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ASUS RT-N66U Dual-Band Wireless-N900 Gigabit Router, DD-WRT Open Source support, IEEE 802.11a/b/g/n, IEEE 802.3/3u/3ab
  • Verified Owner
  • Owned For: less than 1 day

Pros: The unit looks very nice, comes with detachable antennas (so you can connect different ones, if desired), the admin UI is good and the auto-firmware-check seems to work properly.

Cons: The power connector is insanely small and fragile. The connection part is just a little bigger than a push-pin point. I really have to wonder who thought this tiny connector was okay for consumer-grade devices??

The middle antenna is too close to the WAN Ethernet port, causing antenna positioning problems.

This router is very temperamental. After the router was first plugged into power and the cable-modem performed the auto-firmware-update the admin UI suddenly became unavailable and the wired Ethernet ports stopped working, although wireless continued to work properly. I performed a factory reset and set everything back up the way I wanted, and after adjusting the QoS settings (again) the same thing happened. Did a factory reset again and didn't touch the QoS settings and the router seems to be hanging in there now.

The reports by others of the router running hot is definitely true with my unit. It doesn't burn to the touch, but I'm concerned that this router will start acting up or will die when summer rolls around. I imagine I'll need to find a small fan to strap to this.

Overall, I feel like the designers of this router had a good 'concept' in mind, but the execution of that concept is worryingly unstable.

Other Thoughts: We purchased this Asus router to replace a dying LinkSys unit from 2007. I went by reviews from both Newegg as well as another very large vendor's website. I did see the "DOA" and "died after a few weeks" reviews, but compared to other brands this Asus unit didn't seem to be any worse.

I've used Asus motherboards and video cards for quite a long time, both for myself and customers, and usually Asus comes through, but this router has given me reason to worry...just how long will this thing last? Will it give out right after my warranty expires? (sigh)

The router is functioning properly at the moment, but I feel that it's borderline defective due to the unstable / unpredictable behavior it has displayed when adjusting something as simple as QoS in the admin UI.

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AMD Athlon II X4 640 Propus Quad-Core 3.0GHz Socket AM3 95W ADX640WFGMBOX Desktop Processor
  • Verified Owner
  • Owned For: more than 1 year

5 out of 5 eggs Good office workstation processor 01/05/2013

This review is from: AMD Athlon II X4 640 Propus Quad-Core 3.0GHz Socket AM3 95W ADX640WFGMBOX Desktop Processor

Pros: While not as speedy as AMD's higher-end offerings, this processor is just the right fit for word processing, internet browsing, and most office-type software usage...maybe even a basic medium-grade, low-medium load file server.

Does a good job and doesn't run too hot.

Cons: One of these on a recent build came with a slightly noisy cooler fan. It wasn't bad enough to return, though. Hopefully I don't get a complaint from the end-user.

Also, wish processor manufacturers could find a way to include the thermal material with the processor without actually applying it to the heatsink in cases where the end-user is going to use a third-party thermal compound. Scraping the stock stuff off the heatsink isn't a fun task.

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Kingston Value 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 Desktop Memory Model KVR1333D3S8N9K2/4G
  • Verified Owner
  • Owned For: more than 1 year

Pros: Kingston Value RAM has been a reliable and solid choice for many years. It's not the fastest, doesn't have fins, flashing blue lights or a rotating disco ball, but always comes through, gets the job done and haven't encountered a bad stick yet.

Cons: For some people it's very difficult to get the RAM out of the package without the RAM flipping or flying out. A more finger-friendly version of packaging would be great, considering it's not fun having to replace parts because they were damaged from removing from the package.

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Display Name: Will B.

Date Joined: 06/01/07

  • Reviews: 11
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  • First Review: 07/01/11
  • Last Review: 01/23/15
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