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Pros: (Was) inexpensive. Overclocks as advertised. So far very stable. Gold looks good on a black motherboard
Cons: Not as affordable as it was.
Other Thoughts: Installed to 1600 default, but opted for XMP #1 in BIOS (advertised speeds) and voila.
Installed on ASRock FM2A78M ITX+ with A10-6800K. I was astounded by the speed difference between 1600 CL9 (stock) and 2133 CL11(ish, cause its 10-12-12...). It does bump the heat a few degrees too, but that makes sense since the proc spends less time at idle waiting for data from memory.
Pros: The silver looks great: professional but not black. As mentioned on another review, great power button feel.
The front panel is actually fairly heavy guage aluminum.
The size is fantastic. You could actually put this on the desk-top and still have room to work. I don't remember the max graphics card size, but it will fit a two slot card of reasonable dimensions and performance.
Fairly quiet out of the box.
Cons: Golf Ball fan doesn't move much air, and makes a bit of noise coming through the side vents behind the front panel.
Front panel cables are long, as is the rear-mounted reset button. There would be plenty of cable to reach the furthest back corner of the case, though front panel headers are usually pretty near the front. Fan cable is super-duper long, and neither twisted, sleeved or fused together, so tight containment is tough to make look clean.
Top vent is a bit silly: If you have the PSU flipped so its pulling air through the vent, the rising heat from the system comes up next to the PSU and gets sucked back in. The remaining space on the vent isn't big enough for a fan to force-ably extract the hot case air (there is no fan mount anyway).
The PSU is directly over the motherboard, so aftermarket cooling is tough.
Even still, these are fairly small complaints when looking at what you get.
Other Thoughts: I built this with an AMD A10-6800K to get the graphics without an additional card, but at 100W TDP at 100% load, it gets loud. To mitigate, I used a Scythe Big Suriken 2, which still maxed out the fan speed to keep the processor cool. Anything taller though would impede airflow to the PSU if you do the traditional mounting.
it would cost about $200 more, but a hyper-threading i3 with a separate graphics card could be a quieter choice.
I replaced the golfball fan with a PWM unit (300 - 1600 rpm) from Scythe. Much quieter under normal conditions, and dropped the CPU temp by 5 degrees, 10 on the system temp under load. I think an air-penetrator fan from Silverstone would work even better.
Choose a cable-type adapter for the slimline optical drive: I chose a solid adapter (you connect existing data and power cables to it), and this caused some cable interference with the PSU.
Pros: slim DVD writer
Cons: Not SATA. Its mini-SATA, or mSATA, or Slimline. Not a fault of the product, but the Specs page could be more clear.
minimal adapter choices from Newegg.
Other Thoughts: First time ordering a slim optical drive. I could tell it wasn't regular SATA, but I couldn't tell what adapter to purchase to put it in a desktop case. I ended up purchasing a microsata adapter.
I found very little in the way of adapters searching for mSATA, none searching for mini-SATA. Searching for Slimline adapters proved much more fruitful. Still, very few that make sense for an SFF build: most have massively long SATA cables with short power connections. Very few choices are nice looking, mostly just long red sata with twisted pair to Molex 4-pin power.
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