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ECS BAT-I(1.0)/J2900 Intel Bay Trail J2900 Mini ITX Motherboard/CPU/VGA Combo
  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

1 out of 5 eggs Great cpu, poor company deployment 08/06/2014

This review is from: ECS BAT-I(1.0)/J2900 Intel Bay Trail J2900 Mini ITX Motherboard/CPU/VGA Combo

Pros: Very low power. This cpu will handle 1080p plex streaming from a freenas build! Currently, only this company has an embedded motherboard solution. Hope to see ASRock take their j1900 platform and boost it with this cpu in the future!

Cons: ECS is a fly by night company out of Asia. I wish I could say more as I really wanted this j2900 solution to work. However, as I susspected, they did not put a big enough heatsink on the processor. Reached 75c at full load and system started throttling. Performed worse than ASRock J1900 solution due to this in same conditions.

Other Thoughts: If ECS hopes to get a niche in the US market, they have to learn and learn quickly you can't skimp out. Cutting cost by putting an inadequate heatsink gives them a bad rep which will take a lot in order to regain customer's trust. If you absolutely need a low power solution, look at an AMD 5350 platform. It's about 10 watts more in power than the J1900 and J2900, but the speed boost is worth that extra wattage! I would have stayed with this J2900 had they used a decent heatsink on their product. I just wish other competitors would get their J2900's out!

Seagate Hybrid Drives ST1000LM014 1TB MLC/8GB 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s NCQ 2.5
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: Just got my PS4 recently and had to mod it somehow. Love that Sony does not make the hd proprietary like Micro$uck does. Sorry, but just think its lame to make things proprietary and gauge customers by selling those parts at an extensive mark up.

Cons: They don't make these things in 2TB yet.

Other Thoughts: Excellent mod for a PS4.

SILVERSTONE Milo series ML05B Black Acrylic Front Panel, 0.8mm SECC body Mini-ITX Media Center / HTPC Case
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

5 out of 5 eggs Smallest SFF without external power brick! 03/26/2014

This review is from: SILVERSTONE Milo series ML05B Black Acrylic Front Panel, 0.8mm SECC body Mini-ITX Media Center / HTPC Case

Pros: I looked at many HTPC cases as I wanted to build the absolute smallest build and still retain enough power to utilize this as a mini-server. This case met those requirements and my build can easily be utilized as a true HTPC on steroids.

Cons: I know they were shooting for the absolute smallest form factor, but I think only putting in 1 slot for a video to be a drawback. They should have splurged here and put in an extra slot (maybe 1/2 an inch wider) so that this case could be used for the absolute smallest gamer box! This comes close to dropping an egg, but its not being marketted for this ability so just not enough to drop an egg.

Other Thoughts: Built a mini virtualbox server using this heatsink:
Silverstone ML05B case
Silverstone ST45SF 450W SFX12V power supply
ASRock Z87E-ITX mb
Intel i5-4670K cpu
Asus R7240 2gb 128bit video card
1 G.Skill 240pin (2x8) 16gb 2400 DDR3 memory
1 Samsung 840 EVO 250gb SSD


Phil H.'s Profile

Display Name: Phil H.

Date Joined: 03/16/05

  • Reviews: 7
  • Helpfulness: 4
  • First Review: 04/20/06
  • Last Review: 08/06/14
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