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Pros: 1) This is a cheap WiFi solution for most users.
2) It is "generally" reliable. See other thoughts.
Cons: 1) This is a cheap WiFi solution.
2) The driver support is almost non-existent. You download an package for Win 7/8 and it installs. There is no control over the installation location or user input.
3) There is nothing to modify in the Device Manager or the "driver suite". So, if this goes bad, sorry about your luck.
Other Thoughts: This is a generally decent product. It works. It's a bit fiddly but it still works and I've had only one (1) network failure. The problem was resolved by the disable/enable technique in the networking window.
Other than my one problem, this device is trouble free; so why only 3 eggs? Well, it's a PITA to install because the MAC is not on the device and you have to use netstat.exe to find it for those of us who use MAC filtering on our WAP's (-1 egg), and there's no real way to troubleshoot it if it fails (-1 egg). Other than those two things, I have two of them (one for me, one for my son) and they work fine.
Pros: It's the only self-contained water cooling option for video.
It does the job.
I'd probably buy another one.
Cons: It's way over-priced.
It's a nightmare to install.
There is zero margin for error.
There is no way I would recommend this to a friend.
Other Thoughts: My first PC was an 80286 using a piece of foam as a case and a stripped and cross-wired PSU. Graphics; 256 grayscale VGA. So, I've been building for a while in all kinds of conditions. My point? This install required every trick I learned over the span of 30 years to complete and it is just NOT for the casual builder.
OK, there are some people that will say, "30 years, blah, blah, who cares. I can still do this." I say 2 things, "Lots of luck and prefit the cooler over your card." The reason for the pre-fit is because you probably want to toss the plastic shroud since the fan will overhang most cards and is useless, making the plastic shroud a waste of space. Really long cards will be fine, but what do I know? I've only got 30 years of experience building these things.
The 3 eggs is simple. This is a 5 egg product, minus an egg for being overpriced and another for being a nightmare to install. But, and I stress, once your backside heals from the reaming and you've stopped throwing tools from frustration, this is a solid 5 egg device.
Pros: 69W TDP and this is easily the cheapest Ivy quad.
Cons: Equivalent performance level with the older AMD Phenom II 965 at a much higher price.
Other Thoughts: I bought this CPU so that I could have a Hackintosh, either as a dual boot or separate virtual machine.
This CPU and an 1155 LGA motherboard was over $300, while an equivalent AM3+ motherboard with a Phenom II 965 was less than $160. The performance levels between the two platforms running 8GB Corsair 1600 RAM is too close to call. The WEI for both is 7.5 for the processor and 7.6 for the memory. Real life usage, i.e. gaming, surfing, etc yields no noticeable difference.
But there are two big differences, price and heat. I built 3 rigs, 2 on the AMD platform and one on the Intel. All 3 use the Corsair H60 as CPU coolers. With the Intel a single fan is sufficient but a push-pull is required on the AMD, and even then it's a few degrees C hotter (40 C for the i5 and 45 C for the 965).
Is the cooler and slightly quieter i5 worth almost $150 more than the 965?