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TRENDnet TV-IP311PI (v1.0R) 10/100 Mbps PoE Port Outdoor Vandal Resistant 3 MP HD Dome Day/Night IP Camera
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  • neweggOwned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: In the box you will find some standard items. Manuals, Installation/Guide CD, mounting hardware and template, and a torx wrench for removing the cover.
The camera case is outdoor ready right out of the box (There is also a moister packet zipped tied to the internal stand as well.) The case is decently vandal proof with a mixture of hard metal and plastic to cover the lens. It will take some force to break this mount.
Another great feature is the PoE capabilities which is definitely the way to go. Though it is still good that TrendNet added in a power input in case you don’t have a PoE switch.
Moving to the camera and its features you will find this camera offers a 3MP camera with IR night vision that is effective up to about 40-50ft. And I must say that the IR on this camera is really nice. I could easily see things in the dark without having to question what it was.
The quality of the images and video captured are quite good as well. Even with its digital zoom feature I was still able to easily determine objects up to 50ft away. Anything beyond that is going to start getting blurry.
The web page offers some nice features as well:
Remote or local storage
Event logging
Email notification options
User Accounts and authentication options

Cons: The mobile app was nice though I don’t see myself using it. Some user will definitely find it useful though in order to use all its features you will have to pay for the app. (Recording videos..etc)
The web page for the camera is also quite nice though I really wish that it supported more than just HTTP. It’s nice that you can change the port associated with the interface but that really isn’t a form of security and in today’s world it should have HTTPS for a web page access.

Other Thoughts: Due to some strange weather in my area I have not been able to fully test its abilities in cold weather. Though I will update this post later when the weather drops below freezing. When it gets into the negatives I think I will really see if this camera can last outside.
Overall I am happy with this camera though, it is decently priced and offers good quality images and videos. The IR is amazing in this camera with minimal to no glare coming from the housing.
The mobile app is nice though it’s a shame you have to pay for it to use all the features. Manuals as usual are not the greatest though this system is easy to use once you play around with it for a while.
I would recommend this camera to a home user though I don’t know if I would offer this to a business quite yet.

CORSAIR RMx RM550X 550W ATX12V / EPS12V 80 PLUS GOLD Certified Full Modular Power Supply
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  • neweggOwned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: Corsair did a wonderful job on the overall build quality of this power supply. The RM550x is both aesthetically pleasing to look at and the overall construction of the power supply is very solid. Plus supporting an 80+ Gold certification, Corsairs Zero RPM fan mode and a 7 year warranty, makes this power supply something to be sought after for builders with a low to moderate powered system.
In the box you will find a few nice features that Corsair threw in to hold everything nicely.
1x Pouch to store the power supply
1x Pouch to store the modular cable connectors
1x Bag with zip ties, screws, and Corsair logo sticker
Moving onto the connectors this system supports an appropriate number, type, and length.
1x 24 pin (20+4) ATX at 610mm
1x ATX12V 8 pin (4+4) at 650mm
1x PCIe 8 pin (6+2, with 2 per cable) at 750mm
2x SATA 3 (3 connectors per cable) at 750mm
1x Peripheral cable (Molex 4 pin, with 4 per cable) at 750mm
1x Floppy adapter at 101mm
Only the 24 pin ATX and 8pin ATX-12v connectors are sleeved with heat shrink on the ends for a cleaner look. The rest of the connectors are un-sleeved black cables.
Getting a bit more in depth with this power supply I would like to mention its 80+ gold efficiency and fan noise.
Under a low load of about 20-40% the system will run anywhere from 83-90% efficient with its peak efficiency at 93% running around 50-60% utilization.
The fan noise is next to nothing until it turns on, which it won’t do until the system gets hot enough. According to Corsairs site the highest noise level will be around 22db with the system at full load which usually won’t happen too much if ever. And during the time that I was testing this power supply the fan never turned on.

Cons: I really can’t find a con for this power supply. Though if I do find one I will be sure to edit this review.

Other Thoughts: Overall I feel many builders will be pleased with this power supply. Its fully modular features allow you to use only the needed cables, and the cables themselves are plenty long for a mid-sized ATX case. The amount of connectors are perfect for this size of power supply as well.
Something to note is that the only difference between the RMx and RMi series power supplies is that the RMi supports Corsairs fan control software. The RMx is a power supply for builders that would like all the features of the RMi but don’t need the special software.
Good job Corsair I can’t wait to see what other products you come out with.

DEEPCOOL GamerStrom ASSASSIN II CPU Cooler 8 Heatpipes Dual PWM Fans&FDB Bearing 300RPM Min. Nickel-plated fins
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  • neweggOwned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: Let me just start by saying WOW!, DeepCool was not joking around when they made this product. The Assassin II is one massive cooler (142x158x167mm), it can be a bit intimidating at first but don’t let that discourage you.
The Assassin II cooler packs some awesome cooling performance with its twin-tower heatsinks, 8 heatpipes and 1x 120mm fan and 1x 140mm fan each one with PWM functions that support longer lifetime & lower noise level. Both of the 120mm and 140mm fans are very quiet as well even when under high load.
Overall design of this cooler is defiantly geared toward gamers with its sleek and in your face designs. Looking at the cooler from the top you’ll notice that it looks almost like sharks teeth, yet again giving you the impression that this cooler means business.
DeepCool has some great CPU support for this was well. Selections include the Intel LGA2011-V3/LGA2011/1366/1150/1151/1155/1156/775 as well as the AMD FM2/FM1/AM3+/AM3/AM2+/AM2 CPUs.
Now onto the tests to see if all of these fancy features and bold designs could live up to what DeepCooler had marketed it for.
System Specs:
AMD SaberTooth 990FX R2.0
AMD FX-8350 Black Edition (8-Core)
16Gb Corsair Vengeance Pro
PNY GeForce GTX960
Before this test I was running the tried and true cooler with a Hyper 212 Evo with core temperatures running anywhere from high 50c to mid 60c on idle and high load.
Running the Assassin II I was seeing CPU temperatures around low 50c to Low 60c. So there was defiantly a difference running this cooler.
Over all this was a nice cooler that supports a wide variety of CPU types. Its massive heatsink and 140mm fan support really lets this cooler cool almost anything you can throw at it.

Cons: Now off hand this cooler was a little bit difficult to install and I did feel a little nervous that the weight of this cooler might put too much stress on my board. Another reviewer mentioned this but I would also like to see some kind of support brace for a long term machine.
You can install this cooler by yourself though I would advise having a second person as you do not want to drop the equivalent of a 5lb weight on your motherboard.
Low-profile memory is a must if you would like to be able to fill all the memory slots on your motherboard. I had to remove most of my corsair memory in order to properly fit this cooler on the board.
This isn’t a DeepCooler issue but why do most coolers have this draw back and why has it not been overcome yet?

Other Thoughts: This isn’t a con because if you buy this cooler you should know what you can install it in, but for an upgraded cooler option you might have to look into a new case which means more money. This cooler is really big and bulky but it gets the job done. Performance is spot on giving some liquid cooled options a run for their money.
Over all the Assassin II is a great cooler. Price for performance is just right, with its support for a wide variety of CPU types and bold design leaving this cooler something to be sought after.
Yes it is bulky but this cooler will cool almost anything you throw at it. I would recommend this product to some users that are looking for bold designs, in your face features, and yet still offering great cooling performance.
I am going to give this 4 eggs mainly because of its weight and slightly complex install process.
In the end though I am going to say good job DeepCool you guys made a great product and I am excited as always to see where you will go from here.


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