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ZOTAC IONITX-F-E Intel Atom 330 (1.6GHz, dual-core) MCP7A-ION Mini ITX Motherboard/CPU Combo
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: This is a great combo to buy, they packed quite a few features onto this little Mini ITX board. I purchased this item to be a part of an HTPC unit.. The ION packs enough punch to get out all of the HD content that I give it from my file server, and it very rarely has issues.
It lives up to the "Good enough" philosophy that I believe they are going for with these ION machines. Elaborate interfaces such as the Aeon skin for XBMC will most likely require you to overclock a bit.. I'm running stock clock and it's usable but not exactly smooth.. this is a great purchase for a basic HTPC.

Cons: If you understand what you're paying for then this is a great item. I would not recommend it for much more than a basic HTPC, or perhaps a fancy "file server with benefits". I'd personally opt for something a bit more powerful if you're looking to make this your multi-purpose PC mobo.. if you've got a high res display you'll run into performance issues with basic tasks.. the processor will hold you back.. This board was very obviously made with a specific purpose in mind.. but it comes with plenty of perks.

Other Thoughts: I had problems with my first board, but that's just bad luck.. Newegg service was great as always and I am really enjoying this little addition to my home network.

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ASUS AT3GC-I Intel Atom 330 479 Intel 945GC Mini ITX Motherboard/CPU Combo
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: I used this board as part of a low profile home office desktop setup for a client. It's very cleanly laid out, with a healthy number of options and support for the core requirements.
If you are building a low profile replacement desktop for your parents or other basic users, this is a good purchase.

Cons: The fan IS a problem. You can monitor the fan's speed in the bios but it doesn't seem to let you change it. I would highly recommend getting a mini fan controller to go along with this.. item # N82E16835118217 would be a good idea.

It did it's job nicely, though I may have opted for something a bit more powerful in hindsight, this guy will never see much more than online flash gaming.. but it doesn't seem to be quite as snappy as it should be.

Other Thoughts: The board did not post out of the box.. after resetting the bios with the jumpers (and possibly unnecessarily re-seating the CMOS battery) it booted up fine though.

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Cooler Master HAF 932 Advanced - High Air Flow Full Tower Computer Case with USB 3.0 and All-Black Interior
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: -Airflow in this case is ridiculous.
-Some knock the evil/industrial look, personally I think it looks great
-Cable management was made much easier by the case design.
-If the 3.5'' drive bays aren't sufficient for you, Coolermaster makes a cheap 5'' bad drive attachment that looks sharp with this case (blue LEDs, but the color scheme was already broken by the activity lights).

Cons: -Your components are very exposed. The case is more or less one big grill, the top is almost entirely open and a careless friend or child with a drink could easily spill something or drop something into your case.
-Noise levels are more noticeable than my last case, but not bad at all considering what I am gaining in terms of cooling power.
-Front 240mm fan has red LEDs, hd/power lights are blue.
-HD Activity/power LEDs on the front may as well be laser pointers. I didn't think I would do it, but I put three layers of painters tape over them so that they were less intense.
-5'' drive bay will require the screws to be secure, the method they've provided for easy docking simply isn't enough.

Other Thoughts: If you are looking for a sharp case with powerful lungs and plenty of room for cable management to get your rig looking sharp.. then I think this is the case for you. None of the cons I listed are serious impediments.

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Display Name: David C.

Date Joined: 05/20/06

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  • First Review: 06/30/06
  • Last Review: 01/26/11
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