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ASRock FM2A85X-ITX FM2 AMD A85X (Hudson D4) HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Mini ITX AMD Motherboard with UEFI BIOS
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: Lots and lots of usb, usb 3.0, sata III ports.

high effeciency, low temps

Good OC'ing abilities

Size, features, quality, the best sub $100 itx you can buy. Coming from an foxconn ahd1S-K, theres no comparison. The foxconn board was weaksauce.

Cons: Only one pci-e (itx, so tis all good) Wish i could have my 6750 xtx DD in that slot, but i need it for a port multiplier esata, which brings me to the next con.

Onboard esata, is not PM compatible. A SATA III pm capable esata would make this near perfect for me.

Kind of cramped board space, especially with lots of sata drives.

Other Thoughts: I run this board with an a10 5800k oc'd to 894mhz gpu, and 4.2ghz/4.4ghz turbo. Two F3-14900CL10S-8GBXL running at 1866mhz dual channel, no overclocks on the ram yet. With an externally mounted corsair h60 i get max 45C full load. Case temps are about that as well.

Going to check watt consumption and then see if i can push it a bit more while staying well under the m4 atx's 160w ps (16v 10a meanwelll smps). The power supply itself is rated for 260w.


Also, when i had an a6 5600k in there with a stock cooler, using a dc mx atx supply, my kill a watt never went over 100w at full load. Have a 18ah 12v sla and 16v 10a supply ideal dioded ($20 board rated to 2x 30v 10a in, 20a out) to the m4 dc input. Power goes off, sla kicks in instantly, and the m4 gracefully shuts down when the voltage drops to 10.7v. Superb diy ups setup.

Have yet to test power consumption under the current setup, but i'd wager its less that 150w at the ac plug. Very efficient board/apu setup.

Hopefully i can run my 6750 xfx dd in the matx case i have, just need to wire up my 24v 7.2a linear supply first, and switch over to a 24v battery bank system. Or parallel the ideal diode input switches, idk yet.

Buy this board, its the perfect powerhouse htpc, or mini gaming rig with a decent card, adequate ps, and a cheap closed loop watercooler for your fm2, so you can overclock your apu a few hundred mhz/ghz ;) and get temps that dont rise above 50c under full load.

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Mediasonic HF2-SU2S2 3.5
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  • Owned For: more than 1 year

5 out of 5 eggs Top Notch Quality & Value 04/07/2013

This review is from: Mediasonic HF2-SU2S2 3.5" Black SATA I/II USB2.0 & eSATA Pro Box 4 Bay Enclosure

Pros: 4 bay with support for 2tb drives
esata 3gbps
solid build quality
excellent price
Easy to swap out drives

Cons: usb 2.0
could have better ventilation
far too many BRIGHT blinking leds, you can either live with it, tape over it, or disassemble and unsolder/break of the smd leds, but its not a big deal.

Other Thoughts: Have owned this enclosure for over a year now, and am very happy with it. A few cons, but overall never had any problems, and its worked perfectly with any drive i've thrown at it, including 2.5" satas for temporary transfers without having to open my tower case.

Make sure your esata controller is port multiplier compatible, usb 2.0 is too slow for sata drives imho.

5400rpm drives work well in the enclosure and stay cool, but you may want to beef up the fan or mod the enclosure if you want 7200's. 10k's prob would bottleneck at the 3.0gbp speeds, and overheat if you tried any kind of raid setup. Old velociraptors (sata II) you can get away with, assuming you only put one or two in the case and add another fan up front.


Overall, its a great enclosure. For the price its a good deal, especially considering its build quality. Backup/jbod storage is where this excells, but for speed freaks who want to raid up 7200 or 10k drives, you may want to look elsewhere. Not a con though, its not designed for that application. SATA II is more than enough for fast raid speeds with a few 5200 rpm drives in raid 0 or 1. Anything above that will hit a bottleneck and you need a sata III enclosure/controller.

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MEElectronics EP-AF9-BK-MEE Black Stereo Bluetooth Wireless Headset
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: Sound quality vs direct 3.5mm connection with the same jbud j4 headphones, is nearly indistinguishable, when range is within 1-2m. Bought device because the jack on my n900 is worn out, and only available through a middle man shipping from the Netherlands, i bought this to tide me over until then, but think i may just keep using it for on the go usage, saving the 3.5mm for stationary connections to an amp.

Pairing is easy, very lightweight, built in mic/call button, works with all bt devices i've tested it on (laptop internal, usb bt adapter, n810 bt pairing). Device is sturdy, and very well designed/engineered.

Got it at a steal

Cons: Battery life- i get about 4-5 hours of music playback with my n900, thats about whats expected, but not up to par for a full days usage for me.

Blinking led whenever in use, not a big deal, easy to cover, and expected with about any BT adapter.

Can't charge/use at the same time, would be nice to have a small 500mah lipo w/ 5v boost to be able to re-charge while not near a usb source while still being able to use. No big deal though.

Other Thoughts: I replaced the 100mah 3.7v lipo cell in the device (had to disassemble, easy, just clips to detach with your standard plastic prying lever tool), with a 180mah 3.7v lipo cell from an old broken s9-hd device. It was a tight fit, and soldering was tricky and a bit of a risk considering how close the contacts are, ie one slip and you could short/blow the lipo pack.

This gives me ~8hr of playback time, and it lasts all day with this simple mod. If your so inclined, a few bucks and some careful soldering, can double the battery life. Just have to find the right size cell, i got lucky having one from my s9-hd, and that it fits snugly as a replacement.

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Display Name: Eric L.

Date Joined: 12/23/09

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  • First Review: 09/03/12
  • Last Review: 05/17/13
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