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Nicholas D.

Nicholas D.

Joined on 01/12/05

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Most Favorable Review

Good basic case

Thermaltake VL84301W2Z V3 Black Edition with 430W  Power Supply ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
Thermaltake VL84301W2Z V3 Black Edition with 430W Power Supply ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

Pros: - Good cooling capacity, lots of ventilation - Top mounted 120mm fan slots allow heat to escape, making this a good case for passive cooling. - Black inside and out - Included power supply has wires sheathed, making them more attractive - Included fan is sheathed

Cons: - Cheap clips used to hold the front of the case on. These broke in the first few times removing the front. - Very little space between the right side and the back of the motherboard shield. I like to use this space to hide wires, there isn't enough room on this case.

Overall Review: This makes a good case for my file server with an AMD E-350 chip. The top vents work well to allow the passive heatsink to stay cool, and the front mounted 120mm fan keeps my hard drives cool while remaining quiet. The small window is a little different than a traditional window case.

Most Critical Review
ASUS E35M1-I Fusion AMD E-350 APU (1.6GHz, Dual-Core) AMD Hudson M1 Mini ITX Motherboard/CPU Combo
ASUS E35M1-I Fusion AMD E-350 APU (1.6GHz, Dual-Core) AMD Hudson M1 Mini ITX Motherboard/CPU Combo

Pros: Passive heatsink, low power CPU, lot's of SATA ports. AMD & ASUS are always a good combination.

Cons: Previous reviews pointed this to be a good Ubuntu Server setup with a software RAID array. So far I've had a week of pulling hair out trying to get my 5 drive 1.5TB array to work. After trying 3 different versions of Ubuntu Server and suffering crashes every time I transfer files, I finally tried my array in another system, and had no problems. It's looking like this board is going to get sent RMA.

Overall Review: I was VERY excited to see AMD put competition against the Atom, as I prefer AMD over Intel. I was also VERY happy to see this on an ASUS board, as I have had great luck with every ASUS product I've used, and have gone to use them whenever possible. This board was looking perfect, but I'm very dissapointed.

Great, until they slow down.

Rosewill RCR-IC002 - 74-in-1 Internal Card Reader with USB 2.0 Ports & Extra Silver Face Plate - Fits 3.5" Drive Bay
Rosewill RCR-IC002 - 74-in-1 Internal Card Reader with USB 2.0 Ports & Extra Silver Face Plate - Fits 3.5" Drive Bay

Pros: Great look, changeable faceplates, multiple ports, USB port

Cons: I've owned multiple Rosewill readers, a few of this one, and a few of the one with 4 USB ports and more reader slots. Each of them have failed after 6 months to a year. When they fail, they seem to cause a massive system slowdown. I was suspecting a bad SSD drive at first, but with each computer I've had the problem on, it disappears immediately when I disconnect the reader.

Overall Review: It's unfortunate to have these problems, as the reader is a great looking device at a fantastic price point.