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Rosewill RNBF-131209 - 120mm Computer Case Cooling Fan with LP4 Adapter - Black Frame & Smoke Blades, Sleeve Bearing, Silent
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Pros: I've owned a number of Rosewill fans in the past. Every one I've ever owned still works. I usually buy them because they're the most reliable budget brand. In a market filled with sub par, generic garbage. Rosewill stands out among the budget brands as one of the most reliable.

This fan is far from the best fan I've ever owned, but it's also far better than many more expensive fans. This fan is almost 100% identical to the Sickle Flow fans. Visually, you can only tell them apart by the sticker above the bearing on the Sickle Flow fan. I've primarily used the Sickle Flow fans as case fans and occasionally radiators for 7 years, ever since I bought my first liquid cooling loop. Which came with 2 of them. So to find an alternative that performs similarly for less, depending on the price at any given time, is pretty nice.

This fan has pretty decent air flow. I really don't recommend it for a radiator. But that's because I only use the best fans on my radiators. Fans with a high static flow pressure. However, I also prefer to use a single set of fans on my radiators. If you're running a push-pull config, then 4 of these on a 240mm radiator would probably perform pretty well. This fan does, however, make a great case fan. It all depends on what you need really. If you don't need super high air flow and you're just looking for a good inexpensive mid range fan for normal use, this fan is perfect for that.

This fans power cable is 15-16 inches in length. It also comes with a 4 pin Molex to 3 pin fan power adapter. That additions makes it a better value value. The adapter is pretty well made too. I have owned so many cheap Molex power adapters with loose and crooked pins. However, the pins of these adapters are straight enough to connect on the first try every time.

This fan comes in a decent box, that should provide adequate protection for shipping. It also comes with 4 standard fan mounting screws.

I've read a lot of other reviews for this fan. Many other reviewers say this fan is noisy. For me, the fan runs silently. If you're fan has to force or pull air through something, then it's going to be noticeably louder. My fans are just cooling a large aluminum heat sink, so the air pressure is neutral. When a fan has to fight either positive or negative pressure, that's when they tend to make more noise. Just sitting out in the open, the fan is quite literally silent.

Cons: None. The sale price was fantastic. The usual price isn't bad, but these would sell like crazy if they were a little less expensive.


Other Thoughts: There are fans similar in price and higher in price that are just horrible. They're either noisy, have poor air flow or fall apart quickly. Those are the low end fans. Then are the high end fans, fans that have excellent air flow while maintaining near silent operation. Then there are the mid range fans, that is the category this fan falls into. There are fans in this category that have decent air flow that don't get too noisy, but aren't totally quiet. Or fans that have extreme air flow, but are also extremely noisy. The low end fans should be avoided altogether. The high end fans are good for radiators and enthusiasts. Mid range fans are the best solution for a variety of situations, depending on what you want. For a best of both worlds situation, where you're getting adequate airflow without too much fan noise at a reasonable price, this fan ranks very highly.

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GIGABYTE GA-990FX-Gaming AM3+ AMD 990FX SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.1 USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard
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5 out of 5 eggs High End Board, Mid Range Price 05/28/2016

This review is from: GIGABYTE GA-990FX-Gaming AM3+ AMD 990FX SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.1 USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard

