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ARK ITX/CS-Ci02 Black Server Case open frame 90W
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

5 out of 5 eggs Great for HTPC 12/19/2014

This review is from: ARK ITX/CS-Ci02 Black Server Case open frame 90W

Pros: This is a nice, small, and sturdy case. I choose to build a Media Center PC. The fans are extremely quiet, I only hear them if I get close with my ears to them. The power supply is plenty for any ITX board and a SSD. Voltages on the power supply are good and it seems to be of decent quality. The Vesa mount made it easy to hide the case behind the screen.

Cons: none

Other Thoughts: An absolute bargain considering it comes with a decent power supply. For cases with such small inside dimension it is important that you use a low heat CPU. I used a ECS Mini-ITX (AMD AM1 platform) motherboard and an AMD Kabini CPU. I cut a 80mm hole in the case lid above the heat sink of the cpu and added a finger guard to improve ventilation even though I may not needed to do this it made me feel better.

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ASRock AM1H-ITX AM1 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 DC-In/ATX Power Input Mini ITX AMD Motherboard
  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: This motherboard just got it all. It has been very reliable and shows no signs of issues. The reason for deciding on this board have been for me the many great features like USB3, the Full length PCI-e x16 slot (although only operating on x4), the standard 240pin DDR3 slots as memory is cheaper than for the 204pin, Sata 6gb/s, and the most awesome part for me is the DC on board connector. I am able to run my entire system with an Compaq 19V/60W brick which I "borrowed" from an old Laptop which I no longer use. I build a little HTPC with it and it runs and streams my BeyondTV shows without any Hick-up's.

I am using a AMD Athlon 5150 Kabini and I gave the GUI of Windows 7 a bit snappier feel by updating to the latest Bios which allows for a bit of over clocking. The rest of my components are 2 sticks of Team Group 1333MHz DDR3 memory (TED34096M1333C9) and a Seagate 2TB laptop drive.


I am very pleased with my purchase.

Cons: None

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SYBA USB 3.0 (3+1) PCI-e Controller Card, Etron Chipset, Molex (IDE HD 4-pin) Built-in Model SY-PEX20135
  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: This is a great card. The speed is what was truly amazing, this wasn't my first Rodeo with USB3 Add-On cards. All my other cards don't get the throughput (same motherboard, same slot) as this VIA based card from Syba. Had no issues with any USB 3 or USB 2.0 devices until last month. One of the rear ports went out and didn't recognize any device plugged into that port. However, went to their site and requested an RMA . All I can say is they have an efficient RMA process and great customer service. Now 10 days later I am up and running again. Way to go Syba!

Cons: All electrical devices can fail at one or the other point in time.

Other Thoughts: I can't fault the maker for component failure. However, fixing my issue with a quick RMA is something I do value. I received back a clearly new card not some refurbished poj like many other companies ship back to you.

Make sure you use the latest drivers which gave my card an additional boos. I use this card in a Dell Precision T5500 workstation which does not have USB 3. I am more then pleased with this card.

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Display Name: Frank R.

Date Joined: 10/28/04

  • Reviews: 34
  • Helpfulness: 18
  • First Review: 11/27/06
  • Last Review: 12/19/14
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