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ICY DOCK EZConvert MB882SP-1S-2B 2.5
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Pros: Perfect fit for an SSD that I am now using in my HP Media Smart Server. Pretty good quality plastic and very easy installation.

Cons: None

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Crucial 8GB Kit (4GBx2) DDR3L 1600 MT/s (PC3L-12800) SODIMM 204-Pin 1.35V/1.5V Memory - CT2KIT51264BF160B
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Pros: Used it on two different mini pc's the HP Stream Mini and the MSI Cubi, it works with both with no problem, great price and performance from Crucial as always.

Cons: None what so ever

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MSI Cubi-005BUS Intel Broadwell U PCH-LP 2 x 204Pin SO-DIMM Intel HD Graphics White Mini / Booksize Barebone System
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Pros: This one is probably one of the most exciting devices for me personally this year, right after the nVidia Shield maybe.
Let me start form a while back, more than 10 years a go, when I became a fan of MSI products and even today I have multiple graphics cards, motherboards and other components that are working with no problem even years after.
Earlier this year after doing some research I went ahead and bought the HP Stream Mini to be my main HTPC system and so far the little desktop has been great and is playing everything with no issues what so ever. At the time the Haswell based Celeron in the HP was offering enough power for media, but not the ideal for lite gaming, with the arrival of Broadwell based CPUs and the next generation Intel HD graphics, the performance bump was around 30-40% which is amazing and is allowing some game play with 3D games with respectable FPS.
So the MSI Cubi offered all that new architecture and I naturally jumped on it, my particular version of the Cubi is the 002-Bus which is the one with the 1,9ghz dual core Pentium 3805U based on the Broadwell chip. I purchased the Cubi a few weeks back for the total price of $130 and on top of that MSI were offering a $15 rebate, so the final price will be $115, for me this is an absolutely amazing price, especially compared with the HP Stream Mini that I paid $180 and than had to upgrade the SSD, WiFi and Memory, so in reality I probably ended up spending over $300 total on it.
Back to the Cubi, $115 initial price, I added 8Gb of memory for another $30 and 64gb mSata SSD for another $40, so the total will be $185 almost the same I paid for the HP without all the upgrades, again great deal!
At the end I installed Windows 7 first just to test it and everything works fine with no issues.
Than I installed my Windows 10 and again the little machine is flying, btw the fan noise is almost none existing only when running benchmarks or graphically extensive games you can slightly hear it if you are really close to it of course, the maximum temperatures I have seen were under 60 Celsius, with ambient of 22, which is very impressive.
So far the machine is great, stay tuned for the full review and comparison with the HP Stream Mini.

Cons: None so far

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Display Name: Ivan G.

Date Joined: 08/31/06

  • Reviews: 55
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  • First Review: 05/09/07
  • Last Review: 12/09/15
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