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4 out of 5 eggs So many features, but a few problems. 12/25/2016

This review is from: ASRock J1900D2Y Mini ITX Server Motherboard LGA 1150 DDR3 1333 / 1066

Pros: Great features for a little router/firewall.
2x 7LED display is a nice debug tool, but see cons.

Cons: TERRIBLE high pitched whine when using the 19V power input. I'm a bit of a quiet computing snob, but even my wife walked into the room and asked "what's that awful noise?" This is aleviated by using an ATX, SFX, or picoPSU on the 20pin connector, but it's a bummer... I can't stress enough, if you plan on spending any time in the same room as this board, plan on using the 20pin ATX connector. I see a similar comment about this, so I assume it's not uncommon.
No USB header on the board is sad. I don't need one, but I don't see how they can print "workstation" on the box without this.
No HDMI output by default. I was lucky I first booted this at my parents' house, as I'd be hard pressed to find a VGA cable at home. I see in the comments that the IPMI is another option. Not fun having to jump through hoops to see a post.
The 7LED debug is great, but the manual doesn't appear to cover a lot of "normal" states. When HDMI didn't work, the first thing I tried to do was find out what code AA meant. Manual doesn't say.
There is a mystery button on the rear panel that the manual doesn't appear to mention. Maybe I missed it, though. Seems to be conspicuously ignored from the pages I expected it to be labeled on, though.
No voltage control on fans is too bad. My favourite fans are all 3-wire. PWM always sounds a little "clicky" at low RPM. Also, I'm not sure I've ever owned a 40-60mm PWM fan. (This is a mini-ITX board, after all.) I'll probably use a static fan speed witha resistor.

Other Thoughts: I'm conflicted about this board. It will really be a great little router, but the vrm whine from the 19V input is a disappointment. I am trying to decide if I want to buy a SFX PSU and use my shoebox case, or but a picoPSU and go with my smaller case. I had 19V bricks aitting around, so the price and space issues are unfortunate.
The board is so functional and has so many nice features that I'll give it a '4', even though my heart is screaming '3'.

SeaSonic X Series X650 Gold (SS-650KM Active PFC F3) 650W ATX12V V2.3/EPS 12V V2.91 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS GOLD Certified Full Modular Active PFC Power Supply New 4th Gen CPU Certified Hasw
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Pros: + Silent at low-to-medium load.*
+ Modular cables.
+ High efficiency.
+ Anecdotally reliable.

Cons: - Bought a new one for my wife's computer, and now I'm jealous! They added a few features my older X650 lacks.

Other Thoughts: * Unit is silent (does not run the fan) if you have the swtich on it flipped to "hybrid" and the unit is not getting too hot. If you load it up with 600W, the fan will probably run, but otherwise it functions roughly like a 400W fanless PSU with a just-in-case fan.
*The "hybrid mode" toggle is new - my old unit was all hybrid all the time.
* Cables are black flat ribbon type, except for mesh covered bundle for the ATX connector. Not sure why one cabe is different from the rest. be aware of this if you are super anal about that kind of thing. (Also, my old unit came with all mesh bundles. So yet another change.)

LG Electronics 14x SATA Blu-ray Internal Rewriter without Software, Black Model WH14NS40 - OEM
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Pros: Worked automagically with Ubuntu 16.04.

Cons: Nutso DRM makes playing movies legally a giant pain in the butt. (See other thoughts.)

Other Thoughts: The MPAA aparently thinks the solution to piracy is to make the retail product harder to use in a legitimate fashion. Blu-Ray is the latest in lunatic DRM strategies.
In order to play a legally aquired Blu-Ray disk, I had to aquire all of the software required to rip the disk. I merely played back the video stream, rather than saving it, but the fact that I needed to be capable of pirating the disk just to watch it suggests someone didn't think through their DRM deployment.
I'm not against DRM, but it's pretty frustrating to a law abiding citizen when the pirated product is superior to the original due to overzealous protectionism. (Not to mention un-skippable ads...)
I'll probably stick with DVDs and internet services, based on my initial Blu-Ray experience.


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