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Edimax CV-7428nS N300 Universal Wireless Bridge for Smart TV, Blu-ray, NAS, and Gaming Console, With iQ-Setup for Hassle Free Installation; Green Technology for Energy-Saving
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: The radio on this guy is great. Very good at picking up signal over good distance. 5 LAN port connectivity. Inexpensive

Cons: This is a bridge device but in section for wireless APs. Newegg and Edimax are confusing in how they advertise this. Setup unclear if device rebroadcasts signal wirelessly (like a repeater) or if it only transmits network via wired connection. It does repeat network signal though.

Other Thoughts: Hooked this up originally as an AP. Connected network cable from router to this device and expected it to broadcast a wired input wirelessly. That wasn't going to work though, since this isn't really an access point. It requires you to connect from your workstation wired into device. Then go through config and wirelessly connect it to your already broadcasting wireless router. From there you can connect 5 devices wired. It also rebroadcasts wireless signal stronger, which is what I was looking for in the first place. Just need Newegg to be clearer about this device and what it does, Edimax could work on their documentation too, but mostly just a advertising issue with Newegg.

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SAPPHIRE Radeon HD 5450 1GB 64-bit DDR3 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready Low Profile Ready Video Card ( 100292DDR3L)
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: Passive cooling is great. No fan to worry about. Put it in a media center PC for HD video playback and works great.

Cons: None

Other Thoughts: None

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SUPERMICRO MBD-H8SGL-O ATX Server Motherboard Socket G34 AMD SR5650 DDR3 1600/1333/1066
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: Have just built my 3rd server with this board. It is a great mix of features at a reasonable price. Quad-channel memory support really makes a difference in performance. Used Kingston 32GB quad-channel kit (Item #: N82E16820239015) and performance just rocks (make sure you install DIMMs into correct slots starting from very first slot at the top of the board and populating the same color DIMM slot all the way down; if you don't install RAM in correct slots the server either won't POST or the quad-channel won't be active and that is a lot of bandwidth to miss out on!). Board is standard size, not extended ATX, and this makes space management inside a case that much easier.

Cons: None of the cons are big deals, but here's my list for consideration:

1. No SATA3 or USB3 on-board.

2. Northbridge heatsink gets hot and should have active cooling. My solution in 3 servers I've build on this mainboard is to simply glue in a case fan to the inside of the case so it blows over the top of the northbridge. Takes no time at all, cools just fine. All is good.

NOTE: The most recent board I ordered in June 2012 came with latest BIOS and had no problem recognizing Interlagos CPU. Only previous boards ordered 6 months ago I had to flash BIOS.

3. If you want to use Interlagos CPU you may get a board with an old BIOS. If so the BIOS is not modular so you can't just send in the chip for flashing. You might need an old G34 CPU and then call up SuperMicro tech support if you need instructions on how to format a USB flash drive to mimic a DOS bootable CD. They are very helpful. Once BIOS flashed to version 2.0 then board will take Interlagos no problem.

Other Thoughts: This mainboard really is a steal of a deal. Quad Channel memory rocks and expansion for some snazzy RAID cards etc. makes this a great platform. The 3.0 Ghz 8-core AMD Opteron is a great work-horse. Figure in the cost for performance and this setup really outshines Intel offerings at a similar price point by a substantial margin. The slightly bone-headed design flaw of not putting an active cooler on the northbridge is easy to work around with an 80mm cooling fan super-glued to the inside of the case (takes temp down from 65/70 C to 45/50 C). Otherwise the on-board RAID takes forever during POST but is very useable. The size fits any case, although I suggest a bigger tower for easy expansion. All-in-all this is a great product that is under-appreciated.

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Display Name: Michael S.

Date Joined: 03/29/02

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  • Last Review: 08/06/13
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