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CORSAIR Vengeance LPX 16GB (4 x 4GB) 288-Pin DDR4 SDRAM DDR4 2400 (PC4-19200) C14 Memory Kit - Black Model CMK16GX4M4A2400C14
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: + Nice looking ram. No insane heat spreaders
+ Recognized immediately by BIOS (ASUS X99 Deluxe)
+ Prime 95 stable for 24+ hours at stock
+ XMP profiles for overclocking
+ Low voltage (1.2V)
+ Corsair quality – lifetime warranty
+ Among the least expensive 16GB DDR4 kits at current prices

Cons: None

Other Thoughts: Booted on first try in an Asus X99 Deluxe with an Intel 5820K. Ran Prime 95 all night on all cores (24+ hours) with no issues. Windows 8.1 Pro runs extremely smooth, as do all games with no stutters (using a Zotac GTX 770 4GB). Coming from an x79 2011 setup with 16GB of DDR3, I wasn’t really expecting any real-world mind-blowing speed increases in games, but I did notice slightly better performance in FSX, which is very RAM and CPU dependent. But since I was coming from a fairly modern setup (X79), that wasn’t what I was looking for when testing the RAM. I was looking for stability, and this RAM has that at a modest price.

I can’t comment on this RAM’s use in HTPC cases because I am using an Antec 1200, but to my naked eye there should be no reason these wouldn’t work based on their height. They also don’t get overly warm.

I am a long-time Corsair fan. Most of my platforms over the years dating all the way back to the Pentium II featured Corsair RAM. I have never once had to RMA a single stick of RAM. But even if you’re a little worried, their lifetime warranty proves they stand behind their product. The fact that these are among the cheapest DDR4 16GB kits make this a no-brainer to me. I would not hesitate to buy.

TP-LINK Archer T2U AC600 Mini Wireless Dual Band Adapter, 2.4GHz 150Mbps/5Ghz 433Mbps,One-Button Setup,Windows XP/7/8
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: + Easy installation.
+ Software is simple but informative.
+ Driver-only option for installation.
+ 5G (433Mbps) and 2.4GHz (150Mbps) bands
+ Picked up both of my SSIDs right away
+ Stable connection, decent range – see other thoughts
+ Small – only the size of a thumb drive
+ Price

Cons: - Weird speed drop during large file transfer

Other Thoughts: Package include the adapter and a small CD with the driver and utility. Installation was a breeze. The adapter was not detected by Windows 8.1 until I loaded the software. When you load the software, you have the option of a driver-only install, or driver plus utility. I chose the latter just so I could see what the utility is used for.

The utility is basic but has some use. The status tab shows you what network you’re connected to, at what speed, the channel, your MAC address, IP address, and signal strength. There is also a WPS tab, which let you use WPS to connect to your router. The network tab scans for networks and lets you choose which network to connect to. The profile tab lets you edit the profiles of networks you’ve connected to in the past (change key, connect automatically, etc.). Finally, the advanced tab lets you use SoftAP mode or Power Save mode, both of which are set to OFF by default. You can also choose to manage wifi networks through Windows instead of through the TP-Link application.

Speed-wise, first I tested a large 4.3GB folder copy on my WIRED gigabit network (not using this device). The 4.3GB folder was copied to my server in about 43 seconds, and then copied back in another 43 seconds. Then I tested with this adapter. First, on 5G (433Mbps), I downloaded that same folder in about 2m 40s. Not too bad. Uploading back to the server was a little longer: 4m 50s. On the 2.4GHz band, the download from the server took a whopping 20m and 3s. Oddly, uploading back to the server took only 8m and 15s. To be sure there wasn’t an anomaly with the 20m download, I tried again, and reproduced the 20m copy time. Other than the long copy time on 2.4GHz, speeds seemed in line with what I was expecting. Web pages load fast and I didn’t have any noticeable lag playing Quake Live. I am using a Linksys WRT1900AC router with both 2.4GHz and 5GHz SSIDs enabled.

