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Thermaltake SD101 VP11821N2U Black Steel Mini-ITX Tower Computer Case 180W Power Supply
  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

5 out of 5 eggs Targeted at businesses, but great for home use. 05/16/2014

This review is from: Thermaltake SD101 VP11821N2U Black Steel Mini-ITX Tower Computer Case 180W Power Supply

Pros: Quiet and small, perfect for HTPC. USB 3.0 support is a plus. This case handles heat and airflow well as long as you don't install an optical drive. I used this for an APU build and it's been great.

Cons: The power supply is proprietary so the only other units one can use are the 180W exact replacement or a similar 160W model.

And the internal USB cables are almost too long to make sense inside such a tiny case.

Also note that Thermaltake lies about how the cooling works. There is no intake on the front as that mesh is only decorative.

Other Thoughts: Considering the configuration of most mITX motherboards, I recommend getting a 5" SATA cable since the hard drive bays are nearby.

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G.SKILL Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 2133 (PC3 17000) Desktop Memory Model F3-2133C10D-8GAB
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: This memory is relatively fast with lower latency at only 1.6V. The memory profile will default to 1600Mhz but is easily adjusted through XMP to 2133. It hasn't caused me any problems yet. Two modules get me 34.1GB/s of memory bandwidth. The heat spreaders are short and will accomodate larger CPU coolers.

Cons: None.

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ASRock FM2A88X-ITX+ FM2+ / FM2 AMD A88X (Bolton D4) HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Mini ITX AMD Motherboard
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

5 out of 5 eggs Very good compatibility, feature packed. 01/25/2014

This review is from: ASRock FM2A88X-ITX+ FM2+ / FM2 AMD A88X (Bolton D4) HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Mini ITX AMD Motherboard

Pros: This motherboard is able to boot with Kaveri processors even on BIOS as old as 1.00! I was worried that I would need a Trinity/Richland chip just to update the BIOS for Kaveri but a tech with ASRock assured me that this board will post with the new APUs enough to update it. It also comes packed with more features than I ever thought I would see on a mini ITX board.

Cons: The WiFi antenna is big, clumsy and generally works against the simplicity of a mITX system. I used normal SMA WiFi antennas instead. The only problem is that the connectors are supposed to be mounted to the motherboard I/O shield plate. The fasteners cannot get a very good grip on the plate and have a tendency to rotate.

Other Thoughts: Fasten those antenna connectors as tightly as possible.

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Display Name: Andrew K.

Date Joined: 08/06/13

  • Reviews: 21
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  • First Review: 08/09/13
  • Last Review: 05/16/14
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