Joined on 08/15/07
Nice slim SATA DVD player
Pros: Works well in my low power consumption Intel Atom based PC. I have this PC humming below 40 watts. Not nearly as noisy ad the older slim CD drive that it replaced.
Cons: Need the special cable... luckily Newegg now has it.
Overall Review: Newegg now has the special SATA cable that you need. I'm glad the other reviews mentioned this as it saved many any headaches if I hadn't known.
Fast and easy to setup
Pros: Worked out of the box with Windows 7 and Vista (both x64) at 300 mbps with a D-Link DIR-655 router.
Cons: None, worked perfectly.
Overall Review: To get to 300 mbps, I had to tweak the DIR-655 router. There was nothing to change or do on the DWA-556... it worked as soon as the router was configured correctly.
Pros: This router is fast and has great range. I use it with many connected devices... two 802.11n laptops, two desktops with matched D-Link (DWA-556) adapters, an Xbox running 802.11g, a desktop running 802.11g, and a couple laptops running 802.11g. My point... lot of connections and they all work great throughout my house. It's nice that it has a setting to WPA and WPA2 authentication at the same time, as the Xbox doesn't do WPA2.
Cons: Documention is missing on how to configure to get 300 mbps speed. I would have given it 5 stars if it wasn't so hard to figure this out. I went to DLink forums to find the documentation. After that, my D-Link adapters run at 300 mpbs and my other 802.11n adapters run at 130 or 150 mbps.
Pros: Great price with combo deal I got through Newegg. Built a great performing HTPC with blu-ray for less than $500. System has worked great with Windows 7 Ultimate x64. Glad to see Gigabye already had Windows 7 drivers on their website.
Cons: I had to work with the BIOS to get the board from automatically turning on and resuming from sleep on it's own. I pretty much had to turn off every setting that may bring the system out of S3 state.
Overall Review: I installed this in a small case (Antec MicroFusion 350)... it cools well and is quiet. I think the CPU fan could be a little quieter, but still not that bad.
Great HTPC case
Pros: Great looking case and ideal size for a HTPC. It fits a MicroATX, single hard drive and single blu-ray drive (and nothing else) perfectly. The documentation was great for this case and given the small size, it was very helpful (haven't really needed documentation on a case yet).
Cons: The 5.25" drive bay door wasn't very sturdy. I accidently broke off a hinge when installing a BluRay player. I contacted support to get a new bay door, but they have yet to reply to me (after 5 days).
Overall Review: Watch out for the height of memory. My memory had a heat sink on top and I had to dremel off a little to get it to fit.
Great, small motherboard
Pros: Very low power and faster than I expected. I run Vista on this machine and was impressed with the Vista score (2.2, but would have been in the high 4's if it wasn't for "business graphics"). Runs Vista Aero. With a hard drive, 2 GB RAM, slim DVD drive, this thing runs less than 40 watts as measured by my Kill-o-Watt.
Cons: The fan is loud. I need to mess with the fan speed in the BIOS to see if that helps. Of course, another slight con, is that you have to physically move a jumper on the motherboard to change this in BIOS. I don't know why some things can be changed throught software only but some things require the physical move of the BIOS jumper on the mobo.
Overall Review: Mobo requires the relatively newer 12V processor connector. I was using an older mini-itx case that didn't have it but luckily I found an adapter. It seems a little overkill with this very lower power processor.