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GIGABYTE GA-Z170X-UD5 TH LGA 1151 Intel Z170 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.1 USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
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5 out of 5 eggs Nice Problem Free Board with Easy Set-up 02/04/2016

This review is from: GIGABYTE GA-Z170X-UD5 TH LGA 1151 Intel Z170 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.1 USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

Pros: This review is for the Gigabyte GA-Z170X-UD5 TH Motherboard. The mobo is packaged in a box which protects the product during shipping. The board is also placed in an Anti-static bag. Removing the board from the silver polymer bag unveils a black colored board with a few light colored gold stripes on the heat sinks.
Setting up this system I placed in a 6700K CPU, two old 8800GTS 512 VGUs in SLI, and 16GB (2 x 8gb) of G. Skill DDR4 3200 ram, powered by a 1200 watt PSU. The CPU was water cooled with a triple 120mm radiator system with coolant flowing thru the tubes by a Swiftech pump. The SSDs where setup in a RAID0 configuration.
Flashing the board to the latest BIOS is easy. I flashed version F4 into BIOS chip.
Navigating thru the Bios options is easy; though, I am familiar though with the layout as I have used Gigabyte boards for years. But, if you have any concerns what an option does, just read the manual or Google it, or even go to a forum.

Once the board is powered on, and you set your Bios parameters you need to load an OS, drivers, and software. Then it is time to play and see what your system can do. My favorite benchmark is to run 3DMark06. This CPU maxed at 4.75 MHz at 1.425 Vcore. I pushed the vCore due to the fact the CPU was water cooled. CPU temps never exceeded 65C.
I was never able to test the Thunderbolt aspects of the board which appear to be one of the main appealing factors for using this board.

Cons: I really see no cons with this motherboard.

Other Thoughts: In summary, this motherboard seems to be placed in the middle of the pack of Z170 motherboards. It does use upgraded capacitors. The plusses are the Thunderbolt feature. The board comes with the usual 3 year warranty that most big manufacturers provide.

Seagate Backup Plus 4TB Portable External  Hard Drive with 200GB of Cloud Storage & Mobile Device Backup USB 3.0 - STDR4000100
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Pros: The unit has 4TB of storage and utilizes usb 3.0 speeds. Can backup data and pics on your social media sites. Additional benefit is you get some space on the Cloud.

The device has a relatively small form factor for having 4tb of storage. Great for backing up files on your computers, storing pics, music, and videos.

Unit is powered by a usb cable and runs without generating any measurable heat.

Running some read/write benchmarks on various software applications I received these scores.

CrystalDiskMark 4.03 x64 Read 134.2 MB/s and Write 126.8 MB/s
ATTO Disk v 2.47 Read 126.2 MB.s and Read 116.4 MB/s
AS SSD v 1.8.5611.... Read 127.28 MB/s and Read 112.15 MB/s
HD Tune 2.55 Max Read 139.5 MB/s and Average Read 118.2 MB/s

Cons: I see no cons other than the short time frame this is warrantied for.

Other Thoughts: Time will tell how long the unit will maintain operations before succumbing to issues. You are getting some good bang for your buck for this amount of storage. And though the HDDs in this device are running at 5400 rpms the read/write benchmarks utilizing usb 3.0 are good.

Linksys WRT1900ACS Wireless AC1900 Dual Band Gigabit Router, Open Source ready, eSATA / USB 3.0 Ports
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5 out of 5 eggs Good performer with Super Easy Set-up 11/08/2015

This review is from: Linksys WRT1900ACS Wireless AC1900 Dual Band Gigabit Router, Open Source ready, eSATA / USB 3.0 Ports

Pros: The Linksys WRT1900ACS router performed ok in Speakeasy speedtests when compared to my Linksys EA 8500 and Belkin AC1750BD routers. I've been using it for the past 3 weeks and it never dropped a connection where I had to reboot the modem & router. (My linksys EA8500 needs to be reset/rebooted every week.) The setup is quite easy, just follow the well written set-up guide. The GUI on linksys routers are the best in the Industry. The router provided better than expected whole house coverage. This year I moved my router and modem to the basement, but I work upstairs on the second floor in my home office. The Speakeasy Speedtest benchmarks with the LAN cable connected to my computers average 125 Mbps for Downloads and 25 Mbps for uploads. Connecting to the router via Wi-fi I average 24.4 Mbps on downloads and 23.8 Mbps on uploads.

The devices profile is low in height, which suites my preference.

I checked to see if the unit was running the latest firmware and it was.

Cons: This may be a con to some, but not for me is..........the devices profile. It is low in height and the external antennas are visible.

Other Thoughts: To me the Linksys WRT1900ACS is an above average Dual band router. It had slightly slower speeds than my Belkin router, but nothing noticeable. The setup widgets, (GUI) are the best in the Industry.

My final thought is, I would recommend this to someone looking for a router to provide coverage in a 3000 sq foot living area with up to 10 devices connected to it.


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Display Name: Alan K.

Date Joined: 06/06/05

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