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GIGABYTE GA-Z170X-UD5 (rev. 1.0) LGA 1151 Intel Z170 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.1 USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
  • eggxpert iconEggXpert
  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: As most every other motherboard, easy to install, would not need much instruction to put in a case even for those less adventurous. Great for a first build, as long as the case accommodates this size of motherboard. Decided to put 32gb of ram in this, 2133 C13 worked perfect and XMP option is easy to select in the bios to get everything up and running correctly.

Went with the i5 CPU, which was instantly recognized, with no issues, booted right up.

Auto-overclock, as mentioned in other reviews; works like a charm., I'm sure it can be tweaked slightly but can't get much better than it unless you spend hours tweaking.

Only driver installed from the disk, then went to the gigabyte website and easily found the updated drivers to download the rest.

Using a X99 system as my main work/play system, this isn't too far behind with the same card (single 980ti). For gaming, would not notice any difference, and it does look nicer than some of the offerings for the enthusiast platform.

I'm quite surprised at the MSRP of this board. I thought the x79-up4 I used in the past was well worth it, but this blows it out of the water (as it should). Excited to see what extra features can be added in the even higher range of motherboard offerings from Gigabyte, might have to switch out my X99 motherboard for one of those.

Cons: I'll be honest, I do not like the yellow much, but the color is more like a slightly rose gold which I've grown fond of by looking through my case's window. Can't take eggs off for this.

TRENDnet Wireless AC1200 Dual Band Gigibit Router with USB Share Port, TEW-813DRU
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

4 out of 5 eggs Spotty, but still close to perfect 08/10/2015

This review is from: TRENDnet Wireless AC1200 Dual Band Gigibit Router with USB Share Port, TEW-813DRU

Pros: Packaging is great. Can open up the box, connect and take off and go. If the packaging being this modest keeps the cost down, then I'm all for it.

Admin options are very straight forward and anyone with knowledge on how to turn on a computer would not have much of an issue setting the router up and changing the password.

USB connectivity is included, although I did not think it was useful for this router, I would have personally wanted more gigabit ports.

Gigabit ports: 4, more than enough for some, but I had to use an extra hard wired switch to connect all my devices.

The adapter, as mentioned below, is kind of short, and an extra foot or two of wiring would be much better.

Parental controls are easy to use, and included for those that need them.

The warranty period is exceptional, and not many products have that long of a warranty at the price point. Kudos to Trendnet.

Honestly, don't buy this if you live in an apartment bigger than 800sq ft. The range is not optimal for anything bigger, even when placed in the center of the apartment.

Overall, it's a good-great router for the price, but double more if you can and get something much better if you have a bigger living space.

Cons: Spotty at times, would have to disconnect devices to it, then reconnect to get a full signal, very sporadic however and only has happened a handful of times, don't think I've experienced it more than 4 times in a ~12 day period.

Range on 5ghz band could be much, much better, but cannot complain much for the current price, even not on sale.

NETGEAR WNR2020v2 Wireless N300 Wi-Fi Router with External Antennas
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

5 out of 5 eggs Budget-minded, big oomph. 07/09/2015

This review is from: NETGEAR WNR2020v2 Wireless N300 Wi-Fi Router with External Antennas

Pros: Basic and easy to set up, even for a non-techie (read the manual, people).

Tiny, fits anywhere (I would use it as a hub in the middle of the house), but can be used for a single room (or full floor), connected via a power line adapter.

2 antennas, giving it the most signal range I can see in its price range.

The plastic used is classy, casing itself makes the price almost worth it, alone.

Comes with adapter and ethernet cord, so it's good to go straight out of the box.

Great for a gameroom, to be used as a dedicated access point, to ensure network will not be congested.

The app (netgear Genie) is great, has gotten a lot better from its first iterations. although most people I've encountered would usually like to use this in more intricate ways and go into the router itself with its address, as opposed to only accessing it via the application.

More than enough ethernet ports if you do so desire to go hard-wire with 1 or a few components.

In conclusion, it's a great little addition to any network, both if being used in a small apartment, or section of a house that needs that extra signal strength/speeds. This doesn't have to be the main router to shine.

Cons: Single-band, but can't really knock an egg off, the price doesn't warrant it being dual band.

Other Thoughts: I'm sure this can get even smaller, and I wouldn't be surprised if we'll see this by the next generation.

Otherwise, it's a very solid piece of equipment , and the price shouldn't veer you off in another direction.


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