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This review is from: TP-LINK UH700 USB 3.0 7 port Desktop Hub, with Power Adapter
Pros: The unit has a power switch on the top of it, which is nice for conserving power when it's not needed. This also provides as a simple USB charging station when your connected computer is not turned on. I managed to achieve full speed on a read/write performance test of a USB 3.0 connected SATA 6 SSD, I was pleasantly surprised as hubs can increase signal noise. The power supply is 2.5amps, which is a little shy of what USB 3 is capable of providing per port, meaning if you have full power draw on all ports it will not provide enough. However this should really be a non issue for the majority of users. The power supply was tested and I found it to maintain good voltage (within 10%) even with 2 external USB 3 2.5" hard drives connected and moving data. Clean look, nice edges, good build quality, power supply cable plenty long.
Cons: As stated in other reviews it is terribly light and doesn't have much for feet. My solution was to install a few stick on rubber feet I got at the local hardware store. It can still move around a bit but it generally stays in place.
The power supply cable is a little underpowered but shouldn't be an issue for most people. Just don't plug in 7 USB 3 external hard drives.
Other Thoughts: Overall the unit is great, while there are some downfalls there are not any I can find that do not apply to other units alike.
No lock ups, no problems with devices, full speed, powered hub with a quality power supply. If you need more USB 3.0 ports this is a great box.
Remember, if you plug it into a USB 2.0 port, you are going to get USB 2.0 speeds.
This review is from: GIGABYTE GA-X99-UD4 LGA 2011-v3 Intel X99 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
Pros: My first personal gigabyte board. The board is solid, good components through and through, heatsinks are good (keeping nice and cool with moderate case airflow stress testing for hours).
The new x99 chipset is a wonder, I'm dying for a sata express drive (or m.2 on this board!) But raid 0 ssd's will keep me happy for the time being.
Crossfire 2x R9 270x, worked like a charm, both resting in the x16 slots, with enough room between to drop in my pcie firewire card.
Overclocking potential is exceptional enough for any safe 24x7 use, I was able to run my new 5820k @ 4.4 stable for 6 hours (prime95) and 6 hours (heaven benchmark). I dropped it back down to 4.0ghz for noise reasons it's been solid.
Gigabyte warranty and support are great, latest bios revision seems to have fixed any major issues.
LED lightning in the I/O plate is great, but you can leave it unplugged if you wish. I'm going to take a look but I'll bet it's easy to replace the LED with another color.
High quality Intel Nic and Realtek audio!
Cons: While the chipset is capable of 4x 16x pcie configuration this board has 2x 16x and 2x 8x slots. However this is not going to be a problem for most users.
Poor initial bios.
Bios GUI, the default is terrible and I'm glad I found my way out of it quick enough without having to resort to the manual, mouse movement was terrible. The standard model is quite nice, clean and organized and it can be found.
Other Thoughts: Overall I'm happy with the board but I have my complaints.
Upon base installation the system would post loop.
If you have this problem, remove all your USB headers and devices, try to use a PS2 mouse and keyboard, and update the bios, the newest version fixed that issue, it was known by them, good support!
Wireless header seemed a little out of place, empty odd place holes. A knockout cover or plug would be nice.
All in all a good board despite it's flaws. I generally do not recommend bleeding edge to anyone faint of heart as it's known to have it's glitches. But a Ferrari isn't perfect either. Performance! It's all there.
A noticeable difference even at stock clock over my 4770k.
This review is from: TP-LINK TL-WPA4220 N300 AV500 Wi-Fi Powerline Add-On Extender
Pros: Unit performs well, comes with relatively decent directions and I did not experience any drop outs or much packet loss which I find common with powerline adapters.
I achieved a fairly solid 60-75mb/s of actual throughput.
(my setup was direct wall plugin on the same electrical circuit which is pretty ideal)
Wireless strength wise it's about on par with most of my other wireless devices be it modem/router/access point.
Price/Performance is hard to beat when you can't run a cable.
2 lan ports is a nice bonus.
Great for apartments where often layout, wireless flooding and the lack of ability to cable limit your networking options.
Cons: Directions while decent would greatly confuse someone who is not technically inclined. The web configurator refreshes constantly while you are in it, even when you are not changing pages, I found this very annoying.
Powerline adapters do not function the best on old wiring or through some fuse boxes.
While the wireless speed is up to 300mb/s it's pretty misleading as the base unit only has a 100mb port. Pure wireless communication connected at the same point will allow more throughput but it's a bummer not to have a gigabit port. Only 2.4ghz capable, I wish it was 5ghz as that is my primary due to flooding of 2.4ghz networks.
Other Thoughts: Look carefully at these when buying them, they package them as kits, this is only an ad-on component and will not function alone.
Powerline adapters are tricky and don't work for everyone. A lot of them I have used have dropped connections and needed to be reconfigured or reset often. I've been using this unit to expand my wireless into an office and it's been used to play some PC games and stream music/movies it's working great.
As powerline has a lot more going on there is some packet loss but I find that to be expected and it's not too bad.
Due to the lack of a gigabit port and limited wired speeds these are not always best use in business networks.
I'm going to pickup a few more of these and see how well it works when they are chained long distance, I would suspect some additional latency but expect no other issues.
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