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Gregorius A.

Gregorius A.

Joined on 06/07/08

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Most Favorable Review

Superb

IN WIN BP655 Black Mini-ITX Tower Computer Case 200W Power Supply
IN WIN BP655 Black Mini-ITX Tower Computer Case 200W Power Supply

Pros: It's compact and very spiffy-looking. I love the triangular blue theme that they went with for the power button, reset button, and HDD light. Internally, the front USB and audio cables terminate in single solid connectors, not in bundles of tiny connectors that you have to attach to the motherboard one by one (let's see, the D- goes here, the ground wire goes here, the +5V goes here...). The PSU hasn't exploded yet. The case IS big enough to fit a full-size optical drive, which should save you a few bucks. The total cost of the case is comparable to other cheap chassis/PSU combos.

Cons: - The hard drive bays are oriented in a different direction from the optical drive bay, and the PSU offers only one molex connector; the rest are all SATA. Don't expect to use more than one PATA device in this box. - The ATX power connector and the front panel connectors (reset switch etc.) might not be long enough for some motherboards, though they work fine with my Intel BOXD945GCLF. - As another reviewer pointed out, one of the hard drive bays is a bit too shallow for a 3.5" hard drive, so if you opt for a second hard drive, it will have to be 2.5" (though I have no idea why you'd want to build a mini-ITX system with two hard drives anyway. It's not like you're going to RAID them) Otherwise, the only cons are the ones that you can expect from any other slimline mini-ITX case: anything that you plug into the PCI slot will need to be low-profile, any motherboard that you use will need to be mini-ITX or smaller, and kiss your floppy drive goodbye.

Overall Review: It's hard to screw the hard drive into place if the motherboard is in place, and it's hard to insert the motherboard if the optical drive is in place. So do the hard drive first, then the mobo, then the optical drive. Anyway, it's working great for what I wanted to do, and I highly recommend it. Given than none of the cons that I mentioned are likely to matter, I'm not going to deduct a point for them.

Most Critical Review

crapola

EDIMAX EW-7318UG 802.11g Wireless LAN Mini USB Adapter IEEE 802.11b/g USB 2.0 Up to 54Mbps Wireless Data Rates
EDIMAX EW-7318UG 802.11g Wireless LAN Mini USB Adapter IEEE 802.11b/g USB 2.0 Up to 54Mbps Wireless Data Rates

Pros: It usually works if the router is less than 2 meters away.

Cons: Range, or rather, a lack thereof. It seems unable to penetrate things like walls, floors, doors, windows, people, cardboard, et cetera. Random disconnects. Software was a pain to set up and required sacrificing goats and chanting in Latin. Not heavy enough to be a paperweight.

Overall Review: I ditched this for an internal D-Link card, and suddenly, I could access the Internet for more than 30 seconds at a time! Basically, this card sucks and you shouldn't buy it unless your computer is less than 2 meters away from the router.

11/26/2008

98% sure it's not really quad-core

AMD A10-7860K with AMD Quiet Cooler Quad-Core Socket FM2+ 65W AD786KYBJCSBX Desktop Processor AMD Radeon R7
AMD A10-7860K with AMD Quiet Cooler Quad-Core Socket FM2+ 65W AD786KYBJCSBX Desktop Processor AMD Radeon R7

Pros: - unlocked multiplier makes overclocking stupidly easy - Has survived almost 17 hours without bursting into flame or trying to enslave humanity

Cons: - offers zero speed increase over a dual-core APU at the same clock speed in applications where the CPU is the bottleneck - Windows Task Manager reports 4 logical processors but only 2 physical cores - give the above two facts, I'm 98% sure that this is just a dual-core chip with Hyper-threading, not a true quad-core CPU UPDATE: when I first wrote this review, I hadn't actually tested the integrated graphics performance. I have now. Despite the alleged Radeon heritage, GPU performance is horrid. Frame rates in fairly non-taxing games like Civilization 4 are as bad as they were on my old Intel Atom 230 with its 945GC chipset.

Overall Review: AMD, if I'm wrong about the hyper-threading thing, feel free to contact me and explain what the hell is actually going on.

Working so far

ASRock A68M-ITX R2.0 FM2+ / FM2 AMD A68H FCH (Bolton D2H) SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 HDMI Mini ITX Motherboards - AMD
ASRock A68M-ITX R2.0 FM2+ / FM2 AMD A68H FCH (Bolton D2H) SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 HDMI Mini ITX Motherboards - AMD

Pros: - Driver support for Windows XP (mandatory for those of us who can't digest Win 7/8/10 bulls**t) - Mini-ITX - RAM slots are intelligently placed to avoid blocking the ports on optical drives - BIOS has great overclocking support - Everything works

Cons: - Designed only for APUs with the newer Radeon R5/R7 cores. If you combine with an older APU that uses the Radeon 8000-series architecture, the system will behave as if video drivers are not installed even when they are. - System bus is underclocked by 2%, so (for example) a CPU that's supposed to be 4 ghz will only run at 3.9 ghz. This is a big deal for people who pay a premium for that extra 100 mhz. However, the higher-clocked AMD chips nearly all have unlocked multipliers anyway, so you'll probably break even. - 8-pin connector is confusing for people who don't know that you can plug a 4-pin connector into it and everything will work fine. By the way, TFX power supplies with 8-pin connectors DO exist, but I have no idea where to find them other than bundled with InWin mini-ITX cases.

Overall Review: With LGA 1155 boards becoming increasingly impossible to find, I'll probably use this board for my next several Mini-ITX Windows XP boxes.

Poor fit

Rosewill -300-Watt TFX12V Power Supply - OEM - SL-300TFX
Rosewill -300-Watt TFX12V Power Supply - OEM - SL-300TFX

Pros: Well... it technically works, in the sense that it successfully supplies power to my computer and hasn't burned out yet. Considering that it's hooked up to a Geforce GT 1030, an external hard drive, an external wifi adapter, and an AMD APU that runs a little on the warm side, it's doing a pretty good job.

Cons: It literally physically does not fit the In Win BP655 mini-ITX case that I got. The screw holes are in the wrong places and the fan sticks out too much, trying to occupy the same space as some of the guidance rails (or fins or whatever they're called). Come on, guys. TFX isn't hard to get right.

Overall Review: For the several days when my chassis hadn't yet arrived in the mail, and the computer consisted of a bunch of components laying around the floor, with the system being turned on and off by touching a screwdriver to the two power pins on the motherboard, this was a great PSU. When the chassis arrived and the time came to physically put everything together, this PSU immediately stopped being so great. I'm going to send it back and try a 400W Dell power supply next.

Garbage

Dell Latitude D510 Laptop Computer, 40g HD, 1g ram, Windows XP Professional
Dell Latitude D510 Laptop Computer, 40g HD, 1g ram, Windows XP Professional

Pros: It turns on. It's fullscreen. It came with Windows XP.

Cons: Hard drive was cluttered with garbage and the wrong drivers, despite having 3 separate programs for finding the correct drivers. Screen didn't work.

Overall Review: I'm RMAing it, if possible.