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Silicon Power 16GB (2 x 8G) 204-Pin DDR3 SO-DIMM DDR3L 1600 (PC3L 12800) Laptop Memory Model SP016GLSTU160N22NE
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Pros: • No errors or corruption under stress tests.

• Good Value.

Cons: • Not the greatest timings but for the price it's acceptable and not likely to affect you. At most only cost 1-5 FPS in gaming versus the highest rated laptop memory if your gpu shares system memory, and in most other applications you wouldn't notice it.

• Silicon Power's customer service has been hit and miss for me lately. Sometimes prompt and courteous other times slow and rude. Their website is also annoying to browse when things don't load properly.

Other Thoughts: If the price is right you'll likely have no problems with this memory. It's already slightly lower than other brands with the same specs and if on sale it becomes a real good bargain.

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Linksys CM3024 DOCSIS 3.0 (24 x 8) Cable Modem
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5 out of 5 eggs Best of its Class. 08/25/2016

This review is from: Linksys CM3024 DOCSIS 3.0 (24 x 8) Cable Modem

Pros: • Best 24x8 Cable Modem I've come across. Extremely stable, never had to reset once yet.

• Linksys customer support really has returned to form recently. Fantastic support, always helpful and friendly, fast responses. I ran a couple common scenarios by them in which most Cable companies will throw their hands up and say it's your fault. Linksys handled all of them well and appropriately.

• Ease of setup is dependent on your Cable provider, but I was able to activate this online with Time Warner. Otherwise you could also activate this on the phone or with TWC's phone app via chat. You must activate all cable modems before you can go online with them.

• I like the design and it cools well. Only warm to the touch, never hot.

• Had no issue hitting max stated speeds and staying only warm to the touch after 24/7 downloading and streaming.

Cons: • To some this may be large for a cable modem, but given the hardware inside it makes sense. At least you won't have to worry about it overheating. Compared to other modems of this class, though, this is actually the second smallest I've seen.

Other Thoughts: To be perfectly honest this modem doesn't do anything special compared to other modems of its class. It's plug and play and there's no options you can mess with, no settings you can change on your end - like all cable modems. So, get the modem that's appropriate for your current speeds, maybe one bump up in case you upgrade in near future.

The only real area this modem shines is the great customer service that Linksys provides which is worlds better than Netgear or Arris, in my experience. So if you have issues that your provider can't fix you can safely bet that Linksys will help you or at the worst your RMA process will be relatively pain free as well.

Just be sure to contact your cable provider first to make sure this modem will not only work with them but also your service plan.

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GIGABYTE GA-X99-Ultra Gaming (rev. 1.0) LGA 2011-v3 Intel X99 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.1 USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
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Pros: • Has "OC" Socket, meaning all pins are available which helps with overclocking. Default Intel configurations don't require all the pins so many boards don't, either. This provides VERY Solid overclocking and general performance for the price-point. An incredible value since this board matches or beats boards twice its price. Overall, the circuitry on this board is almost entirely premium, top-tier components. Very well thought out.

• With a 40 lane CPU you can have X16/x16 SLI/CrossFire support. The slots are also spaced better than most other boards allowing these setups to breathe more.

• BIOs can be flashed with no CPU installed.

• Beautiful and well implemented RGB lighting across the board. So far it's my favorite implementation of RGB lighting on motherboards. It's just gorgeous and very flexible - also has beat and pulse modes, if not a bit ostentatious. There's an extra RGB header and cable so you can attach RGB light strips and control it along with the rest of the lighting. I really think this should become the norm; since if it's not your thing you can still turn them off and it's always nice to have options available.

• Almost everything on this board is reinforced. So no worries about heavy, long graphics cards sagging or memory DIMMs flexing.

• KIllerNIC E2400 and Intel I218V LAN controllers for the discerning gamer to choose between.

• Realtek ALC1150 audio circuitry is isolated to prevent any issues. It also happens to be a decent audio setup. Not the best, but pretty close. Also has OPA1652 headphone amplifier built-in.

• Additional CPU power cable provided by Gigabyte ensures your CPU gets proper power delivery for OCing regardless of how your PSU's rails are set up.

• Includes adapter for case header cables to make it slightly easier to install them. A nice little touch to add some convenience to an annoying chore.

• NVMe U.2 and second M.2 slot at full speed. (You need a 40 lane CPU to use U.2, but you can use U.2 and M.2 at the same time)

• Has Thunderbolt header on board.

• SATA ports are labeled on motherboard so there's no confusion or doubt which plug is which. Included Clear/Silver SATA cables are a nice touch to add a bit more unique flair.

• Simple, clean and intuitive UEFI BIOS menus and a nice refresh since their last UEFI look.

• Gigabyte's customer service seems to be improving and getting faster than it used to be. I can now cautiously recommend them.

Cons: • I would have preferred a second Socket 3 M.2 slot over a Socket 1 Wi-FI/BT slot. Make no mistake, you CAN'T use two M.2 cards on this board for SSDs, the first M.2 slot is for Wi-Fi/BT ONLY.

• While the RGB lighting is gorgeous you can't set up individual areas to be different colors. It's one color or nothing.

• Lack of Debug Error LED screen can be rather annoying should you ever be unfortunate enough to need it.

• Gigabyte software is a bit hit and miss (though constantly improving). I'd say ASUS' is still better all around but there are some areas that Gigabyte's shine, just not consistently. Though, it's worth noting that Gigabyte is probably tied for second place in the variety of software offered and supported.

Other Thoughts: I try really hard not to let my personal preferences get in the way of a review but this is the only motherboard that made me smile for longer than I ever should about a motherboard. It's beautiful. Highly functional. Feature rich. Very reasonably priced.

I couldn't find much wrong with this board from a technical or aesthetic standpoint and try as I did I couldn't get this board to not POST or error out on me. It's just incredibly robust and well designed.

The difference between the Ultra Gaming and the Phoenix board are shielding and slot colors, the Phoenix has the wi-fi card included and Dual Intel® GbE LAN. That's it. So it's up to you if that's worth the premium the Phoenix has.

I highly recommend this board even if you don't like RGB lighting (which, again, you can turn off). It's simply a powerful, well functioning board at a very reasonable price point given the CPUs it targets.

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