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2 out of 5 eggs Potential Issues 07/31/2016

This review is from: ASUS RT-AC3100 Dual-band Wireless-AC3100 Gigabit Router

Pros: Excellent feature set.

Cons: Manual should be printed and NOT have to be downloaded.
No type of diagnostic utility that tells users what to examine when attempting to troubleshoot (they have lights on the device with no description - unless the user fetches the manual the lights are virtually indecipherable!)

Other Thoughts: In general, I am an Asus fan-boy. Because I have had good experiences with all of the Asus products I have ever owned, I am reluctant to give a negative review. However, this device has gotten me more than a little frustrated.

I currently have a Arris cable modem connecting me to the outside world. I am currently using a Netgear WNDR4500 as my router. Due to the amount of activity and slight issue getting content from the Internet, I thought purchasing a replacement for my older 802.11N solution my help alleviate the bandwidth hogging my twin boys accomplish when playing games.

The Netgear WNDR4500 runs flawlessly. I never have any issues with it in conjunction the Arris cable modem.

I purchased the Asus RT-AC3100 as a replacement for my aging Netgear WNDR4500. I thought it would maximize performance and provide a sound solution to the issues I was seeing at home.

Usually, I would make a purchase directly through Newegg. However, a competitor had the Asus router in stock at a less expensive cost and it was in close proximity to my home.

I setup the router and connected it to my laptop via a wired connection. I ran through the simple setup software and was able to get the router online in a couple of minutes. Simple...check.

I noticed that the router had fetched and installed the newest firmware. Simple...check.

I saw the device reboot and watched it obtain an IP address and configure as much as it could to communicate to the devices in my network. Unfortunately, this is where things get very ugly. Once the device rebooted, I saw the device attempt to go online (I was watching the diagnostic lights). I saw the 5Ghz and 2.4Ghz activity indicators (and link light) become active. Therefore, it was able to communicate properly. However, I was not able to see it via any wireless connection (and this is after confirming I knew exactly what to use for a Username and Password - I had set this up in the software). I have 3 desktops and 1 laptop machine. All communicate wirelessly. I was used to making sure I was keying the correct information in.

After having the the router online for about 3-4 minutes my cable modem decided to reset itself. I thought that this was an unusual time that the cable company would force my cable modem to reboot. Considering I was installing a new device I did think it was possibly due to the router. However, I am never experiencing reboots when the Netgear WNDR4500 is functioning .

This made me carefully watch what was occurring with the Asus RT-AC3100 and my Arris cable modem. The RT-AC3100 reset itself at this point. It took a few minutes to boot up (I don't mind a reboot - however waiting a full 5 minutes is unacceptable unless I know what is occurring). The router would then create a link light and show that the 5ghz and 2.4ghz channels were active once again. However, after a few minutes the device would show it was in a 'ready' state and then reset itself.

Because I have NO issues with the Arris cable modem or my old Netgear WNDR4500 connecting me to online content, the culprit is definitely the Asus RT-AC3100. Accordingly, I went back to the retailer and obtained a second ASUS RT-AC3100. This device 'should' run better than the first device.

I got the replacement RT-AC3100 out and went through the same type of setup process. I proceeded to have almost no issues. However, I saw my Arris cable modem lights go out again. This had me very worried. I remembered that I had seen the same type of issue before on the previous RT-AC3100. This leads me to think that Ethernet port on the RT-AC3100 is carrying electricity incorrectly from the router to the cable modem. Once, again I switched back to the Netgear WNDR4500 and all of the issues I was seeing vanished.

During the entire process I used multiple Ethernet cords and ended up sticking with an Ethernet cord I purchased new from a large retailer in the area that was CAT6 cabling. I also, tried CAT5e cabling that had worked on the Netgear WNDR4500 without issue.

At this point , I am returning the RT-AC3100 and moving to a Netgear solution. Hopefully , other users that purchase this device don't experience the same issues.

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Corsair Carbide Series SPEC-03 Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Gaming Case
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  • neweggOwned For: 1 month to 1 year

5 out of 5 eggs Excellent spacing with great anchor points 03/28/2016

This review is from: Corsair Carbide Series SPEC-03 Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Gaming Case

Pros: The case does not have excessively 'flimsy' anchoring points. This allows you to slide the motherboard into the case without issue. I could easily mount multiple cooling fans, power supply, and drives with no issues.

Cons: One fan had to be adjusted to make sure the cable end was seated in a fashion to extend to the motherboard connector properly. However, attaching the fan was simple once the fan was adjusted.

The only other issue I have encountered was the side plate. Once you slide the plate back on, you need to attach it with two thumb screws. During the initial shipment from Newegg, the side plate had slightly angled clips which were adjusted. Once adjusted I had no issue.

Other Thoughts: This product has excellent spacing and will easily allow an Asus 970 Aura motherboard to fit without any issue.

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ASUS GeForce GTX 960 STRIX-GTX960-DC2OC-4GD5 4GB 128-Bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card
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  • neweggOwned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: The card is able to run every graphics application/game I throw at it. It is operating with the Nvidia 364.72 driver without any issue.

Cons: If I had more money I could buy a 3rd one :P

Other Thoughts: Assuming you are playing games this card can handle everything that is currently available with no major issues running at 1920 X 1080. Do anything 'larger' ? You might want to think about going upwards (looking at a 970 or higher). However, I would look closely at sites that measure performance. Keep in mind that the human eye can't usually detect frame rates greater than 24 frames. Therefore, this card will handle the vast majority of titles you will see unless there is a special type of render occurring.

The only thing I would be concerned about is Direct X 12. This is a minor consideration - considering MS hasn't even released it yet.

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Display Name: MICHAEL M.

Date Joined: 11/30/10

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