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Team Dark 8GB 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model TDD38G1600HC901
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5 out of 5 eggs Team Dark 8GB 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model TDD38G1600HC901 12/06/2014

This review is from: Team Dark 8GB 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model TDD38G1600HC901

Pros: Low-cost 8GB DDR3 1600 @ 9-9-9-24 timings, takes up one less slot (and possibly cheaper) than two 4GB stick sets. Stylish black aluminum heatsink goes with most any build's decor.

Cons: None so far. It just works. Locked it into the slot and it didn't move. Okay, the black heatsink may not be good contrast for a deep purple decor.

Other Thoughts: Am using this memory in a low-cost low-power HTPC build. 16GB would have been overkill. 4GB might not have been enough. Going from 1333 to 1600 speed for just a few dollars more was worth tthe performance gain. In any case (pun intended), don't paint the heatsink.

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AMD Athlon 5350 Kabini Quad-Core 2.05GHz Socket AM1 25W Desktop Processor AMD Radeon HD 8400 AD5350JAHMBOX
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Pros: Low TDP. Fairly quiet operation. Slightly better graphics performance. Cheaper overall build due to SOI design. Works well with Linux. Seems to be the best bang-for-the-buck in its category. Possibly an order of magnitude faster than the TF-20 CPU in my laptop.

Cons: No voice-activated auto-install-to-motherboard option. Installing the heatsink/fan was Different. Definitely different. With the first AM1 APU heatsink I installed, just sat there and stared at it for a minute or two. Once I got my head around the mechanics of it, seemed to install quite smoothly. But it made me stop and think.

Other Thoughts: I purchased two AMD Sempron 2650 APUs recently, was very impressed with their performance as 1080p-capable HTPC builds using MSI and ASUS motherboards. Installed 8GB memory and a 60GB SSD. Kill-A-Watt meter said ~28w for both builds at idle. Bought this Athlon 5350 APU as an upgrade for better gaming peformance in one of the HTPCs (Ouch). Seems I'll be retiring my PIII-based frewall with the 2650 in another sub-$200 build.

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LOGISYS Computer CS6801BK Aluminum Mini-ITX Tower Computer Case 350W Power Supply
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3 out of 5 eggs Great miniITX-capable microATX case 10/10/2014

This review is from: LOGISYS Computer CS6801BK Aluminum Mini-ITX Tower Computer Case 350W Power Supply

Pros: Small size, ample cooling and wire routing options. Two 80mm fans can be added. On front panel is reset switch, single USB 2.0 and USB 3.0 ports, SD/HD sound jacks, and two card reader slots for microSD and SD. Has four low-profile expansion slots. Includes a mount point for a 2.5-inch SSD on the removable drive tray just above the power supply.

Cons: For my purpose, NONE. However, if the intent for this case may be for a somewhat high performance desktop, and all cooling options that the case has to offer needs to be used, then the case MUST be stood up using the supplied feet. Otherwise, either a fan will be blocked, or the CD/DVD tray will be upside-down. Also, keep in mind that some 80mm fans generate lots of noise if noise is a concern. (Okay...I may be a tad bit concerned about the proximity of the SSD mount point and PSU due to heat.)

Other Thoughts: This LOGISYS CS6801BK "Mini-ITX" case was chosen for my new low-power HTPC build. I managed to tuck away all wiring not to exceed half-inch from mainboard due to 'bottom' cover's 3/8-inch depression, mainboard support tray cutouts, and generous cable lengths.

HTPC components::
APU: AMD sempron 2650
Mainboard: MSI AM1I
Memory: 2x2GB Corsair XMS3 DDR3 1333MHz
SSD: 60GB Kingston SSDNow V300
OS: WinXP/Ubuntu Studio Dual-boot.

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Date Joined: 03/24/10

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  • Last Review: 12/06/14
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