap, the metal at least sturdy.
Cons: The front panel wires are awful. The HDD LED connection is three pins wide and the power LED is two. This is supposed to be the other way around. Or like many manufacturers make the power LED two individual leads. So I either cut and splice the connections on the proper wires or I use the power LED as my HDD LED and vice versa. That wouldn't be so bad if the lights weren't labeled on the front. This is VERY sloppy quality control.
Other Thoughts: I went into this knowing that as a 1U case I was going to have to make some slight modifications to make it work. I used a dremel to cut and grind the I/O shield for my motherboard down to a size that would fit the 1U case. It worked for the most part, but the standoffs on this case are shorter than normal so it sits 2-3mm lower than the I/O shield expects. That's no problem for most of the jacks as they have some wiggle room but I had to grind down the hole for the server ID button as it was pushed up against the I/O shield causing it to be stuck down.READ FULL REVIEW
This review is from: Logitech ClearChat Comfort USB Supra-aural Headset
Pros: Comfortable. Light. Voice clarity is very good.
Cons: The cord is very long. Might be a pro for some but it gets tangled up and catches on stuff around my desk constantly. I've had to tape up tears in the wire sleeve from getting caught under my chair wheels.READ FULL REVIEW