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D-Link DHP-309AV PowerLine AV+ Mini Adapter Starter Kit Up to 500Mbps
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

5 out of 5 eggs Great Wi-Fi Replacement 01/07/2014

This review is from: D-Link DHP-309AV PowerLine AV+ Mini Adapter Starter Kit Up to 500Mbps

Pros: The DHP-309AV PowerLine AV+ Mini kit is just what the doctor ordered for our HTPC. We live in a three story townhouse and the 802.11n signal always struggles to get to our HTPC in the opposite corner of the house, two floors down, which tends to lead to buffering and inferior quality with Netflix, YouTube, Hulu, etc.

The DHP-309AV kit fixes all of that. It really is as easy as plugging it in, pushing a button to get the two talking to each other and then plugging in the ethernet cables.

A quick Speedtest.net run shows there is zero loss between the adapters, getting 18MB/s down and 2MB/s up with a ping of 26ms, just like the PCs wired directly to the router. It doesn't get any better than that on our cable connection, literally.

Cons: Works best plugged directly into an outlet. Using an extension cord or power strip does not work as well. In fact, the power strip I tried (a brand new, well rated Belkin strip) didn't work at all. If available, you'll want to use a dedicated wall outlet.

The supplied ethernet cables are quite short, approximately 3 ft long.

Other Thoughts: As mentioned in the Cons, the PowerLine kit works best when both are plugged into the wall directly. It did not work at all through a surge protector, but does work acceptably well through a cheap extension cord. It is able to max out our cable connection up and down through the cord.

If you don't have an outlet right next to where you're using them, you should consider buying a longer ethernet cable so you don't have to use an extension cord for the PowerLine adapter.

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ARCTIC MX-2 (30g) Carbon-Based Thermal Compound, Non-Electricity Conductive, Non-Capacitive
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  • Owned For: more than 1 year

5 out of 5 eggs Giant Tube of Thermal Goodness 01/07/2014

This review is from: ARCTIC MX-2 (30g) Carbon-Based Thermal Compound, Non-Electricity Conductive, Non-Capacitive

Pros: There isn't a ton to say about thermal paste really. MX-2 performs very nearly as well as newer pastes (within 1-3°C, if anything).

The part that separates MX-2 is that it's much less expensive than some 'premium', newer pastes and it's easier to apply and remove. For anyone that tinkers with their equipment as much as I do, constantly removing and re-installing coolers, water blocks, etc., MX-2 is a significant time saver.

To sum up, it performs great, it's easy to remove & re-apply and it's inexpensive.

Cons: The 30g tube is a little large, but you get used to it if you don't have tiny hands.

Other Thoughts: I've been a loyal user of MX-2 for years. It has never failed me and does a great job, especially for the price.

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Thermaltake TR2 W0070 430W ATX12V v2.3 Power Supply
  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

5 out of 5 eggs Great PSU, Super Quiet 10/04/2007

This review is from: Thermaltake TR2 W0070 430W ATX12V v2.3 Power Supply

Pros: This is a great PSU. Powers my PC with constant voltages and with seemingly no effort. Extremely quiet. Seems plenty strong for all but the most power-hungry systems (i.e. quad-core, SLI rig with 6 drives in RAID config). Sleeved cables make for a very good looking, clean install with good air flow. Long enough to route where you feel like it and to hide extras pretty much anywhere out of the way.

Cons: None that I can find.

Other Thoughts: Powers my abit IP35-E, overclocked E4400 (@ 3.0GHz and counting), 1gig x2 OCZ Plat. Rev.2 DDR2-800 (@DDR2-900, 2.15V, 4-4-4-15-2T), GeForce 7600GT, 1xSATA WD & 1xPATA Samsung HDDs, 1x LiteOn CDR & 4 additional case fans. Double-fans in the PSU help cool the case as well. All in all a well built PSU, especially for the price!

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Jeremy V.'s Profile

Display Name: Jeremy V.

Date Joined: 08/30/07

  • Reviews: 5
  • Helpfulness: 4
  • First Review: 09/20/07
  • Last Review: 01/07/14
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