Nice one & thanks for all the pictures !!
First thing I thought when I read WD Green HD, that's the 3.5", right.
How on earth would he fit that into THAT case, I wondered !
Never thought you could twist it by 90 degrees and just fix it on the HDD frame.
Technically it's only held in there by 1 screw. But it's fairly tight in the case, and the front USB header cable sits right under the drive, supporting all of the weight. I also cut up some small foam squares to put under the drive, where the PCI slot is, for support.
What OS do you use and is the Intel Atom N270 strong enough ?
The OS is FreeNAS, which boots off a 512mb Sandisk USB thumb drive. The Atom is more than enough for just NAS duties.
Can you hear your system at all ? I mean, the HDD is the only noise maker, right.
I could imagine it's not audible anymore.
If I'm within a foot or two from it and I really try to listen, I can hear a very faint whirring sound from the HD. But I'd pretty much consider it silent at that point.
How would the performance and power consumption of your system change by replacing the HDD with a SSD I wonder.
SDD would make it boot faster, but that would be it. FreeNAS runs entirely from ram, so once booted, there would be no performance advantage. The WD Green drive is used for storage only.
How would the performance and power consumption change by using the Zotac GeForce 9300 iTX (incl 4GB) instead of the Intel (incl 1GB) I wonder.
I'm not sure, but looking at Mike's review of the Zotac IONITX-A, he's got idle listed as 22W.
Power draw: ... 18-19W when actively writing/reading from the NAS.
I find it hard to believe, honestly.
That is so cool.
Thanks, I'm pretty happy with how things turned out. As this machine is on 24/7, I wanted to keep the power draw to a minimum while having tons of storage.
By the way ...what do you think about the all-around material quality of the M350 ?
The build quality seems good. There's no rattling from the metal, and no sharp edges. The steel seems pretty strong, hardly any flexing at all. The plastic front panel does seem a bit cheap, but it's solid enough. All in all, I'd say it's a great case for only $39.95.