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Pros: This motherboard by Gigabyte is designed to offer extreme performance and durability. Gigabytes reinforces the eight RAM slots and all PCI-E x16 slots with steel. The motherboard also has a plethora of storage connection options, including a U.2, an M.2 and ten SATA-III ports.

The motherboards BIOS is well laid out and easy to navigate. The system is easy to overclock, with well defined base clock, multiplier and voltage controls.

Gigabyte equipped the board with a relatively high-end audio subsystem that uses a Realtek ALC1150 codec connected to a series of high-quality audio capacitors and isolated from the rest of the system on a segregated piece of PCB.

Thanks to the additional PCI-E lanes from the CPU, this board can support multi-GPU configurations up to quad-crossfire and quad-SLI.

The motherboard also supports USB 3.1 Type-C.

Cons: Although the board has a tremendous amount of connectivity support, it should be noted that unless you use a CPU that has 40 PCI-E lanes, some of it will be disabled. So you should think carefully before using lower-end CPU models.

Other Thoughts: Throughout my testing I found this motherboard to be extremely stable and offer excellent performance. The motherboard is a tad expensive, but only because it is jammed packed with extra features and hardware. If you want a board that contains all of these features, this is a good board to select, but if not then there are plenty of lower-end X99 boards for you to choose from.

Linksys EA3500-NP SMART Smooth Stream Gigabit Dual-Band Wireless N750 Router IEEE 802.11a/b/g/n, IEEE 802.3/3u/3ab
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Pros: This router takes little effort to set up. You plug it up, it instantly starts transmitting. Of course you will want to dial into the system to adjust setting, but this is easy and straightforward to do. The system can automatically setup most settings itself, and just needs minor input from the user.

Although the antennas are internal, this router has excellent range. Testing with a laptop at my parent's house, which is two houses down the road and across the street, I am able to connect to this router in my parent's sitting room.

USB ports for options of networked storage. Very easy to configure, simple attach the device and it is already available for access. Access to folders on the drive can be limited or better organized from the router interface via web browser.

User Interface is extraordinarily user friendly, but sometimes a little slow to respond. This by far has to be the most simplistic router I have ever used, and the interface is a bit more reminiscent of a tablet interface than anything.

Cons: I honestly don't have any complaints about this unit. I've been using it continuously for over a month without the slightest hiccup.

Other Thoughts: My ISP gives me a 110 Mbps Internet connection, which is beyond what a typical 802.11g router is capable of handling, but perfectly in the range of what 802.11n can do. Regardless if I connect using an 802.11n wireless device or directly with an Ethernet cable, I get the same performance of 110 Mbps. I'm honestly extremely pleased with this router and would recommend it to anyone. It is highly stable, provides excellent performance, and is exactly what you want in a wireless router.

TP-LINK TL-PA4010KIT High-speed AV500 Nano Powerline Adapter Starter Kit, up to 500Mbps
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5 out of 5 eggs Best Networking Solution When Wi-Fi Isn't Available 05/24/2016

This review is from: TP-LINK TL-PA4010KIT High-speed AV500 Nano Powerline Adapter Starter Kit, up to 500Mbps

Pros: This powerline performed well while I tested it, on par with a direct wired connection to the router.

Cons: For best performance results, it needs to be connected directly to the wall outlet and not to a power strip. It still will function in a power strip, but with reduced speeds and occasional connection issues. THis is not the adapters fault, however, as it is an unavoidable problem with the technology.

Other Thoughts: The powerline is extremely useful in areas where you Wi-Fi isn't an option. I use this one primarily to run a wired connection to the far side of my house where there is a lot of Wi-Fi interference. I then have it connected to a simple switch, and it provides a wired Internet connection to my PC, TV and Xbox. I had a long wire running down the hallway for this before, and I haven't seen any drop in performance from doing this.

Comparatively to Wi-Fi, performance is much higher than any Wi-Fi tests I have performed.


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Display Name: Michael S.

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