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This review is from: Asus RT-AC68P Dual-band Wireless AC1900 Gigabit Router-Certified Refurbished
Pros: Great Router with 1GHz dual core CPU (P version only)
Fast LAN speeds (125 down with comcast)
2.4Ghz and LAN work great
Cons: 5GHz band does not work at all. I went through all the troubleshooting steps with ASUS (factory reset, flashing firmware etc)
I also tired flashing Merlin's firmware. Nothing will make the 5ghz band work at all. It was a good price, but now I have to deal with a return.
Other Thoughts: This claims to be "Certified by Asus". I wonder how it was shipped when the 5ghz doesn't even turn on. That should have been a red flag.
For the record I have purchased 3 refurb ASUS router from Newegg and this is the first to have an issue.
This review is from: GIGABYTE GA-AM1M-S2H AM1 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 HDMI Micro ATX AMD Motherboard
Pros: This is the board to get if you are going with an AM1 chipset. HDMI and USB 3.0 were both selling features. I find that I always go back to Gigabyte because of the auto installing driver disk. I build a lot of computers and being able to check all the drivers I want, press one button and walk away is a huge time saving feature.
Sata ports are wisely mirrored next to each other, so locking sata cables are easy to use. Also, plenty of F_USB connections to accommodate any case.
Motherboard fits nicely in any micro ATX case that I have tried.
Cons: Only 2 Sata ports. However, I realize this is a limitation of the AM1 chipset, therefore an egg cannot be removed.
No F_USB 3.0 connection. This is a budget chipset so I was not surprised to see this missing.
Only 4 USB ports on the back. I wish one of the PS2 ports was swapped for 2 more USB 2.0 ports like other manufactures have done. (MSI)
Other Thoughts: This is my go to board when I have a customer looking to get a computer for ~$300.READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: This is a great little chip for home desktops running the usual apps such as Office, Chrome and even a little Photoshop. On a fresh Windows 7 install with only drivers installed my "Windows Experience Index" was - Processor: 6.3 Graphics: 5.1 Gaming Graphics: 6.2.
I have started to use this chip when a customer wants a computer for ~$300 and only does the basics.
Cons: Heatsink Developed By Disgruntled Former Intel Employee.
I think that pretty much sums up my only con for this chip. I can imagine an engineer holding an Intel heatsink and realizing the only way to make it worse would be to remove 2 of the 4 legs and make the push pins come apart into two pieces.
Well, mission accomplished sir. I have not had to read instructions while building a computer for many years.
Other Thoughts: The entire box that this thing comes in is half the size of a regular processor. The fan is extremely small, but under my testing was completely silent. I wonder if a 25 watt chip even needs a fan with how big the metal heatsink is?READ FULL REVIEW