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Noctua NF-A14 PWM 140mm Case Fan
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5 out of 5 eggs Best fans available. 04/27/2016

This review is from: Noctua NF-A14 PWM 140mm Case Fan

Pros: Longer lasting, and more durable than cheaper fans.

Cons: The metal mounting screws can be too large for some case holes, as they're a bit wider than standard screws.

Other Thoughts: THIS IS NOT A 38MM (1.5") DEEP FAN.

NewEgg has their listing WRONG. This has a 25mm (1") fan depth. I spent time and money to modify my radiator mount assuming I needed an extra 13mm of mounting depth, and when they arrived I had to check the Noctua website because I assumed they sent the wrong fan. NOPE, they're 25mm. Apparently Noctua doesn't even MAKE a 38mm depth fan. I won't knock off any eggs because it's not Noctua's fault. This one is ALL on NewEgg.

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Intel NUC (Next Unit of Computing) BOXNUC6I5SYH 2 x 260Pin SO-DIMM Intel Iris graphics 540 1 x full-size HDMI 1.4b 1 x mini DisplayPort 1.2 Aluminum and Plastic Mini / Booksize Barebone System
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  • neweggOwned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: Powerful unit, really awesome specs for such a small device.
Compatible with OpenELEC appliance OS for HTPC usage (with KODI)
Built in M.2 port, IR, DisplayPort, and USB 3.0

Cons: BIOS has a bad history so far. (Still has problems with current 033)
My first unit blew up pretty hardcore a few weeks after I got it.
Memory compatibility issues.
Updating the BIOS can be a nightmare.
Standard 2.5" slot is very difficult to remove a drive out of.

Other Thoughts: After tinkering with this unit for a few weeks and getting OpenELEC running smoothly on it, the unit decided to blow up. I was notified it has bit the bullet because for some reason it started dumping massive voltage into the managed network switch it was hooked to, and that switch threw health alarms all over my network. After powering it odwn manually, the unit would no longer come back online, only showing a solid blue light on the front but no video output, no BIOS post screen, no HDD activity. Intel confirmed the unit was toast and requested I initiate an RMA through NewEgg.

The RMA was initially for a replacement, but I was told it takes 10 days AFTER the bad unit is received to even start shipping the replacement, which is insane. However, NewEgg support allowed me to swap it to a refund and float the $400 to buy another unit now and overnight it, and offered to refund me the shipping costs. I'm still going to be out nearly $400 for weeks until they refund the defective unit.

These units are fantastic when they work properly. If I didn't realize how great they were I'd probably not bother to risk replacing it with a second unit.

UPDATE 4/2016! Replacement unit has been working fine with latest BIOS. Adding back an egg!

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ASUS P10S WS LGA 1151 Intel C236 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.1 USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
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4 out of 5 eggs Amazing workstation/media server board 04/06/2016

This review is from: ASUS P10S WS LGA 1151 Intel C236 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.1 USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

Pros: Skylake-based Xeon CPU compatible.
Dual M.2 slots
USB 3.1

Cons: Not 1U compatible, and orientation of components not conducive to rack mount chassis.
CPU is too close to nearby heatsinks making some CPU coolers a challenge to install.

(These are the reasons I docked it an egg.)

Other Thoughts: Bought this to replace an aging board in my ASUS 1U, sad to find out the back panel IO connectors will not clear the chassis frame. Will now need to find a replacement chassis last minute, although I recognize my application is unique.

Update: I'm using four Kingston ValueRAM 8GB 288-Pin DDR4 SDRAM ECC Unbuffered DDR4 2133 (PC4 17000) Server Memory Model KVR21E15D8/8 without any problems. That memory is available here at NewEgg.

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MATTHEW B.'s Profile

Display Name: MATTHEW B.

Date Joined: 06/27/06

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  • First Review: 02/01/14
  • Last Review: 04/27/16
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