Update: Realtek 8111E NIC failed after 16 months1/20/2014 10:24:01 PM

Pros: Price and value. Low power consumption. Fully compatible with NAS4Free and FreeBSD 9.1

Cons: Realtek 8111E Onboard NIC recently failed. It refuses to maintain a connection to the switch. When the connection is restored, it dies as soon as I try to access the computer.

Overall Review: This is an update to my 5-star feedback post. I use this build as a home server running NAS4Free Sandstorm. It's on 24/7, and I haven't turned it off for more than a few hours at a time for the last 15 months. Given the continuously ON nature of the machine, and the price of the motherboard, having the NIC fail at this time is acceptable. Nothing lasts forever, right? Only thing is, the Dell GX150 this thing replaced never failed at anything. I guess they don't build them like they used to. I ordered a replacement Realtek 8111B Rosewill PCI-Express NIC for the repair.

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Correction to my review below10/27/2012 3:42:20 PM

Pros: Power supply is TFX size, not SFX as I stated in my original review.

Cons: No cons here.

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Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
FreeNAS server3/26/2010 8:05:17 AM

Pros: Gigabit Legacy PCI compatible

Cons: Doesn't pay for my flying (I'm a plane nut)

Overall Review: Even though my gigabit network maxes out at 19MB/sec (that's megabytes), it's still faster than my old 100mbit network I had before. Good, cheap, easy upgrade, and works with FreeNAS (FreeBSD)! I run a Linux network at home, and this is my NAS box, running 24/7.

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Doesn't save much space3/26/2010 7:48:59 AM

Pros: SATA 2.0 spec Good for cheapskates, like myself!

Cons: Angle doesn't really save much space when compared to other straight cables because the angle plug is really large. No locking mechanism.

Overall Review: Like other reviewers have stated, the angle plug is equivalent to a straight cable that's bent 90 degrees. Personally I've had really bad luck with SATA cables. I think I'm going to start spending a little more for these things, because it seems like there's quality issues with less expensive wires.

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Works with Ubuntu Karmic 9.103/26/2010 7:45:34 AM

Pros: Plug and play Linux Allows you to use CPUs with a TDP greater than the 65W recommended spec Tiny ITX form factor!

Cons: Gets hot with improper ventilation, but this isn't really a con on the board itself. No HDMI out, so you need a separate cable for audio.

Overall Review: Because the board has no on-board cooling, this needs a case with good ventilation. I built this with a Lian Li PC-Q07 case and it didn't work as well as I wanted it to. Read my review on the case for more details. The WiFi card sits right on top of the NB heatsink. I didn't use the WiFi card, but I'm concerned that if I did, it may have heat issues. Works with Ubuntu Linux Karmic Koala 9.10 with TwinView (Nvidia 8200). No HDMI.

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Paired with a Belkin Flip PS/2 KVM3/26/2010 7:38:29 AM

Pros: Allows me to connect my Acer Revo R1600 with my KVM. The Revo doesn't come with PS/2 ports. No drivers needed.

Cons: Scroll wheel on the mouse doesn't work. Extra mouse buttons don't work.

Overall Review: Works with Linux. Everything works, except for the mouse wheel and the extra buttons on the mouse. Ubuntu Karmic 9.10 Belkin Flip PS/2 KVM Logitech MX518 Mouse IBM Model M Keyboard

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Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
Full Linux network3/15/2010 6:16:59 PM

Pros: Twice as fast as my WRT54GL router's switch. LEDs indicate network activity.

Cons: Doesn't wash the dishes.

Overall Review: Although this is a gigabit switch, and I'm using a mixed network through it, the two gigabit computers only get about 19MB/sec transfer rates. I think the cause may be that one of the computers is an old P3, but the CPU utilization in that doesn't really peak when it's transferring (around 25-30%). I'm using CAT6 wiring for both computers, and tried different packet sizes ranging from the standard 1500 to 6000 (got it set at 4000 now), but there's no difference in either CPU usage or transfer speed. Maybe I'm doing something wrong. Otherwise, a great switch for the money! Get the 8-port, you'd be amazed at how quickly your network grows.

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Lian-Li PC-Q07 Build3/15/2010 6:10:43 PM

Pros: Quiet Modular Comes with all the cables and adapters I needed

Cons: Not true modular, as in another review, the modular cables aren't built into the case, as they stick out before they attach to their full lengths.

Overall Review: Probably not a big deal with larger cases, but in my build, it defeated the purpose of a modular PSU.

