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This review is from: ASUS E45M1-M PRO AMD E-450 APU AMD Hudson M1 Micro ATX Motherboard/CPU Combo
Pros: Solid performance. Quiet. Small form factor. 5 6.0GB/s SATA connectors. Cheap.
Cons: Relatively slow. Not bad for a file server, but proving to be inadequate for my needs in a media server.
Other Thoughts: I think this is a great board for a media server - in general. Unfortunately, for my needs it struggles. I'm running Sabnzbd, Couchpotato, Transmission, Headphones, plus hosting DLNA and SAMBA, on Ubuntu Server 12.04.4. My server has 4 GB RAM (1066), 5 SATA drives (1 + 4 in a RAID5). I regularly max out the CPU (between 2.5 - 4 SysLoad).
If you understand what I'm talking about, then you should be able to figure out if this board will work for you or not.
I am going to bite the bullet and upgrade a Haswell i3 core, 35w or 45w. I need the extra power and the i3 does a great job of reducing consumption when it can operate in a low power state.
If you are only using this to server content, it's a fantastic workhorse (and cheap). I recommend it if your needs are less than mine! Dinged one egg due to not meeting my particular needs. YMMV
Pros: * Quiet
* Bought at good price over holidays. Wait for a sale if you can.
* Relatively fast for a HD
* No issues so far
Cons: None so far.
Other Thoughts: I ordered 5. I've only tested 4 so far (bought 5th as backup drive for my 4-drive RAID5 NAS box that is my home media server.
Now that I'm reading all these complaints about DOA drives, I'm going to test the 5th one.
I strongly recommend running a comprehensive SMART test program on new drives (I followed my own advice on the 4 in the box now, but not the 5th - yet)
Pros: Just a quick comment. I appreciate Gavin's comments. They are helpful for someone like myself who is considering purchasing this case.
However, I want to point out the fact that no one should expect a rackmount case to come with vent holes in top or bottom for a power supply fan. By their very nature, you typically won't be able to vent above or below a rackmount case. That's why the power supplies for these cases always vent to the rear. They are designed to be mounted in an equipment rack, with other cases above and below them for more efficient use of space.
Other Thoughts: Wish NewEgg would allow commenting on reviews. NewEgg's review system design is very outdated.
I picked an egg rating arbitrarily, based on what I've read about the case and the design. Like I said, NewEgg doesn't have an option for commenting on other's reviews.