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Pros: It does the job.
CAS latency is 8, instead of 9 for most memory of this rating, and voltage is 1.5v
Also, it looks good while doing the job, though no one sees the pretty heatsinks.
Cons: None that I can think of, other than I will be using an older PC for a couple more years, by which time PCs will probably be obsolete and I'll get some fancy ultrabook tablet that will make my morning coffee and tie my shoes.
Other Thoughts: This was the third memory kit I tried in this older computer, and the first that the machine accepted. This was my confusion, and not any manufacturer's fault, though why "DDR3 1333" is thought equivalent to PC3 10600 <i>and</i>PC3 10633 <i>and</i> PC3 10666 escapes me.
My computer needed 1.5v and PC3 10600, and when I gave it what it wanted, it was happy. Go figure.
This review is from: LIAN LI PC-Q11B Black Aluminum Mini-ITX Tower Computer Case
Pros: Lian Li finish quality and appearance is excellent. Light weight. Front USB ports are USB 3.0 Esthetic is sleek and modern.
The MB attaches to a side of the case, but the side can be completely detached for assembly.
Being able to use a full-size ATX power supply is great -- enabled me to use an A8-3870K processor with confidence.
Cons: What other reviewers have said about the tiny screws is true. Also, I wonder why the wires leading to the front USB 3.0 ports, sound ports and switches are so long. I've used Lian-Li cases where the wires were stretched taught, but here it seems like I could have looped them into the case next door. I understand you practically have to assemble everything to the MB before re-assembling the case, but excessive length can make wire-management harder.
I wish there was a space for a 3.5" internal card reader.
ATX power supplies fit, but consider a 6.5" depth a maximum
The clearance for a processor heatsink is about 80 mm; if the heatsink fan faces "upward"* (relative to the MB's horizontal*), that limits you to a heatsink+fan height about 60 mm, and not many choices other than the one that comes with the processor.
*understanding that the MB is mounted to a side of the case and therefore vertical.
Other Thoughts: I've built two systems with this case -- one Intel and one AMD -- both full-power systems in a small, attractive package.
I was very grateful to another reader for pointing out the need to buy a powersupply which is short. ATX power supplies are a standard height and width, but not a standard depth. At 6.5", my modular ps barely fit.
Pros: The feature set is what persuaded me to try this board and an AMD processor. I've been a big fan of the Intel i5, but the Intel boards are lagging a bit, in terms of SATA6 and USB 3.0 and the quality of integrated graphics. The A8-3870K processor may not be the equal of the i5-2500 in raw computing power, but the latter is overkill for most uses/users, and I did not want instant obsolescence, in what might be a last PC.
A USB 3.0 header let me use USB 3.0 ports in the Lian-Li case, which didn't seem an option with any of the Intel boards I considered as a base for my build. The system boots from a SATA III (6 Gb/s) Solid State drive.
The board makes some mild overclocking with this processor very easy, which raises the performance ceiling, and let's me feel better about foregoing the i5-2500. Performs.
The quality of the integrated graphics (DX11!) is another plus, as is good quality integrated WiFi and Bluetooth. A computer this small is portable and WiFi is necessary
Cons: A mini-ITX board is always a tight fit. I'm glad I don't have to wedge any more parts into the case to get WiFi or decent graphics.
I'm not sure how wise it is, to put such a hot processor (100W TDP) into such a small case. I struggled to find a suitable heat sink. I'm really impressed though with how aggressive power (and therefore heat) management is, with this processor and board -- very smooth, completely unnoticeable to the user.
Other Thoughts: I wanted to build a good PC in a small package, and chose to marry this board to an A8-3870K Llano 3.0 Ghz processor, and put them into a LIAN LI PC-Q11B Black Aluminum Mini-ITX Tower case -- solid-state plus conventional drive, and 8 GB RAM. I figure the PC is going away in the next 5 years, and this might be the last PC my friend is going to own, so let it be a good one.READ FULL REVIEW