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OCZ TRION 150 2.5
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3 out of 5 eggs Not a bad offering, good storage drive 04/18/2016

This review is from: OCZ TRION 150 2.5" 480GB SATA III TLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) TRN150-25SAT3-480G

Pros: - Speeds I experience in my system beat the posted specs with the exception of
- Decent amount of storage (447GB formatted)
- SSD Guru application is straight forward (informative and offers an update mechanism for firmware)

Cons: - I am a concerned about reliability and durability with the OCZ name (-1 egg)
- SSD Guru application is flagged as corrupt by Windows Smart Screen once downloaded (-1 egg, is it safe?)
- SSD Guru application only reports on OCZ drives, Samsung Magician allows for reporting of all attached drives and benchmarks.

Other Thoughts: I installed this in my main PC to replace a 500GB Western Digital Blue storage drive. Obviously this blows the doors off of a HDD in every category. I could fill this with detailed of benchmark statistics, but others have done that and I’ll offer up some simple ones from Samsung Magician.

Published Spec/Samsung Magician
Read (MBps): 550/566
Write (MBps): 530/541
4KB Read (IOPS): 90,000/87,460
4KB Write (IOPS): 54,000/76,673

Will this replace my primary SSD (Samsung 850 EVO)? No, but I am willing to give the OCZ name a shot for the first time in a long time, which starts with being a reliable performer as my storage drive. So far, this performs rather well despite the tarnished OCZ name.

For the curious, my basic specs are below:
Intel Core i7 3820, ASUS Sabretooth X79, 16GB Memory, Samsung 850 EVO (primary), EVGA GTX 980 Ti, Windows 10 Pro 64-bit (build 10586.164) with Intel RST 13.1.0.1058.

I always wish SSD’s would come with trays, but I cannot knock an egg off for something that was not labeled as being included. I never seem to have one when I need it, so I bought a Corsair Dual SSD Mounting Bracket 3.5" CSSD-BRKT2 which fit perfectly in to the drive caddy on my Cooler Master CM 690 II case. Now I have a spare tray for an SSD… which I’ll misplace.

** I wrote this review on 4/10/2016 and waited until 4/18/2016 to post it. I was looking for reliability and performance hiccups. NONE were experienced. Although the benchmarks dropped from 566/541 to 538/513. It’s still faster than the WD Blue (115/116)! **

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Corsair Hydro Series™ H80i V2  Water / Liquid CPU Cooler. 120mm CW-9060024-WW
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5 out of 5 eggs Impressive performance and much better than the original 02/07/2016

This review is from: Corsair Hydro Series™ H80i V2 Water / Liquid CPU Cooler. 120mm CW-9060024-WW

Pros: - Simple install for Socket 2011
- Temp range is tight and stable
- Solid build quality
- Good, quiet fans
- Thick radiator and hoses
- Solid build
- Software is a nice touch
- Corsair name
- Very efficient at keeping the temperature low when under load
- Customizable LED lighting on the block is subtle and not overly bright, it allows me to match the other colors that are emanating from my case fans

Cons: - Part of me wishes Corsair had combined all their apps in to one, I now have a Corsair headset app and a Corsair cooler app
- Fan splitter has a 3 pin and 4 pin connector coming off the water block, why? Directions didn’t shed hold any answers

Other Thoughts: I tried a Corsair H80 a few years ago and we didn’t get along well, it was returned in the end. So when this opportunity came up to test it, I did some research and decided ‘why not’. I’m glad I did! This is the cooler I wish I had bought a few years ago.

The previous one I had was fragile and fell apart, this one is solid! No issues or hesitation on leaving this installed. This is a great replacement to the water cooler I was using.

I took some notes on the package temp for my i7 3820 (no overclock) and the previous cooler averaged a low of 33 and a high of 59 (highest temp was 65!) over the last 3 days. The H80i v2 sitting pretty an average low of 31 and an average high of 50 (highest temp was 51!) since I installed it and played a few hours of Battlefield (BF4 & BFH).

I don’t overclock any more, I don’t have the time to put towards it nor do I have the funds should I cook something. When I build a PC, I want a solid performer that can handle the games I throw at it. I would not hesitate to look at Corsair again for an All in One cooler like this!

In the end, I can’t say enough good things about this cooler at the moment. It’s a well built and efficient cooler that I would trust to protect one of the most expensive components of my build.

If allowed, the Corsair H80i v2 replaced a Thermaltake Water 2.0 setup.

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LINKSYS RE6300 AC750 Wireless Dual Band Gigabit Range Extender
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4 out of 5 eggs Impressive! 11/27/2015

This review is from: LINKSYS RE6300 AC750 Wireless Dual Band Gigabit Range Extender

Pros: - Small compared to some other extenders
- Easy configuration process, 5 minutes from unboxing!
- Extends single more reliably than other devices I’ve used
- Ethernet port on the bottom in case you need it
- Suitable for light browsing (email, social media, SOME streaming)

Cons: - No memory of the router it is extending? Unplugging required it to be setup again, that same would be true after a power outage, or when I knock it out of the outlet on accident.
- No power pass through (is this more of a dream than a real option?)
- I won’t be attempting to game with this and I wouldn’t attempt to stream HD movies from Netflix on a big screen
- Not to secure in the outlet (wiggles)

Other Thoughts: I am not kidding when I tell you that from unboxing to range-extended connectivity, it took fewer than 5 minutes. FIVE minutes to bigger Wi-Fi range, to happy relatives working out in the garage with better-than-ever Wi-Fi signal now able to post social medial updates and check for latest Ehrmagerd RungeExpstendirz memes instead of helping me with my truck... I should have configured this after we finished working on the truck.

Now, there are a few items that made me think about how well this Range Extender will work long term: if the range extender is unplugged, it needs to be (from my experience) reconnected to the router each time. This means that when (not if) if I trip a breaker or accidentally unplug it, I'll have to set it up again, but such a first world problem is likely to be few and far between occurrences. I'd like to see an option where the extender would have a screw that could replace the outlet plate screw to firmly secure this, but it's perhaps my concern and nobody else might even notice.

It's true that I was expecting a much more complicated setup, and I was pleasantly surprised when the very small instruction booklet did contain all the information I needed. The unit itself is self-contained and simple to use.

Great job Linksys!

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Display Name: Matt Z.

Date Joined: 09/18/01

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