Date Joined: 07/02/04
Pros: USB-C or standard USB-A 3.0 connection to PC
Adds SD and micro SD ports that my desktop was lacking
Horizontal or vertical placement
Attractive aluminum finish
Thunderbolt 3 capability is nice to have, though I have not tested that yet
Cons: Cables might be too short for some uses (just right for me).
Overall Review: Glad I got this hub because:
It sits vertical on the top rear of my desktop PC case, the cable is just right.
My case has just one USB 3.0 port on the front (and one 2.0), and access to the rear USB ports
is very difficult; this product makes using my USB devices easy, as they should be.
Already I have used it for connecting portable SSD, micro SD and USB optical drives.
Pros: Very strong Wi-Fi signal 30 feet from my Verizon AC router
Stable bluetooth connection to my mouse, keyboard and headphones, no drops.
Low profile bracket included for my SFF case.
This kit makes installation a snap.
Cons: None so far.
Overall Review: Using this AX200 card with an ASRock Z270M Extreme4 motherboard and a Core i7-6700T CPU running Windows 10 Pro. Works perfectly!
Pros: Low profile, fits nicely in tight spaces
Low voltage, good timings for my HTPC build
Looks good too!
Cons: I would get faster RAM for gaming, but that's not my application.
Overall Review: 2133 mhz is all I need in my H170 itx HTPC. I am happy I bought it.
Pros: For cases with the cheap break-out PCI tabs, these are perfect.
Black, perforated, and black screws are included.
Cons: None really, I keep buying more.
Overall Review: Did five reviewers in a row really not understand how to install these properly? Maybe Apevia needs to include a small instructions sheet.
Pros: Solid construction
Easy to install
Tilt and pivot, easy to adjust and tighten firmly.
Cons: Not free?
Overall Review: Only cost 25.48 for two with sale price and coupon code. Mounted a pair of BIC dv62si bookshelf speakers (large wood boxes) to the wall in my mancave. Perfect!
I drilled the pilot holes to mount them with a 9/32" bit instead of 1/4" as the directions suggested. That made it somewhat easier to tighten the included lag bolts, but it was still tight! As a previous reviewer said, make sure you use the right screwdriver/bit - a #3, or you will round out the phillips head on the big, tough-to-drive-in lag bolts. Get the right tool or you'll be sorry!
Pros: HDMI in/out, DP, DVI
Digital optical out, ALC1150 audio
Intel gigabit, wifi-AC
Cons: For my HTPC use, not a thing to complain about.
Overall Review: This board is the basis of my Windows Media Center+Plex mini-itx box that hides behind the TV and includes these other energy efficient components:
SIlverstone Milo ML06B mini-itx HTPC case
HDPlex 160w nano size fanless DC-ATX power supply
i3-4130T 35w TDP processor w/HD4400 graphics
2x Crucial Ballistix Tactical low profile 1.35v 1600@8-8-8-24 RAM
Avermedia Duet ATSC tuner + HDHomerun Prime cablecard tuner
Samsung 850 Pro 256gb SSD / 4TB WD AV-GP HDD
Inteset PC-IRS5-01 external IR receiver / INT-422 remote
Pros: Low noise, low profile
Silicon corner pads
No PWM "churning" noice.
Cons: Could they offer just the fan for $5 less?
Overall Review: I would never try to cool my 125W TDP FX-8350 with this fan. I got a 212 EVO for that right away. However, the 8350's cooler with this fan mounted on top of it does a real nice job on a mini-itx HTPC build with a 45W TDP A8-7600 APU.
Noctura's custom PWM IC suppresses the annoying PWM "churning" noise that other fans I tried had.
No cap to lose
Cons: Not that fast, but that's not why I bought this.
Overall Review: Newegg's combo deal for 3 makes them only 3 bucks each. Just what I was looking for. They hold enough for Windows ISOs or other frequently installed programs. My recent builds don't include optical disc drives.
Pros: Speed, G.Skill reliability, heatsinks, easy to install.
Cons: None - it works at advertised speeds after selecting the XMP profile in my board's bios.
Overall Review: 2133mhz is the optimum speed for maximizing graphics performance in the AMD A8-7600 APU that this ram is paired with.
