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SUPERMICRO CSE-512L-260B Black 1U Rackmount 14
  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: Good craftsmanship, no sharp edges, quick release top lid, 14" depth, doesn't require rails, plenty of space for hard drives for a 14" case.

Cons: Non standard IO shield opening, proprietary front panel connector, noisy fans, not designed for SATA.

Other Thoughts: I was planing to build a low-power fan-less NAS server based on an Intel DN2800MT motherboard. This motherboard doesn't have a 4-pin fan connector and can't throttle the case fan, which is very noisy (but also very powerful) when run at full speed.

With the fan removed, cable management for two 3.5" SATA drives is acceptable, but I still had to use extension cables for power. Cable supplied with the board was too short.

DN2800MT is a miniITX board with external 12V power. With the stock PSU removed, this case has lot's of space for extra drives on both sides of the board. However, none of the pre-drilled holes match up with 3.5" or 2.5" drive mounting points.

I was aware of IO shield height problem with the 1U cases. DN2800MT comes with a standard, and a half-height IO shields. My plan was trim the top off of the full-height, or install half-height and cover the gap. Turns out, the opening in the case is non standard in both directions and even the half-height shield doesn't f

Pretec I-Disk Poco 8GB USB Flash Drive
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

4 out of 5 eggs Small but Slow 03/29/2012

This review is from: Pretec I-Disk Poco 8GB USB Flash Drive

Pros: Build quality seems good. Pretty small. Doesn't get too hot. Lanyard attachment.

Cons: Transfer speeds 11.6 MB/s read, 6.1 MB/s write, which is pretty slow. Plug cap is easy to lose.

Other Thoughts: This is a Pretec branded MMB3R08GUACA-MG microSDHC card stuck into a reader. Direct competitor to Verbatim Store ‘n’ Stay. Idea is pretty nice, but for most use cases where you'd want to leave it plugged in, it would be nice if it was quite a bit faster (i.e. 30+ MB/s read speed). On the good side, there is always an option to replace the miciroSDHC card inside with a class 10 card.

HIS H567Q512 Radeon HD 5670 (Redwood) IceQ 512MB 128-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card
  • Owned For: less than 1 day

Pros: Nice quiet heatsink solution.

Cons: 2/3 professional reviews show idle power consumption of this card >10W higher than that of cards based on the reference design (that's almost twice as much). The 3rd reviewer propably didn't bother to rerun the power tests assuming the numbers would be the same as in the previous 5670 revew from the same site, but their temperature numbers look suspicious and confirm the hypothesis.

Other Thoughts: I don't own this card, and can't run my own test to confirm or disprove the above, but thought I should warn others to do their research first. I would like to hear from HIS on this issue as well.


Dmitri L.'s Profile

Display Name: Dmitri L.

Date Joined: 09/23/03

  • Reviews: 3
  • Helpfulness: 1
  • First Review: 01/27/10
  • Last Review: 04/16/12
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