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Pros: The best bargain anywhere for the new low power design by AMD. The integrated GPU can run any browser flash game without a glitch, I haven't tried anything heavier. I needed a low power machine, and it used even less power than I was expecting while being faster than I expected. The CPU can keep up with filetransfers between the two internal SSDs I have setup. Also, it supports modern instruction sets, and is the least expensive chip I can find to offer AES and AVX (which I use).
Cons: Single thread performance is below average, but to be fair, it was not designed for that.
Other Thoughts: This machine makes the best value combination of a low power desktop and fileserver I can find anywhere, by far. In the higher performance machines, the CPU wattage rating only takes into account the CPU/GPU and a couple integrated aspects of the chipset. Both north & south bridges are integrated into this CPU, as well as the memory controller, card reader interface, PCI lanes, SATA, other aspects. The "25 watt" rating includes all those aspects which is why the power draw is so low comparatively. This machine replaced my old backup desktop/fileserver that I leave running 24/7. The load on my UPS went from 3/5ths to 1/5th, and the CPU is faster than the Core 2 duo it replaced in every way. I replaced the HDD and optical drive with 2 SSDs. This chipset is specifically designed for laptops and low power/low energy systems. That is why it has two SATA ports, and why I purchased it. I am more than pleased with it. For expansion, there is one X16 PCIexpress slot, and one X1 PCIexpress slot.READ FULL REVIEW
This review is from: BYTECC USB2-10MF-W 10 ft. White Type A Male to Type A Female USB 2.0 Extension Cable
Pros: does the job well, and it blends in.
Cons: I wish it were a little bit thinner, but this is a very minor issue
Other Thoughts: I have a computer that is using a USB wireless-N adapter, but the router is located in a different building. I am using this cable to get the adapter tothe corner of the nearest window so it is line-of-sight to the router. The cable works well, and allowed me to get better signal quality.READ FULL REVIEW
This review is from: Optical Quantum 25GB 4X BD-R 10 Packs Spindle Logo Top Disc Model OQBDR04LT-10
Pros: For the cost, I could not find a better deal
Cons: None thus far, 4 discs into the spindle.
Other Thoughts: For my use, I did not need top end speed, or ultra durable coating. I am using them for one time backups that will be kept in a fireproof safe for a year. I've written to 4 of the 10 so far and all four worked well.READ FULL REVIEW