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Another Excellent Patriot Product3/2/2010 10:55:25 AM

Pros: Nice black anodized aluminum heat spreader

Cons: Doesn't make me coffee

Overall Review: memtest86+ reports no issues. Memory timings are wrong on the package, should be 5-5-5-12, not 5-5-5-15. Thanks Patriot for all the excellent products and customer service. Patriot customer for life!

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Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
Zotac 8200 ITX + AMD Phenom X3 86503/2/2010 10:52:02 AM

Pros: Typical Lian-Li high quality build Black anodized aluminum case is really nice, a fingerprint magnet in fact Comes with all hardware, standoffs are soldered onto the case plate Backplate is about 95% lined up with the Zotac, no issues with alignment Power and reset buttons double as power and HDD access lights

Cons: Runs hot with high-powered processors (8650 is 89W TDP) The thoughtful design of using the PSU backwards is good, but they forgot that the PSU also helps with case airflow; this design puts it where it cannot assist in cooling

Overall Review: Because of how close all the components are, the airflow in this case is poor. The CPU fan was operating 75-100% at all times after warmup. I was using the stock AMD air cooler that came with the Phenom X3 8650. I also used a modular PSU, but it didn't really help; it would have been worse had I used a normal PSU. It was meant to be an HTPC build, but because it was so noisy, I wasn't really pleased with how it turned out. Even though the mobo supports all AM2+ CPUs, this combination should use a lower powered CPU because of heat issues. Be careful of reattaching the door on the PSU side: if the vent isn't at the bottom (where the HDD is), the hard drive can run hot. I ultimately removed the DVD drive, but it didn't help. I think Lian-Li could have used a few more airflow ports in the front. I think it would have worked better with one of Zotac's Ion boards.

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Linux OpenGL performance best bang-for-the-buck4/24/2009 10:59:44 AM

Pros: See my other review.

Cons: Noise may turn away users who are planning on using this on an HTPC or similar setup. Lack of an exhaust system, or fan controller, can experience temperature issues with cases that are less than the best at airflow.

Overall Review: I wish that the Zalman cooler had some kind of exhaust system. My Velocity Micro (aka Lian Li) case has really good ventilation, but this is not enough to move the heat out of the case. I had to install an exhaust fan located on the far side of the case opposite to the card to pull the heat from the CPU side (which was affecting the case temperature +2 to +5 deg C under load). However, if running Ubuntu Linux, use the stock drivers that come with your distro ... do not use the latest drivers from ATI as they have proven time and time again not to work with certain OpenGL applications such as X-Plane. Card runs at 41C idle and mid 50s under load. Crysis demo on Windows XP SP3 clocks in at avg 23 FPS. No crashes.

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Look elsewhere for cooler solutions4/10/2009 8:54:16 AM

Pros: Fairly easy overclocking. Fast, inexpensive, capable solution for machines with no noise limits.

Cons: Stock cooler keeps CPU @ 67C (@ 2.6GHz) during MPrime95, and machine may reboot if PSU can't keep up. Runs hot, mid-50s Celsius, even with only one or two loaded cores. Ambient temps in the case are only 29C max.

Overall Review: If you're looking for a fast processor, but prefer something quiet and/or energy efficient, look elsewhere. I bought this after I got an X3 8650 to hold me off while the 9950 came down in price 9 months after it was released. At $150, it's a great deal for a 3.0GHz OC'd CPU with 4 cores. However, if you need something quiet for an HTPC that can handle moderate gaming, it'd be better to go with a sub-$100 X3 model instead. Save the money for more RAM. From techarena: "Phenom X4 9950 BE is that AMD has two versions of the processor with a thermal envelope of 125W and 140W. The processor 125W version of the X4 Phenom 9950 BE with label HD995ZXAJ4BGH. There is a 140W version available on the market with the label HD995ZFAJ4BG."

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Great value4/6/2009 11:46:04 AM

Pros: The 8650 met and exceeded my expectations for the purpose that I set it up for: a multimedia PC for the living room, with a quiet 780G chipset. The performance is absolutely sufficient for anything thrown at it in the next 3-5 years. For the price, you can't match its performance. Running at stock freq, temps are in the low 30s.

Cons: 95W TDP is fairly high, and at peak usage I get about 46C on my temp sensor (OC'd to 2.76GHz ... see other thoughts).

