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G.SKILL RIPJAWS KM780 RGB Mechanical Gaming Keyboard - Cherry MX Brown Switches
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4 out of 5 eggs Beautiful flagship mechanical keyboard with rainbow of backlight options 11/02/2015

This review is from: G.SKILL RIPJAWS KM780 RGB Mechanical Gaming Keyboard - Cherry MX Brown Switches

Pros: If anyone ever looks at your rig, and they see this keyboard, they will be impressed for sure. The coloring is beautiful, and the RGB options for backlighting, included an animated constant rainbow. Besides being a top notch mechanical keyboard, this also includes an extra set of RED gaming keys. And a pass through USB port. And a headphone jack. And it’s media keyboard as well. Each key is RGB programmable, that’s some seriously awesome stuff there. Especially playing in the dark. This sure puts my Logitech buggy G19S to shame. I think this stays in my rig. The build quality is excellent, it feels quite quality heavy. The wrist grip is properly tacky and I can’t see that wearing off anytime soon. I also don’t think the paint will wear off the keys like in my Logitech keyboard. It’s actually a great logitech upgrade because the volume scroll wheel (which is METAL BTW) is in the same position. I know it’s a weird thing to mention, but the ergonomics are superb. It has a cable holder which is handy because the 2 USB cables are quite thick. The click is not outrageously loud and the keys are not hard to press. The angle is good as well.

Cons: Yeah, it’s expensive, but it’s full featured. I wish the USB passthrough was USB 3.0, but alas, it’s not.

Other Thoughts: Keyboards have come a long way. I wish the keys were brushed metal too, but no worried. The keys were a little bit higher than I am used to, so for me it took a little longer to get used to without a lot of typos. If I was choosing between this one and a logitech, even though I am a logitech fanboy, I would choose this G.Skill one. The extra RED keys and more durable paint make it a win for me.

CORSAIR RMx RM1000X 1000W ATX12V / EPS12V 80 PLUS GOLD Certified Full Modular Power Supply
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4 out of 5 eggs Flagship 1K Watt PSU that’s silent (0dB) under 600 watts. 10/13/2015

This review is from: CORSAIR RMx RM1000X 1000W ATX12V / EPS12V 80 PLUS GOLD Certified Full Modular Power Supply

Pros: It’s my personal opinion that silence is the new king. Even though I don’t need anywhere near 1000 watts, my PSU is passive at the current wattage. This PSU doesn’t make any noise under 600 watts. Meaning it’s so well made that it can remain 100% rock solid with no fans. This is no different. It uses all high grade Japanese 105c capacitors, so this isn’t just some junky chinese PSU. PSU is the one thing you do not want to cheap out on. It’s the most simple component so the barriers to entry are low. I don’t know what else you could want besides gobs of clean efficient (Gold Plus) power, that’s silent, long warranty and full modular. I think that partially modular power supplies (the ones with the main power cable being non modular) are just as sleek if not sleeker than fully modular ones, because it doesn’t require that bulky plug. Anyways, word on the street is they’ve designed it for no coil whine, which is good. People have gotten 1100 watts out of this thing before it’s thermal protectors shut down. That is very well made and very conservative power estimates. Build quality is extremely high. As many connectors as you could ever want.

Cons: I still think these crushed velvet bags are lame that it comes in, but whatever, marketers with too much time on their hands...

Other Thoughts: You can’t really go wrong with the updated flagship power supply from Corsair. It’s very quiet and has gobs of power and long warranty. It’s pricey but all good things are.

TP-LINK Archer C9 Wireless AC1900 Dual Band Gigabit Router
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5 out of 5 eggs BEAMFORMING IS A GO. Wifi is much faster than linksys for smaller files. 07/23/2015

This review is from: TP-LINK Archer C9 Wireless AC1900 Dual Band Gigabit Router

Pros: The name of this game is beamforming. Beamforming directionally focuses the signal towards your device(s) rather than blanket broadcast signal. There isn’t an option to turn it off in the settings, so I will have to compare it so Linksys’s AC2400 router with Beamforming and compare. This is $50 less at the time of this writing.

Styling is probably polarizing. If your router is visible, this sure would look better than a WRT54G. It looks like an Apple fanboy designed it. the router has has plenty of connectivity if you need USB ports for printing or storage. But anyways, on with the speed tests: I did this same test multiple times at different times of the day. I started to test it between two high end Windows 7 x64 computers, not connected to the internet, transferring between two RAMdrives that can read and write over 6.4GB/sec. One though the router and one through a Linksys USB6300 courtesy of Linksys in a USB 3.0 port for wifi. For wired, I used high quality 6' factory made Cat 6 (not Cat5/e) cables, and gigabit ports on the computer, latest drivers. No data was sent through any keystones, patch panels, or other house wiring was used. (thus I can assure you there is minimal bottleneck in system). AKA ***This is as fast as it gets.*** Here are the test speeds I got for in the same room best possible speeds you can expect:

One large file = 117MB/sec (this is 940 mbits)
Thousand Medium files = 49 MB/sec (391 mbits)
Tens of thousands of Tiny files = 3.54 MB/sec (28 mbits)

WIRELESS AC Single point (“Connected” @ 867 mbits) Same Room.

Large single file = 35.5 MB/sec (this is 284mbits)
Medium files = 23.3 MB/sec (186mbits)
Tiny files = 2.72 MB/sec (22 mbits)

First of all, wired speeds are highly comparable to Linksys save for medium sized files over ethernet are much slower than the competition (Linksys.) I’d say 30-37% slower. Weird.
For wireless speeds are the same for larger files, about 28% slower for medium files however 88% faster for small files. This is significant as internet and gaming is chock full of tiny files and this TP-Link simply smokes the Linksys’s Beamforming router. They simply must have focused this router on internet/gaming, and it shows. So for large files, it’s on par with Linksys, medium sized files, mp3s, jpgs, it’s slower than Linksys, but for smaller files over wifi it really REALLY shines. Close to 90% Faster than linksys? Unbelievable. I had to do that test several different ways to confirm.

Classic admin/admin and you’re in.

Cons: The marketing still bothers me, you will reach 900, 1,300 or 1,900mbits unless you bridge two identical routers, and then you might get 500mbits. With an PCI-e/USB3.0 wireless AC adapter, I still have not gotten faster than wireless N speeds (300mbits) even though I am connected at 5ghz @ 879mbits in the same room. Marketing...
The stand is not removable nor adjustable, if you have your router mounted on a pegboard, this router is not for you.

Other Thoughts: If you want a top end router, with beamforming, and you internet or game a lot over wifi, and you like the styling, I’d snag this without hesitation. Super fast wifi transfer speeds for tiny files, Wow. And cheaper than the slower linksys? Easy choice. Router have gotten more and more expensive, but more feature packed. And this one is on the cheaper side. I can’t not give this five stars. The only thing is slightly slower medium file transfer rate, but it makes up for it in WIFI tiny file transfer rates and then some. Which is what more people use wifi for now-a-days.


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Date Joined: 10/28/02


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