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TP-Link TL-PA8010 KIT AV1200 Gigabit Powerline Starter Kit
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5 out of 5 eggs They keep getting better and better 09/22/2016

This review is from: TP-Link TL-PA8010 KIT AV1200 Gigabit Powerline Starter Kit

Pros: After a few weeks of relatively hard use I've had not a single connection issue.
Throughput is getting seriously good for powerline adapters, I was able to sustain around 80MB/s (MEGABYTE) = 640 megabit/s, of actual TCP file transfer speed, this is not too far below ideal gigabit networking which can barely squeeze about 120MB/s, and more often closer to 100MB/s. Consider these speeds were obtained while the devices were on different circuits meaning they had to pass through the fuse box, in my apartments 1970s wiring. Latency was ever so slightly higher, but nothing that would stop me from comfortably playing an online fps game. I tested one through a basic power strip, worked like a charm.

Cons: Not compatible with many other same brand units.
They are a bit large, plan accordingly if outlet space is limited.

Other Thoughts: I've been astonished by the speed and reliability advances with network powerline adapters lately. These are at the point I'd consider using them in businesses where running cables isn't the easiest and more so to avoid using wireless. It wasn't long ago I considered wireless more reliable than powerline adapters, I'm not sure I feel the same way anymore.

If you have a power line filter or line interactive ups these likely wont work well if at all behind them.
Some devices can cause havoc with powerline adapters, if you are having issues it's best to unplug everything else on the associated circuits and then plug them back in one by one to narrow the cause down. Simply turning devices off is generally not enough as many modern devices are "soft off" meaning they are always live to some extent.

While they wont work in every situation, they are getting way better, this being one of the best I've tested.
If you have no ability or desire to run a network cable and have issues or prefer to avoid using wireless this could be your answer, they work well in a pinch with a rental or temporary living situation as well.

Seagate BarraCuda Pro ST10000DM0004 10TB 7200 RPM 256MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5
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Pros: This drive has massive amounts of storage, how do you fill such a drive? Entire Blu-ray collection? Backup your and all your friends computers? Hold windows images for every laptop made in the last few years?

This drive is extremely fast, the fastest mechanical drive I've ever seen, running ATTO I'm seeing on low end 512byte around 50MB/s, get around 8KB files and above steadily nearing 250MB/s of read and write (General range of 230MB/s - 245MB/s)... That's silly and about half the speed of the fastest SATA3 SSDs. Fastest drive I've tested beyond this one is the 10k velociraptor but that only marks around 150MB/s.

Silence... This drive is near dead silent, one of the quietist drives I've seen in a long time, especially at the performance mark. Open case, ear up next to the drive for reads/writes, not even a click, just a mild hum I can't tell if maybe the fans below it.

Temperatures... It can run a bit warm but even uncooled (which I don't generally recommend with any drive for long term reliability reasons) the drive is running only warm to the touch, barely touching 40C in an 23c environment, again this is uncooled as the drive is sitting in my hot swap bay which is tightly enclosed with no airflow.

Cons: The reality of possibly needing to backup a 10TB drive, what do you back it up to? Another 10TB hard drive that's what... Now the time table of doing so the first time... Good thing it's fast!

It... wont fit in a laptop?

Other Thoughts: It's not cheap, but it's fast, very very fast, quiet, runs cool (I'd be comfortable with it in a media center with limited cooling).
Even considering the price, $/GB it's not bad and performance wise it easily tops most others in any class of mechanical drive.

Buy 2 and put them in a raid 1, data is better secured, throughput is amazing, available storage is... Lulz. For lack of better words.

I know what I'm going to be doing, that's stripping every other drive that is not an SSD out of my system and copying all the contents to this drive.

If you need a large capacity drive or just want to limit your odds of drive failure with large arrays this really can't be beat... I'll be considering these to replace large raid arrays in business servers as the current drives come up for replacement.

CORSAIR SF Series SF600 600W 80 PLUS GOLD Active PFC Haswell Ready SFX SFX12V Micro ATX Full Modular Power Supply
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5 out of 5 eggs A great high power, high quality, small form factor power supply that is quiet to boot! 06/20/2016

This review is from: CORSAIR SF Series SF600 600W 80 PLUS GOLD Active PFC Haswell Ready SFX SFX12V Micro ATX Full Modular Power Supply

Pros: Great power from a small form factor power supply, quiet, efficient, and runs cool.

Fully modular unit with a 12" ATX 20/24 pin cable, 18" 4x Sata cable spaced about 4" each, 18" 4x 4pin molex cable spaced about 4" each, 2x 16" 6/8 pin PCI-E cables, 12" 4/8 pin CPU cable. These work well for small form factor builds as you don't have long cables to bunch up.

One thing I like to test on modular power supplies is the voltage drop which can be caused by the extra pin connectors. These connectors fit snug but not so tight you feel you might break it. They are keyed and have different pin layouts so that you cannot accidentally plug it into the wrong plug or upside down. As for voltage variance, I measured it .01v +/- under load ( system is Intel i7-980x / GTX 970 ), this miniscule amount of voltage change is great! I didn't notice any severe drops at the point of load variance meaning the active pfc functions well and responds quickly.

The Active PFC is part of what allows this unit to run efficiently which leads to cooler temps and quieter fan. The unit was near silent after stress testing cpu/gpu for a few hours. I would imagine the noise from it would easily be drowned out by case, cpu, and gpu fans in most SFF builds that would require this much power.

Corsair warranty, 7 years of it!
I've used hundreds of these units over the last 5+ years and have only had to replace a few, Corsair has always been great to deal with and more importantly provided a quick turn around!

Cons: Active PFC has a drawback and that is it can cause noise in sound cards. In my experience this is very rare and when it does occur it only occurs at very low volume. I did not have this issue using an old PCI Audigy 2 sound card.

Cables maybe a bit short in some instance if you try to use this power supply in a standard ATX case, or if you have a larger SFF case and want really clean cable routing.

Other Thoughts: I find it hard to fault this unit, it does what so many others have not and without complaint.

A bonus, if you happen to break the sata connectors Corsair readily has replacement cables available!


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