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This review is from: TP-Link TL-PA8010 KIT AV1200 Gigabit Powerline Starter Kit
Pros: + Very easy setup, essentially plug in and go
+ Reliable connection
Cons: - Unimpressive speeds
- Somewhat expensive for what you get
Other Thoughts: I was very interested to see how the TP-Link TL-PA8010 Powerline kit would perform. I have always used wireless or direct wiring setups.
Installation was very easy. Simply plug them into the desired sockets, connect the ethernet to the powerline units, hit the pair button and BAM!, you are done. They saw each other about instantly and I had 0 issues with dropped connections over the course of almost 2 weeks.
Speeds however were a different story. I tested in three rooms in my house, one on each floor with my router and the primary powerline adapter on the first floor in my office. Test were performed transferring a 10GB .mkv file from my server to my laptop that was wired into the second adapter.
On another socket, in the same room as the primary adapter, transfer speeds were a somewhat disappointing 32MB/sec average. Less that 1/3 as fast if I was connected to Cat5 and about 1/2 as fast as a wireless AC adapter at that distance.
On the second floor, in my living room, transfer speeds averaged 10.2MB/sec which is about 1/2 as fast as my Linksys wireless AC bridge gets at that same distance.
One the third floor in my daughters room, speeds averaged 4.8MB/sec which is far superior to wireless N at that spot, but again about 1/2 as as fast as a wireless AC adapter at that distance.
So in the end, how do I feel about the TP-Link TL-PA8010 Powerline kit? Well if you are running a wireless N setup at home, it is a upgrade as the speeds are faster and connection was rock solid. If you have a wireless AC setup, chances are very high that it cannot match the speeds you get. Setup however is extremely easy, was rock solid and in most homes (that do not have 100+ mbit packages) would be sufficient enough to max out your DSL/Cable's internet connection speeds. Price seems a little high for what you get, but is reasonable based on competition. I give the TP-Link TL-PA8010 Powerline kit 3.5 eggs, but rounded up to 4.
This review is from: Corsair Gaming K70 RAPIDFIRE Mechanical Keyboard, Backlit Red LED, Cherry MX Speed
Pros: + Quick and light/smooth key action
+ Aluminum body
+ Quiet key strokes for a mechanical keyboard
+ Programmable lighting
+ Volume rocker and well placed media keys
+ Solid 2 year warranty
+ USB passthrough
Cons: - A little on the expensive side
- Keys are sensitive which is great for gaming, less so for typing
Other Thoughts: Corsair has long been one of my favorite PC component manufacturers. Yet for all the Cases, memory, water cooling, power supplies and headsets I have purchased through the years from Corsair, I have never had a chance to test out one of their mechanical keyboards. So I was very excited to try out the K70 rapidfire.
My current keyboard is the excellent, Azio MGK1 which is mechanical as well, but uses blue switches. Size wise, the K70 rapidfire could just about be a twin of the Azio. Dimensions are very close and the textured wrist support is also similar in size and feel. The volume rocker and mute buttons are also in about the same spot. I do prefer the light click of engagement of the Azio volume dial, but the K70 does have a nice smooth movement and nice feel. One thing I noticed right away was how much faster the keys are on the K70. They require less movement to engage and have a lighter action which translates to being noticeably more sensitive. This increased sensitivity is fantastic for games when quick movements are necessary. However that added sensitivity when typing occasionally lead to some accidental key presses. However, if you primarily game, the trade off is well worth it. Another positive is the quiet actuation of the mechanical keys on the K70, it is much quieter than the mechanical switches on the Azio. I kind of personally have grown to love the clickity-clack of the mechanical key presses and the K70 give you a satisfying click without making a racket.
If you love multi color backlighting on your keyboard, the K70 Rapidfire has got you covered. You can perform a crazy amount of customization's. Using the easy to use CUE software, you can set solid colors, rainbow waves or light up individual keys. The options are vast.
Overall I must say I love this keyboard for it's designed purpose, which is gaming. However, if you type a ton (I don't), I might recommend giving the the non rapidfire version a test as well. The price is a little steep at $120 currently, but you do get a fantastic keyboard that is well built and has a solid 2 year warranty. That all said, the Corsair K70 Rapidfire is my favorite keyboard to date and highly recommended!
Pros: + Great Cooling
+ Great Overclocker
+ 3 yr Serial Based Warranty
+ Excellent Build Quality
+ No coil Whine
Cons: - Price premium over GTX 1070 MSRP of $379
Other Thoughts: Over the years I have had fantastic luck with MSI "Gaming Series" graphics cards. Most recently had a R9 390 and GTX 980ti and was very pleased with them. So it was a no brainer for me to check out this MSI GTX 1070 Gaming 8G.
First off, the build quality is great. The card has some nice heft, but is not super long at 11" so it should fit in a wide range of cases. The Hardware is well built with 10 phase PWM's, backplate and memory cooling plate. LED lights are a nice touch, but not something I personally messed with.
Out of the box, the card boosted close to 1900Mhz, but I wanted to see how much more it could do. I skipped the MSI Gaming App and just use Afterburner which I prefer. After a couple hours of testing I was able to find a stable Overclock of +225 on the core and +675 on the memory using +100 to the voltage (limited to 1.09v max). Those settings allowed for a peak of 2159Mhz on the core, with average of 2114Mhz with gaming sessions and stability tests. Dropping voltage to +75 had the core frequency stabalize at 2101Mhz. Using a custom fan profile, temps peaked at 66C with 60% fan speed when overclocked in a 72F/22C room. At 60% fan, the fans are very quiet. Upping the fans to 80% they started to make some noise, but dropped peak load temps down to 60C.
So now that we have overclocked, how is the performance? Well if you have a nice overclocked GTX 980ti, then the GTX 1070 is a side-grade at best. I found that my overclocked 1070 performed pretty much the same as my overclocked 980ti.
Example 3dMark Firestrike Graphics Score on my test system:
980ti @ 1530/8100 - 18285
1070 @ 2139/9400 - 18106
But if you are coming from a GTX 970 or R9 290(x) or similar or less, there is a large gain in performance. I personally game at 1440p and the GTX 1070 is a fantastic solution for that resolution if you like most/all of the eye candy turned up while still maintaining smooth frame rates. My R9 390 was unable to play games like Witcher 3 smooth enough at the detail settings I wanted.
Overall I am very pleased with the MSI Gaming GTX 1070. It is quiet, runs cool and performs great. The $60 price premium over the recommended MSRP of $379.99 for a standard GTX 1070 is a bit on the high side, but there is no denying you get a quality product that performs like last generations $650+ card, so in that respect it is a solid deal indeed.