I've used at least a dozen pairs of G.Skill ram in the last 5 years and never had one problem.
Pros: Brushed aluminum front panel complements AV components
USB ports on front/side
Plenty of ventilation
HDD bay hold four 2.5" drives
Cons: Internal USB connection cable is too long for most mini-itx motherboards. Creative routing is necessary.
Overall Review: I have two of these cases for HTPCs. I do not use a SFX power suppy for either, instead utilizing 19V notebook power bricks. The first one was built 6 months ago with a ASRock AM1H-ITX motherboard, which has a DC input jack, and a 25w AM1 5350 quad-core APU. It has 120gb SSD running Win7 with Media Center and a 1TB WD AV-25 recording drive.
The second build is more creative: the PSU is a HDPlex 160W mini PSU mounted to the ventilated side of the case. It also needs an external 19V power brick for DC input. The motherboard is an AsRock FM2A88X-itx with an A8-7600 APU. It runs Win 8.1 Pro with Media Center on a 240gb SSD and a 4TB 3.5" WD AV-GP recording drive mounted where the SFX power supply would have been. The Silverstone ML06B case accommodates this high efficiency/high performance HTPC build perfectly!
Pros: 19V DC power input
Four SATA connections
Mini-ITX form factor
HDMI or DP output
Digital optical audio output
Cons: The only cons are limitations of the AMD AM1 platform, not this board: single channel memory and no aftermarket APU cooler options (available yet). Neither is a problem, just nice-to-have things.
Overall Review: I recently built a Intel i3 NUC, very tiny HTPC for over $700 with a mSATA SSD for the Win 8.1 OS and a 1TB WD AV-25 media drive. The system I built with this motherboard and the 25w AMD Kabini 5350 quad-core APU cost less than half as much as the i3 NUC, performs just as well, and has much more storage. It uses slightly more power (idles @ 25w) and is still a perfect fit on my media shelf in a Silverstone Milo ML06B case. Using the DC input on this mobo with an external laptop AC adapter left a big space where the PSU would have been. In that space I mounted an SSD for the Win7 Media Center OS and two 2TB WD AV-GP media drives for recorded TV and movies. This little box runs very cool and quiet with one just 120mm exhaust case fan mounted above the APU. It is connected via the GigE LAN port to four WMC extenders in the house, using HDHomerun Prime cablecard tuners (the only equipment I rent from my cable provider).
I am very pleased with this mini-ITX AM1 motherboard and the combination of features it has which seem to be optimized for a HTPC build.
Pros: Extra small form factor: ~ 4" x 4" x 2.5"
HD4400 Graphics are great for video viewing
mSATA SSD and a 1TB HDD fit
Idles at 8w, sleeps at 1w, watching TV at 15w
Cons: Pricey after adding ram, msata, HDD, wireless card and Win 8.1 Pro with MC. Can't afford another one unless I sell some stuff.
Overall Review: Installed Win 8 Pro on a USB 3.0 flash drive in 10 minutes. Getting all the windows updates and the 8.1 upgrade and recent update and then installing drivers and Media Center took much longer. But it was worth it - this does everything my full ATX size HTPC did while consuming less than a quarter of the electricity. The early July 2014 drivers from Intel have not given me any problems. The optional 7260 AC wireless card streams HD video really well one room away, but not 2 rooms away from my 300-N access point. I couldn't be happier with this "baby box".
8gb DDR3L G.SKILL Ripjaws 1600-9
120gb Samsung 840 EVO mSATA SSD
1TB WD AV-25 HDD for video/recorded TV
Intel 7260 AC wireless card
Windows 8.1 Pro with Media Center
Pros: 80 PLUS Bronze 430w
modular cables for drives/peripherals
Cons: Bare minimum of modular cables (4)
sata plugs are too close together.
Overall Review: I had a 400w Antec HCG (OEM=Seasonic) in my nMedia case HTPC. An excellent PSU, but its multitude of fixed cables were stuffed under the BDR drive. The CX430M is smaller and I only need to use the two sata power cables (just two plugs on each). One connected to the SSD OS drive and the 2TB AV-GP. The other needed a sata (F-M) 6" extension cable to reach the BDR drive and a small SSD for programs. This PSU is perfect for my use and the 400 HCG went into my wife's PC, much quieter than the original Earthwatts 380 that it replaced.
