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Pros: + Guest networks
+ Great range!
+ IPv6 - common but still great to see
+ Parental controls
+ On/Off switch
+ Dual band
Cons: - No Gigabit Ethernet
- 1 USB 2.0
Other Thoughts: TESTING
The router was very easy to setup and the range of this entry level router is quite good I must say! Was able to go 50 yards from the house and still get stable signal. I have had exceptionally great experience with TP-Link routers and range (I have the TP-Link Archer C7, N750 and the AC750 and they all have excellent range).
Average bandwidth speed of 2 speed tests from speedtest.net. The router is located 1 floor below ground in a server room in the basement. Testing was done using my Samsung S5 and ASUS ROG laptop - the test averages were so close that I'm just stating my phone's averages. Measurements are in Mbps. Rated cable bandwidth is 50Mbps down, 5Mbps up.
Dining room (directly one floor above the room with the router, roughly 6' away)
2.4GHz - 24.14 5.22
5 GHZ - 25.59 5.54
Bathroom (on first floor 2 rooms from the dining room, roughly 16' away)
2.4Ghz 26.66 5.57
5 GHz 29.52 5.72
Livingroom (on first floor 2 rooms from the dining room. 2 walls in between. Roughly 16' away)
2.4Ghz 23.61 5.60
5 GHz 24.43 5.12
Bedroom (on second floor above the livingroom. Roughly 20' away)
2.4GHz 13.77 5.31
5 GHz 14.54 5.94
Good entry level router. Yes, it lacks Gigabit ports but that is covered by the AC750 C2 (which is $20+) with 2 external antennae. Also yes is the fact that I found some wireless routers in the same price range and is "AC750" with Gigabit ports but still doesn't negate the fact that TP-Link already has this covered with the C2 so this differentiates this router from the C2.
Pros: + 3 year warranty
+ Performs on-par with my OCZ Vector 256GB (firmware v2.00) in score (see testing below)
+ AES-256 encryption
+ 20GB/day endurance - more than the average user
+ Higher provisioning (12%) to offer greater performance (less available storage so could be looked at as a bad thing depending on how you look at it)
+ Great for heavy workloads
+ Very good/consistent drive for the $$
Cons: - High idle power consumption in comparison to competition - Barefoot controller still doesn't support slumber and DevSleep
Other Thoughts: TESTING
My mobo is the Asus Maximus V Formula Intel Z77 connected to the ASMedia SATA III controller
CrystalDiskMark 3.0.3b x64 2000MB
Seq. Read: 370.2 MB/s
Seq. Write: 347.6 MB/s
Rand. Read 512KB: 296.7 MB/s
Rand. Write 512KB: 347.1 MB/s
Rand. Read 4KB (QD=1): 15.63 MB/s (3815.2 IOPS)
Rand. Write 4KB (QD=1): 46.15 MB/s (11266.9 IOPS)
Rand. Read 4KB (QD=32): 219.2 MB/s (53515.4 IOPS)
Rand. Write 4KB (QD=32): 167.5 MB/s (40905.4 IOPS)
AS SSD Benchmark 1.7.4739.38088
Seq. Read: 368.59 MB/s (23.04 IOPS)
Seq. Write: 357.89 MB/s (22.37 IOPS)
Rand. Read 4KB (QD=1): 14.86 MB/s (3726 IOPS)
Rand. Write 4KB (QD=1): 40.37 MB/s (10310 IOPS)
Rand. Read 4KB (QD=64): 216.67 MB/s (55098 IOPS)
Rand. Write 4KB (QD=64): 173.03 MB/s (44130 IOPS)
Access time read: 0.085ms
Access time write: 0.091ms
Performs very well. In the past, pre-Toshiba ownage, OCZ released firmware after initial release that greatly improved their SSD's performance...hopefully we can expect another dramatic performance increase in a future firmware release.
Pros: + Fan doesn't come on until load reaches ~400 watt or 40% load
+ Unit has a Fan tester to check that the fan is working properly
+ Flat cables instead of typical round
+ Cables come pre-packaged in a sealable bag
+ PSU comes pre-packaged in sealable felt bag
+ CORSAIR Link ready (allows for monitoring fan speed, current and voltage of +3.3V, +5V and +12V rails - and many more features)
+ 80 Plus Platinum rating - 92% efficient load @ 50% load, 90% efficient @ 20% and 100% (based on supplied load graph included in manual and based on some review sites' findings as I don't have a load tester)
+ Fluid dynamic bearing for less noise during operation
+ Fully modular!
+ High quality 400u Japanese caps - best of the best!
+ Build is of utmost top-quality!
+ 7 year warranty
Cons: - None
Other Thoughts: UNBOXING
Comes with a sealable, mini-bag that includes 10x 4" black zip-ties, a square medallion with the phrase "Powered by Corsair" and the Corsair logo in the middle, and 4x black screws for mounting PSU to the back of the computer case - or wherever your case PSU fits.
A Corsair warranty guide book (limited liability warranty) of 7 years
1 AC wire - 300v 14 gauge wire
Cables are in a small, sealable (velcro) bag. Cables are flat instead of typical round which could be viewed as a good thing or a bad thing - depends on your preference.
The PSU is contained in a sealable (rope around the rim and pinch-lock, plastic apparatise for keeping bad from opening) bag
1x 24 pin ATX cable
1x 8 pin (4x4) 650mm
1x 8 pin (4x4) 800mm
4x PCIe 8 pin (6x2) 600mm, 750mm
2x SATA cable (15 pin) 500mm, 600mm, 700mm, 800mm
1x SATA cable (15 pin) 550mm, 650mm, 750mm, 850mm
3x Peripheral cable (4 pin) 450mm, 550mm, 650mm, 750mm
2x Floppy adapter (4 pin) 101mm
1x PMBus cable 800m
1x USB cable 800mm
In my current PC build I have a competitor's product that is also rated 80 Plus Platinum but rated for 1275 Watts, not fully modular (24 pin and couple SATA cables permenantly attached and also has "fanless mode", which just like this PSU the fan won't kick on until ~40% load) and have never had an issue in the 2 years that I have owned it. I have the Thermaltake Dr. Power II for PSU testing. I plugged in the CPU, PCI-E, Molex, SATA and 24 pink and the voltage read-out was excellent! The read-out was as follows:
+5.0v = 5
+12v = 12.1
+3.3v = 3.2
-12v = 12.3
5vsb = 5 - (standby power for those who don't know)
PG = 372 - (should be between 100 and 500ms)
Sadly, I do not have a manual load tester so I can see what the voltage output is of my unit at different loads to verify my PSU with what Corsair and tech-review sites have found - Corsair does provide a load/efficiency graph with the included guide book that comes in the package. I did not hook this up to my actual desktop machine to test out the "Corsair Link" and related PC software but from what screenshots I have seen it is pretty neat to keep tabs on how/what your PSU is doing (I know another competitor has something similar but I don't own it nor have tested it).
Not much to say really. This is of solid build quality with excellent voltage read-out! While some may think that this is an expensive unit rest assure that you are getting a top-quality product that should last you many years (7 years warranty!!!