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This review is from: StarTech ESATAPLT2M 2-Port SATA to eSATA Plate Adapter - F/M
Pros: They may have changed their BOM on this item, as I found the adapter to be very securely attached to the mounting plate. I'm using this for the somewhat unusual purpose of connecting an internal drive to the external eSATA port, for which it is perfect.
Cons: It's possible that it will not work with SATA plugs that have clips, but I avoid using the clips because they can more easily damage some of the pathetically fragile SATA ports that I occasionally run into on boards and drives, so I didn't test for that.READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: BIOS recognized the card without issue. Works with various versions of Linux.
Cons: Doesn't fit into my case. I have an Antec case and Asus motherboard that I've been using for many years, with many cards. This card created tremendous stress between the case and the board, and I was very worried about long-term stress on the board, so I only used the card for installing the OS. This is really unfortunate, because the card worked great and PCI is easily fast enough for an optical drive, but I can't leave the card installed without risking long-term damage.READ FULL REVIEW
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.READ FULL REVIEW