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ASRock Z87E-ITX LGA 1150 Intel Z87 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Mini ITX Intel I217V Lan 802.11ac WiFi Intel Motherboard
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: The board, for what it is, is relatively good. It has a lot of SATA ports, has USB 3.0 and a header. Board contruction is good, and nothing is loose or will easily come off on the board. Plenty of added in features like wireless, or MiniPCIe card slots. Decent BIOS, board POST's and boots fast. Doesn't throw off too much heat, either.

Cons: Couple things:
- SATA port placement could be better
- I/O shield didn't fit right
- Maybe I read wrong, or didn't realize, but this board's DVI output is only capable of 1,600 x 1,200 resolution max. Which was an issue, as my monitor is 2,560 x 1,440. Which is fine since I could have used Displayport, but here comes my other issue...
- The output port for DisplayPort on my motherboard was seriously messed up. Picture was coming through either really fuzzy/"snowy", or it just wouldn't be displayer at all. I did various tests on the cable with other devices to make sure it wasn't the cable, and I even tried multiple cables to make sure it wasn't the monitor. Come to find out, if I held the cable in a certain way on the motherboard, it would display picture fine, but ONLY if I was holding it in one exact spot. Otherwise if I just left it as normal there would be display issues constantly.

Other Thoughts: So, I have to send the board back for an RMA. Which I'm reluctant to do, because as in-being a Mini-ITX case, it was rather hard squeezing everything together. And I also need this build for school, so it'll be late on return as I'll be well into the semester anyways. Maybe I was just unfortunate. We'll see what happens, I suppose.

G.SKILL Value Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10600) Desktop Memory Model F3-10600CL9D-8GBNT
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: G. Skill makes some of the most reliable memory kits available, and at a modest price. These sticks are very, very beautiful in a true-black, minimalistic design PCB. They don't have any large heat-spreaders or covers, just as pictured, so they're quite ideal for small form-factor builds such as mini-ITX builds. They do what they're meant to, at the specifications said to. You get your money's worth.

Cons: None, really. Maybe that they're slightly "harder to handle" or that you have to be a bit more careful as they have less protection than other modules with head spreaders/covers.

Other Thoughts: This is called a "value series", though it's basically the same price as G. Skill's other kits. The timings on this set are good, and even though it's "only" 1,333MHz, that's still quick enough for almost any user in today's world.

There is a higher clocked version, at 1,600MHz, but it's timings aren't as good, and it's a bit more expensive.

BUFFALO MiniStation Thunderbolt 1TB USB 3.0 / Thunderbolt 2.5
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: The drive is nice. It's fast (especially when using the thunderbolt connection.) It's made of solid constructed materials, and I would assume it's fair to say this thing could take a beating. The drive is very, very quiet and doesn't vibrate much when it's running. Not as much compared to my other external drives, too. I have not tried opening the drive to see if the internal drive is swappable. Pretty nice to have such a large volume of storage at the speed you can have using thunderbolt. In my actual application & usage, the thunderbolt transfer was about 1.5x the speed of USB 3.0. That may vary depending on what your computer's specs are, what you're transfering, and how long you're transfering it for though. Under USB 3.0 I got normal-high transfer speeds, with no real complaints.

Drive was easilly recognized on a MacBook Pro, and another computer running Linux Mint 14.

Cons: Windows didn't particularly "play well" with the drive, at first. Even using the instructions with the drive, I had to use some prior Windows-knowledge to get the drive actually recognized by the OS.

Aside from that, the only real con is also the price.

Other Thoughts: You can buy a hard drive of this volume and a caddy combined for cheaper, and assemble it yourself. It would take all of fifteen minutes, if even that long, and it may be more rigid/protected, quieter, and just as faster (possibly faster depending on the internal drive.)

Over all, I give the product a high rating for it's performance and build quality. But I'm rating it at 4/5, which even that is a little high I think, considering it's price-point. I could see maybe $150 for this, MAYBE $175 inside of a store. But normally it's priced at $280. Which is way too high. And even with NewEgg's incredible discounts, it's still quite too high of a price for what you are getting. If they doubled the storage to 2TB and kept the price tag, well, then we could talk...

Over all, a nice, good product. Not dissappointing. But "buyer's remorse" may set in if you're money-conscious.


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Display Name: Justin B.

Date Joined: 04/26/11


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  • First Review: 05/12/11
  • Last Review: 09/03/13
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