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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: Primarily for me the number one pro for this set of memory is that there wasn't any compatibility issues. I'm using a Dell latitude E6520. I have found this laptop to be an exceptional performance laptop for a very reasonable price. It has good BIOS with plenty of flexibility for CPU and RAM compatibility. It also has a CPU socket where you can swap CPUs without any soldering or gluing. Most sets of quality RAM these days will be detected correctly and automatically set to the proper timings and clock speed.

Originally, I was running 2x4 GB of 1333 MHz, CAS9 with optional voltage of 1.35v or 1.5v depending on your BIOS. It was a surprisingly decent set of RAM for original equipment. The read and write bandwidth of that RAM was just a little less than 20 GB/sec. This RAM, which is made by Silicon Power, is a 2x4 GB set at 1600 MHz, CAS11 and 1.35v or 1.5v. It's read and write bandwidth was just about 22.3 GB/sec. So under these circumstances, the age old question of timing vs. clock speed seems to have been answered. With my old 1333 MHz RAM at CAS9 and this 1600 MHz set at CAS 11, both of them dual channel. I lost 2 clock cycles on the CAS with this memory but picked up a decent bump in the clock speed, which resulted in about a 10% improvement in overall bandwidth.

With the majority of laptops, your onboard GPU will rely on shared system memory for any kind of 3D rendering and most games. So system memory performance is far more important in laptops and desktops with integrated GPUs for gaming. Most desktops have graphics cards with onboard VRAM that has incredibly high bandwidth compared to standard system memory like DDR3, etc. So if you regularly use your laptop for gaming, a RAM upgrade is your best bet to try and improve your framerate. For me, 1600 MHz is my limit, as my BIOS won't accept anything faster.

I've never used a Silicon Power product before. I usually don't like to gamble with new brands that are unknown to me, but these sticks of RAM turned out quite nice. The overall construction quality was excellent. The low voltage should help to keep temps down. The speed is good, the timings are ok. The warranty is awesome, they have a lifetime warranty. That is normally something I always look for when purchasing new hardware for my computer. As computer hardware isn't always reliable over the long term. The price of this set of RAM ranges from excellent to average, depending on sale prices and seller inventory. This set of RAM wasn't intended to be high performance memory. Its targeted more towards economical grade. Low voltage, low power, low heat. Pretty much exactly what the vast majority of people using laptops would want, unless you're using a laptop cooler and leave it plugged in most of the time. For me, Silicon Power is a brand I'm going to remember and keep in mind when shopping for hardware in the future.

Cons: These RAM sticks come in the most irritating type of packaging there is. The sealed rigid plastic packaging that's crimped around the edges. A lot of the RAM I've owned throughout the years has often come in thin plastic packaging. But I have got some nice high end RAM that came in boxes.

The CAS latency is pretty high at 11. But it doesn't seem to hinder this RAMs performance by much. Sometimes sacrifices need to be made to keep voltage low and heat to a minimum.

No heat sinks. This RAM doesn't really need heat sinks, but I always prefer to have them on any set of RAM. That's not always a bad thing. Some laptops don't have the room for heat sinks.

Other Thoughts: I was a bit nervous about compatibility issues after I had already ordered this memory and then saw it was DDR3L. But DDR3 and DDR3L are the same thing. They all fit the same slot. The “L” in DDR3L stands for Low Voltage. At least that's what my research indicated. Many standard sets of DDR3 run at 1.5v. Even if your motherboard BIOS doesn't support 1.35v memory, this set of RAM should perform fine as it's also officially 1.5v compatible. It would almost certainly run a bit hotter, so if you are having heat issues with your laptop then that is something to be avoided. Either find a set of RAM that is 1.5v native or has a nice set of heat sinks or find a set of heat sinks that would fit your RAM. If you're gaming, I would recommend a laptop cooler regardless of what type of laptop you're using. I have personally been having some nasty heat issues with my laptop, a Dell Latitude E6520 with an i7 2720QM. When I installed the RAM I decided to pull the heat sink and replace the thermal paste. I'm very glad I did. Whoever installed the heat sink botched it badly. The heat sink was so tight the thermal paste was all squeezed out from between the copper block and the CPU and GPU. So I replaced the thermal paste and my temps dropped about 10C on average. Very happy with that result. I also cleaned the fan, I recommend anybody who pulls their laptop apart do the same while they have it apart.

