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This review is from: ASRock E35LM1 AMD E-240 APU AMD A50M Mini ITX Motherboard/CPU Combo
Pros: It's fairly stable, running debian 7... I think I might have needed to install 1 proprietary driver, but in the end it is a reliable system.
The sigle CPU is overkill for what I wanted, it's capable of watching MP4s. The CPU bottleneck isn't reached through transferring files over software raid1, although logging into the OS does find the CPU bottleneck fairly readily. Probably struggles with HULU but didn't check.
Cons: High power consumption, I idle at around 52watts with 2 HDDs and a chasis fan. I played with all the bios switches but couldn't get it lower than that. I primarily went shopping for a file server that I could leave on 24/7 and not worry about waste, but this thing is still pretty wasteful...
WOL is a bit odd, it works if you shut the system down normally, but if the system loses power it will lose WOL until next reboot.
7+ months in the CPU fan began making a really loud noise. I think it's a 40mm fan?? It's kind of a pain replacing it but maybe it's not needed since it went from 33C to only 43C with no fan (other than the chasis and PSU fans going).
Other Thoughts: I'd give this 4 stars if it weren't for the fact that I was trying to make an eco friendly green pc.READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: It has an IDE port.
Cons: It doesn't have locking. QuickView is Maxtor's term for "weak sauce version of the original" and so features have been removed.READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: This ssd has been working great for me for the past month or so. I used to to replace a mechanical hdd that had windows 7 on it, and I'm now using Linux Mate and it's a really great feeling. I especially like the fact that the only bottleneck on my PC is the CPU now, so having a cool CPU meter is now an amazingly useful feature.
Cons: It's not on sale anymore. All-in-all this technology is a little too expensive, but 256GB is plenty, especially considering I have a desktop PC which I use as a file server.
Other Thoughts: The best way to switch to linux is using a second hdd to get started. It really helps mitigate the worry involved with data migrations.READ FULL REVIEW