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

5 out of 5 eggs Small footprint, Big personality 01/23/2014

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

Pros: The case is quite heavy for it's tiny size, making it quite rugged. The fact that it takes standard optical drives is an amazing option for a miniITX case of its size. The layout it intuitive, and the parts disassemble without much thought. I used it for a HTPC/DVR build and it perfect for the job. The power supply is quiet, along with the included case fan. I coupled the fan to my ASUS H87I-PLUS, and overall the system is almost completely silent. The front face and the overall design of the case is quite nice, and it appeals to me in the way a Noctua fan appeals to me, with it's simple elegance.

Cons: The USB 3.0 front header cable is exceptionally (and needlessly) long. It was obviously designed for a normal form factor case, and it actually made placing a card into the PCI-Express slot trouble-some.

Other Thoughts: There is very little headroom for a CPU cooler, so I used the Noctua NH-L9i which fits beautifully beneath my optical drive. Coupled to my ASUS H87I-PLUS running the ASUS AI Suite 3 Fan Xpert on silent, the case is completely silent at idle and barely wispers at 100% CPU load.

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ASUS H87I-PLUS LGA 1150 Intel H87 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Mini ITX Intel Motherboard With UEFI BIOS
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: Everything on the board runs cool in my cramped thermaltake SD101 case. But the ASUS AI Suite 3 software is incredible, and it makes owning THIS motherboard, over any other H87 motherboard, worth your time. It's has exceptional control of your fans, making this whisper quiet (as possible) in silent mode. During times where there isn't stress, the fans turn off, and I love it! The UEFI (Bios) is simple to use and extremely clever.

Cons: One of my capacitors was soldered on crooked, and the solder-motherboard interface is barely holding the capacitors lead. But... as a stressor I've been running Folding@Home continuously for 3 days (100% cpu load) without any issues.

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Noctua NH-L9i 95mm SSO2 CPU Cooler
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

5 out of 5 eggs Amazing 01/23/2014

This review is from: Noctua NH-L9i 95mm SSO2 CPU Cooler

Pros: Cools my i5-4570S at 100% cpu load for 24 hours to 63C. It does this via by my ASUS H87I-PLUS miniITX board which has the fan spinning at only 35% of the fan's capacity. It's dead SILENT at that spin rate. When you juice it to 100% of the fans capacity, it's still only gracefully hums. This fan was essentially my only choice (over stock intel) because I have it in a thermaltake SD101 case, which an incredible tight mini ITX case which gives very little clearance for a cpu cooler. This cooler is a MUST BUY for anybody building a slim HTPC or mini ITX computer.

Cons: The fan sits low and wide, which could potentially be problematic for individuals which motherboard that have capacitors or chokes that sit high in the cpu's proximity. Be sure to check Noctua's website for compatibility.

Other Thoughts: The included thermal paste worked better than my Artic Silver 5, I had no need to the included low noise adaptor. My motherboard wasn't listed on noctua's website, so I used pictures of the motherboard to decide whether I thought it'd work... and it did.

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Display Name: Henry L.

Date Joined: 02/12/05

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  • Last Review: 01/23/14
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