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Linksys EA6300 Smart AC1200 Dual-Band Wireless Router IEEE 802.11ac, IEEE 802.11a/b/g/n
  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: Easy setup, good packaging, comes with a pamphlet with default settings, gigabit ports, ability to turn off indicator lights (Great idea!)

Cons: This is the third Cisco Linksys router I've tried out in as many weeks. Both the EA 6300, EA6500, and EA3500 all have ridiculous local ping times. My ping -t to the router varies from 2 - 10ms. Which doesn't seem like alot, but considering that I have a pair of teamed gigabit intel NIC's it's ridiculous. I've tested every conceivable option to resolve the "high latency" to no avail. The average response of every other router that I've ever owned was <1ms except under load average.

Other Thoughts: Save your money, Do not buy any router in the EA series as each of them has shown the same issue, which is a shame because I've always liked Cisco Linksys. I replaced this with my old DLink DIR-825 until I can find a decent new AC router. And my pings are back to <1ms.

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Dynatron R17 Intel Sandy Bridge EP/EX Processors for socket 2011 3U/Workstation Active Solution 2 Ball Bearing CPU Cooler
  • Verified Owner
  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: Excellent price. Easy installation. Excellent fan mount (rubberized for vibration/noise cancellation) Good design. Copper heat pipes throughout.

Cons: With fan at normal idle speed temperature on a stock I7-3930K were ~60 Celsius. Setting fan speed to 90% minimum speed brought temperatures to ~38 Celsius. However this made the fan quite audible.

Other Thoughts: Worth the extra coin to go water cooled. If you just bought a $600+ processor dont skimp on the cooling, especially if you plan to even modestly overclock.

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Intel BOXDX79TO LGA 2011 Intel X79 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: Excellent price comparatively. Solid performance.

Cons: CPU Voltage Regulator #1 temperature was constantly pegged at -128 Celsius. I'm certainly not using nitrogen cooling. Back of board looked like it had been handled while the PCB was still wet, finger prints and weird swirls that were dried into the PCB. (Chinese manufacturing at FOXCONN, Must have been near the end of this guys shift). CPU Voltage regulators do not have any type of cooling system. (EG: heat sink or fan) they are designed to be cooled by blow by exhaust from your CPU cooler, which didn't work for me as the heat sink I had blew the wrong way.

No internal USB 3 header.

Other Thoughts: I decided to RMA this, and get the Intel DX79SR which has two more SATA 3 ports, a second 1GB NIC onboard, and an internal USB 3 header, as well as a heatsink on the CPU Voltage regulators.

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Jacob S.'s Profile

Display Name: Jacob S.

Date Joined: 09/30/07

  • Reviews: 3
  • Helpfulness: 2
  • First Review: 01/22/13
  • Last Review: 09/15/13
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