Even if you're not a gamer, a memory upgrade should improve your computers speed and load times. Especially with the newer operating systems. Windows Vista and XP didn't really require a ton of memory to operate efficiently. However, with newer Windows operating systems, especially Windows 10. The amount of memory you need is at least 8 GB in my opinion. Even for simple tasks like browsing the Internet, watching videos, photo editing and so on. Just the other day, when I was monitoring my memory usage, I was surprised to see that it was in excess of 5 GB and I was only browsing the Internet. I had quite a few windows open, but many modern websites contain high resolution pics, adds, videos and effects. Which will fill up your memory in a hurry. So if you're running a modern operating system, gaming, or if you have less than 8 GB of RAM or if you've only got a single stick of RAM installed. Then you should definitely consider a memory upgrade such as this set. With this set you get a dual channel set with the maximum speed and capacity of most DDR3 laptops and a lifetime warranty. You really can't go wrong. If you're not sure about compatibility, contact your laptop manufacturer and ask them or go online in the forums and ask around. I've found that most people with the necessary knowledge will usually chime in to help.

So, for the high CAS latency and the lack of heat sinks I am deducting one Egg. If it would have had a CAS of 9 and a set of decent heat sinks, It would definitely deserve 5 Eggs. It's still a great set of RAM as is.

TP-LINK TC-7610-E DOCSIS 3.0 Cable Modem (Easy-open package)
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4 out of 5 eggs Good Basic Cable Modem 09/13/2016

This review is from: TP-LINK TC-7610-E DOCSIS 3.0 Cable Modem (Easy-open package)

Pros: Setting up the modem was easy for the most part. I had to register and activate the modem with my internet provider, Zito Media, before it would connect. Just follow the instructions provided and it shouldn't take too long to get your internet back up. Even if you're having a tough time or you're not very tech savvy, your cable providers tech support should have plenty of experience with configuring a variety of modems and be able to walk you through the installation and activation process. If you can't get any competent assistance from your cable provider, TP Link support is pretty good. I've contacted them on several occasions with random questions and a couple minor problems. They're readily available and willing to help for free. Installation itself is as basic as it gets. Connect your cable to the coaxial jack on the back of the modem and plug in the power cable. It's easiest, but not required, to connect a single device to it directly using the Ethernet port rather than going through your router. I used my laptop. It made it a bit easier I think, technically cutting out the middle man. Once your internet is back up, you can just swap the Ethernet cable from your laptop or other device, back to your router.
The TP Link TC-7610-E is a compact device. It's small enough that you could easily tuck it away somewhere unseen. It's also very light. It could easily be mounted to your wall, regardless of how thin or fragile the walls construction may be. As long as you don't go yanking on the Ethernet cable. It's light enough to hang on pretty much anything without the need for concern regarding damage to the mounting point or device. If you're going for a clean look and want your modem and Ethernet cable hidden, but need a long Ethernet cable to reach your device. You may want to consider a flat Ethernet cable, opposed to a traditional round cable. They're perfect for running under carpet. They sit flat against the floor and don't leave a bulge you can feel through your carpet when you walk over top of it.
This modems download and upload speeds are good. Not any worse or any better than my old modem. I currently have a 100 Mb/sec download speed and around 10 Mb/sec upload. My upload speeds aren't anything to brag about, but my 100 Mb/sec download speed is pretty high. I don't know of many providers that offer reliable speeds beyond 100 Mb/sec. This modem handles it without breaking a sweat. I often have multiple connections streaming up to 4K video and/or downloading large files simultaneously and I haven't had any problems with this modem.
This modem supports bandwidth up to 343 Mb/sec, which is well beyond any internet speed I've ever heard of. It's also IPv6 compatible, so it will be capable of keeping up with bandwidth and protocol format upgrades for quite a few years to come. Response times are also good. I didn't notice any lag in any of my network traffic. I haven't had any connection issues. It holds a connection with the source as well as you would expect.
As a TP Link device is should also be reliable. I've owned a number of TP Link devices over the last few years and I've never had any major problems or failures with any of them. I've had the opportunity to test a lot of TP Link gear and it's always a great bang for your buck brand with good solid construction and quality

Cons: My only issue with this modem is it doesn't have a telephone jack output. If you get phone service through your cable provider, then this modem wouldn't allow you to use that feature.
I would like to add something more, but there's just nothing about this modem that was underwhelming or didn't work correctly.

