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This review is from: Acer Chromebox CXI-2GKM Celeron 2957U (1.40GHz) 2GB DDR3L 16GB SSD Google Chrome OS
Pros: Small, quiet, fast. Lots of ports. Perfect 1080p playback.
Cons: Could be easier to disassemble (it definitely takes more time than the Asus version when swapping SSD/Memory.
Other Thoughts: I had no issues with this box over the 18-months. I used it with ChromeOS very briefly. Then thanks to lots of great info on the web (thanks to MrChromebox.tech especially), I upgraded memory, loaded OpenElec (later to LibreElec), ran UbuntuLive from USB, updated to UEFI Bios and finally upgraded the SSD and loaded Windows 10 in a dual boot setup. Windows 10 works surprisingly well on these Haswell Chromebox units.
Unlike previous reviewers, I had no issue with 1080p playback either through Kodi, Ubuntu, ChromeOS, or Windows 10. Also, no issues using HDMI>DVI adapter with DVI monitors. Although the Asus units are perhaps easier to work with, the Acer is a fine unit. I never noticed fan noise from this unit.
This review is from: ZALMAN CNPS8900 Quiet 110mm Ultra Quiet Slim CPU Cooler
Pros: Very quiet, cools effectively, low profile fits in shallow HTPC case with no issues.
Cons: Not the easiest to install, machining of the base could be a bit smoother.
Other Thoughts: Unlike some of the other reviewers, I had no problem getting this installed on my motherboard. I suspect the others who had problems were doing something incorrectly. Perhaps they installed the tabs upside down? Yes, it is a bit hard to get a screwdriver on the screws, but if you are gentle and don't try to over tighten, they go on just fine with the screwdriver at a slight angle. I had no clearance issues with mine. Plenty of room to the memory slots, and my tall VRM heatsink did not interfere either.
Because of the exposed heatpipes and the gaps, it is important that you pre-tint the base of the heatsink with thermal compound so that the gaps are filled in before installation.
Overall, this is a very good choice for a HTPC case as long as you don't have a CPU that is more than ~90W or so. My 65w AMD A6 stays very cool and I never hear the fan ramp up.
Pros: Stable, low voltage, nice heat spreaders (probably doesn't need them). No issues in over 3 years of using them.
Cons: Probably not something you want to overclock
Other Thoughts: I bought a pair of this exact (I'm hoping it is the same anyway) memory about 4 years ago. It worked flawlessly in a Phenom II x6 build that I had at the time. I never tried to overclock the memory, but it was very stable using SPD timings. It worked so well, I bought a 2nd pair and filled up all the slots in that old Gigabyte 890GPA board. Never an issue with the memory. I eventually sold that board and memory to a friend. He is still using it. I just bought another pair of these sticks to use in an HTPC build. The low wattage should help with heat and keep the power consumption down. Hopefully they work as well with a newer Gigabyte FM2+ board that I'm using. I will update after I complete the HTPC.READ FULL REVIEW