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Thomas K.

Thomas K.

Joined on 04/02/07

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Most Favorable Review

Good controller card for JBOD

SYBA SI-PEX40063 PCI-Express 2.0 x2 Low Profile Ready SATA III (6.0Gb/s) Controller Card
SYBA SI-PEX40063 PCI-Express 2.0 x2 Low Profile Ready SATA III (6.0Gb/s) Controller Card

Pros: Installed this on my Windows 8.1 Media Center server. This card says it can do RAID 0,1, and 10, but I didn't try that. Mostly got for e-sata ports on the back in JBOD mode for a Mediasonic enclosure using Storage Space - but ended up using one of the internal SATA ports as well. Performance is good.

Cons: You do have to update the driver from the on the IOCrest website. Not exactly intuitive, the one you need is Marvell92xx and I installed every INF in the folder until one worked. The ones on the driver CD didn't work for me.

Overall Review: Kind of spendy, but I needed it, the motherboard I have doesn't have an e-sata port on it, and even it it did, many don't have the port multiplier ability. This card fits the bill.

Most Critical Review

Drive was DOA

Western Digital WD Green WD20EARX 2TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive Bare Drive
Western Digital WD Green WD20EARX 2TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive Bare Drive

Pros: I actually have 2 of these drives. One has been running for a couple of months fine, so I ordered another one.

Cons: The second one I ordered was Dead on arrival. Made a scraping noise and Windows (and my RAID controller board) never even recognized it.

Overall Review: I know this stuff sometimes happens, but it is seriously annoying. Reading the other reviews I should have asked for a refund instead of replacement. Think twice on this one.

Great for what it is

XION Gaming Series XON-310_BK Black with Blue LED Light Steel / Plastic Micro ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
XION Gaming Series XON-310_BK Black with Blue LED Light Steel / Plastic Micro ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

Pros: All metal case. Design is similar to 90's metal cases (but thinner and lighter). MicroATX size, but holds a full size power supply. Has a USB 3.0 port. No real complaints for the price point.

Cons: Tons of space for drives, but only two mounts. If you drill some holes and use some ingenuity, you could get 5 (or more) 3.5" drives in there. Soo much potential and wasted space. Power button placement (on top) is strange.

Overall Review: As some have mentioned there is no cable management, but I don't expect it from a $20 case. It hold a full size power supply, and if you don't have a modular one there is plenty of space to shove the cables up top. As long as you don't need external drive bays, this case is fine for a budget build. If you want drill some holes this can be a great NAS server box to throw in a closet.

12/14/2016

Best thing since sliced bread

SiliconDust HDHR4-2US HDHomeRun CONNECT 2-Tuner Streaming Media Player for Cord Cutters
SiliconDust HDHR4-2US HDHomeRun CONNECT 2-Tuner Streaming Media Player for Cord Cutters

Pros: Let's you put the tuner on the network, away from your main Media Center server to the best location for the antenna (or to stream to multiple devices). Tuner pulls in channels as good or better than anything else. I run two of them to be able to watch or record 4 channels at once.

Cons: Better case? Cooler lights? No real cons, it does what it is supposed to at a reasonable price.

Overall Review: I've run Windows Media Center since Vista (and MythTV before that) and I've been through a bunch of Turner cards, USB Tuner dongles, etc. Until a few years ago, I would never spend the extra money for an HDHR. That's probably my biggest regret.

Update to previous review

ECS H81H3-I/HDMI (V1.0) LGA 1150 Intel H81 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Mini ITX Intel Motherboard
ECS H81H3-I/HDMI (V1.0) LGA 1150 Intel H81 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Mini ITX Intel Motherboard

Pros: Inexpensive. Plenty of features. Works prefect for what I needed it for (almost).

Cons: Not super high quality, but this is a budget board. As mentioned on other reviews, the Intel chipset used doesn't allow for another USB3 header on the board. No serial port on back (but there is a single header on the board - ugg it's like 1995 I have to find a PCI slot cover serial port and header cable).

Overall Review: First board had problems and I had to RMA (see previous review). Replacement worked like a champ. And no, I didn't have to do a fresh Windows install as the ECS response suggested. I'm using Windows 8.1, not Windows 2000, Windows is smart enough now to let you do a MB upgrade without FDISKing your machine.

Now works with Haswell Refresh

ASUS H81T/CSM LGA 1150 Intel H81 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Thin Mini-ITX Intel Motherboard
ASUS H81T/CSM LGA 1150 Intel H81 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Thin Mini-ITX Intel Motherboard

Pros: One of the cheapest Thin Mini-ITX boards you can get. Asus makes good boards and has an awesome BIOS and utilities for controlling the fan and overclocking, etc. My board came pre-flashed with version 0503 - which is not the latest, but supports most all of the Haswell Refesh CPUs. Board has all the basics, and if your looking at doing an AIO build or stuffing this into a tiny case, it's a good choice.

Cons: Based on the reviews here, I bought an extra CPU cheap be ready to flash the BIOS. Totally not necessary, and I'll need to sell it now.

Overall Review: Just remember this is a basic board without a lot of bells and whistles. Previous reviewer gave great recommendation on a power supply (BESTEK 90W 19V 4.74A) - I got the same one and it works great.