Pros: In my opinion the Gigabyte G1 Gaming 990FX is the best value board for the AM3+ platform. It's not the most expensive 990FX board, but in all the ways that really matter, you get way more bang for your buck with this board than any of the more expensive boards. When I bought this board, price wasn't a concern. I was ready to buy the most expensive AM3+ board I could find if it were worth the money. But after extensive research, I decided this was the better board to suit my needs.
This board natively supports the FX 9370 and FX 9590 CPUs. It delivers power to the CPU with an 8 pin power connector. In a visual comparison to other 990FX mother boards, its heat sink is among the best of them. There really aren't any other 990FX boards with a significant amount of more capacitors or voltage regulators. Giving this board about as much overclocking potential as any of the 990FX boards. In truth, your CPU will be the deciding factor when it comes to maximum clock speeds. It's really the luck of the draw unless you have some method for securing a cherry chip.
I am running an FX9590. I was able to get a max stable clock speed of 4.9 GHz with 1.525v CPU vCore, 1.2v NB vCore and 2.6v CPU PLL. I am running an H100i V2 closed loop cooler and it keeps CPU temps around a max of 52C, with Prime 95, with no other board components reaching above 48C. This board has a decent set of heat sinks with a heat pipe connecting them. As long as you have a decent CPU cooler and good air flow in your case, you should be able to keep your CPU and board cool enough to run similar clock speeds if your CPU will allow it. The way the boost clock works with these CPUs, you pretty much have to leave your CPU at stock settings to use it. I found it was better to disable boost and all the power saving features. Sure the CPU runs a bit warmer, it won't last quite as long as it might have and my electric bill will be a little higher. But, I'm running 4.9 GHz on all 8 cores all the time. Which is a decent amount faster than it was at stock settings. Since boost rarely even kicks in. The only benchmark I've run so far has been Geekbench 3 and I got a single core speed of around 2900 and multicore speed of 15200. My 4790K at 4.8 GHz on the other hand. decimated the FX 9590 in single core performance at 4900 with multicore performance at 18330. So in truth, the multicore performance of these AMD CPUs isn't bad considering they cost 2/3 of the price of the Intel chips, but their single core performance leaves much to be desired.
This board supports up to 2133 MHz DDR3 RAM without the need for increasing the base clock. You can run 2133 MHz by simply boosting the memory multiplier. This board also supports XMP memory profiles. Which makes setting up your RAM about as simple as turning that on and you're done, assuming your memory is XMP enabled. This board can run stable memory speeds as high as 2400 MHz+, but that will require a bit more skill and patience as you'll need to overclock the base clock to do it. I actually have my memory running at about 2200 MHz.
This board has 3 PCI-E 2.0 x16 slots. It supports 2 way SLI and Crossfire. What's great about this board is it supports 2 way SLI and X-Fire at full x16 speed. The third PCI-E x16 slot actually runs at x4 bandwidth. It could be used for a PhysX card or a PCI-E SSD. But if the other two PCI-E slots are populated it will default to x2 speed.
This boards PCI-E x16 slots have a very nice metal shield around them. I've never seen that feature before, but it's something I find extremely practical. Not only because it looks so nice, but because it's perfect for people who run liquid cooling on their graphics cards. I have a full custom liquid cooling loop on my graphics cards, with full coverage water blocks. With a water block installed, a graphics card can become very heavy. I've always been nervous about breaking off a PCI-E slot. Securing a graphics card to your read IO port on your case can be frustrating and many times I've dropped the anchor screw, letting the card drop. Putting all its weight on the PCI-E slot. But with these metal shields, the PCI-E slots on this board have 1.7 times more protection from vertical shearing force. That's a feature I hope to see become more common in the future.
Like most Gigabyte mother boards going back quite a few years, it has dual BIOS chips. This is a welcome feature. I had a Gigabyte 790X UD3 board back when the AM2+ Phenom quad cores first came out. It was one of the earlier dual BIOS boards. I somehow managed to corrupt the primary BIOS during an attempted update and if it wouldn't have been for the back up BIOS, the board would have been bricked.

Cons: Most of the issues I have with this board are not really specifically related to this board alone. They're actually more of a universal problem with all of the 900 series boards. This 990FX G1 Gaming onboard audio uses Realtek drivers, like most mother boards do. Realtek has been the bane of my existence for years. The audio sounds good and the analog surround sound works perfectly. The digital sound, however, does not and has not for a long time. Sure, it supports 5.1 DTS and Dolby Digital via optical out. But there is no option to select 5.1 as the native output. You can only select 2 channel stereo output, with an option to allow other software exclusive control over the output setting. Which works some of the time. But many games, browsers and video players simply play sound at whatever your default output setting is. Which will always be stuck at stereo. There is software that allows you to choose your output setting, such as Power DVD and far more games support that option now than there were 5 years ago. But not all and it would be such a simple thing to patch a fix for a 5.1 setting. To my surprise and everlasting gratitude, my z97 board has that feature. It uses Realtek drivers, so why doesn't this board have that option? Actually, I've found that my graphics cards typically have superior audio and more features when compared to most mother boards onboard audio. I can get digital 7.1 output to my home theatre via HDMI with my GTX 980 and even many older high end graphics cards. The GTX Titan and GTX 580 also support the same audio formats. I can also enable 7.1 as the default configuration, giving me surround sound all the time without having to worry about individual software settings.
This board has 4 USB 2.0/1.1 ports, which I believe is excessive. There really should only be two 2.0 ports and the other two should be 3.0. Most USB 3.0 devices these days are backwards compatible with older versions. But, speaking from experience, the speed of USB 3.0 is so much higher than 2.0 that I would prefer as few of the 2.0 ports as possible. This board also has a PS/2 keyboard port. Seriously? If you have a PS/2 keyboard or mouse it's time to ditch it and get something newer. I recently got a new mechanical keyboard and it's epic, well worth the cost. I can understand adding a PS/2 port so the user won't have any conflict issues with BIOS access. But I haven't used a board in many years that wouldn't recognize a USB keyboard, regardless of make or model.
This board has 4 fan headers. I would have liked to see more. 6 would be better. I don't like the placement of the fan headers on this board. They're all bunched together in the same general area. They should be more spread out so you have access to one from each side of the board.
This board supports up to 32 GB of DDR3 RAM. The 970 version of this board supports 64 GB. I don't know what that's all about, but it's not really a con. I can't see running 4x16 GB sticks of DDR3 anyway. Besides 2x16 GB sets of RAM are obscenely expensive.
There are a couple problems that I've found that aren't specific to this board, but this board still has them nonetheless. It tends to run your CPU at a significantly higher voltage than what's necessary. The default voltage for my FX 9590 is 1.535v. Way higher than what's needed. If you have the skill and patience, in the interest of your hardwares life span, I recommend stability testing with lower voltage than what the default sets it to. The other issue is also voltage related. The load line calibration, or Vdroop, has 4 settings. This is a very important feature if you're into high overclocks. But the highest setting doesn't work. If you set it to extreme, when the CPU is under heavy load, the screen will turn black and it will crash your PC.
When I was stability testing, the CPU kept throttling the clock speed. In the BIOS there is an option, HPC Mode (High Performance Computing). It just basically stops the CPU from throttling under load. The board will throttle the clock speeds to reduce power consumption, or heat if that's your problem. So I enabled HPC Mode and that allowed me to determine my max stable clock speed. Although, once I started getting into the really high clock speeds, above 4.8 - 4.9 GHz, I started seeing the multiplier being reduced to x7 under heavy load. That is a BIOS issue, which is pretty much universal to all 900 series boards. I did find a work around. I installed AMD Over Drive. In AMD Over Drive I enabled Core Control, which allows you to set the multiplier by each core individually. Then I disabled it and closed Over Drive. After that it stopped throttling my multiplier to x7. It doesn't actually do anything, it's just a quick work around that keeps it from reducing the multiplier to x7.

