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Pros: Convenient size for home use.
Can be used for a variety of applications
Cons: Lack of included riser board
Lack of included 2.5" drive mounts
Minimal amount of USB ports makes initial configuration difficult
SUPPORT. I own 4 of theses systems, one has a possibly failed temperature sensor as it goes into the overheating panic mode within a few minutes of operation. I sent in an RMA in 09/29/2011 and shipped it and followed through with the process. The last contact was received on 12/13/2011.
I have made multiple attempts to contact support regarding the RMA and have not heard anything. (as of 4/26/2012)
Other Thoughts: If the atrocious support did not turn me away from the SuperMicro brand, I would still buy additional systems as needed given the few options available for a small rackmount serverREAD FULL REVIEW
This review is from: AMS VENUS T4U DS-2340UBK 3.5" IDE USB 2.0 External Enclosure
Pros: A good sturdy enclosure for up to 4 drives. Supports an encapsulation of all 4 drives visible as one large drive or having all 4 drives visible. Good at maintaining heat levels and very simple installation. Good airflow, has vents on the side of the casing, then blown out the back.
Cons: OUCH LEDs... they are BRIGHT. There needs to be laws about how bright LEDs can be. had to put several layers of duct tape over them in order to dampen them completely.
8 LEDs and the blue ones are the brightest
Other Thoughts: I'd like to mention that no where does this mention RAID or other connectors like firewire. Those of you listing those as CONS, should adjust them to your thoughts. Those are not valid cons to the device as it clearly does not list those as a feature. That is like buying a minivan and complaining that it isnt a convertible. You buy this product knowing what you are buying, if you wanted something else, then buy something else.
Airflow is fine even with the "full cables" and a front panel with no holes. The casing sides have holes along the length of it which are used for air intake as the fan at the back will pump air out of the system. Additional holes without filters and fans will only cause dust accumulation. Contrary to popular belief, just because an item is not designed as a wind tunnel, it will operate to necessary standards without overheating.
This review is from: Scythe SCSMZ-1100 92mm Sleeve CPU Cooler
Pros: I have had this running in a system for an entertainment center for over a year. Hardly notice the sound of the computer.
Cons: None for my uses.
Other Thoughts: It is a bit on the large side, make sure you have room in your case. It is also NOT meant for an overclocked CPU. It is a lower RPM rating to be quiet while maintaining decent airflow.READ FULL REVIEW
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