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NETGEAR R8000-100NAS Nighthawk X6 AC3200 Tri-Band Gigabit Wireless Router
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

4 out of 5 eggs Runs on Jet Fuel (just kidding) 10/02/2014

This review is from: NETGEAR R8000-100NAS Nighthawk X6 AC3200 Tri-Band Gigabit Wireless Router

Pros: -Hello. I am technically inclined, but I like to take the approach of a person reading reviews that doesn’t understand all the “geek speak” and make it understandable for the person who doesn’t have the time or patience to study up on stuff. If that’s you, then this one is for you.

-Let me first off start by saying, "SMOKIN' SAUSAGE !!!" This thing is WAY beyond they laymen’s terms and examples of trying to describe a beautifully functioning router! And by NOT being technical, I am LITERALLY doing this router an injustice!!! So I MUST get into some nitty-gritty on this review, because anyone buying this router obviously have some tech knowledge about routers. But no worries fellow newbies and newcomers, I will be as precise as a razor in letting you know HOW this router is the ONE. The ONE for you.
Spend 3 years worth of “router money” now, and just get your router purchasing DONE by buying this router. You will be in a router that will keep you well ahead of the router curve for probably the next 5-6 years. Some folks buy a new router every year (believe it or not) just to keep up with the tech side of things. With this router, there will be NO need to look ANY place else for quite a serious amount of time.

- The power and range for the wireless on this router supersedes any router I have ever owned, or done a review on for Newegg Reviews. The Nighthawk X6 has made all other routers I have ever used look like a waste of time. This router is an Endgame router for those in the market for some SERIOUS hardware to attach to their network. This router offers TWO bands at the newest 5GHz band range along with the older 2.4GHz band range. Most new devices [laptops, smartphones and game consoles] offer connections to the 5GHz tier of wireless connections. So as time goes on you are GOING to want to connect more devices, but if your router is loaded with so many connections that the maximum speed output is reached, it will affect the whole network and every device connected to it. With THIS router, it’s like having an alcohol fueled Funny Car to drive to the grocery store 2 blocks away. This thing is a MONSTER of a router when it comes to power and range. And offering the 2.4GHz access point, just ensures that your older devices will not be eliminated from connecting wirelessly too.

-You can turn the blinking lights off via switch on rear side. Seems pale in contrast to the rest of this review, but trust me, it is not. This is usually the number ONE complaint by router owners.

-Attach an external hard drive to this router and you have an EXCELLENT server too! This router has enough nitro to keep the network firing at max speed as well as serve up random access data for anyone accessing the data on the external hard drive including streaming movies to users that may be stored on the external drive. I would recommend however using a USB 3.0 external hard drive and plugging into the USB 3.0 port on the router for max speed.

Cons: -Zero, nada, ziltch, none.

Other Thoughts: -This router is really optimal for folks with high internet download speeds. If you have say 1.5Mb/s internet, you will NOT see any increase in your download speeds until you get a higher tier of internet speeds [i.e. 30, 50 or 100Mb/s].

-Another note would be that end users devices and gadgets still “really” haven’t caught up with the latest router technology 100% yet. This is just one more piece of insurance that will guarantee you some “future-proofing” with the Nighthawk X6. Rest assured that as long as you have this router, new devices and gadgets will benefit from this advanced “3 steps ahead of the curve” router. While your family and friends will be shopping for a new router and pulling their hair out, you will already have the “keys to the kingdom.”
And in all honesty, that is really what this router offers for the most part with the 3 band technology, future-proofing. But do NOT take lightly the other powerhouse features of this router. The solid connections, the VERY reliable strong signal {translating to reliable non-dropped speeds} and guarantee of future-proofing make this one perfectly versatile router.

-I connected 6 modern smart phones, 3 laptops, 2 desktops running wireless adapter cards, a Play Station 3, a Play Station 4, an XBOX 360, and an XBOX ONE all online and consuming bandwidth either by downloading, uploading, streaming movies, or playing games and this router never once choked, hesitated or bumped in any direction accept to just blow out massively killer connections and speeds. We run 30Mb/s here at the house and all my roomies LOVE me for being the guy whom has donated this router to the house. And being here in the Las Vegas desert, this router ran nice and cool under our onslaught of load testing.

