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Pros: This kit came in very nice packaging and was in mint condition. Props to Newegg's shipping and packaging team. I was very excited as this would be my first attempt at using DDR4 (very new tech and still pretty costly) in a PC build.
While the price is alarming compared to DDR3, it is perfectly reasonable for this new of technology. I remember when DDR3 was similarly priced just 4-5 years ago. 16GB is more than enough for any gamer or hobbyist/enthusiast needs.
Upon opening, the 4 sticks were in perfect condition, no factory defects. I love the red heatsinks, though my build and personal preference is blue. Thankfully this is negligible and you cannot tell the color differences when my case blue lights are on.
Installation was a breeze, the lower profile ensured no conflicts with the heatsinks and fans in the case.
I am not a big overclocker, but I do enjoy tweaking settings if there are pre-defined profiles, which this RAM does include. You can easily switch between the 2 speeds with preset profiles.
Heat dissipation seemed more than adequate. I noticed no issues in performance tests, no memory errors, no slowdown, no overheating even on profile 2.
Can't wait to test these out on Windows 10 when I receive my preview build in the next few weeks!
Cons: No cons, other than a color preference of blue vs red :)
Other Thoughts: If you are in the market for a new high end gaming rig and are an early adopter, these bad boys will do extremely well for you. You cannot beat the performance for the price at this point. Your other option is to wait a year or 2 until the prices come down to the normal DDR3 prices today.READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: Having just reviewed this router's little brother, the C2, I was hopeful that this device would be the step up, more advanced, more powerful sibling and I was not disappointed!
What the C2 lacked as an entry level device, the C8 delivers in droves! Blazing 1350Mbps, USB 3.0, 3 external antennas, excellent coverage!
Right out of the box, this install was simple and straight forward, like most TP link routers. The configuration options for advanced routing, port forwarding, guest networks, SSID, etc were a welcome sight for my advanced user experience.
Wireless signal from 30 feet through one wall was still at 98%! That's quite the improvement over my other routers I've tested recently. From across my 2 story house, the signal was still 80%!
I was able to stream HD content, play some online games, and download files simultaneously using both the 5GHz and 2.4GHz channels without any hitches (this is also dependent on your internet speed). I was able to open ports and add my Xbox One to the DMZ to get perfect connections while online gaming.
The 5GHz band did have a bit shorter range overall, but that is pretty much the standard, more bandwidth potential = lower range. Zero disconnect issues, great price and performance compared to other Linksys, Asus, and Netgear premium routers.
When a review exists almost entirely in the "pros" section, you know you have a winner!
Cons: No cons that I can find.
Other Thoughts: The style of this router is excellent. The stand is a nice touch, as routers broadcast the strongest directly above their antennas, so being able to have the stand allows the router to be pointed along the direction of the full width of my house rather than being spread out too much in wasted directions. Love the external antennas and lack of bloat typical with other routers these days.READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: This router is a rather low level AC router, but still a great value at just $40.
I had this router setup in only a matter of minutes, from power up to full HD streaming on Netflix, it was a breeze. The options for configuration are not quite as advanced as you'll find on some of the higher end routers, but it has everything the average user would need, including guest network setup and gigabit lan ports.
After installing, I tested the range and found it to be about average signal quality from 30 feet away through a wall. 70-80% signal quality. From all the way accross my 2 story house, I was getting only 20-30% signal. It leaves something to be desired, but again, for the price point I cannot knock it.
I know I say this on every router review, but I love the external antennas! They are finally back in style and I just feel like they perform better than the embedded antennas from a few years ago.
Last comment for the pro-side, the speed tests I ran for moving files across my network were overall fairly positive. I was able to move a 5GB file in only a matter of 3 minutes and 33 seconds from an attached USB 2.0 drive to a computer across the house. This also takes into account the OS and hard drive on the other end downloading the file.
Streaming HD content, online gaming, Youtube, etc all worked flawlessly as long as I had at least 30% signal.
Cons: Not really any cons for this device. It is not a fancy, all the bells and whistles device as far as AC routers go, but a great entry point.
Other Thoughts: I'm becoming a fan of TP link. They are very similar to Asus routers in quality and performance without all the bloat of Linksys routers.READ FULL REVIEW
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