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TP-LINK TL-PA8010P KIT HomePlug AV2 MIMO AV1200 Gigabit Pass-through Powerline Starter Kit, up to 1200Mbps
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: You don't have to lose a plug, good thing because they are pretty large. Throughput is fairly solid (network transfers using Intel gigabit nics ran nearly as fast as through my cisco switch), latency is acceptable for most. They came packed with a few Cat5E cables, they measure about 6 feet.

I've been using this set between my main switch and a remote desktop which is on another circuit. While this setup is not recommended the units have worked and performed well. I'm yet to have to cycle the power on them or have a game connection drop. The system on the far end is heavily used for gaming and pulls a lot of media from a network server.

Cons: Latency maybe noticeable to a hardcore skilled gamer, and can add issues to latency vulnerable network data.

They are very large and can get fairly warm, I'd suggest leaving some breathing room.

Other Thoughts: The units performed great, the fastest network transfer speeds of I've ever experienced from a power line adapter.

It's an apartment with low quality old wiring, the data is going between circuits through the fuse box.

In my testing on the same circuit additional latency was about 40ms, through the fuse box into another circuit the additional latency was 60-150ms. --- This seems average.

The latency difference in either situation is generally not enough to cause any upset, especially for web browsing, email, even streaming media. It also should not pose an issue for casual gamers, or some game types which are not latency sensitive.

These have replaced a previous set of power line adapters, the network throughput is awesome, backups are now a breeze.

Surge protectors, UPS, and power conditioners can interrupt the data, do not plug these into these items.

GIGABYTE GA-Z170XP-SLI (rev. 1.0) LGA 1151 Intel Z170 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.1 USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: Seemingly solid board, overclocked my i5 well enough to come to the limit of my cooling capacity @ 4ghz on a H50 water cooling system. DDR4 is so very fast, M2 sata port that I only wish I had a drive to take advantage of. High quality audiophile grade capacitors in audio section, also high quality capacitors used elsewhere. Many UEFI boards I've worked with have left me fairly depressed with the bios user interface. This board unlike most others I've used has a fluid working, clean, and crisp bios. Required settings were easily found, for once clicking and moving between windows did not feel clunky and slow. Lots of USB 3 ports, dual USB3 headers, sata express (for when the drives are available). Bundled apps are always a welcomed bonus, in this case especially if you like having your devices networked.

Realtek ALC1150 audio is very high quality for an on board solution, one of the best.

Intel gigabit network! It's really hard to beat the quality and performance of Intel network cards.

Once in the bios I had some basic configuration changes to make, beyond overclocking mostly fan tuning. This board offers exceptional fan speed tuning that should work well with almost any fan, it can be a bit confusing to a novice but with a little guess and check anyone should be able to fine tune their fan speeds.

Cons: USB ports would not function for none keyboard/mouse (human interface devices) on initial boot before drivers were installed on Windows 7, this caused problems as I left the drivers disc at home, not even a USB wireless device would detect. This isn't a problem with Windows 10, so have a disc ready if you are installing 7.

Other Thoughts: This is a great cleanup from the last generation boards, especially in the bios which is similar however feels better tuned.

On initial boot I had to check the bios for fan speed settings as my water pump was placed on the CPU_OPT port which works fine however defaulted to a normal fan speed setting, if you use water cooling make sure that your fan port is set to FULL speed.

While in a multi video card situation not all ports are driven at max speed, this generally is not a performance limiter as the ports are wildly faster than most cards require.

If you are looking for a mainboard with good quality components through and through, this board should feed your need.

HyperX Savage 2.5
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: New controller, very fast, the price!

Kingston HyperX SSD's have been one of my favorites, they offer premium build quality, top tier speeds, a great warranty, and awesome support.

This is faster than my HyperX 3K 240GB, looks just as good, manufacturing and packaging is equal.

Write performance is amazing, read performance is nearly equally as good. I've seen consistent performance within 5% of maximum speed specification which I'd consider very good.

Makes Windows 10 boot in a matter of seconds on my non fast boot capable laptop.

Comes with a license for Acronis to image your current drive, making the move to the new SSD simple and straight forward.

Cons: CPU usage is higher with an SSD, granted this is only during software load times which is essentially instant with a fast cpu and gobs of memory.

As with any SSD it's important to leave some free space, I generally strive for 50% but that's probably a slight bit overkill, I'd however suggest trying to maintain at least 30% free space. This is done to help keep performance up, and lifespan to a maximum.

Other Thoughts: I highly recommend 8GB+ with an SSD to avoid too much swapping which will degrade it quicker, some will recommend disabling the page file, I've found that to cause issues with some software.

Remember that only Windows 7 and newer supports TRIM functions, while not required it's a great technology if you can take advantage of it.

Kingston has a toolkit available however it appears it is not at least yet compatible with this SSD. It is used to flash firmware and diagnostics. I do hope that this will be available in the future.


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Display Name: Derek N.

Date Joined: 05/05/06

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  • First Review: 05/13/06
  • Last Review: 11/04/15
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