Overall I think the TP-link is a nice little adapter, especially for the price. Other than the weird file copy issue on 2.4GHz, the connections seem fast and reliable. It detected my networks just fine and held the signal at a decent range. For such a small device, it packs a nice punch.

Seagate  STDE16000100  16TB  NAS Pro 4-Bay Network Storage
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

5 out of 5 eggs Seagate 16TB NAS 08/18/2014

This review is from: Seagate STDE16000100 16TB NAS Pro 4-Bay Network Storage

Pros: - Simple installation process
- 16TB of space (4 x 4TB). This unit was preconfigured for SimplyRaid (12TB for storage, 4TB for parity – protects against a single drive failure). Other RAID options are available.
- Amazingly small footprint (8.5in x 6.75in x 7in)
- Low power consumption (120W). Supports scheduled power on/off, wake on lan, etc.
- Whisper quiet
- Nice-looking device with LED screen
- 2 x USB 3.0, 1 x USB 2.0, 2 x Gigabit Ethernet ports.
- Solid performance with its dual-core Intel CPU and 2GB DDR3 RAM
- MUCH easier to setup and manage than the WHS server box I built myself.

I was stunned at how small and quiet the NAS is compared to my WHS box. It was a cinch to install. It was so easy, I questioned whether or not I was truly done. Here is the setup process:
- Plug in power and network.
- Turn it on and wait for solid light.
- Browse to NAS with your browser (via a Seagate URL).
- Download any firmware updates (automatically). Downloaded version dated July 7, 2014 (took 10 minutes to DL and install).
- Choose admin username and pw.
- Total installation time: 20 minutes.

From there you will want to set up users, groups, and shares, set up a backup plan, and perform other administrative setup tasks, so that will take more time.

Performance is superb. I was averaging over 110MB/sec reading AND writing a large 4.3GB folder back and forth from my PC to the NAS and vice-versa. This was on wired CAT6 segments with both devices on the same gigabit switch.

The OS is very clean and easy to use. See other thoughts.

Cons: - HD cages do not lock
- Documentation could be better
- Wish there were more apps in Application Manager

Other Thoughts: The NAS comes with an embedded Linux-based OS called Seagate NAS OS4. The OS has 5 main screens: Device manager, File Browser, Download Manager, Backup Manager, and App Manager. The menus within each main screen are listed on the left, with the main content for the selected subcategory displayed on the right. The screens load quickly and are laid out nicely.

Device Manager is where you can get a snapshot overall server conditions (health, CPU / RAM usage, # of shares, users, and groups, and so forth). You can also manage shares, users, and groups, manage server settings, services, configure the storage, etc.

File Manager is a browser-based file explorer where you can set up folders, set permissions on folders, and upload data.

Download Manager manages downloads to the device. To use this function, you must enable a service called Download Machine. This service will allow you to use the server for torrents, among other things.

App Manager lets you install and manage apps on the server. At the time of this writing, there were only 5 apps for download. One was an antivirus. I was able to download and install that with one click. The only other intriguing one to me was WordPress. There are other apps for use with IP cameras (Surveillance Manager), ownCloud, and BitTorrent Sync. There is also a manual installation mode that lets you install apps that are not listed in the app manager, but I could not find any detailed documentation about that feature in the online manual.

Backup Manager is just what it sounds like. It lets you manage backups and restores for the data. It’s very easy to set up a backup job. You simply specify the source folders you want to back up, and you specify a destination. You can back up to local hard drives, cloud services, or other devices that support Rsync, FTP, SMB, NFS, or WebDav.

There are a lot of other settings that you can meddle with in addition to the ones mentioned above. Your best bet is to go to Seagate’s web site and view the manual online.

Overall I am very impressed with this NAS. It looks great on my desk and takes up very little space. With its great performance and abundance of storage, it should last for many years.


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