Other Thoughts: This board has 6 SATA 6 Gb/s ports with support for RAID 0, 1, 5 and 10. It also has an M2 SSD port. The M2 port is a welcome addition as well. One that I haven't yet been able to take advantage of. But I plan to in the near future. Its maximum bandwidth is much higher than a standard SATA port. Its position and compact size would make it an excellent source for your main operating system drive. Without the need for 2.5 to 3.5 in. adapters for standard SSDs. The only down side of the M2 port is its placement. Making it difficult to access, crammed behind your graphics card. If you have liquid cooling, tearing down your rig to troubleshoot or replace it would be a nightmare.
This board has a few additional features that many of the mid to high range boards lack. It's got an LED debug display. One of those displays can make night and day difference when troubleshooting if your board won't boot to BIOS. It also has a set of Power and Reset buttons for bench testing. There is a reset CMOS button as well. That is an absolute necessity if you're into overclocking. There's nothing worse than trying to reset your BIOS using a jumper with all your hardware in place.
This board has a single standard USB 3.1 port and a single USB 3.1 type C port. I have yet to see anything that uses a USB 3.1 type C port. But according to my research, that's the standard everything will be headed to.
This board features an Audio Gain Control switch. It's an interesting addition, that I can see only being useful for a small percentage of people. It is very interesting however. I've never seen this feature before. When I first saw it, I rejoiced, I thought it was a switch to enable or disable the PCI-E slots. My z97 has that feature and it's extremely useful if you're trouble shooting or running benchmarks with multiple graphics cards. But this one is an audio gain switch. It's pretty much like the gain knob on a car stereo amplifier. It increases the power output of your audio signal. There are OP-AMP upgrades that you can install that allow you to customize the sound of your audio output. From what I've seen, they appear to be marketed mainly for music. It doesn't say anything about gaming on their web page. Gigabyte claims there's a wide variety of optional upgrades, but there are only 3 and they come in a kit together. I can't see any reason to buy them, especially given what they cost.
This board also comes with the very convenient G Connector. It's just a nice little adapter that you can pre-connect your front panel cables to. Making your front panel cables into a plug and play adapter. What's nice about it in addition is that some of my older Gigabyte boards have the same front panel header configuration. So I could use one of these on even an older board and conceivably on newer boards yet to come.
If you're trying to decide between the 970 and 990 FX, If you're into overclocking or if you're running SLI with a set of high end graphics cards, then the 990FX is the better choice. It has the better heat sink, more bandwidth on its PCI-E slots and supports faster CPUs with better capability for overclocking. If you're trying to decide between the 990FX boards, then consider this one. The price is fantastic. I've never had any trouble with any of the Gigabyte boards I've owned. With the difference in cost between this one and the more expensive models, you're not going to be getting your moneys worth out of that transaction. Especially given its sale price.

