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G.SKILL Ripjaws V Series 64GB (4 x 16GB) 288-Pin DDR4 SDRAM DDR4 2400 (PC4 19200) Intel Z170 Platform / Intel X99 Platform Desktop Memory Model F4-2400C15Q-64GVR
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  • neweggOwned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: I've been running this RAM for a couple of weeks. This set had the best combination of price, speed, and timings for 64GB (4 x 16GB) 1.2V kits.

When I initially installed the RAM it ran at its default non-OC (JEDEC) speed of 2133 out of the box. I selected XMP in the UEFI BIOS, and everything automatically switched to the OC specs of 15-15-15-35, 2T, 1.2V, DDR4 2400.

Prior to this set I was running a 32GB (2 x 16GB) set of G.Skill Aegis DDR4 2400, but I found the cheap Aegis stickers annoying. Since I wasn't thrilled with my 32GB Aegis set, when a deal came up on this set, I decide to purchase it. I do a lot of multitasking with several programs open at the same time. Under Windows 7 I would occasionally max out the memory usage. Windows 10 seems to be more efficient with memory usage, so I doubt I will ever utilize more than 32GB of RAM.

Cons: G.Skill and most memory makers do not guarantee two kits of RAM to work together. So if you are hoping to use two of these kits on a MB that supports 8 x 16GB RAM, you would be better off buying a single 8 x 16GB kit instead.

It would alleviate so much confusion for buyer's who don't know how OC'd RAM works if manufacturers would start listing how OC'd RAM works on the packaging and in the details. This is something that all RAM manufacturers are guilty of.

Other Thoughts: For those who don't know how OC'd RAM works. It is usually set to run at JEDEC (non-OC) speed out of the box. You usually have to go into the UEFI BIOS and manually set the bandwidth, timings, voltage, and command rate, or select XMP (if you have a MB and RAM that both support XMP) to get it to run at the advertised OC'd speed. If you are not familiar with setting up OC'd RAM contact the manufacturer.

Many OC'd RAM sets have less than five egg ratings from system builders who don't understand that OC'd RAM usually needs to be setup in the UEFI BIOS, so they assume there is a problem with the RAM when there isn't.

System Information:
ASUS ROG Maximus VIII Hero Alpha Z170
Intel i7-6700K
Zalman CNPS9900MAX
Arctic Silver 5
EVGA GeForce GTX 670 SC 4GB
4 x 16GB G.Skill Ripjaws V DDR4 2400
2 x Seagate Constellation ES.3 2TB SATA3 HDD in RAID 1
2 x ASUS BD-RE Burner
Corsair AX1200i 1200W PSU
Cooler Master HAF X Full Tower Case
Windows 10 Pro 64-Bit
4 x ASUS VS247H-P 23.6" LED Backlight Monitor

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CORSAIR AXi Series AX1200i Digital 1200W 80 PLUS PLATINUM Haswell Ready Full Modular ATX12V & EPS12V SLI and Crossfire Ready Power Supply with C-Link Monitoring and Control
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  • neweggOwned For: more than 1 year

Pros: I've been using this PSU for just over 2.5 years. I leave my computer on 24/7. I've never run into any issues. I have been very happy with this PSU. I didn't need to upgrade, but I really wanted to move to a PSU that was fully modular and more efficient. My last PSU was semi modular, 850 watts, and 80 Plus Bronze Certified.

After doing research about PSU efficiency, it turns out that getting a PSU that is about double (if memory recalls) of what your system uses is roughly the best for efficiency, in addition to being 80 Plus Platinum Certified. The increased efficiency of this PSU over my prior one was obvious. Inefficiency generates heat. The more inefficient the PSU, the more heat it generates. My office would get warmer with the door closed over time from my old PSU. When I switched to this AX1200i, the room never got warmer. It was a bit surprising, and it wasn't something that I considered. I also like that I'm saving on my electric bill with this PSU too.

The included cables are pretty good. I have my PSU mounted on the bottom of my computer case. With my prior PSU I had to use an extension cable to reach the CPU power input at the top of the motherboard and a SATA hard drive adapter cable (because my prior PSU SATA cables were too bulky), but I didn't need to use either of those cables with this AX1200i. The included cables are long enough to use in bottom mounted PSU full tower cases, and the SATA cables are not bulky. Single sleeved cables are still better for looks and cable management though.

