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ZOTAC IONITX-A-U Atom 330 1.6GHz Dual-Core NVIDIA ION Mini ITX Motherboard/CPU Combo
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5 out of 5 eggs Excellent for Linux HTPC 05/08/2011

This review is from: ZOTAC IONITX-A-U Atom 330 1.6GHz Dual-Core NVIDIA ION Mini ITX Motherboard/CPU Combo

Pros: Plays HD flawlessly - Typically 3% cpu usage with vdpau!!
Overclocks great, but I can't see much reason to overclock it (except when building the kernel!)

Cons: Zotac made two boo-boos:

1. They stripped off the ATX power connector, forcing you to use their external power supply (works fine, but my case already had a power supply).

2. The rubber standoffs under the heatsink are slightly too tall, so the thermal compound on the GPU is ridiculously thick, and the thermal pad on the cpu is even more so! I did the usual mod:

And shaved 7 degrees off my cpu temp. I think you could do even better by replacing the rubber standoffs.

Other Thoughts: Linux users will want to run a recent kernel (I'm running and install libvdpau before compiling mplayer. SMplayer is working beautifully. You will want to add this to your ~/.mplayer/config:

# first try vdpau, fall back to xv
# only use vdpau with h264
# unrelated, but useful ;^)

LIAN LI PC-Q09FR Red Aluminum Mini-ITX Desktop Computer Case 150W Power Supply
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3 out of 5 eggs My build experience with Zotac A-U 04/27/2011

This review is from: LIAN LI PC-Q09FR Red Aluminum Mini-ITX Desktop Computer Case 150W Power Supply

Pros: The case looks fabulous.

Cons: Like the other reviewer stated, no cables provided with the case were sufficiently long to reach the drives.

The alignment of the dvd drive bay was very slightly off, causing the drive to hang up when closing. It is very annoying.

The motherboard mounting studs were aligned incorrectly, making it impossible to use the IO shield. Everything is shifted quite a bit to the right when viewing the IO ports.

Other Thoughts: I made the mods necessary to use the case/mobo, including mounting a Gentle Typhoon 120mm fan directly above the cpu. If I had known beforehand how much modding was required, I never would have bought this case. This is the first time in many years (and many cases) that Lian Li has let me down.

PLEXTOR Black 18X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 10X DVD+R DL 18X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 24X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM 2M Cache E-IDE/ATAPI DVD Burner included Replaceable beige front bezel
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Pros: None for Linux Users!

Cons: The 760 makes use of an extended command set that requires dynamic calculation of return values on the part of the driver.

Plextor issued a cease-and-desist to the developer of the Linux driver claiming reverse-engineering based infringement. When the drive is used inder Linux the buffer management is handled incorrectly, resulting in a high likelihood of buffer underruns.

Single layer discs will burn at normal rates, but buffer fills will be alarmingly low.

Dual layer discs will burn at VERY low speeds and will fail utterly at about 55%.

Other Thoughts: Note that there are TWO international divisions of Plextor marketing, one is Linux friendly, the other is Linux hostile. Since the friendly one cannot override the proscription against reverse engineering by the hostile one, there will likely be no Linux driver.


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Display Name: Philip E.

Date Joined: 06/15/04

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  • First Review: 12/20/06
  • Last Review: 05/08/11
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