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Silicon Power 32GB Elite microSDHC UHS-I/U1 Class 10 Memory Card with Adapter, Speed Up to 85MB/s (SP032GBSTHBU1V20NE)
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Pros: • Price to performance ratio is on par.

• I've written 4.5 TBs of data to the card in stress testing and it still performs as it did when first opened.

• You can contact Silicon Power through e-mail, phone, or live chat. All three were helpful in their responses to my queries.

Cons: • The imaging on the card to make it look white (the actual plastic is still black) is tacky and sticks slightly in certain devices. Nothing too serious but it's not worth the look, either.

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CrystalDiskMark 5.1.2 x64 (C) 2007-2016 hiyohiyo
Crystal Dew World : http://crystalmark.info/
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* MB/s = 1,000,000 bytes/s [SATA/600 = 600,000,000 bytes/s]
* KB = 1000 bytes, KiB = 1024 bytes

Sequential Read (Q= 32,T= 1) : 20.395 MB/s
Sequential Write (Q= 32,T= 1) : 13.370 MB/s
Random Read 4KiB (Q= 32,T= 1) : 2.708 MB/s [ 661.1 IOPS]
Random Write 4KiB (Q= 32,T= 1) : 1.270 MB/s [ 310.1 IOPS]
Sequential Read (T= 1) : 20.135 MB/s
Sequential Write (T= 1) : 13.212 MB/s
Random Read 4KiB (Q= 1,T= 1) : 2.595 MB/s [ 633.5 IOPS]
Random Write 4KiB (Q= 1,T= 1) : 1.172 MB/s [ 286.1 IOPS]

Test : 1024 MiB [F: 0.0% (0.0/29.0 GiB)] (x5) [Interval=5 sec]

So, no surprises there, really. It's performing just above the bare minimum to fit the UHS-1 class and you get what you pay for.

I personally wouldn't use this card for more than anything beyond media storage for playback but when on sale it's a great bargain. When not on sale it's a poor value. I'll update this review if the card ever fails on me while it's still being sold.

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ASUS ROG MAXIMUS VIII RANGER LGA 1151 Intel Z170 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.1 USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
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5 out of 5 eggs Budget ROG Board with Premium Features. 05/13/2016

This review is from: ASUS ROG MAXIMUS VIII RANGER LGA 1151 Intel Z170 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.1 USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

Pros: Solid hardware and features. USB 3.1, proper M.2 support, plenty of headers

Great software/driver support.

One of the best onboard audio solutions, looks great with optional red LEDs, too.

Good overclocking options for a budget board.

Cons: ASUS customer service has been hit and miss lately. Often times I get responses within hours to 2 days but lately it's been more inconsistent between 3-7 days, one time it took a month for them to respond. Phone support frequently puts me on hold. They're not the worst in customer service but they seem to have been falling down the ranks lately.

The aesthetic, even at this price range, is a bit underwhelming compared to the competition.

Other Thoughts: ROG board or not, this is a very solid gamer friendly board that happens to be budget friendly as well for all the features and hardware given. If you want a taste of the premium motherboard world this board should satisfy you.

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TP-LINK Archer C50 AC1200 Dual Band Wireless Router
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3 out of 5 eggs Budget Router That Isn't Budget Friendly 05/13/2016

This review is from: TP-LINK Archer C50 AC1200 Dual Band Wireless Router

Pros: Friendly UI and easy to use.

Stable. No dropped signals and no other hiccups.

Great warranty and customer service.

Cons: Ethernet ports aren't Gigabit. Only support 100 Mbps. If you're going to use this for only wireless this doesn't matter but I imagine most would overlook this.

Range is middling at best. Which is to be expected but still disappointing. I could only get a serviceable AC signal about 15 feet away.

This router started to choke for me once there were more than 2 heavy media streams or in-network streams going at once.

Printers worked well enough on USB but hard drives did not.

Shiny=Dust and smudge magnet.

Other Thoughts: This would be a good router for a dorm or small house/room situation. Where you only need AC wireless but for the price they're asking and the fact you can get the same for less, or better for slightly more; it's pretty hard to recommend this router given its limitations and cut corners.

If you can get it on sale for a decent price and have modest use for it, it's not a terrible router under the right circumstances.

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Date Joined: 11/20/04

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