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ASRock X99 Extreme6 LGA 2011-v3 Intel X99 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

5 out of 5 eggs Good Board at a good price 11/24/2014

This review is from: ASRock X99 Extreme6 LGA 2011-v3 Intel X99 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

Pros: This review is for a ASRock X99 Extreme6 LGA 2011-v3 Intel X99 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

This motherboard comes with the usual behind the scene components found in an above average board. These are the premium 60A power chokes, premium memory alloy chokes and Nichicon 12K platinum caps used on a sapphire black PCB coupled to a 12 phase power design. These items are incorporated to prolong the life of the board and assist it in overclocking.

I installed this board on my bench/test table. I equipped it with a 5820K CPU, a GTX970 VGU, and some 4x4GB of DDR4-2666 CL15 memory powered with a 1200 watt PSU. The CPU is water-cooled.
I installed Win7 64-bit Ultimate on a RAID0 configuration on two 256GB SSDs. I updated the BIOS to version 1.50. I then installed the drivers and software found on the install disk.

I then loaded the usual CPU benchmarking programs to see what this board can do at a maximum vCore of 1.35v. Here are the results:
1) SuperPi running 6c/12t maxed at 4.72 GHz with CPU vCore at 1.35v
2) 3DMark06 running at 6c/12t maxed out at 4.63 GHz with CPU vCore at 1.35v
3) 3D Mark Vantage running at 6c/12t maxed out at 4.52 GHz at 1.35v.
4) Computer chess test with TogaII142JD maxed out at 4.58 GHz at 1.35v

In all, I was happy with what this board can do for its price. As it is not a top of the line X99 overclocking enthusiast board which can cost you near $500.

Cons: I did not like that a Molex PCIe power connector is in the middle of the board near the back of the CPU socket and behind the memory slots and in front of the first VGU slot.

Other Thoughts: At current pricing this board is at the selling point many other X99 board are at. Nothing effectively differentiates itself, so the purchase of this would be to stay with a manufacturer you have had success with in past builds and are comfortable in navigating through the BIOS settings. Or maybe you just want to try an ASROCK board. I previously purchased my first ASROCK motherboard, a ASROCK Z97 OC Formula, just to see what this manufacturer's top of a line board could do to a 4790K CPU.

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CORSAIR HXi CP-9020073-NA 850W ATX12V / EPS12V 80 PLUS PLATINUM Certified Full Modular Power Supply
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: This Corsair unit is packaged exceptionally well in a large box. It is fully modular and it comes with an extended 7 year warranty. The black colored unit with Blue and white lettering looks good too!

I have been using Corsair PSUs for the past 7 years. I have the Corsair 1200W and 1000W units powering my bench setup for the past few years and they perform flawlessly.
I would have loved to match this PSU up with some enthusiast VGUs but currently I had none available. Therefore my setup for testing this PSU was a ASRock Z97 OC formula with a 4790K CPU with 2 SSDs in RAID 0 with 2 NVidia 8800GTS 512 VGU's in SLI.

The unit has three 6+2 modular cables to power Tri VGU systems. The cables are all black colored with a flat ribbon style allowing them to be used in tight places. I do like the fact that this unit has 2 8-pin EPS connectors that are used to power the CPU sockets on a motherboard. This allows for maximum potential CPU overclocking. Especially if you are an extreme OCer and go sub zero.

After hooking up this PSU to my system I thought I received a DOA unit since my Motherboard's red little power indicator light did not illuminate. Therefore, I checked all my connections again and again. But after double and triple checking all the connections were secure, no motherboard power indicator light lit up. So, I just pressed the power on button on the Mobo, and to my surprise the PSU and the system came to life.

To stress the unit to the maximum I could with the available hardware I had available to me I ran some 3DMark benches. The CPU was ran at 4c/8t at 4.95GHz under water. The VGU's in SLI at 800/1200. The Corsair 850 was also powering the water pump, some optical drives, 10 140mm fans at 2400 rpms.

This PSU is built for those who are looking at keeping their systems as quiet as possible. The cooling fan on this PSU is triggered when the unit gets warm when it is delivering somewhere between 300 - 350 watts. Therefore, for a majority of systems that are not being overclocked the fan will not spin and this PSU will not create any fan noise. My system exhibited no electrical buzzing sounds from coil whine.

This PSU comes with a Corsair digital link for additional monitoring and control. You connect the included link cable to a motherboard USB header and you can monitor the PSUs performance from your desktop. I compared what the software was telling me the unit was supplying to what my Killawatt device was showing. And they were very close.

Cons: I did not like that the 24 pin ATX cable can be separated into a 20 pin connection by separating off the other 4 pins. My preference would be to just have a solid, non-splitable, 24 pin cable.

Secondly, the pricing for a unit with these characteristics may be a little to rich for some to justify paying for. Though this unit is fully modular and has a 90% efficiency rating and uses all Japanese 105°C capacitors does merit a premium over other 850 Watt PSUs.

Other Thoughts: At current pricing the decision to purchase this unit isn't a No-Brainer. It will depend on what the buyer is looking for in a PSU. This Model is basically a Cadillac 850 Watt PSU with all the bells and whistles.

Also, securing the cables into their receptacles is sometimes tricky. You may need to push them in hard until you hear the clicking sound that the clip has latched.

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Buffalo Technology Wireless Attached Storage                                    HDW-PD1.0U3
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

4 out of 5 eggs Wireless Portability of 1 TB of videos/music/photos 08/06/2014

This review is from: Buffalo Technology Wireless Attached Storage HDW-PD1.0U3

Pros: The Buffalo HDW-PDU3 Wireless Mobile Storage device does as its name implies. I am reviewing the device which has 1.0 TB of storage for videos, music, and pictures, or even data you can access. I have set up this device to wirelessly transmit videos I stored on it through the network to my Smart TV. I also downloaded the Buffalo MiniStation2 App to my Android smartphone for access to the data stored on this device.

1) The device does exactly as it is advertised to do. You can upload video, music, pictures, or data to it by attaching it to a computer through a USB connection. The device supports SuperSpeed USB 3.0. You can access the device wirelessly by using the devices SSID and passphrase. The stored files can be accessed from any DLNA supported device. The device also allows up to three simultaneous HD streams. I have tried streaming two videos from the device at the same time to two separate Smart TVs and there were no complications, though they were only 480p.

2) Secondly the device can be used to charge your cell phone since it has a battery charge life of 12 hours. This is great for someone like me who travels quite frequently. It's size is that of a Samsung S4/S5 smart phone except it is approximately a quarter of an inch thicker.

3)The device also transmits wirelessly its contents to your smartphone once you download the App. I have uploaded hours of TV shows and movies on to this unit and have enjoyed watching them on my smartphone during plane flights and hotel stays.

4) The wireless range is excellent. I am able to receive a signal from the second floor in my home to the other side in the basement.

5) The 3 year warranty is a nice benefit to have on a piece of equipment that is made for portability.

Cons: 1) Very poor documentation is provided on how to set this device up. It was mostly trial and error on my part.

2) The battery indicator light is either green or red. It would be helpful to know how close you are to being drained by adding bars or some other measure.

3) I could not set this up as a hot spot on our home network, but could only access it through the devices SSID and passphrase. Though it is advertised to be a wireless hotspot.

4) My USB Transfer speeds were around 27.8Mbps using a USB 3.0 connection. This was a little disappointing.

Other Thoughts: The product fills the need for portability of large amounts of stored videos, music and pictures. It's great to take with you when travelling on vacation or for business. I will rate this product as a 4 out of 5 eggs due to the cons I mentioned above.

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