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This review is from: LIAN LI Black Aluminum PC-Q09FNB Mini ITX Media Center / HTPC Case
Pros: Lian-li quality (excellent)
Power supply seems solid and 24+4
120mm fan, cool
Cons: Front USB actually routes through the case and has to plug into the back of the motherboard. Why make the effort to go USB3 an a sleek case, but take the cheap route?
The large middle bracket really probably won't be needed in most installs, however they make it necessary due to the fact that's where the DVD blank is attached. Non-DVD would have a big hole in the front
All the cables are ridiculously long, like they came from a full tower. USB, motherboard, etc. If they would have taken a bit more effort and custom created ones for this case, they could cut down on clutter big time as well as materials.
Even though this is a purpose built case, most mini boards still have a PCI-E slot. There was room for this in the case easily, but those choose to not even allow it. I didn't really look close enough (who would imagine that a case manufacture wouldn't put this in) and would probably get a different case if I did it again. At this rate, I can't even put in a card if needed.
Other Thoughts: Lian-li quality but clearly not well thought out.READ FULL REVIEW
This review is from: NORCO SS-400 4 Bay 3.5" SATA or SAS Hot Swap Rack Module
Pros: Hot swap is good.
Performance is as expected, no bios/OS issues
Cons: (Purchased two, so not just a single "defective one")
HOT and LOUD!
Green light overbearing (on) blue light dim (activity)
Assembly training issues?
Too few screws in one box, too many in the other (got lucky)
No manual. I see jumpers, and they do....??????
Other Thoughts: I have no idea what the posters are referring to when they said quiet. Both of the units I have sound like a lawnmower starting up. I can near them upstairs. Unfortunately it's not a nice consistent hum either (see next note). They did not really do a good job with ventilation planning, so the fans are working super hard to pull air through very limited ventilation holes. So add on an annoying hissing/sucking sound in addition to the fan noise. They also run about 5-10 degrees hotter than your standard drive carriage in most cases today, so be prepared for that. The green light is also quite bright (always on when a drive is installed) and the blue is quite dim so you have to look pretty closely (activity light). My bays on one of the units were smashed back into the case (1/4" too far), luckily it didn't damaging the unit. The box was in perfect shape, so this was clearly something that happened during assembly. One of the units was missing some screws.READ FULL REVIEW
This review is from: StarTech SATA6RA1 6" [152.4 mm] SATA to Right Angle SATA Cable
Pros: Does the trick, nothing fancy
Cons: Drives get HOT if you're use to any remotely modern case with fans near the drives. Most cases won't have cooling in the area this will be mounted.READ FULL REVIEW