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VANTEC ST-530S3-BK Aluminum 5.25
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4 out of 5 eggs Good enclosure, but USB port on back is not a non-standard Type A!! 11/24/2016

This review is from: VANTEC ST-530S3-BK Aluminum 5.25" SATA USB 3.0 External 5.25" Optical Drive Enclosure USB 3.0 External Interface

Pros: Works very well, fast transfer speeds, no trouble with USB connection or W7-W8-W10 recognizing.

Cons: Instead of using a proper USB Type B port on the back, they used a Type A. And even though they give you a cable to connect, it is super short (about 20 inches). So you will have a super hard time getting a longer cable that works. See below.

The cable goof keeps this from being a home run.

Other Thoughts: I did find this USB 3.0 Type A to Type A 6' cable on Newegg: Item N82E16812816141.


1 out of 5 eggs Almost a great idea, but D'oh! 10/17/2016

This review is from: SEDNA SE-FP-ESATA-1-BK- 2 Port eSATA Floppy Bay Front Panel with Power Connector (Black)

Pros: I was really interested in this, but then noticed the Molex connections ...

Cons: ... are the wrong gender. Most standard Molex cables are a male pin, which needs a female socket to plug in to. So no standard Molex cables are going to work on the front power connector!

Also, the exposed pins are bringing the PSU 12V power to the outside world, with some PSU capable of putting out 40-50A on that plug. The load side should always have a exposed pins and the power delivery side have to protected shrouded housing,

Other Thoughts: So still looking for something like this, but with either a proper Molex output or a SATA power output ...

ASRock H170M Pro4 LGA 1151 Intel H170 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard
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5 out of 5 eggs Great PC, but it was a PITA to get it going! 10/16/2016

This review is from: ASRock H170M Pro4 LGA 1151 Intel H170 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard

Pros: Now that this is working well, it is a fantastic PC. I have built over 30 PC's, and this one is a terrific compromise between power usage and capability. Absolutely amazed at the speed and low power idle that this does. It idles at 16W at the plug!!! I can leave it on all year long and it will use about $16 in electricity. It would make a great NAS or HTPC.

I bench marked the system using Passmark V7.0, and it got ratings of :

System: 2738
CPU: 8321
The RAM did well too, but I did not write down the number.

Installed a Samsung 850 Evo for data and got about 375-400MB/sec to the M.2 boot SSD.

A real home run!!!

Cons: Oh wow, was the bios a pig. Wow.

This was a real treat for early adopters. The hardware is great, but the bios developers were way behind. The latest bios as of today's date (2016.10.16) is a winner, but the earlier versions were tough to work with. Getting the M.2 SSD going was possibly the worst for me. I nearly gave up on it.

Other Thoughts: HW Specs:
ASRock H170M Pro4 (mATX)
Intel i5-6600T 54W CPU
4x4GB G.Skill RAM 2133MHz DDR4 F4-2133C15Q-16GRK
M.2 Samsung 120GB SSD MZNLN120
Samsung 850 Evo
Seasonic G-360 80 Plus Gold PSU Model SSR-360GP

Note: If you oversize the PSU (like a 600W PSU) you won't get the low idle power due to overhead losses. A 200-250W 80 Plus Bronze PSU might be a better fit for idle power. Your idle power should not go below 10% of a PSU's rating => read in Tom's Hardware. I got lucky here. The 10% rating of this PSU is 36W, which this system is below.

I am going to build another one of these and make a NAS out of it with FreeNAS!! :)p


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Display Name: Charles M.

Date Joined: 05/31/05

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  • First Review: 07/28/05
  • Last Review: 01/21/17
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