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This review is from: NETGEAR WNR2020v2 Wireless N300 Wi-Fi Router with External Antennas
Pros: Reliable and cost effective.
Stays pretty cool.
Decided to use this as a WiFI access point off a faster network for people coming in needing to connect their phones to my network.
I like to have a physically separate router for guests to connect to and this worked out great. No need to have a special password on your highend router or other system. Bridged off the WAN port helps hide the rest of the network.
Cons: For the price it's hard to CON this but if you need Gigabit connections this is only got 10/100.
Using 150mbit Cox connection is limited. (only used for phone users though so no worries there)
antennas are fixed, but again most people never remove them.
Other Thoughts: Hard to go wrong with this for what it's designed for.READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: Impressive packaging for an impressive looking set of sticks. These things have LEDs that make the sticks glow BTW. Beautiful.
Very good performance. Basically exactly what I'd expect letting the motherboard pick up the timing with XMP.
Can overclock these but only slightly which for me is not a big deal.
Plays nice with Windows 8.1 and Windows 10 preview, SSDs, Nvidia, all Steam Games including Batman Arkham Knight (I think it's very playable at 1080p with no hiccups or visual tearing and every setting maximized)
Virtual CP using Hyper-V on 8.1 has no issues and runs very nice.
Built-in heat spreaders are nice but not on properly. Read below.
Cons: Price is high but when you want the latest and greatest.
Sticks are overly tall in my opinion because (tight on my mobo):
There is a decorative acrylic slab doubling the size of the sticks. I think the acrylic looks nice but hinders the air flow through the center of the sticks. The black coating also looks nice but usually painted or powder-coated aluminum does not dissipate heat as well as if it were clean.
The disturbing thing I noticed is when I notice one of my sticks not put together properly causing the edge of the screw to stick up. After holding the stick sideways and looking towards the light of my monitor I noticed the heat sinks on 1 side to not sit flush with the chips, hence not properly cooling once over clocked.
Leaving timings at the defaults and everything works fine. Any adjustments to above this tolerance resulted in an unstable Windows and gaming experience, but they are dang fast at default. (CPU OC'd just fine leaving the ram to fend for themselves so it's not an issue for you OC freaks, like me)
Other Thoughts: Using ASRock Fatal1ty X99X Killer LGA 2011-v3 Intel X99 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard with Intel i7 CPU with a single EVGA 970 for test.
You can take the heat spreaders off if you like and adjust the connections with a very small torque bit.
Not sure if this is an issue or not but from an engineering aspect I've noticed the heat spreaders look to be a 6 piece set. The middle strip binds the inner and outer and I'm not sure how well that will dissipate the heat.
Pros: A 5 year warranty on any HD or SSD is pretty good and shows that the company stands behind their products.
Solid build with no exposed electronics.
Stays extremely cool, very light weight, comes with a 3.5" tray if needed.
Very low energy consumption.
Decent benchmark results but not the fastest I've used. Interesting thing is that I tried installing an app on both the OCZ and my Samsung EVO 840 250GB and I don't notice a difference in load times. Similar results whether it's in a DELL laptop or a Gaming rig.
Generic Benchmark Results:
OCZ Vector 180
Seq Reads: 558 Seq Writes: 449
Random Reads: 80970 Random Writes: 66359
Seq Reads: 4407 Seq Writes: 3726
Random Reads: 117673 Random Writes: 78844
Application Load Times as best I could do:
Adobe Photoshop CS6 64bit with some plugins:
OCZ Vector 180 (6.7 seconds)
Samsung Evo (6.4 seconds)
OCZ Vector 180 (3.8 seconds)
Samsung Evo (3.7 seconds)
Then I tried some STEAM games. These are a bit more difficult to move around so I took them off a mechanical drive:
Ark Evolution Evolved
OCZ Vector 180 (4.5 seconds)
Samsung Evo (4.1 seconds)
Cons: Just the storage capacity is small but that's about it.
Other Thoughts: I decided to move games off steam that take a while to load and now loving it.
Using it for additional app storage as well with no issues and enjoying the extra load speeds.
SLC, MLC, and TLC may make a difference in the long run but I have yet to have an SSD fail or even show signs of failure. Will update if anything changes.
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