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TP-LINK Touch P5 Wireless AC1900 Touch Screen Gigabit Router
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5 out of 5 eggs Viable solution 06/01/2016

This review is from: TP-LINK Touch P5 Wireless AC1900 Touch Screen Gigabit Router

Pros: - Good range and reception
- Touchscreen is a nice addition
- Performance is generally good
- Firmware appears to be *very* consistent.
- Purpose built, doesn't include all sorts of widgets/features/functions that distract from the main reason to purchase (wireless connectivity).
- Lightweight (see cons).
- Switching performance (wired) is very reasonable at price point.

Cons: - Tends to run a bit 'warm' (compared to preference).
- Pulls more power than some units (eg: to run touchscreen)
- Requires additional cooling/ventilation compared to other units.
- Lacks some of the WiFi controls and settings that would be highly preferred. A little too 'simplified' - in my opinion.
- Despite being lightweight, is a bit large. If you're looking to wall mount, this requires some wall real estate.

Other Thoughts: - If this unit were designed to be 'non-touchscreen' with a smaller form factor (base) and had built-in POE, it would be just about perfect for anyone looking to deploy WiFi around their house. Smaller form factor and lack of screen would likely remove some excess power consumption.
- The touchscreen was initially concerning, thought it might be 'gimmicky' but in this case - it works well without sacrificing purpose (WiFi service).
- Apple Laptops appear to regularly end up with a transmit rate of <900 and an occasional >1000. Suspect that it's an "Apple thing" as other devices are maintaining a higher transmit rate (even at longer distances).
- Would like to see an option for the screen to 'wake up' or periodically display performance statistics for WiFi. Such as min/max/average connected speed, throughput, etc.

GIGABYTE GA-X150M-PLUS WS (rev. 1.0) LGA 1151 Intel C232 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard
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Pros: - Supports Xeon E3 CPUs
- Handles up to 32GB, a reasonable quantity for most workstation needs.
- Relatively inexpensive for Xeon + Micro ATX form factor
- Continues the Gigabyte tradition of being a solid motherboard with good features and reliability
- Hardware monitoring works well
- Performed very well with UNIX OS

Cons: - Lacks ECC support (Xeon, but no ECC????)
- As another reviewer points out, difficult to determine what type of consumer this board "targets". Suspect those looking for a small gaming rig with Xeon CPU, but given small step to "Pro" version - difficult to determine. Especially with the additions in the Pro.

Other Thoughts: - PS/2 mouse and keyboard ports seem 'wasteful' vs. additional USB3 ports.
- Layout seems 'tight', granted it's Micro ATX, but...
- The addition of ECC memory and one could see using this board for a myriad of purposes (expectation is Xeon CPU)
- Stepping up to the "Pro" version of this board makes absolute sense.
- Based on the look of assembly and how it operates, would expect this motherboard to perform very well over a long period of time.

Corsair Hydro Series H115i Extreme Performance Liquid CPU Cooler, 280mm CW-9060027-WW
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5 out of 5 eggs Relative ease of setup and exceptional cooling 03/16/2016

This review is from: Corsair Hydro Series H115i Extreme Performance Liquid CPU Cooler, 280mm CW-9060027-WW

Pros: - lots of cooling capacity
- compared to standard fan, this is unit seems quieter (overall, especially under load)
- build quality of the components feels (and appears) to well made
- ability to monitor status of various facets via software
- Corsair has a couple options for cases to 'mate' liquid coolers (or vice-versa)
- instructions are clear and depict specifics to ensure proper installation
- nicely packaged

Cons: - Size. If you're moving into the 'performance liquid cooling' arena - expect to have a significant amount of additional real estate inside the case and possibly run into instances of having to do some case customization.
- Selection of 'liquid cooling optimized' cases is still somewhat limited, but growing.

Other Thoughts: - will be looking to move all future builds from standard fan to liquid cooling, particularly Corsair's solutions.
- unless you want your CPU to double as a 'cooktop' under load, this is absolutely the way to go.
- installation was easy and straight forward. Even the most meticulous system builders (or consumers) should find this easy to install.
- while the fans are reasonably quiet, would like to try to find a suitable replacement that would be quieter and/or capable of moving more air (at the same RPM range) to further reduce generation of sound.


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