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TP-LINK Archer C50 AC1200 Dual Band Wireless Router
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4 out of 5 eggs Good Mid Range Router 05/26/2016

This review is from: TP-LINK Archer C50 AC1200 Dual Band Wireless Router

Pros: The best thing about this line of TP Link routers is the range. This model features dual band wi-fi and four gigabit Ethernet ports. These routers have excellent range for what they cost. I've had the opportunity to test over a dozen routers in the past couple years. That includes every model in this line of TP Link routers and they consistently have the best value in regards to their maximum range and overall maximum bandwidth. Both their 5 GHz and 2.4 GHz band have impressive range. Which is a necessity for me as I have aluminum siding, which tends to inhibit wireless signals. Although, fortunately for me, not as much as thick brick wall seems to. The signal from this router cuts right through it, better than most, and extends to edge of my property. Which is about another 50 yards on either side of the house. There are no other wi-fi signals where I live, out in the woods. So that gives me a unique perspective and the chance to really see what a router is capable of without any signal interference.
This router comes equipped with 2 USB 2.0 ports, which support file transfers, media server and printer server functions. I discuss their performance in regards to file transfers and media server in the cons. But in regards to acting as a printer server they function well. A load of bandwidth isn't required to operate a printer.
Setup with this router is simple and straight forward. You can use the setup disc that comes with it, or you can use the web based setup. For first time wireless access you'll need the Pin on the bottom of the router, that's your password. To access the web based setup you can just type tplinklogin.net in the address bar of your web browser or you can use the routers IP which is 192.168.0.1
It's not a bad idea to access the web based setup, even if you're not an advanced user. All the various functions and settings are there for you to explore. If you're not experienced in networking, then it's best to leave most of the features at their default setting. But it's a good way to start learning and if you're curious about any of it, you can contact TP Link support for help, check out the manual, read the FAQ section on the TP Link website or get on the forums online and ask questions. TP Link support is free and easily accessible during normal business hours.
If you have a need for guest network, you can enable it in the advanced web based setup. There are settings for parental control, not too advanced, but you can block user specified websites. You can configure your printer or media server settings from there as well.
There is also an app you can get, TP Link Tether, for either Apple or Android. It gives you access to some of the routers basic functions. You can see what devices are connected to your network and block any unwanted access, manage your parental control and manage your primary and guest networks. It definitely has the potential to be useful. It would be nice to see them improve on that app with greater control over your routers advanced features. But you can still easily access the routers web based setup using any web browser.
For anyone who wants to map a network drive, it's pretty easy once you figure it out. Connect your USB drive to one of the USB ports on the back of the router, then enable the Media Server and or FTP (File Transfer Protocol) protocol in your routers web based setup page. Determine which folder you want to share, or you can share the entire partition. Then open the Start Menu, right click on My Computer and select Map Network Drive. In the folder text box enter: \\192.168.0.1\
Those slashes are important, you can't get it done without em'. Then you can map your connected drive. Which you can access from the My Computer area, just like any other connected drive. As long as it stays connected to your router.

Cons: At this point, I'd usually be extolling the virtues of all TP Link devices and their value. I usually have a hard time finding flaws in their devices, especially for what they cost. As a router alone, it's a great value and it has great performance. But as a media server, it leaves a lot to be desired. In fact, I'd say it's pretty much useless as a media server. I wasn't able to watch an HD movie without stuttering at first and it eventually just stalled out. File Transfers do work via USB, but the transfer speeds are just sad. The max read speed was 8 MB/sec and the max write speed was 4.5 MB/sec. So about 25% of the speed I'd expect to see from that particular drive on a USB 2.0 port. It's not unusual to have a major drop in bandwidth using a USB 3.0 drive on a USB 2.0 port, but the average should be around 30 MB/sec reads on 2.0 and around 100 MB/sec on USB 3.0.

Other Thoughts: The one I got is the V2 of this router. So it should have most of the bugs worked out of the firmware by this point. This line of routers has been around for a couple years at least, so it's good to see they're still supporting their firmware with updates.
I can still recommend all TP Link devices, including this one. I just recommend you use your network to stream media and transfer files and not the USB ports on the router. Streaming media between network devices is much easier if you're using the same operating system on the two devices you wish to stream between. I recently upgraded my HTPC to Windows 10, with my gaming PC having Win 10 for a few months now. Streaming has finally become as simple as playing a file from your hard drive.
This is a great mid range router with a lot of options. Although, I personally recommend the TP Link AC1750 C8 which doesn't cost much more than this one. It has USB 3.0 ports, with much better bandwidth than the USB 2.0 ports on this router. It also has a third antenna and improved overall range. However, if you don't intend to use your USB ports for anything other than a network printer. Any of the models in this line of routers would be fine as long as they meet your maximum bandwidth requirements. For the average user, this model will be fine. But for the advanced user, the AC1750 is the superior router both in terms of performance and value.

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