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TP-LINK RE355 AC1200 Wireless Dual Band Gigabit Range Extender
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5 out of 5 eggs Solid unit for the money 08/06/2016

This review is from: TP-LINK RE355 AC1200 Wireless Dual Band Gigabit Range Extender

Pros: Set up is easy. Good antennas and source strength for communications with your primary router. I installed this in my son's room at the other end of the house since his PS4's wifi went bad. This solved his problem more easily instead of running a Cat6 drop from the living room to the house as he can now use the NIC port with a Cat6 patch cable on his PS4 to connect.

Cons: None, surprised at how well it bridges the signal from the router.

Other Thoughts: Definitely recommend.

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MSI Aegis X-001BUS Supports Intel 6th Gen CPU (including K series processors) Intel Z170 Supports up to a two-slot design of graphics card up to a NVIDIA Geforce GTX 1080 (not Included) 1 x HDMI Barebone System
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Pros: Surprisingly small at just under 15" of height. Low noise but this is dependent on the GPU you choose. If you go with the aftermarket GTX 1080's like MSI's Gaming X or ASUS Strix you will have a surprisingly quiet build. Two M.2 ports at Gen3 PCI-e x4 on the motherboard is a major plus. 8 USB 3.1 ports, one of them a Gen2 C and the rest Gen1. It looks ridiculously awesome. Seriously, it looks like a killer drone. Overall the thermals are very good. 4 DAYS LATER: Very happy with it. At normal load you can't hear the case. The most audible component is the EVGA GPU with ACX cooler and that is low noise relative to the reference GPU coolers. The pump/radiator noise level is barely detectable up close and there is zero grinding noise.

Cons: Motherboard, CPU cooler, and power supply are proprietary. That's the one major hang up some people won't be able to deal with. The motherboard on the Aegis-X units are specially fashioned versions of the mini-ITX Z170i. They are NOT the same motherboard! Another hangup is the need for SODIMM memory modules due to space restrictions, thankfully GSkill and Corsair make some good SODIMM modules. The same reason why the pump is proprietary.....very low profile. 4 DAYS LATER: Putting in the CPU, M.2 SSD and Memory DIMMs is a little more time consuming than an average case due to tight space constraints. All things considered MSI did a decent job with running the power and cables throughout.....they pretty much didn't have a choice. The MSI site still doesn't show drivers available for download so you'll be forced to use the disc. Easy since this unit comes with a DVD player. All the drivers on the disc worked.

Other Thoughts: The EVGA FTW GTX 1080 with the ACX 3.0 fits without issues, previously had my older EVGA SC GTX 780 with the ACX 2.0 running in it. The ACX 3.0 is slightly bigger but there is plenty of space below the card slot to accomodate the ACX 3.0 cooler. Power supply handles it just fine. I can confirm the Gigabyte AMP! Extreme does not fit. Well kinda, if you're OK running it with the side panel off. (Although it's obvious to me it wasn't to some, the board is pinned out for 1151, someone had that question). Seems like MSI is very serious about this model/build. They are shipping them as both MSI barebones & MSI complete systems and boutique dealers will be selling these aplenty with their stamp on it. This will bode well for availability on proprietary components since word is they will also continue this line with new iterations so you can upgrade down the road.

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EVGA GeForce GTX 1080 FTW GAMING ACX 3.0, 08G-P4-6286-KR, 8GB GDDR5X, RGB LED, 10CM FAN, 10 Power Phases, Double BIOS, DX12 OSD Support (PXOC)
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Pros: This showed as available around 5pm on July 13th. Was only available for less than hour after before they ran out. Chose this card for one reason over the Zotac AMP, ASUS Strix and others..... EVGA support. This is replacing my GTX 780 SC ACX and my previous card before that was EVGA as well. Their tech support and RMA process(if needed) is unmatched compared to the other vendors. I really wanted the Strix due to it's 2nd HDMI port but piece-of-mind won over.

Cons: None yet, will report back in a few days. The price could be a bit better but it is what it is. Edit: no cons on this card....no coil whine and runs as expected.

Other Thoughts: Fits in the MSI Aegis-X case with zero issues, the 600W power supply is sufficient and has 2 8-pin connectors.

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