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This review is from: Silicon Power 64GB Blaze B05 USB 3.0 Flash Drive (SP064GBUF3B05V1D)
Pros: - 64GB of storage at a very attractive price point.
- Fast read speeds over USB 3.0
- Mediocre but accept write speeds.
- It's been heavily used for almost 2 weeks now without any type of hiccups in regards to that performance.
Cons: What's not getting an egg deduction:
- Casing feels very cheap. I could see this easily being broken if you accidentally put any significant weight on it.
What is getting an egg deduction:
- While the retractable USB connector is great as it means no lost caps, it is at times frustratingly hard to slide it out. This I think is in part to the rather cheap feeling case. It doesn't always slide smooth and you need to play with the slider a bit to get it to move.
Other Thoughts: Ok, it's a USB flash drive so long reviews are not needed here.
Simply put, would I trust my data on this drive? Absolutely.
Am I going to use this drive all the time? Definitely not.
While this may just be my drive and other users may not have the problem, that issue with sliding the connector out still bothers me to this day and makes me reach for one of my other drives when I need to "grab and go" with my data.
This review is from: NETGEAR R7800 Nighthawk X4S AC2600 Smart WiFi MU-MIMO Gigabit Router
Pros: - The range on this router has outdone every other one I’ve owned over the last 5 years save for one which was designed specifically for coverage but had a fraction of the features this thing does.
- Building on that: This router is loaded with features. I’m not going to list them here as you can easily see this on the specs page, but this is not an overpriced “average” router. You get what you pay for with the Nighthawk. I’ve used everything from the DQoS to VPN to file and print sharing. It just works and does it well.
- Configuring this router may take slightly longer than your standard “plug and go” models but the extra time investment is worth it once you have your network traffic prioritized. My wife and kids use a decent chunk of bandwidth at night between Youtube, Netflix, and web browsing. I don’t even notice it anymore on my gaming PC with the Nighthawk as it’s set to be the priority above and beyond everything else on my home network.
Continuing from that, MU-MIMO (simply put allowing multiple wireless devices to share bandwidth equally versus the single device carousel method – google it quick to get a more detailed understanding of this if you’re not following) is definitely noticeable with the number of wireless devices in my household. If you do have a lot of wireless users on the same router and notice stuttering or slow speeds look into MU-MIMO. You'll see why having this on the Nighthawk is awesome!
- Incredibly reliable. 3 of the last 6 routers I’ve used have always had those momentary “blips” or needed rare, but occasional reboots due to dropped wireless connections. In 3 solid weeks of punishment I have not had a single issue or slow down with the Nighthawk.
- Despite the fact I didn’t like the layout (touched more upon in the cons) the GUI is very responsive and help is easily available on the pages your own for features you may not know about or want to know a little more of. This should make it easier for novice users to not only configure the router for their network but make use of some of its more advanced features.
Cons: - GUI layout. I’ve used quite a number of routers over the last 2 years and this one definitely falls close to dead last for how I felt about the layout. It feels sloppy and not well thought out. Though I can’t find it in myself to deduct an egg for it because the other features and the performance far outweigh this one minor, somewhat nit-picking, con and thought I don't like it, you might!
Other Thoughts: As pointed out in my cons, I’ve used a lot routers over the last 2 years mainly due to Newegg’s review program. I have a very large group to base comparisons on. I’ve also learned that with reviewing routers it’s best to keep it fairly simple and honest without repeating anything that can be found on the specs tab of the product.
With that said…
The Nighthawk is by far one of the fastest, feature filled, and coolest looking routers of the bunch.
Plug it in (change the default password!), update the firmware, spend 5 minutes configuring it to your liking, never think about it for the next 5 years. If you’re on the fence, it’s a definite hands down, without a doubt, buy from me.
This review is from: GIGABYTE GeForce GTX 1080 G1 Gaming GV-N1080G1 GAMING-8GD Video Card
Pros: - Performance in every game I've thrown at it has been flawless. (Fallout 4, Xcom2, Battleborn, and a few older but more graphically demanding games like Metro Last Light) I'm not going to list generic benchmarks as they can be found anywhere so I'll just say that coming from a 4GB GTX680 running games at 2560x1600 I have seen a 3-4 times increase in my fps. I can finally play Fallout 4 at 1600p with every single setting set to its highest and maintain over 60fps almost 100% of the time. Most newer games I play maxed out sit between 80 and 120fps versus the 25-50ish I would see on the 680 with the same settings. There are just a few games (and only in certain areas) where I've even see the frame rate dip below 60 and by dip I mean mid to high 50's.
- Continuing from that is the factory overclock. While this card is capable of hitting 2Ghz on the GPU with a little effort, the factory overclock speeds are respectable and until I see a reason for a higher more permanent overclock, I'll be leaving the settings where they are.
- 8GB of memory. If you are a multi-monitor gamer or playing at 1440p or higher resolution than this is for you:
8GB goes a long way with textures (texture mods more so) at high resolutions. I've almost maxed the 4GB on my old card with mods installed. When you use all your GPU memory, you're going to have a bad day.
And I feel the urge to remind those stepping into the high end GPU market, SLI does not mean you add the memory. So two 4GB cards does not mean 8GB of memory. It's still 4GB. Two 2GB cards is just 2GB of video memory for games to use. SLI sounds good in theory and looks even better on paper, but from personal experience I can tell you, "just go with the single fastest card you afford."
- Power consumption by comparison to my 680 is mind boggling. The improvements made on this generation of GPU's is amazing to say the least. Less power means less heat and less money spent. The fact that this is all accomplished on a single 8 pin connector... just wow. This is important to note because if you're coming from a 5/6/780 series than your PSU will be just fine handling this one.
- Gigabyte cooling. I've had cards from EVGA, BFG, Asus, etc. There's just something about Gigabyte's cooling (and design) that I like. This card under full load is virtually silent.
Cons: - This is more of a QC issue but there was a tiny sticker on the inside of of the fan housing which wasn't completely stuck on. Not sure why it was there but the center fan was hitting it. Audibly noticeable and quickly addressed. Should you start this card up and hear something similar look under the fan housing.
Other Thoughts: I did a TON of research before pulling the trigger on this card so let me save you the time.
If you're gaming at 2K (1440p) and want a single card solution that destroys almost every game out there to date, this is it. And note, I'm at a slightly higher resolution than 1440p so if it handles mine at those frame rates, it'll do even better at 1440p. I can't speak to 4k personally however every review and benchmark I've seen shows that a single 1080 does give you "playable" frame rates however it's still not a single card solution for that resolution yet. (And playable is subjective but let's use 30fps based on the reviews/benchmarks)
The big question is, do I upgrade with what I have now?
If you have a 980ti, I would say no. Wait for the 1080ti (assuming they're making one) as the performance increase doesn't justify the cost. Or wait it out until the next generation.
If you have a 980, I would say maybe. If you have the cash to burn and you're not happy with the performance, do it. If not, that 980 should hold you over until the 1080ti.
If you have a 780 or older than this card is a dream upgrade come true. Seriously, make the jump; the 1080 series is really that good.