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This review is from: ASRock EPC612D4I Mini ITX Server Motherboard LGA 2011-3 Intel C612
Pros: Looking for an mini ITX board with Xeon® Processor E5 v4 Family support with SR-IOV support for the PCIe slot - this was the winner.
Cons: BIOS defaults - if the BIOS is lower than version 2.1 - no Broadwell support. You have to find a Hawell CPU - put in it, and update the BIOS. This is can be anywhere from a nuisance to a game over depending on what hardware you have laying around. Also - the default graphics are to the PCIe slot, which sucks if you graphics card is a multiuser GPU with not video output - the screen just goes black. Had to take the whole system apart to get the graphics card out to get back to the BIOS settings screen.
This board has the narrow style CPU mounting - another frustration and week delay to get a new CPU cooler ordered. It's not mentioned anywhere - unless I missed that part.
Other Thoughts: The documentation is pretty good. The VGA connector on the motherbaord is pretty flimsy. And that BIOS BMC inItialization think that delays the boot for 30 seconds should probably be off by default.READ FULL REVIEW
This review is from: RAIDMAX Element ATX-101B Black/Grey Steel / Plastic Mini-ITX Tower Computer Case
Pros: Construction is good
All the panels are removable
price is good.
Cons: Plastic front panel is a little cheap feeling
Other Thoughts: My first power supply was 160mm long and interfered with the motherboard. I needed to return it for another one that was 140 mm long. If there was some way to get some front to back airflow across the Graphics Card, that would be ideal. I added a removable drive bay in the 5.25 inch drive bay on the front - that makes it easier that tearing the system apart whenever a drive needs to be swapped.READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: Inexpensive, light and small. Windows 7 (not 8.1)
Cons: It took some time to wipe all the Acer garbage software off the device. The virus software needed a tool from McAfee (I believe) to remove - you couldn't use the "Remove Applications" function in windows. After the purge, it works much better.
Other Thoughts: Great product. Great price. Bought this for my college daughter. It's used for papers, note taking, presentations, etc. The most CPU intesive things are YouTube and movie watching, which work fine. I wish laptop manufacturers wouldn't install all that garbage on the product, but that's probably not going to change. Anyway, this device with a copy of MS Office, Firefox, Chrome, flash plugin, dropbox, Gimp, Inkscape, and it's good for college.READ FULL REVIEW