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GIGABYTE GB-BXBT-1900 (rev. 1.0) 1 x 204Pin SO-DIMM Intel HD Graphics Black Mini / Booksize Barebone System
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Pros: Quiet on idle and load; enough pep to drive a 1080p 60FPS YouTube video; Windows 10 compatible; has USB 3; small fotprint; under 20W on full tilt.

Cons: A tad slow, despite having quad core; top is fingerprint magnet; only 1 USB 3.0; no mSATA on the J1900 version; only single slot for memory.

Other Thoughts: It's obviously not for 4K playback. Form factor is great. I had a 2.5" drive so I had something to fall back to, but I wanted to use the mSATA drive I had lying around. If installing Windows 10, update the BIOS to F8 beforehand, and if you're going from 7 to 10, after the computer restarts after doing the initial installation on Windows 7, go to BIOS and change the OS setting from Windows 7 to Windows 8.x to avoid freezing.

GIGABYTE GB-BXA8-5557 (rev. 1.0) AMD Bolton M3 2 x 204Pin SO-DIMM AMD Radeon HD 8550G Mini / Booksize Barebone System
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  • neweggOwned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: Good gaming performance in a tiny box. Comes with wireless and top notch PSU. Great packaging.

Cons: Fan makes presence even with thermal paste replacement, and when fan decides to ramp up, it RAMPS UP. No Intel chip means no smart response and hot temperature. There's a daughter board with nothing on it when they could've just made a better, more efficient heatsink. Deceptively heavy. Fingerprint magnet.

Other Thoughts: As other reviewers said: for Windows 7 installation, disable USB 3.0 from BIOS. Otherwise Windows installation will hang at the beginning and you won't be going anywhere. Once installation is complete, then install the driver and re-enable it.
I had no problem with wireless.
Thermal paste does do wonders for bringing down the temperature. It goes without saying, but you can leave the thermal pad on the northbridge chip; that's fine and won't affect much.
Daughter board was meant to be used for a discrete graphics card for a step-up model, but this one had a heatsink but no chips underneath. Strangest thing I've seen in a while, and I'm left wondering if the heatsink on it actually does much, even though it touches the main heatsink (which, funnily enough, is smaller than the "blank" heatsink) via thermal pad.

Prepare your ears for the song of the Gigabyte's people. It is literally the loudest computer fan I have heard, ever. Again--thermal paste replacement helps a lot in keeping the fan from going full tilt. And you don't want full tilt.

You can play the ugliest game on Rocket League with this computer. But Street Fighter 4 looked great with minimum lag.

Cooler Master MegaFlow 200 - Sleeve Bearing 200mm Silent Fan for Computer Cases (Black)
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  • neweggOwned For: 1 week to 1 month

3 out of 5 eggs Nah, it's not that quiet. 12/09/2014

This review is from: Cooler Master MegaFlow 200 - Sleeve Bearing 200mm Silent Fan for Computer Cases (Black)

Pros: Moves a lot of air. Relatively quiet, with potential to be silent.

Cons: When it's silent, it doesn't move much air at all. Any higher speed than lowest, and it starts making ticking noise.

Other Thoughts: Too bad there really aren't much info on quiet 200mm fans at all, and everyone's opinions on quietness is subjective. Based on my sample, at least, if you want a really quiet PC, this isn't the way to go.


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