Joined on 02/10/09
Rock Solid Once the Intel® 802.11ac WiFi was Disabled
Pros: - Board build construction is solid - ESD/"Spike" protection is a GREAT feature for DYI builders without a wrist strap (many enthusiasts overlook ESD protection) - MB seems to run cooler than many mini-itx's I've built in the same case - Runs DDR4 2933Mhz 16GB RAM solidly. PRIME95'd for 10 minutes without errors.
Cons: - Intel® 802.11ac WiFi + BT 4.2 was crashing the machine before I disabled it, even with most current drivers - Network connection would fail just before crashing ASROCK: Please investigate the wireless adapter. I have had good success in the past and like your boards otherwise.
Overall Review: - In Win IW-BQ656T.AD150TB3 Mini Itx Mini Tower Black 150W PSU - AMD RYZEN 5 2400G Quad-Core 3.6 GHz (3.9 GHz Turbo) Socket AM4 65W YD2400C5FBBOX - Noctua NH-L9a AM4, 37mm Premium Low-profile CPU Cooler - ASRock Fatal1ty B450 GAMING-ITX/AC - Patriot Viper 4 16GB DDR4 SDRAM DDR4 3400 (PC4 27200) Model PV416G340C6K - SAMSUNG 970 EVO PLUS 500GB Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) MZ-V7S500B/AM -Wavlink Ultra-fast AC1200 Dual Band USB Wireless Adapter WIFI Adapter 5Ghz 867Mbps + 2.4GHz 300Mb Range Extender Receiver Dongle IEEE 802.11ac/a/b/g/n I used the external USB wireless dongle and this is a great HTPC, super snappy. Noctua fans and cooling products have performed very well on my builds.
Good Small HTPC Case
Pros: - Power supply fan is silent with 35W TDP CPU. Any highter of a TDP and the PSU 40mm fan is annoying. - Internal power supply means no external adapter brick - Compact small footprint - Construction quality is good
Cons: - Cable routing & concealment is tricky
Overall Review: A good PC case if you keep the TDP to 35W max.
Driver Issues that won't go away.....
Pros: - Powerful processor - Good image quality - Micro SD slot to make up for the small SSD
Cons: - Mouse driver issues persist - Screen is too shiny and glarey
Overall Review: The mouse driver clashes with MicroSoft updates. I'll have to investigate this issue with Acer
UPDATED - DS716+ : A Tale of OK hardware, DSM 6.0 Overly Complicated, Caused Crashes & Hard to Use
Pros: - Released new DSM 6.0 which doesn't crash - Synology finally used a quiet fan on the DS716+ (and DS216+), good move Synology. Could improve if Synology used Noctua fans (150,000 hour BTBF) & silent - Build quality appears good: Drive cages align for smooth install. Fit and finish of enclosure good.
Cons: - DSM 6.0 Release 2 crashed both my DS716+ and DS216+, rendering them both useless bricks. New release (April 25/2016) repaired the damage - Synology's new DSM 6.0 is way too complicated and the major reason for my 2 star rating<br>- DSM 6.0 online Help nearly non-existant regarding Synology NAS to NAS backup<br>- New "Hyper-Backup" so complicated I could not decrypt how to backup my DS1010+ to the DS716+ (emailed for Tech Support)<br>- Still waiting for Tech Support after 2 days<br>- RSYNCH backup sooooooo slow, probably half the speed of USB 3.0 transfer
Overall Review: I did not obatin the approximate 2X file transfer speed I was expecting, which is the main reason I upgraded to the DS716+, so I'm quite disappointed.<br><br>The Synology software teams should focus on keeping the software simple and easy-to-use. DSM 6.0 is glitsy, but not user friendly. Improvement of DSM 6.0 is paramount Synology - You could lose many customers due to this unnecessary complexity.<br><br>Improve Online Help of DSM 6.0 Improve hoover pop up definitions, how to use software functions, etc. You would cut down the quantity of Tech Support requests and customer frustration.<br><br>I'm really considering putting my large stock of Synology NAS's on E-b-a-y and switching to ASUSTOR. I tryed the ASUSTOR demo, and thier software seems way easier to use. Best of Luck, Synology.