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nMEDIAPC ICETANK 90mm 2 Ball CPU Cooler
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3 out of 5 eggs Not quite good enough 02/24/2007

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Pros: If you crank the fan speed up high enough, it does a decent job of cooling the CPU.

Cons: A 4-pin plug for the fan would make it compatible with the nMediaPC 280 case though this is really the case's fault. Still a 4-pin plug would be better. Once I installed the Corsair 520HX in my case, this became the loudest component. The heat sink does not perform well unless the fan is turned up. Cool and quiet is the name of the game in HTPCs and this thing isn't quite good enough for my AMD Athlon 64 X2 4200+ (65W).

Other Thoughts: I bought it because I new it would fit in my nMediaPC 280 case. It barely fits leaving less than a half-centimeter of clearance between it and the cover.

BUFFALO WLI-TX4-G54HP Wireless-G MIMO Performance Ethernet Converter IEEE 802.3/3u, IEEE 802.11b/g Ethernet Port Up to 125Mbps Wireless Data Rates
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  • neweggOwned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: The idea of wireless bridges like this one has a lot of potential. Having a four port hub leaves room for growth. I currently have an HTPC but will someday have a gaming machine.

Cons: The setup utility requires Internet Explorer and, hence, Windows. Firefox does not work under Windows or Linux. I couldn't get WPA encryption to work with my Belkin Pre-N router. Because of this I had to return it.

nMEDIAPC HTPC 280BAV Black Aluminum / Steel MicroATX Desktop Computer Case nMEDIAPC MP-500 500W ATX Power Supply
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  • neweggOwned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: This is definitely a good looking case. I especially like the CPU temperature display and its compactness. All of the case fans are essentially silent.

Cons: The power supply fan is quite loud such that I could hear it in the next room. I replaced it with a much more quiet PS but only two screw holes fit. The fan speed indicator connection does not fit 3-pin cables. Get a 4-pin cable so that you can see the fan speed. The top vent for the CPU does not line up with the Abit NF-M2 motherboard such that you only get about half coverage. The hard drive cage backs right into the power supply leaving very little room for cables and potentially damaging the plugs. The cage needs to be removable. The VFD does not currently work under Linux. The absense of the actual remote receiver is shortsighted and their solution requires you to store several feet of cable in the case. A combined VFD with receiver would be better and would make room for additional harddrives (3 is not enough for me). Finally, there are too many lights on the front. While it looks cool, it is distracting.

Other Thoughts: It's still a very attractive case but there are just too many design problems. If you want to run Linux with it, do plenty of research on the VFD and wait until it's supported. I may unplug it just to reduce the brightness of the case.


Lonny J.'s Profile

Display Name: Lonny J.

Date Joined: 08/15/04

  • Reviews: 3
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  • First Review: 02/24/07
  • Last Review: 02/24/07
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