Date Joined: 01/03/06
Pros: PWM fan control for CPU and case fan headers.
Fits a Scythe SCSK-1100 with a few mms to spare between the heatsink and the PCI-E slot.
Supports Ivy Bridge out of the box.
Cons: No builtin wifi.
As others have pointed out, the description is wrong -- there are only two DIMM slots.
Also, I would have preferred DC input, like the Intel DH61AG. Without it, you have to get a PicoPSU or something, which drives up the price of the build.
I'm rating it a 5/5, as none of these are actual bugs in the board.
Pros: Totally works, for making hummus, chopping onions/garlic, shredding ice, you name it.
The three bins are great -- they can go straight into the fridge, if that's convenient.
The design makes it very safe to operate, despite the sharp blades.
Cons: Without a dishwasher, cleaning the blades is kind of scary to me, as they're very sharp!
Pros: 1. Does what it says.
2. Stays out of the way of CPU heatsinks. Great for cramped builds, like the mini-itx system I was putting together.
Cons: 1. The packaging was difficult to open.
2. I'm always a bit more nervous about static shocks on DIMMs with no heatspreader.
Pros: Good viewing angles. I'm also a big fan of the 1600x1200 shape -- it allows two side-by-side blocks of text, 10x20 pixel font, 79 columns, 59 rows. Perfect for programming.
Cons: Weird electronic buzz/hum noises with some image patterns. This is using the DVI input. My (discontinued, sadly) Samsung 204T doesn't have this problem at all, even with the same patterns. I know this because I run the two dual-head.
If you're not picky about sounds, this is a total non-issue.
Pros: Good airflow design, drawing air over the board.
High efficiency, fanless, PSU.
PSU includes slim SATA power! Yay!
Space for two 2.5" drives.
Large (80mm x2) exhaust fans, so you can run them slowly.
Good clearance over the CPU socket.
Overall, seems like a lot of care went into the design.
Cons: The price for the the CPU socket clearance is that the case is quite deep.
There is no clearance at all on the right side of the mobo (as seen from the front of the case), making a tight squeeze for mobos with their ATX connector up against that side.
The front bezel seems a bit flimsy, both the switches and the ODD cover -- I'd expect the ODD latch mechanism to break with frequent use.
The AC/DC brick sometimes buzzes audibly when it is plugged in and the system is off.
The included fan is not the best quality.
I would have liked an air filter on the intake.
Overall Review: Perfect for an HTPC, as long as you don't need a full-height expansion slot. I'm not using a TV tuner of any sort, and am not using the expansion slot at all.
Or, if you're tight on space, it could make a nice little under-monitor desktop.
Pros: silentpcreview loves this board.
Very low power at idle, modest power under load, with decent performance.
The placement of the ATX connector is good for cases that don't have any clearance to the side of the board, such as the Antec ISK-300.
Cons: No fan control on case fan -- why in the world not? A bizarre oversight, particularly on an SFF board.
Overall Review: The wifi I got was an Atheros AR9285, but I guess that could change in future revisions of the board. Other than that chip, everything on the board should be well supported by your freenix of choice.
Pros: I used the case to build a very quiet 18W "net top" / file server / wireless access point. I used a pico-PSU instead of the included PSU.
The main attraction for me was the 120mm fan slot -- most mini-itx cases have tiny fans that are hard to make quiet.
I think the case looks pretty good.
Cons: It would be nice to be able to buy it separately from the PSU.
Case binds to CD tray.
Does not include slim-SATA adapter.
Slim CD drives are hard to find and/or expensive.
The case is so open that you can hear any sounds your components make.
Hard to clean the air filter -- you have to take off the top cover, then pull off the front pastic face.
In general, the case doesn't feel particularly sturdy, or carefully made. The screws don't always line up that well.
Overall Review: Make sure you get a slot-loading CD drive, so it doesn't bind to the case.
Make sure you get a slim-SATA adapter, because your CD drive probably doesn't come with one, and you need it.
Pros: Decent sound quality, reasonably comfortable. Small enough to easily fit under a hat, with the mic poking out, making it practical in the Boston winter.
Cons: So small I ended up accidentally dropping it in a pool of salty water. Now it doesn't work well. I'll have to buy another, I guess. Good thing it's inexpensive.
As others have mentioned, the battery life isn't great. But what do you expect? It's tiny.
Pros: Does its job of cooling the CPU very well. Good value. Top-down blowing helps to cool the other components on the motherboard. Fan attached with rubber vibration isolators.
Cons: Massive, though somewhat less massive than some big heat sinks.
Pros: Modular cables, of course. Quiet. I have been building systems with SeaSonic PSUs for years, and haven't had a problem yet.
Overall Review: Figure out how much power you need, and get the right power supply. 430W is enough to power just about any non-SLI system.
Pros: As small as an ATX tower case can be. Two 92mm intake fan slots. High build quality. Solid. Included drive options are nice grommets on sleds, or suspension. Can be the basis for a nearly silent PC. Intake venting blocks direct noise path. Few extraneous vents or holes on the case.
Cons: Intake filter is not great, and can't be cleaned without opening the side panel.
Overall Review: If you want lots of space around your ATX mobo, this is not the case for you.
Very heavy. Really.
Pros: CPU fan speed control. Passive NB cooling. Worked fine with a Q9300. Good value.
Cons: No case fan speed control. I guess I just assume boards will have it.
Pros: Cheap. Successfully drives an LCD monitor at 1600x1200, 24 bit color, 60 refresh. Low profile makes it take up less space in case, helping airflow. Passive cooling doesn't make noise.
Cons: Could be even cheaper, I suppose.
Overall Review: I got this to drive a second monitor, so basic features and PCI was what I wanted.
Pros: Very comfortable. I've got big ears, and these do not rest on my ears in any way. The headphones block noises around you quite a bit. They sound great to me, though I'm not an expert on such matters. I use them on and off all day, every day, at my programming job, often for two hours at a time. The build seems moderately sturdy, and with care I expect them to last a long time. They've held up well for the two months or so I've had them.
Cons: Kind of expensive, and large enough that they don't collapse down into something tiny for transport.
Pros: Big, cheap, and quiet.
Overall Review: I've been using one in my house fanless mini-itx server since Dec 9, 2005, with no problems so far.