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Silicon Power 8GB (2 x 4GB) 204-Pin DDR3 SO-DIMM DDR3L 1600 (PC3L 12800) Laptop Memory Model SP008GLSTU160N22NE
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Pros: Operates at 1.35V, this compared to the standard DDR3 SODIMM at 1.5 V, saves about 10 percent in power consumption. This would translate to better battery life when doing memory intensive tasks, such a code compilation. The SPD detection automatically detects the lower voltage setting and properly set up the voltage and latency setting to operate the RAM properly, no manual tweaking required. The laptop system has been running continuously since RAM had been installed for more than 1 week without any issue. The response of the system is speed despite of using the lower voltage RAM.

Cons: The unit is CAS 11, which is not the most speedy RAM. Name brand RAM at high cost point could operate at 1.35V at CAS 9 via better binning. However, those parts would also come at a much higher price point. The performance advantage on normal operation is about 5%, so for any practical purposes, these RAM sticks are good price/performance balance buys.

Other Thoughts: These RAM chips replaced the original 1.5V DDR3 SODIMM in a Thinkpad T430 units. It performed stablely after the update and the RAM were detected automatically by the laptop to operate at the lower supply voltage without any issue. The battery consumption should be better by theory, however, it has not been very noticeable in practice.

NETGEAR R7800 Nighthawk X4S AC2600 Smart WiFi MU-MIMO Gigabit Router
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5 out of 5 eggs Stable, high performance wifi router 08/03/2016

This review is from: NETGEAR R7800 Nighthawk X4S AC2600 Smart WiFi MU-MIMO Gigabit Router

Pros: -Great Wifi Performance:
Both on 2.4GHz and and 5.2GHz bands, this unit's performed admirably, it gave ample coverage for a ~3000 sqft 2 story home + a basement. The unit is placed in an 2nd floor home office and there' is sufficient wifi RF coverage to maintain a 802.11n link over 200mbps on 2.4GHz band over a multi-stream capable unit in the home theater in the basement. Over 802.11ac on 5.2Ghz, several of my MIMO AC standard capable units have been consistently able to maintain the 866mbps link when on the second floor and was able to maintain viable 5Ghz link even when in the basement (this has not been the case with the previous unit, where the AC link would have switched to 2.4GHz N standard link when in the basement).
- Very low latency:
Ping latency to the internet sites when compared to similar units is ~5 ->10 ms less, which indicates highly efficient backend software and a high performance CPU (1.7GHz dual core)
-- Very stable consistent performance:
Several weeks of consistent steady performance over the same ISP where the previous MU-MIMO wifi router had intermittent slow down issues. This is very important, as much as this unit is fast, it has also been very stable which is a rare breed these days.
-- RF channel separation and tuning
Supports beam forming antenna steering in each freq. band (which is reflected in the excellent coverage in both bands of coverage), separate frequency tuned antenna and RF ports provides superior RF performance (again is reflected in the great real-life coverage).
-- Lots of firmware features
Good amount of firmware features, this unit even support RIP routing, so if you have an internal router (which I do), you don't have to set up static routes, RIPv2 would take care of any modification and growth of you internal network and it would allow NAT tranversing via other internal subnets that is not immediately managed by the router unit itself (very important feature if a small business office is to be supported).
-- Fast unit
Very good throughput on the unit, n link and ac links confirms theoretical throughput number under ideal conditoins (a few feet away from the router). Easily out-performs a 50mbps ISP uplink to the internet even at remote corners of the house.
-- Good security features
Allow flexible security features and enforces good practices (such as AES encryption on high speed links)
Is able to serve as a media server, a wifi bridge, as well as a remote end point (connect several wired device over wifi link) in addition to a regular wifi AP.

Cons: --Somewhat clunky configuration interface
The software control interface is a bit dated and clunky, and is not the pretties (especially compared to other units in the same price range). But I would not deduce eggs for less exciting configuration GUI
-- Uses a power brick directly on the plug
This unit has a two prong plug but intead of using a wire to connect to a power brick, the plug is directly stemming from the brick itself which makes it likely that the power brick would block a nearby socket, I have a pet peeve for this kind of power adapter design, but it may not be a problem if the unit is not used on the same power outlet with a lot of other devices.

Other Thoughts: This is a fantastic unit, it is one of the rare home office units that actually directly support dynamic routing via RIP. I wish this unit support OSPF, so it can be a bit more efficient on larger network and avoid the hop limitation associated with RIP routing, but given the RF performance, its coverage, and its stablity, it is well worth the price. Aside from the little "gripe" in the Cons section, which are really minor issues, I would highly recommend this unit for any home office or even small business use.

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: Tested it on a USB 3.0 card reader using the included standard SD card adapter: write performance is 22MB/s, read performance is 80MB/s with performing I/O against a high speed SSD drive. Real life performance under windows 10, fantastic speed.

Cons: None, it's a fast mico-SD card.

Other Thoughts: Initial performance has been outstanding on this card. Unit is well built, longevity is unknown.


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