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Pros: + Fully modular Design
+ 80 Plus Gold certified
+ Japanese capacitors!
+ Corsair Link
+ High quality construction
+ Fantastic warranty!
+ Longer cable length
+ Quiet fan (when it is running)
+ Excellent price for the performance
+ Flat Cables
Cons: - Runs a little warm in zero fan mode
Other Thoughts: Test System: Intel i7-5820k (OC'd to 4.5Ghz), Cooler Master Glacer 240L, ASRock Fatal1ty X99X Killer, 16GB Gskill Ripjaw, MSI GTX 980ti Gaming (OC'd to 1508/8000), 256GB Adata SX900, 2TB Samsung F3 w/Crucial M4 64GB (cache), Corsair AIR 540 (w/4 Corsair fans)
Corsair has long been a well regarded name in computer power supplies. The RM850i is an excellent example why they have such a good reputation. Just opening the box, you are greeted with a well packaged no nonsense power supply. No shiny chrome or gold, just simple black yet attractive design that looks ready to do business.
The interior layout of the PSU is clean allowing for good airflow and uses high quality components including Nippon ChemiCon primary capacitors. The PSU is dead quiet at low to moderate loads as the fan typically will not spin below 40% load. Even when more heavily loaded at around 60-70% capacity it was not really audible. Exhaust temps were very acceptable, with my thermal probe seeing a highest reading in the low 40C range when loaded. The efficiency is great, at least according to the Corsair Link utility that showed it slightly beating 80 Plus Gold certification levels.
I personally was pleased with the slightly longer cable length and Fully Modular design. My Corsair AIR 540 did not need the added cable length, but I do builds with larger cases that some PSU's cables struggle to reach everywhere when trying to do clean cable routing.
Overall I am very pleased with the Corsair RM850i. It offers ample power for just about any build, excellent efficiency, fantastic 7 year warranty, great build quality and is priced in line with other offerings (currently even has a $20 rebate bringing it to under $140).
Pros: * Quiet operation
* High Quality components
* Great OC headroom
* Fantastic performance at 1440p
* Serial Based Warranty
* Free Batman Game
Cons: * 109% Power Limit
Other Thoughts: I wanted more performance at 1440p than my 290x could offer, so I decided to bite the bullet and try the 980ti. I have generally liked MSI graphics cards and they once again have impressed.
The card is fairly hefty and looks great. The glowing logo looks excellent in my case without being obnoxious. The cooler does a fantastic job while keeping the acoustics in line. Even at 100%, once in a closed case, is not what I would call loud at all. The sound profile is about the same as my Asus DCII 290X at 55% fan.
Overclocking the card is easy and only let down by the 109% power limit which causes some throttling from time to time. For instance with +120 caor and +500 memory, Witcher 3 at max detail and 1440p and 99% gpu load bounces around from 1509Mhz to 1468Mhz depending on what is being rendered. Temps with 80% fan hold steady in the 74-75C range. Other games do not throttle and others like Metro LL, will drop to as low as 1455Mhz on occasion. Regardless, the performance is awesome at these speeds.
Compared to my 290X, with both cards overclocked, I see about a 60% increase in performance with the 980ti (depending on game). In 3dMark Firestrike it scored a graphics score of 21063 which is not to shabby.
Overall, I am very pleased with MSI's offering. $680 is a lot of dough, but is the going rate for this kind of performance. It runs pretty quiet, has NO coil whine, looks great and performs awesome overall. 5 star as far as I am concerned.
This review is from: LINKSYS RE6500HG Dual Band Wireless AC Range Extender
Pros: + Increases Range
+ Easy Setup
+ Antennas can be swapped out
+ Music Streaming
Cons: - Wireless speeds somewhat disappointing
Other Thoughts: My house is not that big at about 2400sq/ft, but it is 3 stories thus making strong wireless signals at every corner a difficult task. My Netgear R7000 router is located in my first floor office which works great except my daughter and son's room on the third floor opposite side of the house have weak signals for some devices.
So the Linksys RE6500 Max wifi range extender sounded like the right tool for the job. Was it, well....yes and no.
First of all, setup was pretty easy. The setup process had me up and running quickly with no real issues, so not a lot to be said there. I do like the fact that the Antennas can be upgraded if wanted. Also, the Site Survey is a nice tool to use to peruse local networks, although it would be helpful if it showed which channel they were using as well.
So Signal Strength. After finding a nice spot in the second floor kids "play room" I went to test my daughters room for signal strength. Her Roku which runs on the 2.4Ghz band had much better signal strength and was able to stream seamlessly. This is a win. However when I tested my son's room, which uses 5Ghz wireless, his connection strength was indeed better, but when testing transfer speeds across the network, they were slower, dropping from about 15-18 MB/sec when connected directly to the Netgear to 4-6MB/sec when using the extender. Due to the nature how extenders have overhead, a potential reduction is speed was not unexpected, but it was more severe than anticipated in this case.
My thoughts. The RE6500 works and does increase signal strength to areas of my home that were borderline. In the end, I used the extender just have my daughters Roku and son's Xbox 360 connected to it on the 2.4Ghz band. My 5ghz devices were mostly in closer proximity to the downstairs router and did not see any real tangible benefit using the extender or in my son's case, lost performance so that band was disabled. I did not test the Music Streaming capabilities, nor is it something I would use. In the end, the RE6500 is a solid device, was 100% stable during testing, but thus far leaves me desiring more throughput.
Display Name: Jason H.
Date Joined: 03/11/03
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