The Corsair-Link feature and software are done quite well. Not only can you monitor every aspect of the PSU, but your entire PC system. You don't need to purchase anything for this feature to work. There is an included USB cable to attach from the PSU to one of your motherboard's internal USB headers.

The voltage readings for the 12V, 5V, and 3.3V are spot on or just a couple hundredths of a volt over. This is exactly where you want the output to be.

This is a single 12V rail design, which means all the amps are available on each of the 12V lines.

It's a nice quality finish on the PSU, and it's a nice touch that regardless if you install it with the fan facing up or down, the side decal is orientated the correct way.

The self test feature is a nice feature. It lets you test the PSU at the push of button before installing it into your system.

The fan is completely silent.

The seven year warranty is a nice touch, and so is the USA based tech support.

Optional single sleeved cables are available for purchase directly from Corsair in a variety of colors (black, blue, green, metallic graphite, red, and white).

This is one of the highest rated PSUs by Jonny Guru.

Cons: There really aren't any cons for this PSU. Just a couple of things that would have been nice to have. It would have been nice if it came bundled with singled sleeved cables. They do offer single sleeved cable kits directly from Corsair, but they are expensive. Speaking of expensive, this PSU is pricey, but the quality and features are top notch. There's nothing here that's anything to call a real con or anything to take an egg away from the rating.

Other Thoughts: When I purchased this PSU, it was the highest model that Corsair made and one of the most powerful PSUs on the market. Nowadays there is a 1,500 watt version and other companies make PSUs that are 1,200+ watts too. Most, if not all, of the PSUs that are above 1,200 or 1,300 watts need a 20 amp line to achieve that higher wattage though.

System Information:
ASUS ROG Maximus VIII Hero Alpha Z170
Intel i7-6700K
Zalman CNPS9900MAX
Arctic Silver 5
EVGA GeForce GTX 670 SC 4GB
4 x 16GB G.Skill Ripjaws V DDR4 2400
2 x Seagate Constellation ES.3 2TB SATA3 HDD in RAID 1
2 x ASUS BD-RE Burner
Corsair AX1200i 1200W PSU
Cooler Master HAF X Full Tower Case
Windows 10 Pro 64-Bit
4 x ASUS VS247H-P 23.6" LED Backlight Monitor

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ZyXEL USG40W-NB Security Firewall (Hardware Only)
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  • neweggOwned For: 1 month to 1 year

5 out of 5 eggs Awesome Performing Security Appliance Firewall with Outstanding UTM Services and Excellent WiFi Range 06/12/2016

This review is from: ZyXEL USG40W-NB Security Firewall (Hardware Only)

Pros: This security appliance firewall is packed with features. This is now my third ZyXEL firewall, and every upgrade has been leaps and bounds better than the previous. Setup was mostly straight forward. A firewall with this many features starts to get into the realm of needing general understanding of firewalls to setup all of the main features. But nothing is overly complicated or requires an extreme level of knowledge to set up the core features. The more advanced of a setup you go, the more advanced level of knowledge needed, but that goes for all firewalls. All the ZyXEL units I have owned have a similar menu feel and setup, which makes it easy to jump in and get started.

Aside from all the great features this unit has, the big standout is the UTM (Unified Threat Management) Services. These are licensed services, and there are four UTM services available. They are: Kaspersky Anti-Virus, Application Intelligence & IDP (Intrusion Detection Prevention), Content Filtering, and Anti-Spam. The unit comes with a 30-day trial. After seeing what the IDP and Content Filter were catching and reporting, I didn't hesitate to buy a subscription to the services. I'm using their bundled services UTM that has all four UTMs in it. It was a huge eye-opener to see all of the shady content and exploits that were being brought in through mainstream webpages and the type of content that was being sent out by smart devices. Some of the things the Content Filter and IDP caught were: Buffer-Overflows, Web-Attacks, Access-Controls, DoS, Known Security Threat Webpages, and more. These were all things that never showed up with Norton Internet Security. And catching these things in the ZyXEL firewall, means they are stopped before touching any connected devices. The UTMs even notified me and stopped the sending of personal usage date from my Samsung smart TVs back to Samsung, which I had no idea my TV was doing.

The WiFi range I would rate as being excellent. And the antennas are removable, should you choose to upgrade them.

