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Pros: Compartmentalized, solid metal construction, nice paint inside, plenty of cable space and HD locations. Small form factor, Power supply air intake on the side of case. Nice looking style and takes up less room than my old case.
Cons: I am not impressed with the front fan options. I tried adding a 200 mm fan and found out it was to thick. (30 mm). nothing bigger than a 140 mm would fit, (26) mm. Also, if more than 2 HDs to be used the less fans locations will be available.
Another issue and from my observation only it is a small one is that the hard drives that sit in the drive cage, do run about 10 degrees hotter than other HD locations. No real air circulation at that corner of that case.
Other Thoughts: Built my first NAS & Media server running OpenMediaVault with Plexmedia server and other plugins. It is going quite well too!
Gigabyte AM1 MB w/ AMD 2.5Ghz kabrini quad core with integrated video
8 GB RAM
(1) 2.5" 120GB HD
(4) 1TB HDs-RAID 10
(2) Realtech Gigbit Nics -Teamed
(1) 200MM fan on top as intake
(2) Artic F12 120mm Fans in front -intake
(1) Artic F12 120mm fan back - exhaust
(1) EGA 500 Watt power supply
Overall it is a great case for building easy to work if you plan ahead your moves. I've had Raidmax power supplies before and found out they were pretty reliable. But I didn't know they made a great little case. Definitely could see using this case for another build of some type...
This review is from: GIGABYTE GA-AM1M-S2H AM1 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 HDMI Micro ATX AMD Motherboard
Pros: Low power consumption, little heat, pairs well with Kabini quad core 5350. Has all the amenities of a full ATX motherboard, just less of quantity of them.
Cons: None so far. I will report back after completing my NAS build.
Other Thoughts: Using it for a NAS with OpenMediaVault installed. Added 8 Gigs of ram, Kabini 5350, Artic Alpinte M1 CPU cooler, (4) 2TB drives and (3) 1TB drives. Raid 10 and Raid 5 respectively. Added (2) SYBA PCI express Sata 6 controllers just for the software raids too. Just ordered a new 500 Watt power supply as my old recycled 650 Watt was noisy as heck. All parts from Newegg of course. So far testing file transfer rates, additional services installed within OMV does not have any overall impact to the system. The rig does look promising...I will let you know after more stress testing of motherboard :)READ FULL REVIEW
This review is from: ASRock AM1B-M AM1 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Micro ATX AMD Motherboard
Pros: Low power consumption and small form factor. Paired it with the Kabini 8350 Sempron 1.3Ghz, 4 gigs ram and 1 2.5" HD. Also picked up a fanless Artic Cooler heat sink for the CPU. Built it to replace my home Router. Installed Untangle with OpenVPN, IDS, antivirus, etc. All free no less... Works great, low heat and is quiet. Great little board!
Cons: Only drawback is no USB 3.0 header on motherboard. But I knew that going in.
Other Thoughts: Worried a the Kabini 3850 would not be up to snuff on performance, but had the Kabini 5350 2.05Ghz on hand in case. No need as this little rig handled all perfectly. I wanted to buy another one but it was out of stock at the time.READ FULL REVIEW