-Just because this is a review, please don’t take my words lightly and think I just favor a product because it is sent to me. I have a job to do; and that’s to be fair and honest about the product for future prospective buyers. I am just like you, a Newegg customer. And to me, Newegg reviews are golden. So I am not about to tarnish Newegg reviews OR my good name by telling you something is good when it is not. I hope this review has satisfied your purchasing inquiry needs. Thank you for reading. And thank you Newegg for allowing me another great opportunity to review.

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DEEPCOOL NEPTWIN CPU Cooler  6 Heatpipes Twin-tower Heatsink Dual 120mm Fans with Blue LED One with PWM Support LGA 2011-v3
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: -Hello. I am technically inclined, but I like to take the approach of a person reading reviews that doesn’t understand all the “geek speak” and make it understandable for the person who doesn’t have the time or patience to study up on stuff. If that’s you, then this one is for you.

-This thing is HUGE!!! I am using a full tower (INWIN Dragon Rider) so no problems for me, but beware mid-tower folks; this thing might not fit into your cases!!!
UPDATE: EVEN in my HUGE full tower case my 220mm side fan had to temporarily be place on the outside of my case until I get me a 4-pack of XIGMATEK eXTREME SILENT Series XSF-F1252 120mm Case Fans. My case side panel supports the ability to put 6x 120mm fans which I will be using 2 along the bottom PLUS 2 more going up just to the right of the panel surrounding the big HONKER of a CPU cooler that is DEEPCOOL’s NEPTWIN CPU cooler.

-Lower cost than the Noctua NH-D14/D15 series and looks a WHOLE lot cooler (pun intended) - especially with the blue LED fans that come with it!

Cons: Absolutely NONE!!!

Other Thoughts: -The CPU the DEEPCOOL NEPTWIN CPU Cooler was tested on is an AMD Phenom II 965 Black Edition over clocked from the stock 3.4Ghz to 3.7Ghz. No voltage increase, just Stepping increase.

-The thermal paste I used was OCZ Freeze brand. It is no longer manufactured but I had a small stock left for this cooler. OCZ Freeze was famous for lowering temps anywhere from 4-6 degrees Celsius. THAT is an AMAZING claim that happened to be OVER 100% true. My CPU and GPU (video card) have seen temps from 6-9 degrees drop in temps. I have also done what is called “Lapping” to my CPU. Simply all this means is I have used various high grained sand paper (all the way up to 3000 grit) to sand my CPU to a shiny as possible surface removing any possible “warps” and gaps in the surface of the CPU itself. Doing this ensures a MUCH flatter surface for my CPU to be pasted to with thermal compound to the heat-sink/cooler. So keeping this in mind I will cover the temps I have on my current gaming machine.
*Update: I ran out of my OCZ Freeze, and scraped my 2 containers and mixed it with some cheap off brand white thermal paste. I will be getting some Arctic Silver soon and fixing this issue and totally expect even better temp drops than posted here. (I mean that white stuff is CHEAP!!!)

-While using a very famous CPU stress tester called Prime95, I ran the test for 25 minutes each on my current stock cooler and then with the DEEPCOOL NEPTWIN CPU Cooler.
NOTE: I used 2 programs for temps; ASUS’s motherboard utilities (1) and CPU Thermometer (2).
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Stock AMD 965BE 4 heat pipe air cooler (actually a VERY nice stock cooler with a copper base. Google “AMD 965BE 4 heat pipe air cooler” to see a pic of it). The NEPTWIN is EASILY 6-7 times bigger than my stock cooler.
* Pre Temps – IDLE – (1) 37.0 C / (2) 38.0 C
* Pre Temps – STRESSED – (1) 61.0 C / (2) 69.0 C
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DEEPCOOL NEPTWIN CPU 6 heat pipe air cooler
* Post Temps – IDLE – (1) 32.0 C / (2) 32.0 C
* Post Temps – STRESSED – (1) 48.0 C / (2) 50.5 C

-This cooler in mine eyes is BETTER than any self-enclosed liquid cooling solution, AND keeps the water AWAY from my system.

