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This review is from: ASUS RT-AC3100 Dual-band Wireless-AC3100 Gigabit Router (Certified Refurbished)
Pros: Super fast,
Can disable the LEDs to eliminate the disco lights.
Cons: Doesn't do very well in the "looks" department
Other Thoughts: This is a wonderful router that has been working since day 1. I read the negative reviews on the refurbished units and stayed away, but finally decided to jump on board.
Coming from the Asus RT-AC66U router to this, the range has increased slightly, which is exactly what I was looking for. My internet speed isn't as fast as this router's wireless performance, but I have never run into any issues throughout. Updating to the latest firmware went on without a hitch too.
On a side note, the router does not look all that nice, a bit too aggressive, but that's what you get if you want the latest and greatest performance. I turned off the LEDs to eliminate the disco lights as it's in the living room, which happens to be in the middle of the house for best wireless performance throughout.
This review is from: EVGA GeForce GTX 970 04G-P4-1972-KR 4GB SC GAMING, Silent Cooling Graphics Card
Pros: Power efficient and solid warranty that will transfer to another owner.
HDMI 2.0 great for future displays if it ever catches on
Cons: Fan noise, coil whine and not ready for 4K at Ultra settings. Only a 256 bit memory bus, which is a bottleneck for 4K. Micro stutter in 3 way SLI
Other Thoughts: I purchased 3 of these to run a 3 way SLI setup to upgrade my existing MSI 290 Gaming 2 way Crossfire setup. Under 4K gaming in BF4 with Ultra settings, with no MSAA or AF turned on, I pretty much get about the same performance as I did with my 290 setup, despite having one more card. I know that scaling doesn't work well with 3+ cards, but with 4K gaming, you won't see any of the performance jump as you do with 1440p or below due to the memory bus of this card.
On top of this, the fan has an annoying "whirrrrrrrrr" sound that is on constantly even when idle on windows desktop. When put under load, you hear the coil whine, which is a new thing for me... perhaps I just ended up getting a bad batch of these, but who knows.
All in, for 1440p or below, you cannot go wrong with a GTX 970, but for 4K, this just doesn't do anything significantly better than the rest of the competition. The fan noise and coil whine just kill it for me.
Pros: Amazing cards due to speed
Lights may work for you, but depends on your build/scheme
Packaging is perhaps one of the best I have seen from a video card, but at the end of the day, you just set it aside when you're done opening it.
Cons: HUGE and weighs a lot.
That round plastic thing at the top of the card may make it tough to install if you have a large CPU heatsink without proper slot spacing on your motherboard
LED lights on the Lightning logo flicker between blue and red (Purple) when gaming.
Other Thoughts: This is by far one of the best GTX 780 boards out there, giving you around 10% extra speed from a reference 780.
The LED light scheme may go well with your build, or it may completely clash with your system, but you be the judge of that.
Even though the packaging is great, perhaps a standard one would have been better with a slightly lower price.
Bought two of these for my SLI setup and coming from a 680 SLI setup, at 2560x1440 I can now turn on 4X MSAA Ultra settings on BF3 and get a higher FPS than my 680 SLI setup on Ultra without any MSAA turned on.