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Pros: Fast and Easy To install
Cons: Isn't free
Other Thoughts: Received TP-Link AC 1750 Wireless Dual Band PCI-E NIC adapter to review.
This is a high end Wireless NIC card. It uses PCI-E their by offering higher bandwidth then say a standard PCI or USB NIC card.
Setup was fast an easy. Under 5 minutes from PC power down install card boot up and install driver.
This card comes 3 antennas for MIMO (Multiple Input Multiple Output) so multiple devices can transfer data to the Archer T8E at the same time. This is handy when on a busy network where data is shared between multiple devices simultaneously.
One thing to remember is that NICs both of the wireless and wired variety can only transfer data as fast as the slowest device serving data to your machine. For example a internal 7200 RPM hard drive will at best send data at 100-200 MB/s depending on file size and much much slower if it's tons of smaller files. Most SATA 3 SSDs at best can read data at 470-550 MB/s. Then you have your router and any network traffic to deal with.
For my test I used 2 separate PCs both using Samsung 850 series SSDs to write a 2 GB movie file to 2 separate SSDs in the PC where I installed the Archer T8E. Both files were sent at 520 Mb/s at a distance of 25 FT from router. So I was able to have it receive at 1040 Mb/s at the same time. Not bad for not trying to truly max this out, for that I would need another PC to dump data from.
Keep in mind this AC 1750 router is rated to run up to 1750Mbps with 1300Mbps at 5GHz and 450Mbps at 2.4GHz.
The T8E is well made and solid, with a huge Heatsink on the card to help dissipate heat under heavy use. This is my first NIC card I used that came with a heat sink let alone such a beefy one. It difinetly helped keep the card cooler compared to wireless NICs from different vendors.
A very solid offering. If you need high speed wireless for a PC and want good ping times this is a great card.
Pros: Solid build quality
Great Cooling Performance
Cons: Unit it large. So make sure you have a case with 2 120/140mm fan mounts next to each other to mount the radiator. If you have a smaller case and want to try water coolers Corsair H60-H90 models will serve you well.
Other Thoughts: This is a review for the Corsair Hydro Series H115i water cooler. This is a AIO (all in one solution) for CPU liquid cooling.
The product arrived undamaged and extremely well packaged (both the newegg packaging and corsairs retail box packaging).
The first thing you will notice is how large the radiator is. At 280mm the radiator is huge. The benefit of this is the larger the radiator the more heat can be theoretically dissipated by fans cooling blowing on the radiator.
Because of this size make sure your case is large enough for it. All the cases I buy for my personal use have (2) 120/140mm fan mounts on the top of the case.
Case size is really your only major hurdle for proper and headache free installation. If you case isn't large enough please try any corsair Hydro series between models H60 through H90 these are smaller radiator units which will still allow you to get the benefits of liquid cooling.
The build quality is extremely high for the unit. Nice black and grey color scheme, with Corsair logos on both the CPU block and also on the side of the radiator. The tubes come with nice sleeves. It's a well built, solid water cooler. When it's all put together it's very sharp and clean.
For anyone who might be hesitate to try water cooling, don't be. If you have experience install large after market air coolers, or removing/adding backplates for those air coolers. Then you have enough experience to install this. Plus there Videos from corsairs YouTube channel.
The first step is to get the back plate setup for you your platform socket type. Then you install the radiator and fans. Then you attach the CPU block and tighten it on. Lastly connect the power cables, and the cable for the corsair link. From start to finish it took me roughly 15 minutes from package opening to fully installed. If this is your first attempt it can take 30+ minutes if you are unfamiliar and taking your time to make sure you follow installation steps properly.
For cooling performance you won't beat liquid cooling. Even the best air coolers fall short. I was able to cool a Intel Skylake i7-6800k with ease. Compared to air coolers I normally use I was able to get temps 6C and lower while overclocked at 4.8ghz and at full load. The unit remained very quiet.
The Corsair link software you download from Corsairs website I was using version 184.108.40.206 that was released 1/26/16. From this software you can adjust temperature preferences. You can set target temperature lower target temps will mean faster fan speed on the radiator, and also increased pump speed to move the liquid faster. Doing so will increase the sound of the unit. But even with the most aggressive temperature targets and picking the highest fan/pump speed with the case fully closed, the sound being produced wasn't an issue.
Overall this is a fantastic product, with exceptional cooling. You won't be disappointed
*Edit as of right now Corsair link 220.127.116.11 was released today 3/7/16. Will update soon
This review is from: Logitech C920 USB 2.0 certified (USB 3.0 ready) HD Pro Webcam
Pros: Great Video Quality
Easy to setup
Cons: Wasn't Free
Other Thoughts: Bought this camera for Twitch Streaming and Skype calls with family overseas.
The video quality is great.
I would highly recommend this for anyone who needs a good webcam.