-Also to be noted: I am using an ASUS M5A97 LE R2.0 AM3+ AMD 970 motherboard, and this cooler bolted right up to it with no problems what-so-ever. Pretty straight forward instructions if you use common sense.

-Bravo DEEPCOOL, my hat is off to your company.

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Seagate Backup Plus 5TB USB 3.0 Desktop External Hard Drive STDT5000100
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: -Hello. I am technically inclined, but I like to take the approach of a person reading reviews that doesn’t understand all the “geek speak” and make it understandable for the person who doesn’t have the time or patience to study up on stuff. If that’s you, then this one is for you.

-Some people may argue that the “PC” version (both are the same) is $10 cheaper. However, if you take a look at the STBV5000100 (“PC” version) there is ZERO ventilation on the external casing. PLUS the PC/Mac version (this drive) has a cool looking bottom DESIGNED for superior ventilation. Although there is NO internal fan, at least the heat can dissipate much, much easier. The case itself has vent holes on all sides accept the top and front face.

-Can be taken apart to be used as an internal HDD (Hard Disk Drive).

-One thing I DID like was there was no blinking lights on it which is annoying when in the dark sittin on the bed watching a movie. Good job Seagate.
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Cons: -2 year warranty? Really? That is sad.

-The bottom (blue) side looks like alloy aluminum in the pictures. It is not. It is an ugly muddy blue color. But I don’t care. I just thought if it WERE aluminum, it would act as a radiator of sorts to help dissipate heat. But it does not. Just plastic. However the plastic is not too thick and actually stays pretty darned cool to the touch; even after running it hard copying mass data to it for over an hour straight!

-There is no on or off button. You must unplug it to quit using the drive.

--Note to MAC users: This drive is USB 3.0 only. There is NO Thunderbolt connection. Not really a con for me since I am a PC user.
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Other Thoughts: -At the time of this writing, there were only 2 Newegg reviews, and both were one egg; due to the drive not being able to be left plugged in on reboots and running all the time, even when the computer was off. I however did not encounter either of these problem. I am running Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit edition.

-The first thing I did after testing as an external HDD was take it out of the external enclosure and run/test as an internal HDD. Copying 500 GB of movies, my transfer speeds averaged about 105 MB/s compared to 70-90MB/s (MB/s = Mega Bytes per Second) as an external USB 3.0 device. I was copying from a Western Digital 1 TB Blue 7200 rpm 32MB cache HDD. The main reason I made the drive an internal drive was to keep my system streamlined.

-I use a program called Hard Disk Sentinal to monitor all my drives, and this drive shows up as flawless and perfect on first boot after converting the drive to a GPT drive after Windows installed drivers for the drive. I converted the drive to the more advantageous format to get the full 5TB out of the drive, where as if I used the standard format of Dynamic Disk, it would have been divided into 3 “partitions” of 2TB, 2TB, 1TB (approx.). After the cost of “overhead” for the drive to simply operate, you will be left with 4.54GB of useable drive space.

-Large volumes such as this drive are for storage, not a ton of read and writes. Get a 750 MB or 1 TB drive for those needs. Because when you start zipping and unzipping and deleting and moving and copying, you’re just putting miles on the drive; and to loose 5TB of data because you thrashed the drive too much, well THAT is a tragedy. I have a 3TB that I store nothing but games on, and with the addition of this drive to my system it can stay dedicated as such. This new 5TB will house all my movies, music and other important archive items. With the addition of this drive, I am pretty sure I am done buying storage drives for quite a while.

-Also I didn’t even try the software that comes preloaded on the drive. I have used it before and I don’t really need all the features if comes with (social and media sites backups). I use a 3rd party program called Acronis True Image for all my backup needs.

-And if you ARE just using this as a system only backup device instead of storage, the USB 3.0 connection is fast enough for anyone to do an external backup solution.

-Just because this is a review, please don’t take my words lightly and think I just favor a product because it is sent to me. I have a job to do; and that’s to be fair and honest about the product for future prospective buyers. I am just like you, a Newegg customer. And to me, Newegg reviews are golden. So I am not about to tarnish Newegg reviews OR my good name by telling you something is good when it is not. I hope this review has satisfied your purchasing inquiry needs. Thank you for reading. And thank you Newegg for allowing me another great opportunity to review.

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