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SILVERSTONE Grandia Series GD10B Aluminum HTPC for ATX / Micro-ATX / SSI-CEB Computer Case
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: Looks good among my other sound/video equipment. Plenty of room to work in. Fans are quiet.

Cons: Even if not locked, it's not so easy to open the front: when I read that it had a magnetic catch, I assumed that it was one of those push-to-close, push-again-to-open catches, but it isn't: I either have to use the key as a handle or get a finger nail between the edge of the cover and the body of the case.

The LEDs are a little too bright

Other Thoughts: I wonder why they chose to have the mounted-vertically-on-edge drive oriented so that the electronics are facing inward rather than the cover.

iStarUSA BPU-350SATA 3x5.25
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: Space-saver: 5 x 2.5-in. or 3.5-in. hard drives fit in the space of three 5.25-in. bays.

Cons: Perhaps most important of all: there is no way to have the fan kick in at less than 50 degrees C. I'd prefer an option to have it run when the drives get to 40 degrees or even 35 degrees.

The layout of the LEDs is still less than 100% desirable, because the LED for each drive is not positioned directly above that drive. This is because they have positioned the warning lights in the same row as the power/activity LEDs.

The SATA power connectors are too close together to allow the insertion of two connectors with "pass-thru" wiring. But a combination of SATA and traditional Molex connectors (or all Molex connectors) works OK.

The documentation is not clear about the function of the fan switch.

The supplied drive trays have mounting holes that suit the older hard drives with three pairs of holes but not my new 6TB Seagates that have only two pairs (no middle pair now). I'll have to drill some new holes.

Other Thoughts: The last three I have bought are a little different from the first one I bought three or more years ago: that one would handle nothing more than 2TB drives, whereas I have 6TB drives running in the newer ones.

StarTech 2 Port PCI Express (PCIe) SuperSpeed USB 3.0 Card Adapter with UASP - LP4 Power Model PEXUSB3S25
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: Provides fast connection for an external USB 3.0 drive to my FreeNAS machine.

Cons: None

Other Thoughts: Current versions of FreeNAS do not work well with the onboard USB 3 of Haswell-compatible motherboards, so this add-in card allows me to do fast copies to an external drive.


Alan B.'s Profile

Display Name: Alan B.

Date Joined: 01/11/07

  • Reviews: 4
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  • First Review: 05/24/15
  • Last Review: 07/15/15
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