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Pros: - Easy to set up. I mean REALLY easy (Plugged it in, it prompted me to install the "easy setup" software when browsing to the router config page. Told it I didn't want to, and told it not to show the message again. It went to the config page, done. Didn't even have to reset my cabled modem)
- Nice features (I have G+N networks running on 2.4ghz and 5ghz frequencies + a guest network and it took about 5 minutes to set up). Haven't even taken advantage of the USB port yet.
- Very fast interface / configuration page. (Saves settings instantly. Something I found very annoying from Cisco / Linksys's competitors)
Cons: - Wasn't cheap
Other Thoughts: I owned an older Linksys that was giving me some problems. Turns out, it was actually my home internet service. Hard to find the problem when my modem is staying online. Tossed the Linksys because I assumed it was the culprit. Moved to a Netgear. It was horribly slow when changing or applying ANY settings to the router configuration page. Then it started having problems even powering on properly. Only owned it for <1 year. Co-worker was selling a top-of-the-line Netgear. Borrowed it for testing and was disappointed to find out the configuration pages were just as slow on this router than cost ~3x as much as the cheapo Netgear I had before. Gave it back to him. Browsed to Newegg, found this one on sale w/ free game and gave it a shot. Wow. The grass really is greener on the Cisco farm. All I need from a router is easy setup, a few security features and I want it to save it quickly, so I can go. It fills those needs perfectly.READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: - Easy installation
- Aesthetically pleasing
- Not *too* big (but, still pretty big)
- Requires 2 6-pin power connectors (not 6+8)
- Free Arkham City game! WOOT!
- Comes with case badge!
Cons: - Wasn't free
- Nothing else negative to report
Other Thoughts: I got 2 of these, on an ASUS MAXIMUS IV EXTREME (REV 3.0) LGA 1155 Intel P67 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Extended ATX Intel Motherboard with an Intel i7-2600K CPU, 8gb G.Skill DDR3 1600. NO overclock at all.
I bought all this specifically for Battlefield 3.
Resolution: 1920 x 1080
All video options set to "ULTRA", except "Anti-aliasing Deferred" which is set to OFF.
I get an average framerate of 74-95 FPS, with Maximum FPS of 105-155. I had ordered some 580s after trying these cards with an AMD 1090t and getting some "less than pleasing" results. The change to Intel made a HUGE difference. I went down 2 (real) cores and up about 30-40 FPS in Battlefield 3. I'm RMAing the 580s, because they'd cost me $320 more, and I only wanted this rig for BF3, and I'm more than satisfied.
This review is from: Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus - CPU Cooler with 4 Direct Contact Heatpipes
Pros: - Dropped my temperature signifcantly. (Before: 45C idle / 53 load. After: 26C idle / 30C load)
- Fairly easy installation. Had to do some "jimmying" to get the heatsink clamp onto the board without removing the motherboard from the case (Cooler Master HAF X), but I got it done with a pair of needlenose pliars and the included nut-driver.
- Looks "neat" ?
- Huge, quiet fan included.
Cons: - Bottom of heatsink sits VERY close to one stick of memory. (If not for the additional posts included with it, the heatsink would not clear the top of the memory) Will need to remove heatsink completely if I ever change out my memory. Not a huge deal, as I just consolidated from 4 sticks of 2gb to 2 sticks of 4. So, if I upgraded, all I have to do is add 2 more DIMMs.
Other Thoughts: - VERY BIG. Make sure your case can clear the top of the heatsink. Not a con, more of a concern.
Look forward to possibly removing your motherboard and all your expansion cards before installing.