Other Thoughts: This cable modem is a good value for any cable internet customers who may be currently renting a modem from their cable provider. I am using Zito Media. It is the only internet provider where I live. Which is quite literally out in the woods. Their service is usually excellent, but the $3.50 modem rental charge each month adds up in a hurry. When you consider the fact that you could purchase this modem with the money you'd save not having to rent your modem for just a little more than a year, it would be a smart investment to ditch that fee and get your own modem.
Especially given the performance of the modem my cable provider provided. Download and upload speeds are good, but accessing the modems advanced setup utility is unbelievably slow. This is no joke, it takes almost an hour just to access my old modems setup page. My cable provider warned me about it when I asked them for the modems IP address to change a few settings. So it's not an isolated case for my modem alone. My mom has the same modem and hers is every bit as slow. This modem however, accessing its advanced setup utility is a rapid process. Just enter the IP address provided in the modems instruction pamphlet in the address bar of your internet browser and it pops up in just a few seconds. Saving me enough time that if I were at work instead of waiting for my old modems setup page to load, doing it on two separate occasions would pay for the modem. Time is money as far as I'm concerned. I don't have a lot of time on my hands. Working 12 hours some days and usually one or both days on the weekends with my kids taking up most of my free time, I would sooner buy something faster and save that time for activities I can get enjoy. No matter what way you look at it, it's cheaper and easier to just buy your own modem rather than rent one for the majority of people.

Corsair Gaming M65 PRO RGB FPS Gaming Mouse, Backlit RGB LED, 12000 DPI, Optical, Black
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Pros: I've been PC gaming for over a decade. I've used a lot of gaming mice and there aren't many that really stand out above the rest. These days even some of the cheaper mice perform well enough to game with. 5K DPI, decent laser tracking and a set of mouse thumb buttons is enough to satisfy the majority of gamers. For the vast majority of people, this mouse would be overkill. But for those of us who demand customization, features and performance, this mouse is an excellent choice. Especially for what it costs. It's very reasonably priced given its wide variety of features and customization.
For me, the main thing that I like about this mouse is the lighting features. This mouse matches my RGB keyboard. I have the lighting on this mouse set in sync with my keyboard. It's very impressive to see them both light up in sync. All my friends and guests are always intrigued by it. In the Corsair Utility Engine there are 4 preset lighting effects. But the only one I really like is the pulse effect that displays the rainbow colors in order. I also have my keyboard set up in a similar way. With all the keys on the keyboard, it's more of a wave effect. But with the mouse in addition it allows the effect to extend past the keyboard onto the mouse. The mouse has two different main lighting sectors. There's the grip section and the wheel section. The wheel section is really cool. The way it works, the light extends out from the front of the mouse like a light saber on your desktop. What would have been really cool is if Corsair would have included a laser with their logo that is positioned to display in the center of that light on your desk. You can also customize the lighting effects to match your own personal preference. For the mouse, it's quick and easy. But for the keyboards it's a time consuming process. But rewarding in the long run.
Another major benefit of this mouse is the insanely high DPI. 12,000 DPI. That's pretty crazy and pretty much useless 99% of the time. Although, when I first got my G9x, I thought its 5600 DPI was crazy and used a lower setting. But as time progressed I gradually got used to the maximum DPI and now I've become accustomed to it. Most other mice feel way too slow for me in comparison. Especially the mice on the computers where I work. However, for me there is one situation where a crazy high DPI like that is extremely useful. If you own a Xim3 or 4, this is the ultimate mouse for use with that. For those who may not know, a Xim3 or 4 is a device that you can connect to your Xbox 360 for the Xim3 or the Xbox One or PS4 for the Xim4. It allows you to use a keyboard and mouse on your console instead of a controller for gaming. There are profiles depending on which game you're playing. But it's actually a really awesome way to dominate multi player if you're good with a mouse n' keyboard. The higher the DPI on your mouse, the more like a mouse your movements will be. Since console games are coded for use with controllers, there are dead zones for the analog sticks to allow for a finer degree of control. Those dead zones make using a standard mouse, without any modification, virtually impossible. But the Xim devices are designed in such a way that it minimizes the dead zones effect on the mouse movements. Using this mouse with a Xim3 or 4 is significantly better than my G9x was with 5600 DPI. Of course, this is a FPS mouse and in the case of using it with the Xim, it works best with FPS. Trying to use mouse n' KB in a third person game using the Xim can be pretty rough, depending on the game.
This mouse comes with a system of weights designed to allow you to customize the feel and balance of your mouse. Personally, I prefer no weights. Just take them all out. I used this mouse for awhile with all the weights in it and I can see the appeal of that configuration. I just prefer the feel of a lighter mouse. The weight system is all about personal preference and it's something I recommend each user experiments with.

