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BitFenix Prodigy with Window Vivid Green Steel / Plastic Mini-ITX Tower Computer Case
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: First, looks. Assuming you want a green case (you DID notice this was greener than Kermit's whole family, right?), this one is fantastic. The paint is nice, and scratch-resistant enough to hold up after I dropped the side panel on a wood floor during initial setup (whoops!).

Second, accessibility. Both side panels come off, sure, that's nice. However, this thing has a moon roof. The top part pops right off if you need a vantage point looking down, which is handy for, say, installing additional RAM while the motherboard is in place.

Third, silence. This could vary depending on if you have a CPU or video card which runs hot, I suppose. I have a Kabini APU which only uses 25w of power, so there isn't much to keep cool. Just the same, I can run the front and back case fan, the CPU fan, and the video card's fan, and not hear a thing in this case. It's like a padded room in a mental hospital.

Cons: The thumb screws for the PCI slots in the back are a bit cumbersome. Two slots, three thumb screws.

I'm not a huge fan of the logo on the front of the case. But since my number one "pro" was looks, I don't think it detracts too much.

Other Thoughts: I installed a PICO PSU for my mini-ITX board, so I did not have to install traditional PSU to install. As such, I cannot review that aspect of using this case.

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ASRock AM1B-ITX AM1 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Mini ITX AMD Motherboard
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

5 out of 5 eggs An update to my original review 05/10/2014

This review is from: ASRock AM1B-ITX AM1 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Mini ITX AMD Motherboard

Pros: This is an addendum to my initial review, dated 5/6/2014 2:53:49 PM.

I wanted to post my success running two sticks of RAM. Initially, I had four sticks of identical RAM, and I couldn't get the device to POST with two sticks in at the same time.

I borrowed some RAM from work. The board POSTs with these two sticks in place. I am returning my review to a full five eggs. There must be some issue with the board not liking the specific timings on the RAM that I had before. If you decide to buy RAM, I'd follow this guide: http://www.asrock.com/mb/AMD/AM1B-ITX/?cat=Memory to make sure you get something tested specifically for this board.

Cons: I do have a minor con to add as well. I set up my board before my case arrived. When I disconnected everything from the board to put it into place, plastic on my PCI express slot broke. This is near the rear of the slot, where the video card is secured, but not where the actual connection occurs, so there was no damage to the electronics.

I'm not docking any eggs, since I believe I am at fault in this. But I didn't use much force, and I didn't hear anything break or snap. The con is just a notice to be gentle with your PCI-E, in case you run into a similar issue.

Other Thoughts: The board is running stable, which is the reason I love ASRock's products. All the Windows 8 x64 drivers work without fail on Server 2012, so if that's important to you then you're good-to-go.

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Link Depot POW-SATA 4-Pin PC power to SATA Converter
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

5 out of 5 eggs Works as expected 05/07/2014

This review is from: Link Depot POW-SATA 4-Pin PC power to SATA Converter

Pros: If you've got a MOLEX 4pin connector, and you need to power a SATA drive, this is the adapter you want. Works 100%.

Cons: There are no cons. This is a basic adapter. If you need one, this is it.

Other Thoughts: If you get a PICO PSU (I recommend them for low-power systems, VERY nice, efficient, small), then you may well need one of these. Mine came with one SATA, one MOLEX connector. But if you're reading this review, you probably already know that.

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Display Name: Justin T.

Date Joined: 07/03/04

  • Reviews: 14
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  • First Review: 04/06/06
  • Last Review: 05/10/14
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