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This review is from: COOLER MASTER Elite RC-310-SWN1-GP Black SECC / ABS ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
Pros: I really like this case. Good airflow, and the 120MM fan at the back moves air well, yet quietly. There is no front intake fan, so if you want additional airflow, add a front fan, or a side fan. Case is wide enough to take a Thermaltake Contac 29 tower cooler. Front panel cables are long enough to reach the far back corner, to accommodate for boards with audio connectors way at the bottom.
Cons: - No cable management, but if there were cable management, the cost would probably rise.
- Not screwless, but that personally never bothered me.
Other Thoughts: I was looking for an inexpensive, full-featured case with 120mm fans to build an ESXi 4.1 server. This one is just about perfect. The metal is a little on the weak side, but for the price, it might just be the best value out there. I would definitely recommend this case.READ FULL REVIEW
This review is from: ASUS M4A785TD-M EVO AM3 AMD 785G HDMI Micro ATX AMD Motherboard
Pros: This board is wonderful. I own two of these, 1 for my HTPC running Windows 7 x64 Ultimate, and the other I use as my ESXi 4.1 server. Everything works perfectly in Windows 7, ESXi doesn't recognize the NIC, so get an Intel EXPI9301CTBLK if you're going that route. I'm not an over-clocker so I can't speak to the overclocking features. Both systems are use AMD Phenom 2 X4 3.0GHz 90W processors.
Cons: - In Windows 7, the HDMI driver only pushes stereo audio. That's not necessarily a con though, if you have a DTS receiver for surround sound. I use PowerDVD 10 Ultra for Blu-Rays, and if you set the software to simply send all audio through the HDMI port unaltered, full 7.1 DTS works. (It's just Windows applications that are stereo only.
- Had to update the BIOS (rev. 2105) for the system to POST with 4GB GSkill RAM modules. Luckily I had the other system with 2GB Crucial modules to use while I updated the BIOS to get the 4GB modules working. To be safe, use 2GB modules.
Other Thoughts: - The 2 cons are very minor, given that neither actually impacted the services provided by the board.
- In ESXi 4.1, SATA ports 1-3 need to be in AHCI mode, and all SATA hard disks need to be on SATA ports 1-3. SATA CDROMs need to be on ports 5-6, and the SATA port mode needs to be in IDE mode. Also, ESXi 4.1 install fails if ACPI is disabled. I disabled the audio and on-board NIC in the BIOS, with ACPI enabled, ESXi 4.1 performs flawlessly. SATA disks are usable as datastores in ESXi 4.1, without any issues.
This review is from: Belkin Pure AV - RF Coaxial Video cable (25 FEET)
Pros: Very beefy end connectors and high quality shielding throughout the cable. Gold connectors at the ends. This cable works exactly as it should.
Cons: The only "Con" I can come up with is that the end connectors are about 3 inches long and are very rigid. If you are connecting this cable to a flat panel TV, make sure you have a few inches of clearance behind it.READ FULL REVIEW