Cons: I don't like the placement and size of the sniper button. It's positioned where I normally grip the mouse with my thumb. Which I'm sure was their intention. But for me, I prefer to be able to grip the mouse without having to worry about buttons being pressed inadvertently. I would prefer to have it offset a bit so my thumb isn't constantly in contact with any buttons. On top of that the button is huge by mouse thumb button standards.
On that same note the other two extra thumb buttons are placed higher than I would like. I would have just liked to have had them a little lower. That way I don't have to move so far to hit them. To be fair, I have unusually large, meaty hands. I've worked with my hands pretty much my entire life so my hands are a lot thicker than the average person. On Corsair's website, they say they've done extensive research to design this mouses design and button layout to be used comfortably. So for most people, it probably would be ideal. But if you've got beast sized hands, it may seem a little disproportionate.
When I downloaded the utility software for this mouse, I noticed that the version I was using was only certified for Windows 8.1 and earlier. I'm using Windows 10 64 bit. When I went back a second time, I wasn't able to find anything that listed which OS's were supported in the utility download page. At that point I had already dealt with the compatibility issues. For anyone that may encounter that problem, the work around I was able to complete successfully was to right click on the installer, select properties and choose to run as admin and in compatibility mode for older versions of Windows. Before I tried that, the installer wouldn't finish. It would encounter an error and a message would pop up stating that I didn't have the necessary requirements. But after my work around, it seemed like the installer had stalled out after part 1 of the installation and a box popped up telling me to restart Windows. So I went to restart Windows and the installer told me that if I quit now all progress would be lost. So I chose not to restart and then the installer finished immediately after that. Of course the software didn't work after that, so I restarted my computer. Then I tried again and still it didn't work. So I found the main .exe for the Corsair Utility Engine and once again chose to run as admin and selected compatibility mode for Windows 8. After that, it worked correctly. Corsair does state this mouse supports Windows 7, 8 and 10. But didn't specify whether the utility would be compatible. Clearly it does work, since I was able to make it work. I just can't say for sure if I somehow managed to download an older version, or if there is no newer version.

Other Thoughts: One of my favorite things about this mouse are the programmable buttons. Using the Corsair Utility Engine you can configure custom profiles for your mouse. You can adjust the DPI of each individual setting. I believe there are 5 you can select using the buttons adjacent to the scroll wheel and the Sniper button in addition. You can also change the function of each button to virtually whatever you want. For example, if you don't use the Sniper button, change it to act as any key from the keyboard you desire. Or, what I like to do, since I have to type my email for nearly every website I visit. Is to set up a macro for my email address. That way, instead of typing it 10 times a day, I can just click that button really quick and have my email address pop up on screen instantly. You can configure as many profiles as you like and save them to your computer or have one saved to your mouse at any given time. The mouse will remember the saved profile even if you unplug it and take it to a different computer.
This mouse has excellent surface tracking, even on non-consistent surfaces. On my HTPC, I often find myself using my leg as a mouse pad. If I'm in a hurry to do something while standing. I have known of many mice that just won't work consistently under those conditions. But this mouse doesn't seem to care what surface it's on, it just works. I also have a really nice Corsair mouse pad. It's got two sides, each with different characteristics in regards to tracking. This mouse works remarkably well in conjunction with the precision side of that pad. There's no lag or stuttering. Just perfect flow.
I read on Corsair's website about this mouse's feet or glide pads as they call them. I never really gave it much thought, but I never realized how poorly my old mouses glide pads performed until I used this mouse. Its movement is remarkably fluid and precise. It feels really smooth and agile. It's a very pleasant experience.
This mouse has a very nicely braided cable and a really cool looking USB adapter. It's also covered by a 2 year warranty. It's been quite a few years since I've had a mouse die on me, but with all its programmable features, it's nice to know that this mouse will be covered in case of failure.
Using the Corsair Utility Engine, you can get optional firmware updates for your mouse. Although, personally I'm not going to risk updating the firmware. My mouse works correctly as is and I'm perfectly happy with it. I went on Corsair's forums for this mouse and saw a lot of topics based on firmware update related problems. So do some research before updating firmware, it may not even be adding or patching any features you care about.


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