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This review is from: nMEDIAPC Black Aluminum / Acrylic / Steel HTPC 6000B ATX Media Center / HTPC Case
Pros: Large, doesn't resemble a vanilla PC and has lots of room for full size video card, several hard drives AND full size power supply w/o a problem. There are a few posts where people mentioned they couldn't fit a PSU without removing the fans. Didn't encounter that problem and wonder the brand they were using. Rear fans are adequate and quiet. Running 4 HD's and the box is coool.
Cons: Blu Ray /DVD drive bay is in a word, "interesting." Can't use the power button because the BRD (Pioneer) won't errr ride to the front. Yes there's the option to deface the thing but isn't that big of a deal since I can always use a keyboard hotkey to open it. Yes there are other ways folks.
Other Thoughts: There are a few posts where people mentioned they couldn't fit a PSU without removing the fans. Didn't encounter that problem and wonder the brand they were using. Sharp edges? Nope didn't cut my fwinguhs either neever.READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: It's an AMD, price per core and it's an AMD.
Cons: None, nada zip... Well, using the stock fan which hasn't been a problem. Yes it can be somewhat LOUD but as long as the CPU doesn't go above 48 degrees not going to worry about it. Usually encounter noise when the CPU is being taxed by resources that are being used. Drops back to near silent within a matter of secods.
Other Thoughts: Upgraded from an Intel E8400 3.00GHZ unclocked w/8GB of DDR2 (shudder) to this processor, 24GB of DDR3 and a Gigabyte MOBO. Currently running VMware ESX 5.1, vSphere, Server 2012 Datacenter, 2008R2 and a slew of other virtual machines. What impresses me the most is how the processor will spike for a few seconds - usually to 100% mostly during vm resumes and then drops to between 26 and 28% - the vms are running a total of 15GB combined and the overall host performance NEVER takes a noticeable hit. For those folks interested, the MOBO is the 78LMT-USB3 series. DDR3 = mixture of Corsair Vengeance and Kingston HyperX.READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: Cheap <-operative word---< (my) apple tv is able to find it on the network.
Cons: Cheap - I purchased this "gem" after my Sonic Wall TZW took a nosedive after 5 1/2 years of continuous use. This thing isn't worth the price of a thought let alone a "hmmmm" bypass it with caution.
Other Thoughts: I gave it a "2" rating because it has semi-pretty lights however! the further you are from it, the less signal strength. My network consists of 2 1700 series Cisco routers and a Cisco 501 router and yet EVEN if I connect modem to router, the connection drops - the 6652BRP is definitely the culprit.
If you're going to cheapen out, I would say go for the Trendnet TEW-639GR orrr something other than Trendnet.
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