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Pros: Very low power board, considering the amount of power. CPU can be set to aggressively scale low/high power. All drivers identified/pnp-install under Win-8. Great for media box because it stays relatively cool (key word: relatively, compared to older ITX options).
Cons: IMPORTANT: The Realtek Network Card (NIC) needs to be updated. Win8 will claim to install the proper drivers, but will not run properly. Same with Ubuntu.
It will appear to be properly installed and will throw you for a loop. Make sure to update before anything else!
Don't download the driver through the ECS site, get the latest 8111E driver directly from Realtek to get the latest. Should be 8.2 or later. This will fix the issue.
ALSO: It has only two (2) SATA ports. It also has two Mini-PCI-Express ports. One of these can be used for a Mini-PCI-Express -to- 2xSATA port. The mPCIE ports *cannot* be used for mSATA.
This review is from: APRICORN ADW-USB-KIT IDE/PATA/SATA to USB HDD Adapter
Pros: When it works, this is fine. Slow, but you can access either 3.5" IDE, 2.5" IDE, or SATA.
Cons: I've had this thing actually ruin a number of older IDE drives. They would be working fine, then I would connect to this, and after 20 minutes or so, the drive would no longer function.
Out of roughly 120 uses, this has occurred maybe 10 times.
Also, because the connectors do not fit well, it's possible that if you're in a rush or not paying attention, you can bend pins or short something.
Overall, this is a poorly designed item. If it was the only option on the market, it might get you by; however, I'd suggest finding an alternative, which I'm doing on NewEgg now.
Pros: Remote works great for XBMC running under Linux.
Cons: Will not work on Windows 8, will not recognize and cannot find any compatible drivers.
I downloaded "drivers" from the Rosewill website and all that was included is a running application that has nothing to do with system drivers.
Remote keys are also very small (smaller than you'd assume by looking at the photo) but I was aware of this based on other feedback.