Joined on 12/08/09
Pros: Lots of room for HDDs (5 Hot-Swap capable) Easy panel removal No 5.25" Drive Bay (I wanted a clean minimalist look) Can accommodate a full size (2 slot) video card if need be
Cons: Advisable to install the shortest depth PSU (ATX standard) or you might have some added difficulty manipulating the power cables. No 5.25" Drive Bay (Pro for me, but might be a Con for others) No Front USB or Audio ports Retail CPU HSF fits fine below the PSU, but your space is limited.
Overall Review: Working great as a small server case.
Excellent XBMC Front End (OpenELEC)
Pros: -Fanless (Silent, assuming you use a SSD) -Small Size -Installed OpenELEC w/o any issues -*Bundled remote worked right out of the box (under OpenELEC) -*Bundled SSD works! -Drivers are supplied on a 4GB USB Drive -Integrated WiFi, Intel 2200BNHMW (antenna internal 2x2, single band) -Open Mini-PCIe port *Promotional Bundle deal
Cons: -Runs warm (not really a surprise) -Entering BIOS was a bit tricky on the first go around (had to spam DEL as the first few boots there was no splash screen signalling that it was actually booting) -Internal WiFi antenna ("may" limit range/strength of signal)
Overall Review: I wish it had a built in IR Receiver, has what would appear to have a window for the possibility, but the motherboard speaker sits behind it. Almost thought for some reason it didn't have built in WiFi capabilities till I realized there is no external antenna and I was picking up my WiFi network. -Will be used as a XBMC Front End device
Excellent Mini-ITX Board
Pros: Love the UEFI BIOS 6 SATA headers (2 SATA III / 4 SATA II) Worked like a champ on first boot. No issues reading/booting from a multitude of USB Flash drives (Mushkin to generic).
Cons: Connecting pin headers to the board can be difficult, as everything is tightly packed together. Not too thrilled that the second fan header is a 4 pin instead of a 3 pin, just happens to be my luck.
Overall Review: Using this for a NAS/HTPC setup. Installing drivers for WHS 2011 can be a bit troublesome. Runs XBMC beautifully. Intel i5-3570K (mostly for the HD4000 graphics) 8GB DDR3 60GB SSD (OS) 2-2TB HDD 380W PSU LIAN LI PC-Q25B (Love this case)