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This review is from: StarTech USBEXTAA6IN 6" Black USB 2.0 Extension Adapter Cable
Pros: The connectors have the smoothest USB mating / sliding I have ever felt. I use this to avoid the friction of certain brands of USB flash drives and low-quality USB ports which demand so much insertion force that the case is moved back.
Other Thoughts: I will buy Startech's 6" USB 3.0 extension cable too.
I have yet to buy a bad Startech product.
Pros: Very lightweight. Probably the smallest ATX case available, with the depth dimension doubtlessly being the least of any ATX case ever made. No sharp edges, except on the PCI slots after removing the punch-outs.
Cons: The steel is the thinnest I have ever seen in a computer product and is easy to deform by pressing in with fingers. There are three 5.25 compartments: the top is reserved for cables, especially from the front panel; the middle is the only fully usable one; the bottom is only usable for 1/2 or 3/4 length devices, as the depth of the case means that a DVD-CD drive will lie over your motherboard (unless it has pins there, in which case it won't even get that far). The front panel USB 3.0 cable was poorly designed and barely bends around a DVD-CD drive in the middle 5.25" compartment. The steel is charcoal gray, not black. I had to enlarge one of the holes to allow all four screws to mount the PSU. The front panel plastic is shiny and shows fingerprints.
Other Thoughts: The side fan grill can accommodate either 120mm or 140mm fans.
There's a small rectangular punch-out of some sort in the front panel covering the top 5.25" compartment.
Keep the box for moving, as the case will twist in your hands.
This review is from: GIGABYTE GA-H61M-S2PV(R2.0) LGA 1155 Intel H61 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard
Pros: Unlike with another major vendor, the device drivers downloaded and installed without any problems. Even though the H61 chipset is old, Gigabyte offers Windows 10 drivers for all but the on-board graphics and that's not Gigabyte's fault because Intel decided to cease graphics support for all processors older than Ivy Bridge (the solution is to use a video card).
Even though this was my first Gigabyte board, I was quickly able to set the memory specifications to match my Crucial DDR3-1333 7-7-7-24 sticks.
Cons: It would have been nice to have two PCIe x 1 slots instead of only one, USB 3.0, and a sticker showing the front panel pin-outs and other details.
Other Thoughts: Gigabyte neglected to include the Realtek Ethernet Diagnostic Utility for Windows 10 on its downloads website. It's offered on Realtek's website.
Some people complain about RAM not working with certain boards, but I've had no trouble using Crucial/Micron, Hynix, and Samsung sticks, on any board.
Newegg shipped me a v-2.2 board, the newest. On earlier boards an Atheros LAN chip was used, but on current boards, a Realtek one is used.