The case is a combination of metal and plastic, and has some good weight to it. The processor heat sink is large and passive, so no fans or noise. This is a big plus for me, since I have this unit on my desk.

As always, the ZyXEL USA based tech support is outstanding.

The on/off power button is also another big plus. My prior firewalls didn't have one, and it's a pain holding multiple cords when you need to do a power cycle.

I would recommend this unit for anything from personal use all the way up to a medium sized office or larger, depending on needed throughput. But all the features are definitely here for any type of setup.

Cons: I really don't have anything negative to say about this unit. There are only a few things I would improve upon. Setting up the inbound VPN was a difficult, complex, and tedious process. With VPN being mainstream, they really should have come up with an easier way to set up the VPN.

The UTM licenses are pricey, although pricey is a relative term. I use this for my personal firewall, so it's expensive for individual use. But for an office it would be very inexpensive. The subscription price is the same, regardless of usage. I would have loved to have seen a personal usage license at a lower price point.

This last part is just an annoyance. They need to do a firmware update to fix the USB indicator light on the front of the unit. The light doesn't come back on if you restart or power cycle (or if a power outage occurs) the unit. This does not affect the functionality at all. The attached USB storage device still shows up in the menu and is still recording the data logs.

Speaking of USB storage, it would be great if there was a feature to see the log data that is recorded to the USB in the ZyXEL menu. Or better yet, be able to see it in the log menu. As it stands, the log menu only shows the last 512 logged events. And depending on the usage, 512 events can be as much as several hours or as little as the last second of events.

Other Thoughts: I used to own the ZyXEL VFG6005N for over a year. I then upgraded to the USG20W, which I had for a little over two years. I mostly upgraded to the USG20W because I wanted a stronger WiFi range, which the USG20W definitely provided. I also wanted to step up to the next level of security features, which the USG20W also provided. Now I upgraded to the USG40W, which I have been using for a bit over half a year. I've been very happy with each ZyXEL purchase and their USA based tech support.

I want to give some additional information about the four UTM services I talked about above. As I mentioned, I use all four of them. I only purchased the bundle, because there was a discount for the bundle. The only two that have been beneficial for me have been the IDP and Content Filtering UTMs. They are the ones blocking the harmful websites and exploits. The Anti-Spam UTM is only useful if you are hosting your own e-mail server behind your firewall. The Kaspersky Anti-Virus UTM scans downloaded files for viruses. That is all the Anti-Virus UTM does. It has no function beyond that, so it's not like it's scanning webpages for malware content or anything like that. I have not downloaded anything that has had a virus in it yet, so the stat shows zero viruses in both the Kaspersky Anti-Virus UTM and my Norton Internet Security. I have had on occasion, namely smart phone OS updates that could not be downloaded, because the Anti-Virus UTM took the cautious approach on compressed files it could not scan for viruses. Other than that and the cost of buying the the UTM, there is no downside to having the added security of the Anti-Virus UTM.

I always recommend using a firewall, whether it's in a home or office setting. With so much personal and financial information on your computer and transferred online, it's worth the extra security. You should also always use a full Internet security suite, not just an anti-virus. And yes, you can use software firewalls, like those included with Internet security suites, and a hardware firewall together. It's just another layer of security.

As I upgraded to this USG40W and used its UTM services, I discovered that my Samsung smart TVs have been "spying" on me. They have been sending back all my usage data to Samsung. After researching this, I came across some interesting articles from news outlets and Consumer Reports that talked about companies selling this data for huge profits. Ultimately all this data winds up in data banks that can put together your name, phone number, address, age, IP address, and usage habits. This data is then sold to and used by telemarketers, online advertisements, junk mailers, and unfortunately also shady individuals/companies. It was definitely some interesting reading to say the least. I suppose this is part of the downside to the Internet-of-things.

System Information:
ASUS ROG Maximus VIII Hero Alpha Z170
Intel i7-6700K
Zalman CNPS9900MAX
Arctic Silver 5
EVGA GeForce GTX 670 SC 4GB
2 x 16GB G.Skill Aegis DDR4 2400
2 x Seagate Constellation ES.3 2TB SATA3 HDD in RAID 1
2 x ASUS BD-RE Burner
Corsair AX1200i 1200W PSU
Cooler Master HAF X Full Tower Case
Windows 10 Pro 64-Bit
4 x ASUS VS247H-P 23.6" LED Backlight Monitor

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