Overall Review: Since I've built this system, my needs have changed. Now that I'm using this system for X-Plane, I need more power to handle objects in the simulator. I have thus OC'd it to 2.76GHz, stock cooling, auto voltage. I haven't been able to get it past that without X-P or Ubuntu crashing and rebooting. 2.76GHz seems to be the sweet spot for my 8650. I've ordered a 9950BE to see what the diff is, since that CPU has now dropped in price. I think I'll be moving this computer into my office, and replacing it with an HTPC powered by the same 8650/mobo combo, for a QUIET solution (planning on a 790GX mobo for the 9950 and 4870 X-Plane system). System specs: AMD Phenom X3 8650 2.76 GHz Gigabyte GA-MA78GPM-DS2H Gigabyte Radeon 4870 1GB 750MHz Kingston ValueRAM (yeah baby!) 4GB DDR2 800 Xigmatek 750W PSU Seagate Barracuda 7200.11 1TB HDD Ubuntu Intrepid Ibex 8.10 64-bit

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Excellent quality--and fast too!4/3/2009 12:03:09 PM

Pros: Nice rubber finish makes it impervious to wear, at least for the short term. I've had it for 2 months, and I use it everyday, everywhere I go. It's seen a lot of use. Tiny blue LED is low-key. Faster than most other USB flash drives on the market. Bootable.

Cons: USB plug can easily bend from the housing; people should be careful when putting a load on it while plugged in. Large profile makes it unfit for some tight applications. See below.

Overall Review: I bought this a couple of months ago, and I have been using it non-stop ever since. It comes with a USB extender cable, so if you have a hub/PC with a lot of other USB devices plugged into it, you'll need it to plug this flash drive in because its housing is a little large. I was also looking for a bootable solution, and this 'just works'. On some Windows computers, the driver may interfere with other USB keys, such as the Sandisk Cruzer micro keys, rendering either one unusable, depending on which one you use first. I haven't tested its waterproofness, but I will probably wash it accidentally someday, so I'll be back to update my review then.

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Best single GPU solution for X-Plane 9 available today3/22/2009 11:17:10 AM

Pros: If you are looking for a single video card to run X-Plane or any OpenGL application, this is it. HDMI, DP, and DVI compatible.

Cons: Fan has no automatic speed control, quite noisy for a living room PC.

Overall Review: Because the fan only has a single speed setting (I think it's MAX), I may get a fan speed controller for this card, as other users have said. The heatsink runs quite cool during normal non-3D accelerated operations, so I can't see why the fan can't spin down during such times. The size of the card effectively split my case in two, which means that my hard drives (which are located on the bottom of the case) run a little warmer. The overall system temperature also has risen by a few degrees (no more than 5 degrees C).

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Plug & Play Simplicity3/22/2009 11:11:26 AM

Pros: Well packaged product, solid finish, modular design, Plug + Play installation, quiet operation.

Cons: Only had it for a couple of days. Will update if anything crops up.

Overall Review: As other users have said, this product is well packaged. It comes with additional cloth bags to store your extra modular cables if needed. The unit replaced a 470W unit. This was part of a video card upgrade. The cables are wrapped in a net stocking and keeps the whole assembly looking sharp. It's a standard size so it will fit any ATX case. A few zip ties were all that was needed for a clean installation.

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IBM ThinkPad T233/18/2009 11:56:23 AM

Pros: Lasted longer than the laptop.

Cons: Lasted longer than the laptop. ;)

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Ownership: more than 1 year
Dependable3/18/2009 11:51:02 AM

Pros: 24/7 usage going on almost 2 years now.

Cons: None for my application.

Overall Review: I use it for my NAS box, which runs 24/7 at home. It runs a Dell GX270 P3 system w/ 1 SATA drive. It ran 4 SATA drives before with no hickups. The case had to be modified for this PS to fit.

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Ownership: more than 1 year
Cheap NAS solution3/18/2009 11:48:35 AM

Pros: PCI interface makes it a perfect solution for adapting older IDE-only boards to use SATA drives.

Cons: For my application, there are none.

Overall Review: I ran a 4 drive RAID 5 array for more than a year before one of the drives started giving out, and I upgraded. I now have a JBOD 1TB Seagate drive running with room for 3 more. I'm using this as an adapter for my NAS solution at home, off an old Dell GX270 PC.

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Do it all G router3/18/2009 11:45:07 AM

Pros: Ability to flash firmware with alternatives, customizing the interface and adding options for usage.

Cons: Network traffic causes EMI with certain non-bluetooth wireless devices.

Overall Review: With alternative firmware such as HyperWRT and others, the administrator can adjust the output of the broadcast antennae, effectively resizing your wireless coverage area. I have 2 of these, always on 24/7.

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