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iStarUSA D-213-MATX Black Aluminum / Steel 2U Rackmount microATX Server Chassis
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  • neweggOwned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: The construction is very good. The steel is thick and sturdy. I like the case screws that keep the lid on, they have retainers to prevent them from getting lost.

Cons: This was my biggest complaint with the case. The expansion slots seem very shallow. What I mean is that the metal tongue on the bottom of the video card, etc will not seat completely flush. This is the vertical part of the card that slips into the back of the case. This makes the card sit unlevel and is hard to screw in. I found that I had to take a file and grind down the bottom of the tongue about a 1/4" in order to push it down all the way. I compared the blank inserts that came with the case compared to the ones that are on my video card, USB3.0 card, etc and they are much shorter.

As others have mentioned, the space is limited. Realistically you can fit 2 HDD or 4 SSD using bracket adapters. I did install a DVD drive in mine, however you could repurpose the 5.25" bay for another HDD.

I fit a full size ATX power supply. It is a tight squeeze. It needs to be completely flush. Also, take note of where the fan vents are.

No headphone jack on the front.

Other Thoughts: I put this case into a SKB 2U audio equipment road case and it fits perfectly. I use it as a mobile multimedia workstation.

Some people claimed the installed fans are junk. My case did not come with any fans. I bought a couple good 80mm fans and installed myself. You really need airflow. Don't try to go without.

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EnGenius ENH220EXT N300 Long-Range Wireless 2.4GHz Outdoor Access Point/Bridge
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  • neweggOwned For: more than 1 year

5 out of 5 eggs Works as described. Real 802.3at POE! 03/02/2016

This review is from: EnGenius ENH220EXT N300 Long-Range Wireless 2.4GHz Outdoor Access Point/Bridge

Pros: Long range, flexible for different applications, supports bridging, includes real POE not that proprietary kind cheaper ones use. The body is very durable and it includes a surface mount, not like the pole mount most cheap ones have.

Cons: The antennas are delicate. I accidentally over tightened the screw down ring and broke the antenna attachment. Right now my one access points are operating at N150 instead of the N300 its capable of. I have not tried customer service yet for a replacement.

Other Thoughts: I am using this for a wireless bridge between buildings with a range of more than 400ft. Now I'm not getting the full 300Mbps at that distance but it still works fine streaming real time video from 4 high definition IP addressable surveillance cameras. The person that said the POE only goes 100ft is miss informed. I am using this with a POE switch providing real POE 802.3at. The cable from the switch to the AP is nearly 300ft with no problems at all.

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ASUS M5A99FX PRO R2.0 AM3+ AMD 990FX + SB950 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard with UEFI BIOS
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  • neweggOwned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: Got it on sale
It has the latest (but still old) chipsets
UEFI Bios

Cons: Ram Incompatibility! This proved to be extremely frustrating. I have built over 20 computers and I have never seen such poor ram support. The board includes "MemOK!" function, however it doesn't seem to help at all. I had 2x2GB corsair ram modules which tested fine in both an Intel and AM3 motherboard. (I realize they are not on the qualified vendor list, but that list is ridiculously short anyways.) I could not get Windows 7 Professional x64 to utilize all of the available ram. System information claimed that only 1.92GB was usable. The Windows resource monitor told me that the remaining 2GB were "hardware reserved". Finally, after reading other reviews and forums I tried installing both ram modules into the same channel. It worked! Windows resource monitor told me only 18MB was hardware reserved, which is pretty normal. Unfortunately this means I am going to have a small performance hit because the computer is running the DDR3 in single channel instead of dual channel mode.

Other Thoughts: First, this board was a replacement for a Asrock motherboard which failed. I didn't want to throw my 1090T processor out so I bought another motherboard. I would never buy an AMD/ATI product again. No matter what company makes the motherboard or graphics card they always fail when it comes to driver support and compatibility.

The UEFI bios is terrible on this motherboard. I have used many Asus Intel motherboards and the menu selections are more intuitive. It was frustrating trying to find simple options that I needed.

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Display Name: Victor E.

Date Joined: 08/15/10

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  • First Review: 08/15/10
  • Last Review: 05/09/16
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