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Netgear 8-Port Gigabit Switch (GS208), 2-year Warranty, Plastic Case
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

4 out of 5 eggs Solid switch at a good price 09/17/2014

This review is from: Netgear 8-Port Gigabit Switch (GS208), 2-year Warranty, Plastic Case

Pros: This is a great little plug-and-play switch with great speeds and no hassle. Support for auto-MDI/MDIX, low power and low heat makes it a great multi-purpose switch, whether you plan on leaving it in a network closet or plan on constantly plugging and unplugging devices. It's very compact, which somewhat surprised me when I first opened the box, and it should have no trouble finding a home in small spaces

Finding a Gigabit switch with full 16Gb/s switching capacity is fantastic at this price point, especially one that sips power.

Cons: The exterior enclosure of this switch makes the device feel cheap, even though the internal components are solid and work well. The white plastic casing feels flimsy and the case slides around a lot, as it doesn't have any sort of rubber feet. I had trouble getting it to stay still when it was plugged into a stiff cable that wanted to push it around. There also aren't any keyhole mounts for hanging on walls, something that should be extremely common on networking gear

Other Thoughts: Great internal components, but the case could use some work. I wouldn't have any problem setting this up as a daily-use switch on my network

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ASRock Z97 OC Formula LGA 1150 Intel Z97 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

4 out of 5 eggs Great board, minor inconveniences 08/18/2014

This review is from: ASRock Z97 OC Formula LGA 1150 Intel Z97 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

Pros: This is a solid LGA 1150 motherboard for anyone looking to overclock. It's a bit overkill for anyone else, but it's rock solid and stable for general use as well. I was able to hop in and overclock the CPU and memory easily without stability issues.

I was very happy to see an M.2 slot on the motherboard. I picked up a cheap SSD and dropped it into the slot, which sits just below the first PCIe slot. I'm not entirely sure how useful this is on a full ATX board, which will sit in a case with extra drive slots, but it was nice to have onboard anyway. Just like the Killer NIC and the additional ASRock utilities, they're not necessary, but they're great to have as an option.

It's also a huge plus to see 8 SATA III ports that can run RAID 0/1/5/10 across all ports. I haven't seen enough boards that support this, and it's important to me as I tend to run a large number of secondary drives in RAID but always have to make sacrifices.

Cons: This board supports up 4-Way SLI/Crossfire and it's advertised that all three PCIe 3.0 slots are x16 slots, however they're only x16 at single card speeds. The PCIe 2.0 x16 slot is locked at x4 speeds. When running Multi-GPU setups, the PCIe 3.0 slots are dropped in speed. The speeds are as follow:

Dual @ x8/x8
Triple @ x8/x8/x4
Quad @ x8/x8/x4/x4

The M.2 slot, while nice to have, requires you remove a GPU in the first PCIe slot if you want to replace/remove it. It makes sense logistically to hide it under there, but it's a bit of a pain to access after the system is built.

Other Thoughts: This is a very solid board with lots of little bells and whistles. I haven't had any stability while overclocking the CPU or the RAM, and it's more than good enough for anyone just dropping in stock parts. I just wish the PCIe slots ran at full speed in SLI/Crossfire.

Tested with:
Intel Core i7 4790K @ 4.4Ghz
16GB Corsair Vengeance @ DDR3-2800
2x ASUS GTX 770
Intel 530 80GB M.2 SSD
Corsair AX860i

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ASUS Black 12X BD-ROM 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-ROM SATA Internal Blu-ray Drive Model BC-12B1ST/BLK/B/AS
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: Quick to install, no extra drivers, DVD burn speeds are good, and Blu Ray ripping speeds are fantastic.

After a week of use I haven't noticed much sound from this drive at all when reading or ripping blu rays. There's a slight whir from the DVD side, however it's still significantly quieter than my last few DVD-RW drives.

Cons: No issues so far.

Other Thoughts: As mentioned, this didn't come with any playback software. I'm okay with this as I preferred to use free libraries for playback and just use AnyDVD HD to decrypt the disks. If you want to be able to watch movies right away, spend the extra $50 and get the retail version of this drive, it'll save you quite a bit of money.

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