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ASRock H97M Pro4 LGA 1150 Intel H97 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard
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  • neweggOwned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: Lower price than competition for same specs

Cons: USB does not work at first -- so is Real pain to set up

Other Thoughts: USB works in BIOS, but not when OS starts. So no usb devices worked. And, since you need to click "OK" and "install" etc to install drivers, you can't ge the USB to work without installing the drivers, it is a "catch 22". So I had to spend a couple hours (and who can afford that?) and finally found a solution. Get a PS2 keyboard and mouse and attach those (way old-school, I know). Use those to install drivers in the OS. Then the USB will work and you can go back to normal USB keyboard/mouse.

Antec ISK 110 VESA Black ABS plastic / 0.8 mm SECC Mini-ITX Desktop Computer Case 90W External Adapter, Up to 92% Efficiency Power Supply
  • neweggOwned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: Small Form Factor (SFF)
Well organized, good placement, tooling and cable management

Cons: Radio Frequency Interference
Too much plastic
Case does not ground through power supply

Other Thoughts: I installed a mini-itx motherboard with an i3 Mobile processor, and a 2.5" HDD for a pfSense build. Worked pretty well, except that
1) the power supply puts of so much radio frequency interference (RFI) and the case does not stop it. If you search it on the web, you'll find there are many people with this issue with this case.
I believe this is likely because
2) the case is mostly plastic and so does not make a natural Faraday cage like most metal cases do
3) the metal parts of the case are not grounded

There was so much leaking RFI that when I turned on the PC my garage door opener stopped responding to the remote opener buttons... When I unplugged the computer the problem went away. Every time.
I grounded the metal frame of the case, and this improved things somewhat (the remotes would work within 10 feet of the opener/receiver) but this was still not acceptable. Instead of building an ugly Faraday cage to go around it, I've returned the case.

LIAN LI PC-Q25B Black Aluminum Mini-ITX Tower Computer Case
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  • neweggOwned For: 1 month to 1 year

4 out of 5 eggs Good - could be better 10/29/2011

This review is from: LIAN LI PC-Q25B Black Aluminum Mini-ITX Tower Computer Case

Pros: Small, Mini-ITX, but can hold 7 x 3.5" + 1 x 2.5" HDDs
5 x 3.5" HDDs can be hot-swap due to a nice back-plane
Hot-swap require taking off side panel
Looks nice
Roomy for what it holds
Quick-release side-panels and fans
Nice air-flow

Cons: Expensive for what you get
Not very quiet
Stock fans are not silent
No frills - just simple
Blue power LED is too bright, annoying blink on S3
Quick-release side-panels and fans
No external ports - no USB3, no eSata, no Audio

Other Thoughts: I bought this for a small low-power home NAS server box, and it serves this role well. It holds a good number of drives for its size and it is set up to cool well. This was the ITX box that I found with the best drive# to case size ratio...
However, I wish it was more quiet. To mitigate its design flaws in this area I had to:
add foam padding to the side panels to keep them from vibrating (cheap construction!)
switch the factory fans with yate-loon fans
add a deflector for the PSU fan (silverstone PP02)
be picky about my hard drive selection because the two drive-cages in the case transmit vibration and sound from the drives to the outside of the case. In addition to mounting the drives themselves on rubber grommets, the drive cages should be similarly mounted.
The big holes for air-flow are nice if you don't plan out your air-flow, but they just allow for sound transmission otherwise and (at least the top one) should be covered (no point in that top fan if you have a good PSU fa


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Display Name: Ari D.

Date Joined: 12/08/07

  • Reviews: 4
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  • First Review: 01/09/09
  • Last Review: 07/31/16
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