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This review is from: Original Banana PI A20 Dual Core Development Board
Pros: 1. SATA (not full speed but much faster than USB)
2. Gigabit NIC (again not able to provide 1000 - i'm getting 750)
3. runs headless like a charm
4. cool without any heat sink's (i got them but absolutely not necessary)
5. power under 2W when just SD and OS runs
6. power under 4 when SD + HDD LOADED WITH SAMBA XFER
7. tons of OS's
8. HDMI with audio
9. Micro USB power (not some barrel conn.)
10. 2 USB + OTG
Cons: 1. large full size SD slot
2. Allwinner CPU
3. component video huge (who uses THAT any more)
4. only 2 USB (if you need them - i.m not using one never did) SSH-everything
5. LED ARE BRIGHT and ANNOYING
Other Thoughts: runing 2 of them
one for SMB Bananian SERVER pushing all my media over local gigabit. UFW shut tight - only local traffic allowed
second runs raspbian and motion for my ip cameras (6 of them @ 720 - gets busy with motion detection but haven't seen any issues
SMB have been running over 8 months NON stop (as i don't update cause local traffic only - once had to restart samba services)\
Motion IP recorder runing constantly for nearly a moth
both are headless, both are XRDP accessible, both have Samba configured so i can get my files out
NO ISSUES SO FAR
Pros: gigabit nic - 4 sata ports - no p4 CPU conn. - fanless (headders available) - decent graphics - up to 16gb RAM - 4 mods of video output (VGA.HDMI,DVI,DP) - USB3.0 x 4 - quad core low power APU - COOL RUNNING - MINI ITX!!
Cons: maybe - no SSD support on MSATA
some video tearing on myth TV native player while using Open SOURCE DRIVER - (doesn't exist on KODI - so i use KODI as Front-END) could be solved by proprietary AMD driver but i dislike the amd drivers
Other Thoughts: running Lubuntu/MythTV + SAMBA file server + torrent client 24/7 64gb ssd for os + 2TB + 2TB (both 2.5") for total power draw of 15.5Watts = 15 dooalrs annualy!!!!!! powered by 60watt - 12volt pico psu and VONAGE device power brick 12v @ 2A (it's not even warm)
CPU load never exceeded 60% - going to add 2 motion detect IP cameras under ZONE MINDER and i don't think it'll be an issue
Serving files @ gigabit flood bandwidth = load 25-30% watching one tv show and recording 3 (not serving files) = load 55-60%
for testing purpose i transferred files while recording (2 shows) and watching one - some studder occurred sue to I/O on HDD's system load load did NOT exceed 65%
This review is from: nMEDIAPC Black Steel (1.0mm SECC) HTPC 1800B Mini ITX Media Center / HTPC Case
Pros: low profile, Nice legs, well designed, rubber hdd mounts, optical 5.25 slot, nice power/sign, not a high-beam hdd led, USB/OD cove/flap, well designed inside and out,
Cons: not a standard PSU (i elected to use the PICO-PSU) low profile (but that is what i wanted), no USB-3.0, some vibration when DVD/BD drive spins up! (i used the rubber grommets on DVD instead of SSD as the ssd does not vibrate)
Other Thoughts: this is by far the best HTPC case for the money (if you chose to use the PICO PSU) you can fit a small Micro-ATX MOBO.
i used this case for celeron 1820T and just bought another for my I-3 2100T setup using ECS MOBO's (they have the best fan control) SSD and Samsung 2TB 2.5" drives and BD writers !
those using rosewill low profile HSF run (not quiet !!!) but dead silent with CPU's never exceeding temps of 49 deg C.
wiring management if using something other than PICO PSU's can be a pain but well worth it!!!!