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Habey EMC-800S Silver Heavy duty 3mm aluminum Slim Mini-ITX HTPC/NAS/Server Chassis 120W Internal Power Supply, 60W External AC Power Adapter
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  • Owned For: more than 1 year

Pros: Cheap. Sturdy metal components. Simple to open and close. No-brainer to use!

Cons: Awkward to mount a case fan. There are airflow obstruction issues with an Intel i3 CPU + cooler and heatsink. This requires some creativity to resolve.

Other Thoughts: I recommend only using an SSD for storage and an external optical disk (E.g. portable USB-connected optical drive) if a motherboard requiring a CPU heatsink+fan is employed - pretty much anything except an Intel Atom CPU board. Be sure to investigate ahead of time whether or not all desired inside-the-case components will fit.

Giada MI-D2550GT-M Intel Atom D2550 Intel NM10 Mini ITX Motherboard/CPU/VGA Combo
  • Owned For: less than 1 day

Pros: Quiet, cool, requires no case fans. Low power consumption. Easily fits in Mini-ITX cases such as the smallish Mini-ITX M350 case.

Cons: Intel provides no Linux support for the Atom "CedarTrail" CPU with PowerVR graphics. This applies to motherboards using the D2500, D2550, D2600, D2700, D2800, and possibly others that I am not aware of. See the Intel disclaimer at Fortunately for me, Ubuntu provides a workable makeshift solution by autoselecting the gma500_gfx kernel graphics module and the X-Windows modesetting video driver. I would guess that Fedora and others can as well.

Other Thoughts: Recommendation: Use with Windows only.


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Display Name: Richard E.

Date Joined: 01/11/03

  • Reviews: 2
  • Helpfulness: 0
  • First Review: 01/22/14
  • Last Review: 01/22/14
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