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SUPERMICRO SYS-5015A-H 1U Intel Atom 330 Dual-Core 1.6GHz Dual Gigabit LAN Server Barebone
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: Size, efficiency, USB port on motherboard, doesn't run particularly hot (well, mine don't, anyway)

Cons: Many of the motherboard's features, including the majority of its SATA ports, are wasted by the server case. That said, you can connect eSATA-to-SATA adapters to the unused (non-multi-lane) SATA ports via the case's unused (but pre-scored) cutouts and dangle them out the back of the unit if looks aren't that big a deal.

Other Thoughts: Mobo USB port makes this a good candidate for FreeNAS or similar. I'm also using one of these as a movie server (My Movies for WMC). I recently upgraded to a four port RocketRAID 644 PCI-E card and am now running FOUR multi-disk arrays full of DVD and Blu-Ray disc images from this modest little Atom box. What a great unit.

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MSI Wind PC Intel 1.6GHz Atom 230 processor on board Intel 945GC Intel GMA 950 Barebone
  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: I bought a handful of these for use at my office, replacing older, more power-hungry P4 desktops. I'm finding them to be surprisingly good value. You'll agree if the following is true for your business:
1. The intended users are running Office apps, surfing the web, running Citrix apps or other lightweight client/server stuff;
2. You have a bunch of low-capacity SATA drives and adequate laptop RAM floating around due to upgrades.
3. Your users automatically assume that a "new" computer identifies them as "special".

Anyone with a good screwdriver, fifth-grade reasoning ability and opposable thumbs can set one of these suckers up in a few minutes. With the right OS, you can be up and running less than an hour after cracking the box.

Also a great PC for elderly relatives, children, etc. At this price, it's a great mix of (adequate) performance and expendability. I haven't tried the mini-pcie slot, but if it works you've got a great "expendable" PC for warehouse applications.

Cons: It's not an attractive machine, its expansion potential is minimal, and if you're the sort of person who doesn't like to waste a lot of time figuring out how things fit together and come apart, you're going to break the faceplate the first time you open the case.

Other Thoughts: I'm not typically a fan of MSI's hardware -- for want of a better term, I find it graceless compared to the competition. That's still the case here, but for the money, I can live with that.

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ViewSonic X Series VX2025WM Black-Silver 20.1
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: Beautiful monitor. DVI worked right out of the box with an X800. Typically speedy, hassle-free Newegg experience.

Cons: If the highest quality audio you listen to on your PC is, say, five year old RealPlayer files over your 28.8 dialup connection, you'll be very happy with the built-in speakers. If not, don't throw out those old speakers just yet.

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Display Name: George Z.

Date Joined: 07/11/03

  • Reviews: 5
  • Helpfulness: 3
  • First Review: 09/15/05
  • Last Review: 11/11/11
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