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Pros: Small mini ITX system. Looks like a perfect replacement for my aging XPC at a good price. Would like to write more, if I could actually complete my build. If the third one is undamaged I'll update this review.
Cons: I could be the unlucky recipient of a batch of bad batch of Foxconn barebones, but I am sending back my second one after receiving it today and opening it to check the CPU socket to find pins bent again. The first one had the same problem, but I had to assemble that system to find it would not POST or have a HDMI/DVI signal at all before finding the problem. I am beginning to question Foxconn's outgoing inspection. Newegg's RMA service was kind enough to offer me a refund or another item. I opted for a third product, since I really like the look of the system and have already purchased my CPU, memory and HDD for it.
Other Thoughts: I have been a Newegg customer for over 10 years and building PCs for double that. This is the first time I got a bad item from Newegg. Their RMA process is fair and efficient. Sadly they can't open an item before they ship it or else it can't be sold as new. I suspect the issue lies with Foxconn and is most likely a failure of putting back the CPU socket cover after doing the system QA. After the first incident I carefully pulled the plastic cover that covers the socket pins during transport and found 3 pins bent. One in the middle of a group of pins and 2 along the inner square of pins. I'm at a loss of how someone can bend those pins and have the ones surrounding them remain intact. Maybe the person who QA'ed the system didn't even power on the unit. I'm interested if other Foxconn unit are having similar bent pins issues or if this is an isolated incident.READ FULL REVIEW