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Intel BOXDH77KC LGA 1155 Intel H77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
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4 out of 5 eggs BIOS version 0100 cures several problems 09/28/2012

This review is from: Intel BOXDH77KC LGA 1155 Intel H77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

Pros: See earlier review.

Cons: New BIOS version seems to have eliminated my earlier cons, save for the lack of official Linux support.

Other Thoughts: Update to my earlier review:

Intel recently released BIOS version 0100(9/6/2012). This BIOS version fixed the following problems I was encountering:

1. misconfigured memory when selecting XMP-1600 profile
2. incorrect IRQ routing for conventional PCI slots
3. EFI boot problems

IMHO, Linux users should definitely update the BIOS to version 0100. Others may want to consider updating if they are using non-default memory settings.

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Intel BOXDH77KC LGA 1155 Intel H77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
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2 out of 5 eggs Nice feature set, but some problems 07/25/2012

This review is from: Intel BOXDH77KC LGA 1155 Intel H77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

Pros: USB 3.0, 6 Gb SATA, and DisplayPort, combined with 3 conventional PCI slots and headers for parallel and serial helps bridge the gap between the past and the present.

Cons: BIOS has some serious problems, particularly for Linux users.

Attempts to change the memory settings from the typical 1.5V, 1333 MHz may result in unintentional overvolting of the memory interface.
See the topic "Mushkin 996988 default and XMP timing" in the Mushkin forum. Additionally, see the topic "DH77DF misdetects memory XMP profile as 1.8v, may kill CPU" on the Intel communities site.

The current version of the BIOS(0095 as of 2012-07-25) has incorrect interrupt routing for the conventional PCI slots. See Linux Kernel Bug Tracker – Bug 43238. The workaround for this is ugly. Note that apparently this does not affect Windows users. It's unclear why.

Intel does not officially support Linux on this motherboard.

Other Thoughts: i7 3770
Mushkin 996988 memory
Crucial M4 128GB
integrated graphics
BIOS upgraded to 0095
Intending to run CentOS 6.

It will be interesting to see whether Intel fixes the PCI routing problem in the next BIOS release.

BTW, this board uses an IT8892E PCIe to PCI bridge to support the conventional PCI slots. I believe this chip is also used on some Gigabyte boards. I haven't been able to locate a datasheet for this device.

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Fractal Design Define Mini Black Micro ATX Silent PC Computer Case w/ USB 3.0 support and 2 x 120mm Fractal Design Silent Fans
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Pros: One of the shorter cases you will find that still holds 6 disks.
Good cable management.
Quiet.
Good looks. (to me, anyway)

Cons: My primary complaint is with the case height. Much of the rest is just nitpicking.

Case is taller than specified. Manufacter web site and product documentation list the height as 395 mm(15.6"). Actual height is ~413 mm(16.25").

No routing channel for reset cable. Can interfere with top 5" drive position.
Bottom filter is removed from the rear, so case has to be pulled out.
Bottom filter wants to curve, so reinstalling might be problematic.
Supplied cable ties have anchor, but it's not clear where they might be anchored.
Manual is not very useful.

Front fan was not seated properly at the factory.
HD audio cable housing shows signs of heavy-handed assembly.

Other Thoughts: My concern with the case height is due to wanting to place the case underneath the modesty panel of a desk. It will still fit, it's just going to be closer than I would like.

Purchased this to use as the backend in a mythtv setup. Motherboard is an Intel DB65AL(not available from Newegg as of November 2011), with an i3 2100. Probably would have purchased a low wattage Seasonic power supply, but I had a spare Antec EA-500, so I used that.

If you are considering this case, you may want to look at the Supermicro CSE-731i-300B and CSE-731D-300B cases too. Fewer drive bays and not designed for low noise, but relatively small for the number of drives they will hold.

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