Date Joined: 02/05/02
Pros: **Red LED case fan
**Lots of room for cable management
**Corsair rebate came back within 5 weeks
Cons: **Fan was a little nosier than anticipated. Easy fix using fan controller.
Overall Review: For 50 bucks, one should expect thin steel. This is a great budget case, or for first time builders. I added a red 120mm LED case fan for the rear. I love the case's aesthetics and functionality. Highly recommend this case if you can get it for under 40 bucks.
Pros: **Price was sub 40 bucks
**Good heft to it for a 500W PSU
**Sleeves for each connector's wiring
Overall Review: Fans of modular PSU will not like this. For those that don't mind it like me, it's a good buy.
Pros: **Significantly cools an i7-4790K. Temps for Folding at Home were mid 80s and Prime95 at 100. After installing this temps for FAH was low 50s and Prime95 was low 60s.
**Quiet fan. The only time I hear it is when the Fan RPM is over 1000 under load. During normal operation you cannot hear it at all.
**Comes with one fan and a second fan can be installed
Cons: **I'm not a fan of the colors but this is being nit picky
**Not for overclocking
Overall Review: Installation is easy enough to figure out. For the Intel CPUs you have to unmount your mobo to install the back plate. If you have a case that has the rear case motherboard cutout you won't need to dismount the mobo. Make sure you have a case that will support the heatsink's height. I would highly recommend this heatsink to those looking for an air and quiet solution. It's definitely not for those looking to overclock though. For the i7-4790k simply overclocking it to 4.4GHz brought back the high temps the Intel heatsink was providing.
Pros: Keeps an i7-2600 at cooler temps under load. Using Intel Heatsink Folding at Home was mid 70s and Prime95 was over 80s. With the T4 it is now mid 50s for FAH, and low 60s for P95.
Overall Review: Installation is easy enough to figure out. The instructions is more pictorial than instructional. For the i7 you have to unmount your mobo to install the back plate. If you have a case that has the rear case motherboard cutout you will not need to dismount the mobo.
Pros: USB 3.0
Great price at time of purchase - sub $20
Overall Review: Orico makes great products. From packaging to look and feel of their items gives one the impression of a high quality product. Highly recommend when you can get these products at a sub $20 price.
Pros: Low price at time of purchase - sub $20
Cons: All plastic housing
Pros: Low price
Build quality seems to be pretty good.
Overall Review: This item works just like other branded versions at a significantly lower price. I have several Orico products now and find the packaging and look and feel of their items to be very good. Their items also works as advertised. I find their attention to detail very good and gives the impression of a high quality brand. Highly recommend the brand and items.
Pros: Aluminum body
LED activity light
Cons: Not tool-less
Nothing documented on how to remove the enclosure caddy.
1. Fanless heatsink
2. Quad core
3. Low power consumption
4. Use of regular DIMMs
5. Supports up to 16GB RAM, I used DDR3/1600 Crucial
6. Low price after rebate (46 bucks)
7. Makes for a great server, or HTPC.
1. Only 2 SATA ports
2. SATA 3G ports
3. Difficulty installing OS from a USB drive.
4. Forced to use DVDROM connected via USB or SATA.
Overall Review: Overall this is a great value for an All-in-One solution. I was able to install Windows 7, 8 and Server 2008R2 and 2012R2. However, the board was having issues with installing it from a USB stick. I tried many different sticks and two different USB installers for the same ISO. One solutions that I found was to hook up a DVDROM via the SATA port to install the OS. Additionally, I was able to also install a Windows OS via USB DVD drive. The lack of onboard SATA ports is one thing I definitely dislike about the mobo. I can live without it being SATA 6G. I am currently using the board as a test 2012R2 server and it performs admirably. The J1900 Celeron Quad core and 16GB RAM feature really helps when using it for Hyper-V use. However, IMO, the 2.0GHz speed is not as fast as I would prefer despite the OS running on a WD 500GB Black hard drive. It's a trade off that I'm willing to endure to save power and for server use. Once I'm done playing with it as a server, I'm going to pair it with a SSD and see how the perceived "speed" will be on an everyday PC.
Pros: **It Works!
**Works just fine in the NanoPC Foxconn iBT-29
**Crucial reliability and dependabilty
Overall Review: Foxconn iBT-29 can use both 1.35V and 1.5V SODIMMs.
Pros: *Small footprint
*Provided case removal tool
*4GB USB stick with Windows 7/8 drivers
*Pentium J2900 Quad Core
*Can use either 1.35V or 1.5V SODIMMS. Default is 1.35V.
Cons: *Difficult removal of case screws. The provided mini screwdriver, built into case removal tool does not work well to remove the screws. You cannot get enough torque to unloosen the screws. I had to use another screwdriver to get them out and even with that it took a while. I don't understand why Foxconn would apply loctite on the screws since the case has to be opened to install the hard drive and memory. Patience is required.
*Noticeable fan noise in a quiet room. Not ideal for bedroom deployment unless you power the unit off when done using the NanoPC.
*Replacing the fan in the future could be an issue. Because it is small (looks to be 40mm) in my experience these get nosier over time or die. I managed to find a replacement on "Am.zon". A better option would be to use a passive heatsink as a replacement.
Overall Review: To install Windows, you have to enable CSM Support in the BIOS which opens a sub-menu where you can choose the Windows OS. Win8 is the default selection. By default CSM is disabled so I assume that non-Windows OS can be installed. I haven't tried this yet. Other reviews indicate you can but with specific flavors.
I purchased a 8GB Crucial DDR3L PC3-1600 SODIMM. It booted fine with the NanoPC. There is a jumper setting on the mobo that you can change if you need to use 1.5V SODIMM.
For me, I installed Win7 and it went smoothly via USB stick. Installing the drivers was easy peasy. Only one piece of bloatware (Game related) that got installed after doing the driver installation. This was easily uninstalled from the Control Panel's Program and Features menu.
Of note, I constantly hear the fan on and have never heard it off. The BIOS setting has "Smart Fan" enabled. I'm sure this allows for variable speed. I'm hoping to find a small enough heatsink that would fit in the case to install. This will make the NanoPC absolutely silent.