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Pros: Ivy Bridge architecture
Low power consumption
Cons: No AES-NI?
Other Thoughts: Honestly for the low price, it's hard to find fault with this processor. I used it as a drop in replacement for a 3570K that was being underutilized on a 24/7 server. Unless you have 50 simultaneous users, this is probably enough processor for your network file server. If you are using Gentoo Linux or FreeBSD, you can compile binaries with a more powerful Ivy Bridge and run them on this.READ FULL REVIEW
This review is from: LIAN LI PC-9NA Silver Aluminum ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
Pros: Tool less installation of everything except motherboard.
Distinctive finish, although it looks a bit like a Sony Vaio or Mac Pro tower.
Hopefully will last years.
Cons: No card reader.
Not really a good value, but made out of aluminum.
Other Thoughts: This a nice, distinctive looking case. It has a brushed finish like a DeLorean. My favorite thing about this case was how easy it was to get setup. You only need to take off one panel for the whole installation. All of the motherboard standoffs are set up for an ATX motherboard when you pull it out of the box. It looks like there is enough room for a bigger board.
The external drive trays have a latching mechanism that you don't need to install on your DVD drive. So if you're like me and only use the optical drive to install the OS, this is extremely convenient.
Thermal performance is very good so far, I am using the two fans that came with the case to cool a 3570K clocked to 4.2 GHz with a Zalman cooler.
A good case for enthusiasts that will change out hardware often.
This review is from: LIAN LI PC-V354B Black Aluminum MicroATX Mini Tower Computer Case
Pros: It doesn't look like a computer. Can be turned into a formidable, yet unobtrusive file server.
Cons: I found assembly to be an exercise in trial and error. I feel like I spent most of the time in my last build dealing with case. This is my first small form factor build.
Other Thoughts: I don't even hook up any lights.READ FULL REVIEW
Display Name: John H.
Date Joined: 11/13/06
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