If I receive the rebate, this PSU only cost a mere Lincoln!
Pros: FM2+, 2 x PCIe 3.0 x16, 6 x USB 3.0
HiFi sound, HDMI input
I had no problem finding the driver for the Asmedia controller for the two extra USB 3.0 ports.
Cons: No problems here. A s/pdif header on the board would be nice.
Overall Review: Bought this for a HTPC build with plans to replace the A6-5400K dual core APU with a A10 Kaveri APU very soon. The Purity Sound design and components are nice for this application. Compared to other onboard sound or my E-MU 0202 USB external sound 'card', I can obviously hear cleaner, lower extension bass with the analog stereo output of this mobo connected to my stereo and subwoofer. The HDMI input is a plus for a HTPC, too!
Installed Win7 Home Premium SP1 in minutes from a USB 3.0 drive through one of the onboard (Bolton D4) ports. (No optical drive on this build.)
Pros: One card, two tuners
ATSC or QAM mode
Under 50 for two HD tuners
Cons: Sensitive to signal strength. It must have a built in splitter since there is just one RF input.
Overall Review: I own two of these in separate Windows 7 Media Center PCs. Used in conjunction with a HDHomerun Prime to grab the local HD channels to record the major network shows while the Prime gets the cable channels. The Duet pulls in all my local (DC) channels with high signal strength and a crystal clear picture using a yagi antenna mounted in my attic. I tried a fractal array type antenna in a window, but it could not pull in the VHF stations from about 10 miles away.
Pros: Excellent picture quality.
Nice looks and thin bezel.
Sturdy ba se.
Cons: Only one HDMI and one component video input. But I knew that when I ordered it; not actually a con.
No audio outputs. So what, I'm using a stereo hooked up to the only source, a Win 7PC.
Overall Review: I just need one HD input. I bought this to primarily use as an oversize gaming PC monitor. I'm really glad I did! The 42" screen is great for gaming from only 3 feet away. This HDTV is connected to the PC via HDMI and the PC is also connected to a small stereo with a toslink cable. Using Windows 7 Media Center with a cablecard tuner make it a great TV too!
Pros: When you don't want excess cord length, these are a good choice.
Cons: Not heavy gauge, but my PCs are not power hungry.
Overall Review: It costs less much two buy two than one with the volume pricing. Weird!
Pros: Huge capacity, silent, cool, low power, low cost
Designed specifically for multi-stream read/write (DVR) use.
Cons: I really can't think of anything..... it was such a good deal on NewEgg that I bought a second one!
Overall Review: For my Win7 Media Center PC connected to the family room TV and feeding 4 extenders (xBox, 3 DMA2200s) in the house, this is the perfect drive for Recorded TV and Movies folders.
Corsair Carbide 300R
SeaSonic SS-400FL PSU
AMD 240e 2.8ghz X2 45w
Patriot Signature 8GB DDR3 1600
Gigabyte Radeon HD 6450 1GB
OCZ Vertex 4 128GB
2-WD AV-GP WD20EURS 2TB
Ceton InfiniTV4 and Avermedia Duet A188
Win7 HP w/MC
Pros: Low noise, low cost, great cooling.
Compared to my AMD FX-8350's stock cooler (with a very noisy 80mm fan), idle temp dropped from 25C to 12C. More importantly, CPU load spikes don't make the temp rise very much, unlike the stock cooler, with which the temps flared up real quick.
Cons: A little tricky and time-consuming to install, but well worth it! "Read" the pictograph instructions and it's really quite simple.
Overall Review: Did I void the AMD processor warranty? Ha! The FX-8350 had 3 weeks with the stock cooler so I know it'll last. I almost spent 50-90 on a water cooler, but I am very glad that I tried this (only $15 if the $10 rebate arrives).
I have installed at least a dozen coolers on AMD AM2-AM3+ CPUs, all of them used a clip-down mount - until this Hyper 212 Plus - its bracket/bolt down mounting is much better and I will look for this type in the future.
