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ASRock AM1H-ITX AM1 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 HDMI Mini ITX AMD Motherboard
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5 out of 5 eggs Great base for a small server 12/19/2016

This review is from: ASRock AM1H-ITX AM1 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 HDMI Mini ITX AMD Motherboard

Pros: Low power consumption
Runs cool
Plenty of SATA ports for a small system

Cons: BIOS lacks a few basic features (e.g.: can't disable SATA ports)

Other Thoughts: I paired this with an Athlon 5370 and 8 GB of DDR3 for a Plex/file server. 120 GB SSD for the OS (Ubuntu 16.04) and 3x 2 TB Seagate NAS HDDs in a RAID5 setup for media storage. Transcoding two streams simultaneously pegs all 4 cores for a few minutes, but the CPU temp never exceeded 30 degrees C. Considering the mobo, CPU and RAM were (combined) just under $100 (after rebate*), I can't complain.

*I have not yet received the rebate, but it hasn't even been three weeks, so I'm cautiously hopeful.

TOPOWER TP-1687BS-400 Black / Silver SECC 0.8mm MicroATX Desktop Computer Case 400W SFX Power Supply
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Pros: Ideal size for a mATX or smaller board. Nice layout and pretty solidly built (esp. for the cost).

Cons: Only two things I'm not thrilled with:
1) The headphone jack on the front is a little weird. When plugging in a cord, there was a lot of resistance, to the point I was afraid I'd break the plastic around it. Hopefully it'll loosen up a bit or I'll just plug into the jack on the back of the box.
2) One of the fans has a standard 3-pin connector so the mobo/bios can control the speed, but the other just connects to MOLEX, so it's running full-speed all the time. It's not really that loud, but it does limit this case's usefulness for an HTPC.

Other Thoughts: An old ECS Atom330 mATX board slid right into place, along with a DVD-RW drive a a 3.5" HDD. Other reviews mention clearance issues between the back of the optical drive a CPU heatsink/fan, but that's going to vary from one mobo to the next (they don't all put the CPU in the exact same spot). Plus, optical drives these days are pretty compact, so it probably won't be an issue for you.

Silicon Power Touch 835 32GB Waterproof USB 2.0 Flash Drive Model SP032GBUF2835V1T
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4 out of 5 eggs Works OK, casing a bit flimsy 04/19/2013

This review is from: Silicon Power Touch 835 32GB Waterproof USB 2.0 Flash Drive Model SP032GBUF2835V1T

Pros: Good capacity for the cost, reasonably good read/write performance. Works perfectly for the intended purpose (playing music and podcasts through my car stereo).

Cons: Casing is very thin metal. For the cost, I wasn't expecting crush-proof adamantium, but this drive's outer skin is about as rigid as a few layers of heavy aluminum foil. For this reason, I wouldn't use one as a carry-around drive that might bump up against keys or other stuff in your pocket. The provided ball-chain is even less sturdy than the drive casing. If you're looking for a super-durable keychain drive, I'd strongly suggest the Kingston SE9.


Chad K.'s Profile

Display Name: Chad K.

Date Joined: 04/08/08

  • Reviews: 9
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  • First Review: 07/13/09
  • Last Review: 12/19/16
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