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This review is from: SAMSUNG 840 Series 2.5" 120GB SATA III Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) MZ-7TD120BW
Pros: Quick. Easy setup. After it failed, almost all the data was still readable.
Cons: Had it in a machine that was on 24/7 for about 13 months, when linux detected errors in the filesystem and forced it into read-only mode. SMART says everything's fine. Granted, this is a consumer drive and not meant for 24/7 duty, but the workload was mostly reads with frequent but small writes. I'd've guessed it'd last at least a few years, but nope.
Other Thoughts: I will avoid triple-level cell SSDs like this one in the future.READ FULL REVIEW
This review is from: ENERMAX UC-8EB 80mm Case Fan
Pros: Cheap, quiet
Cons: I bought and installed 4 of these case fans for a home server. After 6 months of 24/7 use, one fan started rattling constantly, so I removed it. 18 months after install, another fan had a constant annoying rattle, and a third had an intermittent moderate rattle.
Other Thoughts: They're cheap and they work okay, but the "magnetic barometric bearing" probably causes more problems over time than a standard bearing.READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: No fans! Onboard video works reasonably well. CPU is hyperthreaded (but not dual-core). Onboard audio sounds alright. Plenty of USB ports on the back. Can run in an open case with no fans 100% stable (didn't try with the case closed, tho).
Cons: Northbridge sucks down (relatively) a lot of power and produces a bunch of heat. Using a laser thermometer, with no air movement at all in an open case, the northbridge idles at around 60C while the CPU stays around 30-35C. I put in a 60mm fan in the case (which will be for a car computer install) and the northbridge temps dropped to around 35-40C idle. Consider any case fan when using this board, even a quiet one will help. The shipping BIOS revision can show you the CPU temp in the boot setup, but not the northbridge, which will almost always be hotter and is just as important to stable operation. However, even running without a fan, the board was 100% stable.
Other Thoughts: Looks to be a resilient little board. Too bad the northbridge draws so much power, I was hoping it would use less power than the old Epox board with its Via C3 that it replaced, but this struggles on bootup with my DC-DC power supply. Going to replace my HD with solid state to see if it helps. The network adapter isn't a common chipset so you will need a driver disk, and some modern live CDs (Ubuntu Feisty) won't recognize it.READ FULL REVIEW