Joined on 11/23/06
Awesome server for homelab
Pros: - Cheap and powerful, great for homelab and dev purposes - 8 drive bays is dope - The E5-2670 can boost to 3.3GHz - Good I/O (2x front USB and 2x rear USB) - Internal USB for boot - Room for expansion cards
Cons: - Not very power efficient, but hey, it's outdated generation tech - Loud (keep it in a server room or you'll be annoyed) - Runs hot, but not too hot
Overall Review: The H310 mini cannot easily be flashed to IT mode, however, I ended up not needing to flash mine; setting the card to non-RAID mode actually met my needs. I installed Proxmox 7.1 (Debian-based) to use this server as a virtualization host. I read online others were having issues booting from live USB keys, but I had no issue. You have to press F11 to enter the boot menu. It doesn't show the USB key by default, you have to scroll down beyond the viewable space and it will show you the USB key. It will NOT boot the USB key by default, though. Proxmox 7.1 is correctly reading SMART data with non-RAID mode on the H310 mini. I'm using those cheapo Water Panther drives for this build because I'm just using this server to host clusters of Ark: Survival Evolved and Minecraft servers. I'll update my review once I've verified if SSD TRIM commands are passed through the H310 mini in non-RAID mode. I'll also update once I've verified if I can build a stable RAIDZ pool.
Perfect Case for My Needs
Pros: I bought this case because I needed front IO USB-C and a 5.25 drive bay. The build quality of this case is spectacular, as well as the amount of room for drives. Its so versatile between the open and closed layout.
Cons: The included fans are nice, but be careful, theyre extremely delicate. It would be nice if you could fit a 280mm top-mount radiator in standard layout. It ALMOST fits, but would have just required a little more engineering on Fractals part to make it work.
Overall Review: For anyone who needs to know this, even though the manual says otherwise, I was able to fit an NZXT X63 top-mounted while still loading a blu-ray drive. The trade-offs are A. you need the open layout, and B. you can only screw in the 5.25 on one side. I included a photo for proof.
Pros: - Comfortable - Feels like a quality build - Sounds great!
Cons: - None that I can tell so far
Overall Review: I bought these for my 11 year old sister. We play games online together and I wanted her to have a decent headset. She absolutely loves these! She sounds great from my end, too.