Pros: Very efficient in a PC that is not power hungry.
Cons: Cables are too short for bottom mounting in most mid-tower cases.
The 12V CPU cable is 4-pin, not 8. But that makes sense for a 300W PSU. Not really a con - it still works fine plugged in to "half" of the 12V CPU connection on my newer motherboard with a 45w CPU.
Overall Review: This PSU is bottom-mounted in an Antec Three Hundred case, powering a low wattage Windows Home Server. As a previous reviewer states, the 4-pin 12V CPU cable is bout 6" too short. So I ordered a 8" 4-pin extension cable for two USD on that big auction site. I took two weeks to get from Shanghai to me, but it makes the SS-300ET the ideal 80 Plus PSU for a low-watt home server.
Pros: Compact size for a case that holds a full-ATX mobo.
Great ventilation; large side vent and 120mm rear fan. Back side cover is removable.
Not ugly, the all black look is clean. No sharp edges.
Everything works like it should. Power switch seems solid.
Cons: Thin steel, but at least everything was aligned fine.
The blue power switch is fine with me, but the flashing red HDD light is a bit annoying; electrical tape needed here. Punch-out slot covers.
Only two holes were drilled in the case for the included 120mm rear fan. Really???
Overall Review: This case is just over 16" high and let me put a ATX mobo in it. This lets me turn it on its side and slide it in an old audio shelf in the utility room behind the wall where my RPTV is. The side vent becomes a top vent like this.
Bonus - The bottom has additional fan mounting vents! I discovered this during assembly and put a 120mm fan in one that blows directly at my video card and tuner. There is a spot for a smaller fan (92mm?) under the HDD cage. I don't think these fan holes are very useful in the normal tower configuration, but in my on-its-side configuration, they are a big plus.
Pros: Five Year Warranty. Bought this drive in 10/2010 after using the previous version of it (WD1001FALS) for a year and was very impressed with it; the WD1001FALS ran fast, cool and quiet and still does.
Cons: The WD1002FAEX thrashed during read and writes from the beginning, but the PC is out sight so it did not matter. However, it mattered very much when the drive died after 22 months of light-to-moderate use.
Overall Review: Western Digital's RMA process is online and simple. They sent a NEW drive, not refurbished. The replacement drive is very quiet, file transfers are fast and it passed the SMART tests with flying colors.
This is the first of 9 WD HDDs that that I own that has failed. Those include 5 of their "Green Power" drives and 3 Caviar Blacks, and one Blue.
Pros: Integrated graphics, full ATX size with 4 pcie slots, 5 SATA 6.0 ports. Low power consumption paired with an AM3 240e 45w CPU. No problems at all for two months.
Cons: No HDMI output. Lots of non-solid caps. No USB 3.0 onboard, so I have a 15$ 2-port R0sew!ll USB 3.0 card in one of the pcie slots.
Overall Review: Bought this for cheap after rebate. Using it for a Windows Home Server (2011) in a large case with 5 fans. Using 4 (of the 5) SATA ports: an SSD (OS), 3 WD HDDs; not using an optical drive (except when I installed the OS).
I received an email that aknowleged the rebate was being processed but have not received the check after six weeks; time will tell...
Pros: Height allows me to use it in a nMediaPC 6000 HTPC case. Many 92 mm coolers and most 120mm are taller than this HA-92HA3. Extra rubber fan mounting insulators are included that you can use to add a second fan.
Cons: Temps are similar to the stock cooler that came with my Athlon II X4 620 CPU. The fan runs at 1800 rpm on my mobo; it does not run at lower speed when the CPU is idling (not pwm controlled).
Overall Review: I am going to move the Effizio's fan to the pull side and add an Arctic F9 pwm fan that I have to the push side.
Pros: Five fan speed control sliders.
Blends perfectly with the mesh on my case's (Rosewill Challenger) front cover. Looks like it was made for it.
Cons: Not all my fans are 3-pin; some have molex connections and this is not useful for them. Make sure your fans have 3-pin connectors.
Overall Review: This allows me to turn up the two fans on my side cover that blow in on the graphics card and northbridge heat sink. Just what I needed.