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Pros: Benched or Bread Boarded using a Celeron 1820. Booted right into BIOS. BIOS version 2501 is installed from factory. A bit confusing because Ver. 2601 is listed as the latest BIOS with no mention of preinstalled Ver. 2501 on the ASUS support website. Also Z97-A support page lists no version 2501, but only up to Ver. 2401, with no newer versions available? A bit confusing. I hesitated to install the BIOS version 2601 available on the ASUS support page for the Z97-AR. I did not see BIOS version 2601 available from ASUS support for the Z97-A versions of this board.
Booted into BIOS first try with the Celeron 1820. Note there are no VGA or PCI ports on this board. A HDMI port is available on the back panel.
Professionally packaged and factory sealed. Install CD, SATA cables, SLI bridge, etc. included. ASUS product description says, 'Grade A'. Not sure what that means exactly, but I was pleased with the care taken to make everything in the box look like time was taken to make this board a pleasure to receive. Discounted price is great too. Great for a premium ASUS Z97 board.
Other Thoughts: Recommended and would buy again at the discounted price.READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: CORSAIR RM850X 850W 80 PLUS GOLD Certified Full Modular Power Supply
Packaged nicely the unit itself has it's own black soft cloth drawstring carry/storage bag. The cables are stored in their own seperate flexible black canvas velcro sealed storage bag. Both bags have the white Corsair logo and are great for keeping the cables in one easy place to find when needed. The unit itself is sturdily built and sports a black matte-like finish with light grey Corsair logo and RM850 displayed on each side. The fully modular design allows for minimum cable clutter and provides a clean modern look.
I installed then unit in a spare computer and tested it out. Powered right up and with totally silent operation! After thirty minutes the unit accumulated no heat at all to touch. A lot of the run time was idle, so the fan never came on.. The unit was never stressed enough to cause the cooling fan to come on and stayed totally silent the entire time. The RMX850X offers a single +12v line rated at 70A. The +5v line provides 25A as well as the 3.3v line rated at 25A. I checked the system's BIOS utility for voltage outputs from the motherboard. +12v =12.14v, +5v=5.04 in BIOS utility. The voltages were absolutely steady with zero fluctuation at any time.
Being 80 PLUS Gold certified means the unit will produce at minimusm 90% efficiency under 50% load so very little energy is wasted using this power supply. In addition, the RM850X's built in active PFC insures AC input voltages with 99% accuracy. To add to it's impressive capabilities, the unit is designed with Corsair's latest built in over/under voltage protection, over power protect as well as over temp protection. Zero RPM Fan Mode is a great design feature providing silent operation up to 40% load. With all these great features, unless you are strictly a full-time power user, you will experience totally silent operation with the RMX850. The RM850X is backed by the company's seven year limited parts and service warranty.
We have three security camera servers runiing 24/7 365 days a year for the past four years. A powerful unit like this would be overkill, but with the RM850X and all of it's built in power saving features at minumum we could save money on the electric bill should we install this in one oif the full time servers. Walking into the room and not hearing the annoying fan noise we have currently would alone be worth making the upgrade. I would mention this unit is 'fairly' large, not overly, but could possibly be a cramped-for-space fit in some of the micro cases I have seen.
Other Thoughts: Gold Certified, 850w of power to work with. Outstanding efficiency ratings, sharp-looking state-of-the-art, cutting edge technology goes into this PSU. Legendary Corsair performance and style. Seven year warranty. Power, looks and dependability. What's not to like?READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: The goal was to replace an aging Linksys WRT54GL with this much faster, much more capable state of the art WRT1200AC. The older WRT54GL's max Lan speed of 54 mbps. was unable to perform at our internet provider's 50 mbps. rated transfer rate. The prospect of upgrading to Gigabit LAN alone for the home network was reason enough to make the move. In addition, our old router did not provide Wireless N capability. The WRT1200AC will be adding Wireless N to our home network with wireless transfer rates capable of up to 400 Mbps.
Before installing the router I viewed the enclosed Quick Start CD and as suggested simply unplugged the old Linksys router and plugged in the WRT1200AC in it's place. I had planned to configure manually. I chose to configure manually, but was directed to the Linksys Smart WiFi logon page. I had to create an account and logon to the page before I was able to configure the WRT1200AC. The creation of the account was outlined in the quick start guide, but I was caught off guard that this step was required in order to do the configuration manually I had pre-planned. I had taken the time to write down all the settings from the old 54GL's configuration software before making the switch. After creating the required account and verifying with Linksys regarding the activation email link sent to my inbox, the network's main computer was online.
I found navigating the Linksys Smart WiFi configuration surprisingly very user friendly. I will mention once the Linksys account has been created, typing 188.8.131.52 into the browser will bring up access to the router configuration page just as typing in linksyssmartwifi.com does. Setting up the router name, password and wifi passwords are straight forward. My main computers are configured with static, fixed addresses which the router acknowledge without issue. My wireless devices, iphone, ipad and notebook connected wirelessly with a little finesse getting Windows 7 wireless network connections to properly recognize the newly established wireless network connection created by the WRT1200 AC. A Windows 8 notebook required going into Windows Network and Sharing Center to create the wireless connection to the router from there. The ipad connected at the 5 GHZ speed that was not available with the old router. I had my home network connected and up and running in about 30 minutes.
Other Thoughts: I have two security systems, one accessible from remote location, with twelve online cameras. The old 54GL required I open the required router ports for these security system cameras to be viewed from remote locations. There are features I have yet to try with Linksys WRT1200AC, but the most welcomed surprise with my router upgrade was not having to tediously open all the ports previously required to view my security cameras online. The same for the home Slingbox, no ports to open for viewing. I should not fail to mention I now have download speeds of 53 mbps./sec. with the Linksys WRT1200 AC installed. The old 54GL gave me a max download speed of 33 mbps./sec.
May buy a second unit to upgrade the office network. Some research on my part would be required beforehand to determine how difficult the office network configuration would be regarding online imaging equipment the office network uses.
The Linksys WRT1200 AC is state-of-the art, high performance and rich with latest technology features as well as being surprisingly user friendly. I would recommend this router to anyone desiring to have the benefits of cutting-edge networking technology.