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This review is from: Corsair Carbide Series CC-9011093-WW White/Blue SPEC-ALPHA Mid-Tower Gaming Case
Pros: There are plenty of screws included. The fans seem to provide good airflow, even if they are a bit loud even on the quieter settings. I appreciate the ability to control the fans from a switch on the case, but I wish the low setting went even lower.
I liked the captured screws for taking the side panels off, and there was a decent amount of room for concealing wiring behind the back panel. The inside of the case is pretty clean so the front to back airflow should be pretty decent, even if the intake fans are hampered somewhat by the giant white piece of plastic jutting out from the front of the case.
I did like how high up the feet on the bottom raised the case, providing an avenue for airflow underneath the case as well. The toolless options for securing hard drives and solid state drives seems to work well.
Cons: The fit and finish are substandard and not what I expected from Corsair. The paint scratches easily, the pieces don't fit together flush, and the awkward shape of the case makes it a bit hard to work with.
I also was unable to fit a SSD into the SSD slot because of imperfections with the molding of the plastic bracket. I had to unscrew the bracket and go at it with sandpaper to remove enough material to fit my SSD. It scratched up the cosmetics of the SSD real good too when I was initially trying to put it in, not expecting a sharp plastic piece to be jutting out. Unfortunately this level of build quality is seen throughout the case.
Other Thoughts: The styling on this is either love it or hate it. If you like the look - good, but beware that the front fans glow bright blue and it's quite striking in appearance.
There are no external drive ports for a DVD drive or similar - not a big deal since I don't need them. I would have appreciated more than the standard 2 USB ports on the front though to make up for it. Removable dust filters also would have been nice at this price point.
Since the fan controller doesn't really have the ability to quiet the fans down to an acceptably quiet level I'm probably just going to end up not even using it and using software to control case fan speed instead. It's a shame because if the fan controller allowed more fine tuning it would have been very convenient right on the front of the case.
Pros: nVidia really knocked it out of the park with the 10xx series cards, and Gigabyte did a great job presenting a 1070 with quiet fans, low temps, and high clockspeeds.
This card handles everything I've thrown on it, including the new World of Warcraft: Legion expansion at the highest possible graphics settings on a 2560x1440 monitor, and that's with a second 2560x1440 monitor running web browsers and other apps attached as well.
Cons: Under load it's a little bit louder than the Gigabyte GTX 770 Windforce I was replacing, but the fan speed curves could easily be tweaked to mitigate this.
Other Thoughts: For most high-end gaming right now I think a single 1070 is going to offer the best performance for the price, very happy with the 1070, with Gigabyte, and of course with Newegg.READ FULL REVIEW
This review is from: TP-Link Archer C5400 AC5400 Wireless Tri-Band MU-MIMO Gigabit Router
Pros: Very easy setup, with all the configuration options a power user could ever need. Connections are noticeably more stable, all issues with intermittent disconnections have disappeared completely.
While I was initially suspicious of the Smart Connect feature, it does actually seem to work quite well. No longer will I have to worry about what SSID to connect to for my varying 2.4GHz and 5GHz devices, nor will I have to worry about load balancing. It all seems to happen automatically with an easy-to-use interface for monitoring and altering the configuration on the fly.
I have noticed the range has increased compared to previous routers, I still can connect several houses down the street without issue where before it dropped off much past my driveway.
Has both USB and VPN capabilities, which is a welcome addition.
Cons: While it's advertised as supporting MU-MIMO, it doesn't out of the box because the firmware to support it hasn't been written yet! And without automatic firmware updates most early adopters of this router probably won't ever see any benefits from MU-MIMO. Definitely something to be aware of.
Other Thoughts: This router is pretty big, in fact it may be the largest non-enterprise router I've ever seen. Hopefully TP-Link keeps it up to date with future firmware upgrades.READ FULL REVIEW