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MSI N780 LIGHTNING G-SYNC Support GeForce GTX 780 3GB 384-Bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card
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  • neweggOwned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: Beautiful card / Design and Build
Quiet Fans
Extremely fast
Handles everything I need at ultra high settings (1x1080p monitor)

Cons: -1 egg for card design, MSI "Reactor Core" (See other thoughts)

Other Thoughts: The MSI "Reactor Core" is a raised PCB offset board that sits on the top side of the card. It's apparently for voltage regulation and offers a nice LED lit MSI logo, it looks good in the case. I could not install it next to my Noctua NH-D14 processor cooler. I had to install it in the next lower PCI-E 16. This is no issue for me now but I doubt I'd ever be able to SLI another one in future upgrades. It's also not my preferred slot for airflow purposes.

Before I went ahead and posted, I looked to see if the "reactor core" is removable. Seems it is. So I'll give that a try. I'm not sure what the benefits of it are but I'll have to see if there is any dramatic impact. From what I read it's mainly for overclockers.

HP ProLiant MicroServer Gen8 MicroServer Server System Intel Pentium G2020T 2.5GHz 2C/2T 2GB DDR3 No Hard Drive 712318-001
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  • neweggOwned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: Small, quiet, seemingly solid build (except for drive cages)

Cons: Price seemed a bit high for what I could probably build myself, but I paid for convenience.
Drive cages were the only flimsy part of the entire chassis.
For someone who's not used to server grade hardware/bios features the initial setup was a bit more complicated than a traditional PC.
No included optical drive.
The optical drive bay should have ability to mount small SSD for OS, but doesn't.
The optical drive power cable is old style (Think old floppy power) while the data cable is SATA, so an adapter is required.

Other Thoughts: For what I use this for, which is plex media server and backup, this little box has been wonderful. Great up time with Windows Home Server 2011, only rebooting for MS updates.

ASUS RT-AC68U Wireless-AC1900 Dual Band Gigabit Router IEEE 802.11ac, IEEE 802.11a/b/g/n AiProtection with Trend Micro for Complete Network Security
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  • neweggOwned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: Nice specs, nice admin panel

Cons: Requires frequent reboots to regain WAN connection, and that can take up to 4 reboots. WIFI seems to have connection issues at times. For the price I expected much better quality. I will no longer be an early adopter.

Other Thoughts: When I first got this router it was plagued with issues, I waited to write a review until some firmware updates came out, thinking I'd give ASUS a fair chance before I passed judgement. The port forwarding issues had been fixed with updates, and so have a majority of issues, but the router still has a lot of issues when it deals with stability and need for reboots. I have to reboot several times a week.

I never had issues with my old D-link gl4300 router like I have with this one. Next router I'd buy, I'd go back to D-Link


Matthew M.'s Profile

Display Name: Matthew M.

Date Joined: 03/09/05

  • Reviews: 3
  • Helpfulness: 3
  • First Review: 12/17/13
  • Last Review: 01/03/14
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