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Randy B.

Randy B.

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Most Favorable Review

nice case

ARK ITX/CS-CI03 Black Mini ITX Server Chassis Internal 200W
ARK ITX/CS-CI03 Black Mini ITX Server Chassis Internal 200W

Pros: Very nice, small case, exactly what I've been looking for (4-bay mini ITX). Relatively quiet, as stable as I need, and the 2.5" bay is usable (if difficult). Avoid memory with big heatsinks, it will interfere with your SATA cabling.

Cons: Very, very tight to work in. Cabling all 4 bays to a typical mini-ITX board will take all of your skill and some luck. Very difficult to use the 2.5" bay, the power/SATA plugs nearly touch the memory on mine.

Overall Review: I'd buy another if I needed it.

10/24/2012
Most Critical Review

Doesn't work

SNT SNT-SAC3051TL 5 x 3.5" HDD in 3 x 5.25" Bay SAS/SATA Trayless Backplane Hot Swap RAID Cage
SNT SNT-SAC3051TL 5 x 3.5" HDD in 3 x 5.25" Bay SAS/SATA Trayless Backplane Hot Swap RAID Cage

Pros: Simple to install.

Cons: Noisy fans, doesn't link all drives (1 & 4 work, or 2 by itself). Tested against both SATA and SAS ports, all of which happily handle the drives connected directly.

Overall Review: RMAing; hope it's a problem with the unit but other reviews are giving me less hope

All the right pieces, save one

ECS KBN-I/5200 AMD A6-5200 Quad Core processor Mini ITX Motherboard / CPU / VGA Combo
ECS KBN-I/5200 AMD A6-5200 Quad Core processor Mini ITX Motherboard / CPU / VGA Combo

Pros: The system's specs are nice on the surface - a small, low-power system with a full PCI-E slot, good memory support, and two mini-PCI Express slots. Should be a nice, lightweight system.

Cons: Shame on me for waiting two months until I had time to build the system. Where this system falls down is that its mPCI-E slots do not support mSATA. This isn't anywhere in the description, and is only briefly mentioned in the manual (who reads the manual before buying?). I can accede that the main use for mPCI-E slots is for wireless cards, but if you have two, what else would one put there but an mSATA card? I'm out $xxx for a system board I'll not be able to use and will have to buy another. This steers me clearly away from both ECS and Newegg. Rotten.

Bad rebate

OCZ Reaper HPC 4GB (2 x 2GB) DDR2 1066 (PC2 8500) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model OCZ2RPR10664GK
OCZ Reaper HPC 4GB (2 x 2GB) DDR2 1066 (PC2 8500) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model OCZ2RPR10664GK

Pros: Decent memory, had to force M/B to drive it at 1066.

Cons: HUGE heatsink - be aware that it essentially doubles the height of the memory. Rebate documentation is clear that the deadline is being *postmarked* 21 days post-purchase; posted within 18 days but they "did not receive" until 26 days. Excellent customer service.

Overall Review: Probably won't buy OCZ again for the rebate snafu. Way to go.