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This review is from: Cooler Master GeminII M4 - CPU Cooler with 4 Direct Contact Heatpipes
Pros: Lower temps. I averaging nice low temps in the 28 to 30 C marks. It normally was in the 42 and 50 C range. This fan and heat sink is great. Just be careful and make sure to install the thermal paste as that really helps with transferring the heat from processor to the massive heat sink.
Cons: Have to remove the motherboard to install. The bracket has to be installed from under side the motherboard. As this is a con for the install, but a pro for the quality of the product. RAM on some motherboards will not fit this heat sink and fan. It did fit on mine, but I know other boards might have trouble clearing ram sockets or if you have very large heat sinks on your ram it might conflict with the space.
Other Thoughts: Price is good, temp is really good. If your unsure of how to take apart a computer this fan might need to be install professionally. As you do need to remove the motherboard in order to mount.READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: Great power supply for a 1u case. Fits easily, very little noise compared to other server power supplies. Minimal power for my board, 2 ssd's running in 1u case 30 watts of power consumption. I could literally run this server on a cheap solar panel. LOL
Cons: non so far, but like any power supply it really depends on lifetime of running. Since I live on Long Island power sucks. But with constant UPS battery monitoring it I have a feeling this power supply won't quit on me.READ FULL REVIEW
This review is from: ASRock AD2550R/U3S3 Mini ITX Server Motherboard DDR3 1066
Pros: This board has every connector you can ever want on it. 2 NIC's that are just awesome. Intel RAID which is fast. Plenty of sata ports, usb ports, on board graphics. Great little Ubuntu server. Combine this with two SSD's in RAID 1 and you got your self a little speed demon.
Cons: no 1U back plate. this is standard height. But I got over it quickly after I saw the amount of connectors this board has to offer. RAM is laptop memory and max is 4GB. Which is not bad, but still rather disappointing since most servers prefer to have more memory.
Other Thoughts: I put this together into a iStar case with iStar power supply 1U rack mount and this is great for things like a phone server, or mini web server (Ubuntu, not windows)READ FULL REVIEW