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Pros: Bought this, it shows up two days later, installed and called the TW number that the manual suggests, talked for a few minutes. Gave them the MAC address, done. Getting speeds above 60Mbps down, about 5Mbps up.
I have been reading about the faster new DOCSIS 3.0 modems and decided to buy instead of rent from TW.
Other Thoughts: I was expecting this to be painful, but it was not. Super easy. Good buy.READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: Got two with a Shell Shocker buy, and was immediately surprised at how well these are made and the performance. It isn't perfect, but certainly a great buy. Changed to a Samsung 850 Pro, and got great system readings.
1. Comes with a fast i7-2600; so there are 4 cores, and total of eight threads with hyperthreading.
2. With the small 240W rated SFF PSU, the system idles with very low power. After the SSD install, they idle at 19W!
3. Added a USB3.0 card and changed the front panel to have a pair of 3.0 plugs.
4. With my Corsair USB drive, I could read up to 240MB/sec and write 147MB/sec to/from the SSD.
5. Samsung's Magician shows SSD reading at 480MB/sec and writing at 360MB/sec.
6. The case and MB are custom and everything is well packaged and compact. Super compact.
7. One of the unused SATA ports can be turned on as an eSATA port. A SFF PCI bracket is needed if you want a connector on the back.
8. Available ports on the back: Tons of USB 2.0, Display Port, VGA, sound in and out (2 channel only), GB Ethernet, three x1 PCIe slots, one legacy PCI slot. It also comes with a 3.5" Flash card reader in the front, which I replaced with USB3.0 ports.
7. To check the integrity of the system, I performed tests with Memtest86+, Prime 95, and Performance Test - burnin. All fine.
8. One of the systems came with a fast 1T WD RE4 drive.
9. Not loaded with tons of crapware.
Cons: There are a few bummers:
1. Big deal: The OS (W7Hx64) is installed with the bios SATA set to IDE instead of AHCI. Why? If you change it without figuring out how to change the HAL, you get Windows BSOD. With IDE mode, you don't get some of the SATA command and speed improvements. Like when you use an SSD.
2. I performed the W10 upgrade and all goes well until you reboot when it is done. The OS does not let go for a LONG time. Sometimes takes 5 minutes to reboot. This may be related to #1 above, or because the bios is not UEFI? I just reloaded the W7Hx64 image I made before starting and all was well.
3. Since the case and MB are not standard, you cannot just change the MB or reinstall MB into another case.
4. These are used, so there are scratches and dings. But you know what you are getting, i.e., it is used. :)
5. Pay attention that this is a SFF system. No full height PCI cards.
Other Thoughts: Wow. Very, very happy with this purchase. Occasionally you get a home run, and this was one. The Dynamic Tech guys put together a good deal.
I suggest making a HDD image first thing so you can get back to square one if anything goes wrong, such as the W10 upgrade. You can use the W7 Backup tool, or like I did, Acronis True Image to make an image of the HDD. I am also not sure I would bother with the W10 upgrade on this machine. I did it on both of mine and they both barfed (see cons above).
It does have some odd old legacy I/O: RS-232 port, P/2 ports.
I am considering buying another and making a FreeNAS server out of it. :)p With an idle power of 19W, wow.
This review is from: BIOSTAR AM1MHP AM1 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 HDMI Micro ATX AMD Motherboard
Pros: Super low power for the capability - see OTHER for power numbers and hardware config. Easy install, there were no driver updates on their website (use included CD). Running W7Ux32 so I can run Beyond TV backend (old copy of BeyondTV). Also set up with Kodi 14, K-Lite mega codecs (HW decode), and plays HD MP4's fine even with 2 SD TV shows recording. Has legacy PCI slot as well as a large and a 1x PCIe slots. Used PCI for an old Hauppauge ATSC video capture card, and the PCIe 1x slot for a Haupauge Colossus HD card.
Plays HD movies in Kodi fine using hardware decoding. Did not try software decoding as that offloads onto the CPU. If you need more CPU power, get an Intel system. For video: AMD.
I am very pleased with this HTPC system. A NUC might have lower power, but does not have PCI/PCIe slots. Would also fair well as a file server (not sure what network speed you would get though), and it would make a decent entry level / basic desktop machine. Not a machine for power users.
Cons: - It was a bear to get Beyond TV going due to problems with Windows Media Center being installed (my goof). Who knew that would be a problem.
- Video capture cards would fail after only a few minutes. It turned out to be "No snooping" and low data charge in PCI settings on bios. Disable No Snoop and crank up the data charge level to 4096 bytes.
Other Thoughts: HW config (all from Newegg):
AM1MHP with Athlon 5350 CPU
4G 1600 G.Skill RAM (discontinued)
SeaSonic 80Plus Gold 360W PSU SSR-360GP (big part of making this low power)
Samsung 850 EVO 256G for boot drive
WD Red 4TB for video recording
Haupauge 500M PCI dual video capture
Haupauge Colossus PCIe single HD video capture
Since I am using this as an HTPC, it stays on continuously. With just the main board running W7Ux32, it idles at 18.6W at the plug using a Rosewill power meter! That means with on all year round, is only uses about ~$26 of electricity including air-conditioning power adder. With the video cards and WD Red drive added, it idles around 27-29W. Woohoo! The AMD 780 system this replaced would idle at 132W.
I might get another one and try MythTV ...