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TP-LINK Touch P5 Wireless AC1900 Touch Screen Gigabit Router
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5 out of 5 eggs Works great 05/13/2016

This review is from: TP-LINK Touch P5 Wireless AC1900 Touch Screen Gigabit Router

Pros: + Capacitative touch screen for managing device settings

+ Includes 3' CAT 5e cable - sufficient upgrade from the CAT 5 TP-LINK used to ship with their routers awhile ago.

+ Typical QoS

+ Nice touchscreen - responsiveness UI

+ Easy device controls (block/unblock connected devices)

+ Easy to configure device as a router, repeater or access point.

+ Wall mountable

Cons: - Twice this device, when uplugged, takes forever to engage in repeating my Wi-Fi signal.

Other Thoughts: It's nice to see a router manufacturer integrate capacitative functionality!

I used the touch screen for testing but truthfully, I'd never physically access this device (in my case, 'repeater') settings via touch controls; web site is easiest as I can be remote. It's still a nice device feature, however. Working with the device via the touch controls is smooth and works well.

First thing I noticed when the device booted and asked to create an administrator password, is that the keyboard looks completely identical to Android's; I'm suspecting that the OS is in fact derived from Android.

Initial setup was very simple, can't get any more simple than this. Setting the device in "Repeater" mode was as easy as selecting the "Access Mode" [app] icon, selecting "Repeater" from the options. Once the device reboots, the settings available are the necessary settings for being in 'repeater' mode (each mode has different set of settings available to them). I went through the 'wireless' set-up to have this device boost my host signal; a Ubiquiti AC-Pro access point. All went well until I simply unplugged the device to move it to another outlet and the device refused to engage itself. I waited 20 minutes, still nothing, then headed to bed. By time I woke up next morning, it was working. Not sure why after 20 minutes it wouldn't work, not sure how long it actually took.

The repeater works very well and now my entire house is covered from one end to the other. While device as an uptime of 2 weeks, it has been stable and working perfectly.

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GIGABYTE GA-X150M-PLUS WS (rev. 1.0) LGA 1151 Intel C232 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard
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3 out of 5 eggs Good budget board with very limited features 04/07/2016

This review is from: GIGABYTE GA-X150M-PLUS WS (rev. 1.0) LGA 1151 Intel C232 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard

Pros: + Supports Intel® Xeon® E3-1200 v5 processor, 6th Gen. Intel® Core™ i3

+ 8 channel HD audio (downside is, Realtek)

Cons: - lacks included accessories - 2 SATA cables and metal port-plate, only.

- Keyboard and mouse PS/2 ports - good for freeing up 2 of the 6 total USB ports, but naturally archaic features and wasteful if you only play FPS games, such as myself.

- No ECC support for Xeon CPUs

- No integrated video support

- Limited to 2 RAM slots

Other Thoughts: This is a good, cheap, little Xeon-capable motherboard. It has decent, but limited, hardware and features. The PS/2 ports for dedicated keyboard and mouse ports free up USB slots, but if you have a keyboard/mouse made in the last decade, it will most likely have a USB male connectors and you'll need to get a USB-to-PS/2 converter to keep USB ports free.

In my humble opinion, regardless if you are planning on utilizing a Xeon CPU, check out the sister board "GA-X150M-PRO ECC" that supports ECC memory, provides 2 extra RAM slots (4), 2 PCI-e 3.0 slots, a SATA-express slot, a M.2 slot and support for 2-way Crossfile or SLI.

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Corsair Hydro Series H115i Extreme Performance Liquid CPU Cooler. 280mm CW-9060027-WW
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5 out of 5 eggs Great solution to cooler performance! 03/04/2016

This review is from: Corsair Hydro Series H115i Extreme Performance Liquid CPU Cooler. 280mm CW-9060027-WW

Pros: + Pretty large heatsink, greater surface area for disappating heat

+ Greater cooling over active air cooling

+ Nice packaging (typical with my experience with Corsair products)

+ Easy installation

+ Customizable RGB lighting on the pump (though, only great for those who can actually see it)

+ IMHO, the Corsair software has come a long way

+ Self-contained, requiring no maintance

Cons: - Fans are loud - though if like me, not really a con

Other Thoughts: Not going to lie, this is my first time with a water cooler device such as this and I must say, it was a really enjoyable, first-time experience! If you require near-silence with your rig then I would recommend replacing the OEM fans as they are quite 'loud'. If you are like me and noise is not an issue, then these are fine (I have 2 server boxes and 1 dedicated NAS that run 24/7, spinning 26 fans - where disappating heat is more of a priority than running silent. To add to that, there are 4 40mm fans connected to the drive bays for each 4U chassis that sound-off like jet-engines).

I installed this on a Intel i7 3770 that used to run a Noctua C14S. Idle would average 32C and load 54C in a room with an average ambient temperature of 72F. After replacing with the Corsair water-block, idle temps averaged 26C and load was 41C. Note: my CPU doesn't have the unlocked multiplier 'K' model but can raise the FSB clock a bit without making the system unstable - to 4.305 GHz; natively base frequency of 3.4 GHz, and an "up to" 3.90 GHz. Still a good boost.

I had some tried-and-true Arctic Silver 5 laying around and replaced the goop that was pre-set from factory with it. I don't have tests for temp-differences between the two but I have used Arctic Silver 5 for years so feel more comfortable using it over anything factory.

IMHO, the Corsair software has improved. I have used their software for few years or so (K70 RGB, 1000W PSU, etc.) and it has greatly improved. Also IMO, I didn't find the software a PITA to use than before.

It's nice that this system is self-contained! One reason why it took me so long to endulge in water-block cooling is the maintanence aspect of it. It's nice that one can get the benefits of water-block cooling with the maintenance requirement involved.

Highly recommend if looking for a cooler solution for your CPU, regardless if you are an overclock'er or not.

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Display Name: Travis M.

Date Joined: 01/23/08

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  • First Review: 10/13/08
  • Last Review: 05/13/16
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