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This review is from: MOTOROLA SB6141 SURFboard DOCSIS 3.0 Cable Modem 10/100/1000Base-T Ethernet (RJ-45)
Pros: Small. Slick looking. WORKS and destroys Comcast's horrible modem/router combo.
Cons: Bright LEDs at night. Just use black electrical tape or something if it bothers you.
Other Thoughts: My Comcast modem/router combo they rent out for $7/mo was horrible. Super limited in configuration and my ping would spike a lot; from 60 to 1000ms sometimes.READ FULL REVIEW
This review is from: MSI X79A-GD45 Plus LGA 2011 Intel X79 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
Pros: My first impression of this board is the black PCB board. Not many have black PCBs, so it's a nice feature. Some like ASrock boards have a dark brown, so seeing something like this color scheme is nice, especially when you invest into the appearance of your computer.
One of the most notable pros of this motherboard is the fact that it supports up to 128GB of RAM. Only two x79 motherboards do this and both are MSI brands. This is one reason why I call it a niche x79.
Along with the large RAM capacity, is the price. It's what I'd expect for the features. Right now there are only 3 other motherboards that are cheaper and provide similar features, however, none give you this amount of RAM ability. So if you need this much RAM now or in the future, you aren't paying a huge premium.
A lot of ports, however it's not only good but for now I'll list the pros of them. First off, there are eight USB ports, six 2.0, two 3.0. Not sure if this is a limitation of the chipset or what, but only two USB 3.0 ports is a bit low for this high end of a board. However, you do have the onboard USB 3.0 expansion option for your case. So you're not too limited and still have a couple onboard ports.
Continuing with ports, it lacks in SATA 3. Only two onboard SATA 3 ports vs four SATA 2. I don't think this is a limitation of some kind, as the ASrock ASRock X79 Extreme6 has five of them. Not a huge issue, as only SSDs are going to use the ports properly and there are issues with RAIDing SSDs. Just something to be aware of if you were wanting to RAID a few SSDs. The number of SATA ports will be fine otherwise.
Within the packaging is a slew of SATA 3 cables with right angles! Very nice. You get six total and are fairly long. They are white/black.
The SLI bridge is VERY long and not hard.
A fairly good sound card. Much better than standard onboard.
Lastly, my FAVORITE feature is the fact that it includes an m-block connector. This, if you haven't seen one before, is a tiny block that you plug in your power switch, HDD LED indicators, ect into rather than one by one into your motherboard. I HATE NOT HAVING ONE. This alone would have sold me on this motherboard. No more struggling to see if you plugged it in right or trying to get light into the corner of case.
Cons: Now onto the cons.
Only two SATA 3 and USB 3 ports each. As someone who has a lot of hard drives and externals this was a bummer.
Another minor flaw is overclocking. I didn't find it hard to overclock at all on this motherboard. Has all the settings you need for decent overclocks. This isn't some extreme motherboard meant for nitro cooling or high end water cooling overclocking. However saying this, I'm not sure why it doesn't have more technical options. Oh well.
At most those two cons are worth .5 eggs, so I'll mark off an egg. Mainly, because this isn't a perfect board, so how can I give it a 5/5?
Other Thoughts: This board is not targeted for gamers, although it can, but the features on this board indicate a more specific demographic. The 128GB of RAM seems more for VMWARE, servers, and other known RAM intense applications. The 2011 CPUs are also more targeted at this type of usage. So this shouldn't surprise anyone.
If you're looking for a motherboard for more serious, work conditions and you need lots of RAM ability, this is it. Even gamers who dabble with hobbies should find this a great motherboard as well. It does not limit you.
I suppose one con is the price, however this has nothing to do with the motherboard itself, rather the competition and the majority of buyers. So I'll include this here rather than the con section.
Overall, know what you're getting yourself into. This isn't some extreme high end gaming motherboard. It can game, but this isn't the true function. It comes off to me more as a workstation motherboard with the option for gaming.
So I give this motherboard: 4.5/5 eggs.
This review is from: NETGEAR WNR1500-100NAS N300 Wireless Router IEEE 802.3/3u, IEEE 802.11b/g/n
Pros: One of the better sides to this router is the price. It's about $50-30 if on sale. The router itself is fairly basic, but does have some good features. The antennas are detachable and upgrade able if needed. This feature isn't even found in some $200 routers, so good value there. There's also the NETGEAR GENIE® APP for Android and iTunes. That works fairly well and is a bonus even if you don't use it.
It's external look is fairly minimalistic; nothing flashy.
Cons: Signal strength is probably the most notable weakness to the router, but it's a $50 router. It performs about the same as you would expect it to. However, you can upgrade the antennas later.
Another downside to the router is that there is no USB support. This means you can't use a flash drive or portable hard drive.
Finally, it doesn't support 3rd party firmware yet. Would be nice if it was available, since it does allow for antenna upgrades. This would made for a nice, cheap hackable router.
Other Thoughts: The router is pretty decent overall and it's price reflects what it can do. I transferred GBs of data over the wifi network and I saw no problems. All speeds were typical.
If you have a small to medium sized house this is perfect. The signal strength is strong enough for a family unity.
Overall, I found that the router was more than enough for several computers, consoles, wifi printers, and streaming Netflix.
Would recommend for people looking for a router to provide wireless access for a fair price. It's also a nice project router due to the upgradeable antenna.