Date Joined: 03/28/04
Pros: small case
relatively quiet fans
only white LEDs, no RGB unicorn puke
quality and easy to build in
Cons: barely a con, but there is not nearly as much room for cable management behind the motherboard tray as larger cases. but with a little work everything from a non-modular power supply fit back there with no issues.
Overall Review: i decided to build a new mini-itx gaming rig and put it in a mini-itx case. unfortunately the air flow was horrible and i needed a better flowing case. this one keeps my Ryzen 3600 about 20 degrees cooler.
Pros: is just what the doctor ordered for a custom case that has no power button or hard drive mounts. the dual fan controllers are great since the mobo doesn't have two fan headers.
Cons: i haven't found any
Overall Review: thi s has been running for about 8 months or so in a modded case and it houses the only hdd in the pc. the power and reset buttons are the frosting on the cake!
biostar g41 mobo
dual core celeron 2.6ghz processor
radeon hd 4650 video card
4g ocz ram
2.5" 250g hdd (soon to be replaced with ssd)
windows 8 developer's preview
ipazzport wireless remote keyboard and touchpad
diablotech 380w micro atx power supply
Pros: its clear, fits on my heatsink and has a pwm control. what more could you ask except for maybe some leds.
Cons: no leds. i knew that up front though.
Pros: what can i say, they were cheap and have blue leds. they are almost completely silent when my mobo throttles them down to about 1200 rpm. they rarely throttle up over 1350 rpm.
Pros: this thing is freakin' fast! boots from a cold startup to windows 7 64x in 25 seconds (depending on how fast i can type in my password). oh yeah, i got it on sale with a $40 rebate too. it's been running flawlessly for about 4 months now.
Cons: haven't found any yet.
Overall Review: i've read a lot of reviews of ssds failing prematurely and it makes me wonder if those drives were subjected to defragmenting? or if bios settings were set to recognize them?
Pros: sata2 pci card. it was just what i needed.
installed in a whs2011 box.
whs2011 recognized it and installed drivers without a hiccup.
Overall Review: i ran out of sata connections on my mini-itx board in my server and ran out of disk space. so i needed to add another 1tb drive and this allowed me to expand the capacity of the mobo. it was cheap and works perfectly for what i needed.
Pros: fit quite nicely in my lian-li slimdrive adapter in my htpc.
cool slot load dvd drive.
Cons: even though i've had this drive well over a year, it didn't get used much. maybe 4 or 5 dvd burns and maybe a dozen movies played on it (if that much). soddenly it started making noises when the pc was powered on. then it quit loading disks. i always expect the smaller, tighter tolerance hardware to fail faster than the beefier desktop stuff, but this was ridiculous.
Overall Review: no more sony slot load drives for me. they cost too much to only last long enough to watch a few movies.
Pros: was inexpensive even though i waited too long to send in the rebate form, but that was my mistake. fit perfectly in my modified ibm 5150 case. doesn't require additional power connections. has s-video out.
Cons: none for my purposes
Overall Review: i got this because i was really happy with other xfx products i've used and this was the only card that fit my needs with a s-video out port. since i still have a great work crt tv, i couldn't use an hdmi or dvi port.
Pros: feels like heavy gauge metal. cables are sleeved. powers my system just fine.
Cons: a little louder than i hoped
Overall Review: i was pleasantly surprised at this when i opened the box. it feels well built and had some decent weight to it indicating nice size heat sinks. i was expecting that being it was a cheap power supply.
it is a bit louder than i was hoping for, but we'll see once i get the cover back on the case and tuck it away in my tv stand. i may have to pull it back out and void the warranty by rewiring the fan to a lower voltage.
Pros: i've had this power supply in my server for over a year and it has performed flawlessly. only replaced becasue it wouldn't fit in the new server case.
Overall Review: system:
intel mini-itx with atom 510 processor
aerocool multi-panel card reader w/ hdd
Pros: cheap, has plenty of connectors, works fine.
Cons: this has got to be the loudest power supply i have ever heard and it's not due to a broken fan blade like the other dude.
Overall Review: once i voided the warranty and opened her up, i rewired the fan to the 5v line and it is now extremely quiet. i suspect it still moves plenty of air to keep it cool because i can feel the air being sucked in from the front vents on the case. also, since i had it open anyway, i removed all the un-used power connections to clean up the install a bit.
Pros: it's cheap, works with my cheapo celeron cpu.
it's the only intel based mother board i could find that was the width as a mini-itx formfactor board, which i need to be able to fit in my old ibm 5150 case.
Cons: for some reason the quiet fan control in the bios doesn't want to work. i'm reading 100% pwm rate for the cpu fan and the system fan is running at 100% as well. temps are down in the low 30s. making adjustments in the bios doesn't seem to help. i apparently have the latest bios as well. so no updated bios to possibly fix it.
Overall Review: overall does what i need it to do, but i would prefer to not have to install a manual fan controller to slow the fans to quiet them down.
Pros: win 7 blows away anything M$ has put out ever. it's prettier than xp and more stable than anything else except maybe dos 6.2.
Overall Review: i love newegg's NJ warehouse, i get parts overnight, woo hoo!
Pros: see below
Cons: see below
Overall Review: after installing a huge northbridge cooler for the ecu, the bios still says it's running over 50c. i found HWMonitor and installed that and it reads 32c. i believe the bios reads the temperature wrong and reports it being about 20c higher than it is.
Pros: this board works great in my htpc. the video playback is great, the performance is great for what it is designed for, the hdmi audio works great.
Cons: h0ly cow the fan is loud! i changed the settings in the bios to slow it down, but even giving the bios a target cpu temp of 60c causes the fan to run at almost full bore. i changed out the fan for a more powerful fan and unfortunately, it's noisy too. next step is to go with a nice northbridge cooler with heatpipes in place of the stock cpu cooler. luckily i have room for that.
Overall Review: system:
msi e350 mobo
g.skill value 4g ram
sony slot load dvd burner
320g 2.5" drive
dc-dc 80w atx psu
the fan noise is not enough for me to take an egg. i was expecting it from a 40mm fan.
Pros: works flawlessly for the past 3 or 4 months. the on board video is more than enough for the types of computing and games i play.
Cons: could have a big neaon sign that flashes "update your bios" for those of us that don't read instructions.
Overall Review: i bought this as an open box and it was acting funky and having dificulties with my optical drives. once i found the bios update utility and updated the bios, everything fell into place and it hasn't acted up since.
i may just be a new die hard asus fan now, but we'll see.