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GIGABYTE GA-Z97X-Gaming 5 LGA 1150 Intel Z97 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: Ultra durable motherboard. Awesome Audio on-board. M.2 mini SSD attachment. Excellent thermal cooling. Excellent overclocking abilities. Duel UEFI bios. OPAMP switch out capability. Clean Audio. UEFI BIOS Options

Cons: UEFI BIOS still not as polished as Asus' implementation. Red Light can be annoying in a window case.

Other Thoughts: This motherboard holds up to the ultra durable branding. UPS had left this on the porch of my house while the wife and I were at work. By the time I got home at 6:00 PM that night, my wife told me UPS dropped off your package. She said your lucky I got home and got it away from Abby as she was having a field day with the box. My dog chewed through the Newegg box and through the best part of the motherboard box, the back. She didn't quit get through the ESD Safe motherboard packaging but no matter, she was gnawing away. I take the board out to inspect it and it is flawless. Not a scratch or dent on it. My dog is teething and still a puppy (A huge puppy but still) at 6 months old but she has destroyed woof, plastic, and small metal with her chewing. This motherboard withstood her punishment and has earned the ultra durable moniker.

Another thing that I noticed was overclocking. Of course I am new to Intel so I had some issues getting it working right. The AsRock board I tested worked pretty good as it is an Asus subsidiary and has the same BIOS layout as AMD type boards do so it made it easier to feel my way along. Gigabyte has an awesome UEFI BIOS that gives you plenty of options but I found myself reading and trying more things that I had no clue what to do (manual and bios descriptions didn't help) so it made it confusing as to what I was needing to do. In the end I did get it clocked stably to 4.5 GHz (intel Core i5 4690k Needless to say I am really digging the Intel setups.

ASRock Fatal1ty Z97X Killer LGA 1150 Intel Z97 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: Great ASRock quality which is a given being an Asus company. Easy build, tons of included items (comparatively speaking) and a built in Killer E2200 network port. Overclocking suite is great and stable, plethora of options, a solid build all around. The free software trial and especially the RDC/Cloud storage is a fantastic offering for the price.

Cons: Bit of a pain to get the HSF for an Intel chip installed at least it was for me. Software trials are limited, would liked to have seen 6 month to 1 year trials being a Fatal1ty brand. Some of the software doesn't work well in Windows 8.1 and setting up, per instructions, some of the features was a bit of a hassle.

Other Thoughts: This is my first Intel build ever and boy I was pleasantly surprised/pleased. I am a huge AMD Fan and buy their products for price/performance but I had been wanting to build an Intel system for a while now and honestly this is one of the best bases to use. I have never been much a fan of Johnathan Wendell but the man knows his stuff at least enough to brand himself and this motherboard is a nice selection. The price is very reasonable and the 1150 socket fits a nice price profile. Overclocking is a good bit different with Intel but nothing I could not handle. My next feat is transferring over my water cooling setup on to this board as the chip runs a bit hotter than my AMD FX 6100.

TP-LINK TL-WA850RE 300Mbps Universal Wi-Fi Range Extender. Wi-Fi Booster
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

4 out of 5 eggs TP - Terrific Products 05/05/2014

This review is from: TP-LINK TL-WA850RE 300Mbps Universal Wi-Fi Range Extender. Wi-Fi Booster

Pros: I have only own one other TP-Link product in my lifetime (last year I purchased a plug in range extender from the Wall Marty that was sleek and little and had a flip up plug for the wall) and I have to say the second time is the charm for me. It's hard to believe but these units have come a long way with their diminutive size and internal antennae that just work well and have fantastic range. I work as a CSG for several Telcos that handle DSL/Fiber for Internet and very few people have ever called in about any TP-Link product. I can see why. My first experience, albeit positive, left a sour taste in my mouth as it just could not hold a connection for anything.
That isn't the case with this product. I set this up in my master bedroom which is at the other end of my house (60 ft away and through several doors and walls) and it still got solid range on the indicator light. I have sensed moved it to the half-way point of the house (in my kitchen) and enjoy tremendous range on all my devices, especially my LG Optimus G AT&T cell phone that seems to have an anemic Wi-Fi radio/cable set up (my Galaxy S4 from Verizon always had excellent range but now floats like a butterfly and stings like a bee). That there is worth this small price alone. I will consider looking at TP-Link for my next router purchase as they offer a terrific cost/performance ratio on their line of networking devices.

Cons: Only 2.4GHz range. While not necessarily bad it would be nice to have dual-band in this size of extender. I like to travel the less crowded 5GHz band as most of my wireless products (aside from my Roku Player and Galaxy S4 when I set it) use the 5 GHz band of my D-Link/Netgear combination.

The blue led lighting, while sexy, is way too bright. At night, my kitchen looks like something out of an alien movie. I like the indicator lights but I Wish we could turn them off or tone them down.

Other Thoughts: This unit was really easy and quick to setup. One thing to mention is that if you have any connection on your laptop/desktop to a network you need to disable that in order to visit the setup page. I used my wife's laptop and had to turn off the Engenius AC adapter (disconnect from the network) in order to set the device up. Once that was done it was smooth sailing in setting the connection, putting in security key, and extending my network.

I have not tried the wired connection portion of the device as I have no need to (my PS3 ethernet port has been damaged since the word go) so I am not able to discuss that portion of the performance. Everything wireless is good to go even with two WI-Fi Routers working together.


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