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EVGA Z97 FTW (142-HR-E977-KR) LGA 1150 Intel Z97 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: Z97 chipset! Supports the latest LGA 1150 CPUs out of the box. Native Intel SATA 3 and USB 3.0 controllers. BIOS is highly configurable and easy to use. EVGA Quality!

Intel i217 ethernet adapter. All the features that you would come to expect from an Intel network adapter are configurable from the driver property pages. Looks like there is native support for NIC Teaming (motherboard only has one NIC, you'd have to install a second one) and VLAN tagging although I haven't used either yet.

This current promotion can't be beat: just under $150 after rebate!

Cons: None yet noted.

Other Thoughts: This is my fourth EVGA motherboard over the last several years and they've all worked flawlessly. Mine shipped with 1.01 BIOS; as of this writing, EVGA has 1.04 available for download from their website. Easy update while the OS is running.

Also has a Marvell SATA 3 controller for two additional ports. I'm hanging my optical drives off of this one.

With overnight shipping, the box was in my home city within ten hours of ordering and at my door in less than 18. Thanks Newegg and FedEx!

CORSAIR Dominator Platinum 16GB (4 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1866 Desktop Memory Model CMD16GX3M4A1866C9
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: These look great and perform even better. The lighting is a nice touch. Went right in my EVGA X79 Classified motherboard with no problems. Selected the XMP profile, done.

Cons: None that I am aware of.

Other Thoughts: I've probably bought a terabyte of memory over the last ten or twelve years from Corsair. I've never had a problem with any of their memory. It just works. I just retired my first Corsair set (the extreme low latency DDR 400, 2-2-2-5, lol) after a flawless decade or more of service. They have a customer for life.

D-Link DHP-601AV PowerLine AV2 600 Gigabit Starter Kit Up to 600Mbps
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: Easy "plug-and-play" installation. One touch button to encrypt traffic after you plug them in. Status LED displays connection quality. Red="Good", Amber=Better, Green=Best. That's what the manual says, really.

Cons: Doesn't perform as advertised (your experience may vary), even when they are installed on the same electrical circuit. Very Inconsistent and "stuttering" speeds. I have no concrete evidence, but it "felt" like it was operating in half-duplex. While the unit stayed paired and connected to the other one throughout, at the higher layer it frequently caused dropped TCP connections resulting in a very frustrating end user experience. Nearly unusable across circuits. Internet speed tests varied mid-test, ranging from 25-45Mbps downstream, the upstream tests never completed (??). Wired ethernet and Wi-Fi yields 56Mbps downstream, 5.5Mbps upstream. Wireless performs much better, much more consistently.

Other Thoughts: As with anything like this, the condition of your home wiring, wire length, and if the pair are on the same circuit or not will have a huge impact on how well these work. My home was build in the mid-90s and they don't work well at all. They may be subject to interference from noisy electrical loads (remember watching analog TV back in the day when someone turned on a hair dryer or other noisy electrical load?)

I purchased these, taking a chance that they would perform better than wireless for large file transfers between PCs and reduce latency for gaming. That is not the case. I would not recommend any product from any manufacturer utilizing this technology.


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Display Name: William R.

Date Joined: 10/01/04

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  • First Review: 02/08/08
  • Last Review: 07/18/14
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