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Foxconn iBT-29 1 x 204Pin SO-DIMM Intel HD Graphics Integrated by CPU Mini / Booksize Barebone System
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: Shockingly powerful in a small footprint with low power draw. Was drastically discounted on clearance. Great for an all in one nettop htpc. Runs 1.35v OR 1.5v DDR3 1333 OR 1600 SODIMM. Actually looks good and feels solid enough. Hasn't overheated and with the fan on full tilt, it's not too bad. This is a job well done, it chugs along in Win7 ult 64-bit with Media Center all day. Sounds via HDMI works great.

Cons: It's not silent; it's also not clear at all in the descriptions that WiFi is built in (but it is). There is no HDD activity light and the power LED is too bright. Slight nag: but the USB ports are too close to one another, making it hard to use dongles that are any wider than the ports. The BIOS is convoluted and the included instructions are minimal. Could have used an extra punch out rear blank for antenna use with mini pci-e slot (I'm gonna have to drill a hole for my TV tuner header). HDMI sound output is only Stereo. No built-in IR pickup.

Other Thoughts: The WiFi chip is onboard and the antennas are on the inside of the case, leaving the slot open. The included tool and extras (it has little magnetic feet) are nice. People have mentioned having issues with the screws, which are loc-tited I didn't have a problem, but unless you know what you are doing, I could see setup being a hassle due to the chassis and lack of clear instructions / bizarre BIOS config. I like that I can get this directly from the integrator as opposed to a turnkey company, because it saves money, but again, you get what you pay for with this barebone. One thing I cannot find an answer to is this: Why is there a small, translucent, white plastic insert on the front panel? What is this for? Is this where my missing HDD LED is supposed to be? Why not put an IR pickup here?

WD Black² Dual Drive 2.5
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

5 out of 5 eggs Interesting concept, performs well 02/10/2015

This review is from: WD Black² Dual Drive 2.5" 120 GB SSD + 1 TB HDD Kit WD1001X06XDTL

Pros: Exactly what I needed for a nettop HTPC: fast SSD and big HDD in a single package. Space saving, low power, quiet and big enough for day to day use. Real life use of SSD and HDD has been up to my expectations. Installed OS on it as a regular SSD, downloaded and ran WD driver and poof, there was the 1TB disk. It drastically discounted too!

Cons: WD has not marketed this drive effectively and there is a lot of misconception about it, but considering no one else makes a comparable product (this is NOT a hybrid drive). SSD performance is almost impossible to measure and it appears slower than it actually is when tested / used.

Other Thoughts: Drive is in a Foxconn nT-iBT29 nettop with 8GB DDR3 1333 running Win7 Ultimate 64-bit. I am using this as a Media Center / HTPC and the form factor could not be better. It was between this or a mini PCI-E SSD and 2.5" HDD; this was cheaper than 2 devices and allows we to preserve my mini PCI slot. I truly hope WD continues to make these drives and variants thereof; I get that this is somewhat of an experiment, but there is great value for system integrators / mini PC enthusiasts. The many comments indicate people might not understand what this drive is for (unfortunately ONLY windows at present) and I'm surprised that they aren't able to get it to work. My install was straightforward and I can tell that the system rating is measuring the combined performance of the drive, NOT just the SSD speed, which gives a false impression of performance. Having the OS on the SSD gives actual SSD performance. Apart from being a niche product that WD will likely abandon as SSD capability grows, this was the perfect fit for my needs and I'm geeking out on the engineering onboard in this tiny package.

Team 8GB 204-Pin DDR3 SO-DIMM DDR3 1333 Laptop Memory Model TSD38192M1333C9-E
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: Inexpensive, works great and as advertised.

Cons: None I can think of.

Other Thoughts: What yo say? Its packaged OK, plugged in and just works. Was the least expensive memory in capacity / speed / voltage available. Running in a Foxconn i29 nettop like a honey badger.


Joshua H.'s Profile

Display Name: Joshua H.

Date Joined: 12/15/04

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  • First Review: 08/14/09
  • Last Review: 02/10/15
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