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JetWay JATOM-GM1-330-LF Intel Atom 330 Intel 945GC Flex ATX Motherboard/CPU Combo
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  • Owned For: more than 1 year

5 out of 5 eggs 6 years later, still works great 07/27/2015

This review is from: JetWay JATOM-GM1-330-LF Intel Atom 330 Intel 945GC Flex ATX Motherboard/CPU Combo

Pros: Cheap and reliable.

Bought this board here in 2009 to go into an HTPC. Over the years it has been used for various different duties including file server, web server, and network gateway. It has been turned on nearly the entire time and always behind an APC Smart UPS and powered by a picoPSU.

Power consumption has varied between 21-28 watts, as measured by a Kill-A-Watt, and varies more based on installed loads.

Never has any driver issues for any of the *nix OSs I have installed. Even offloading networking duties to the Realtek hardware has generated zero errors (though my routing needs have always been simple).

Even though I removed the fan almost on day one, I never bothered with a chassis fan until about a year ago, and never any issues with this board. Definitely got, and continue to get, my money's worth.

Cons: 10/100 mbps ethernet means that one day (hopefully) I'll have to use a card for the WAN port.

PCIex1 slot means older PCIex2 10/100/1000 dual port cards can't be used.

Noisy fan, but can be removed completely.

Other Thoughts: I removed the fan and heatsink the fan was attached to and replaced it with a ZALMAN ZM - NBF 47, which has been keeping it cool since day one.

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APC Smart-UPS SMT1500 1440VA 1000 Watts 8 Outlets UPS
  • Owned For: more than 1 year

1 out of 5 eggs Failed and destroyed itself after 5 years 03/22/2015

This review is from: APC Smart-UPS SMT1500 1440VA 1000 Watts 8 Outlets UPS

Pros: Worked for 5 years.

Cons: This is from my original APC battery that came with the UPS, which I purchased in 2010/2011 .

I received a warning from the UPS that the battery was disconnected. I removed the battery and observed its voltage to be just over 26 volts, which is what a fully-charged battery should be at. Since the manual does not cover very well what to do when this alarm comes in, I then plugged the battery back in, and the UPS didn't give the warning again.

Then, I noticed the UPS had run all night, and was incredibly warm. I opened it up and found that the UPS had been charging the battery all night and caused the battery to rupture at one of the terminals, which is really amazing because VRLA batteries are supposed to have a pressure relief valve to prevent exactly this sort of thing from happening.

I pulled the battery out and it was very hot to the touch. My surface pyrometer put the temperature of the sides of the battery at 166 F and the recessed areas around the top portion at 175 F.

It is worth noting that one of battery terminals ruptured and leaked acid, and both batteries were severely bowed out.

It is impossible for me to determine whether the cause of this failure was the battery or the UPS, as putting a new battery into the UPS may cause the exact same failure. APC makes it very clear on their website that the UPS only comes with a 3 year warranty, so clearly, this is a one-shot deal.

Other Thoughts: Do not use APC products. The technology being used in a UPS is ages old, and should last considerably longer than 5 years. At $500, that's $100 per year for simple power protection and short-term battery backup, which is ridiculous. I have ancient APC models from the 90s with their simple serial ports that are still working hard, yet this new breed causes batteries to rupture after less than 5 years of use?

Apparently, it is finally time for me to research an alternative brand to APC. Their arrogance is no longer matched by their product quality.

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TRENDnet TEG-S50G Unmanaged 5-Port Gigabit GREENnet Switch
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

5 out of 5 eggs The test of a switch is how long it lasts. 01/26/2014

This review is from: TRENDnet TEG-S50G Unmanaged 5-Port Gigabit GREENnet Switch

Pros: Works.

Cons: Didn't include a unicorn.

Other Thoughts: The test of a switch is how long it lasts. For whatever reason, I haven't had a 10/100/1000 switch last longer than 3 years, while I have 10/100 switches working great after more than a decade of use. If this one fails, I'll come back and update this review.

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PAUL P.'s Profile

Display Name: PAUL P.

Date Joined: 12/07/05

  • Reviews: 10
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  • First Review: 01/21/08
  • Last Review: 07/27/15
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