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Eric L.

Eric L.

Joined on 05/24/10

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Most Favorable Review

Works great for FreeNAS

ASRock FM2A88X-ITX+ FM2+ / FM2 AMD A88X (Bolton D4) SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 HDMI Mini ITX AMD Motherboard
ASRock FM2A88X-ITX+ FM2+ / FM2 AMD A88X (Bolton D4) SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 HDMI Mini ITX AMD Motherboard

Pros: Nice, tight board, 6 SATA 3 ports, good networking chipset, attention to detail in board, manual, firmware is obvious.

Cons: 2 more memory slots would be welcome.

Overall Review: I put this together with a Lian-Li PC-Q25, and 5 disks in a ZFS3 array with 16GB of memory and FreeNAS, and it "just works". Due to the other reviews, I made certain to use memory and a processor that was supported, but for what I'm using this board for, it seems like an elegant solution. I was impressed with the level of detail that seems to have been paid to this board in it's documentation set and the way the board is laid out and marked. I would buy another ASROCK board based on my experience with this motherboard.

Most Critical Review

Not really 140mm

DEEPCOOL Gamer Storm GF 140 Red PWM Fan Hydro Bearing Rubber Coating  De-vibration Deep Silent
DEEPCOOL Gamer Storm GF 140 Red PWM Fan Hydro Bearing Rubber Coating De-vibration Deep Silent

Pros: Looks like a nice fan. Lots of hardware included.

Cons: Not the size specified. This "fits" into 120mm hole pattern, while providing the fan size of a 140mm fan.

Overall Review: Would probably be good, if you wanted the airflow of a 140mm fan in a 120mm footprint?

Best Power Supply I've seen

SeaSonic Platinum-1200(SS-1200XP3) 1200W ATX12V / EPS12V 80 PLUS PLATINUM Certified SLI Ready CrossFire Ready Full Modular Power Supply Intel 4th Gen CPU Compatible 7yr Warranty
SeaSonic Platinum-1200(SS-1200XP3) 1200W ATX12V / EPS12V 80 PLUS PLATINUM Certified SLI Ready CrossFire Ready Full Modular Power Supply Intel 4th Gen CPU Compatible 7yr Warranty

Pros: Incredible detail to workmanship, packaging, included accessory stuff

Cons: None.

Overall Review: I run and electronics manufacturing company that produces specialized comms gear. Bought this for my son for a Christmas present. I'm so impressed, I think I'll be buying Seasonic supplies from now on for everything I build.

Works with BSD Unix.

SYBA 1-Serial Port PCI 32-Bit Card Model SY-PCI15003
SYBA 1-Serial Port PCI 32-Bit Card Model SY-PCI15003

Pros: Works with BSD Unix. I have this showing up in FreeNAS as a secondary serial port, which I can then use in VirtualBox.

Cons: None so far.

Excellent product. Rebate MIA

ZOTAC IONITX-F-E Intel Atom 330 (1.6GHz, dual-core) MCP7A-ION Mini ITX Motherboard / CPU Combo
ZOTAC IONITX-F-E Intel Atom 330 (1.6GHz, dual-core) MCP7A-ION Mini ITX Motherboard / CPU Combo

Pros: Perfect board for a Minimyth front end. Integrated fan control keeps it quiet and hardware "just works" with most myth distributions.

Cons: Rebate never sent to me. I bought two of these boards, filled out all the paperwork, registered on line, yada, yada. No rebate sent.