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Pros: Fast and reliable.
Prior to purchasing this wireless adapter, I read the reviews and from what I gathered, the CD included in the box was useless, so downloaded the drivers from the site............
But to my surprised, 6 months ago I reviewed a TP-LINK, the Archer C600 and never uninstalled the drivers nor software, just stopped using it, so, when I installed this RNX adapter, it worked, but it was recognized as a TP-LINK adapter, not giving any model number nor speed (N or AC), so I tested it and it was right up there with the AC speeds, a bit slower than the one on my Z97Pro Wi-Fi motherboard.
Then I use the Rosewill drivers, were not able to install due to the ones previously installed being the latest...weird!
I then tried it in my laptop and it work, Rosewill drivers and software worked as it should, but still slower than expected, so I decided to try the TP-LINK drivers/software and while that work fine as well, still not fast enough for what I wanted.
It was definitely better than my Wireless N adapter, but I hoped for a much better experience.
Cons: None. Although a bit pricey now I think, compared to other AC1200 wireless adapters.READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: -Thunderbolt Header
-M.2 Socket 3 up to 22x110
-On-board heat sinks securely attached
-Water Pump header + 6 fan headers
-AiSuite (Easier to use and control). Mem-Tweak it.
There is a ton of features in this board, and this is the low-end of the ROG boards, not specifically for high CPU overclocking but nevertheless it will bump the speed of your K CPU.
For the set up I use the following hardware: i5 6600K, Corsair Vengeance LPX DDR4 3000 (2X4) 8GB, GeForce GTX 960, Corsair RM1000i, Audigy SBX, Corsair H110i GTX + Gelid Thermal compound, HyperX 240GB SSD, WD1TB + WD3TB Black for storage, LG BD player in a Corsair 450D and Windows 8.1.
Installation was easy (I learned previously to install the AIWC solution first!), although I saw this came with a CPU installation tool, I didn't use it, didn't think it was necessary. Windows installed flawlessly and as with every ASUS board, as soon as Win installed I decided to install the latest but BETA 1202 BIOS. After rebooting continued with the software/drivers bundle.
This is definitely an improvement over the previous AiSuite in the Z97 boards, it really gets the auto-overclocking a little bit faster and as always, stable. Although not much of a difference from my 4690K in terms of overclock ability, it went pretty much the same, up to 4.5GHz, but this 6600K seems just a tad faster in numbers only because I hardly notice any tangible difference. The fan controller/software works pretty much the same, but I like that there's an extra setting and it's on the desktop rather than hidden near the taskbard.
The board itself is amazing, loaded with features and durable capacitors as well as the PCB board in a nice black mate finish and the heat/sinks are massive and attached securely to the board with their own backplate.
BIOS, UEFI has not changed that much, like any other regulard ASUS board.
Sound? It's okay, I'm not a big fan of on-board sound, but this SFX works slightly better than the one on my Z97Pro, perhaps the Z170 is doing a better job overall.
I use a wireless adapter and the e-cable and in both occasions down and up loads speeds were almost to the max speed I receive from my provider.
The USB 3.0 ports were constantly faster when connected to any of my USB 3.0 hardware, such as flash and ssd drives, no fluctuation (if any, it was very minimal but steady thereafter). The USB 3.1 by the asmedia controller were pretty much the same, except still old drivers.
This board is exceptionally good, low-end ROG and a great price with everything that you will need. But for much better sound, definitely a discrete sound card is the way to go. The KeyBot II worked but not really used to that feature myself.
After the BIOS installation (despite being BETA), tested the system for 32hrs with Prime, no errors or reboots, encoded tons of videos, transferred 900GB between storage drives several times, no lost of ForF.
The Z170 chipset and Ranger
Cons: -This is definitely a huge CON, not enough USB 3.0 ports, the USB 3.1 work off an Asmedia chipset which is a bad choice now for vendors to use this controller. Could've used a Marvel instead.
PATA and somewhat Optical drives are being phased out, why still insist in using USB 2.0 ports, the Z170 in this board does not make a difference in changing the PCI-E lanes for SLI or CrossFire, could've definitely use more USB 3.0 ports on the back. Even though is a budget ROG board? it cost more than an ultra low end board.
Other Thoughts: BIOS updates might be tricky to some people, but this is something that it should be done immediately after Win installs, even before installing ANY update, I've learned this from the several other ASUS boards I've owned. Installing or flashing the BIOS from within Win is much easier than from a USB, and I've done it both ways but I much rater from within Win, a flash drive can easily corrupt a Zip file though it has never happened to me but I've heard many horror stories about other people doing so in forums.
I can't stress this enough for a discrete sound card is the way to go, the sound in this board is ok, but not amazingly good, there are tons of features with a discrete sound card that is bundled with, not to mention a lot, a lot louder.
Overall I'm pleased with this board, it worked great right out of the box, no glitches, faster in most areas than my previous Z97 board, though still not happy with that "asmedia" controller for the USB 3.1.
What else can I say? I've been using ASUS boards since the P4T days, the one with the 850 chipset still works, Win2000pro and to this date, I'm yet to be disappointed. Except time, it's disappointing that it goes by so fast. Nevertheless, I definitely recommend this board for the "GAMER" looking for a great board loaded with new and improved features.
Pros: -2 year Warranty
-24/7 Tech support
-Plug and Play
-984 ft. range over electrical circuit
-128 bit powerline security
-Manual very clear and easy to follow.
To achieve 1,200Mbps you'd need devices that can achieve no less than 1,200Mbps, in other words AC networking.
Set up was extremely easy, took no more than 3 minutes in the actual process, from thereon it did not require drivers installation or any other kind of software or firmware or app, just plug and play.
In my first run I used it wired from an outlet which unfortunately had an integrated 6 outlet surge protector (according to the manual a surge protector is not recommended for this to be plugged in), not a strip but nevertheless I tried. First with the wireless connection I was getting 26/30Mbps, now wired and the surge I was getting 40/50Mbps. Not bad.
There were no glitches, no dropped signals even during busy weekend hours of the day and night.
Streaming was good, from all well known sites and cable services.
2nd step was to bring my wireless Linksys AC 1200 router to my room (I have the range extender in my bedroom but even with it I was getting 26/30Mbps, very slow considering my speeds are 75/75Mbps), so I unplugged the AC router from the main cable/router downstairs and this time I put the POWERLINE adapter in an outlet which there was no "surge protector", plug the Linksys AC router into the powerline adapter and tested the wireless speed and I am gettin 50/60Mbps (35/41Mbps lowest) average, with 61/73Mbps the highest I've seen. Dramatic improvement, now I feel like I'm getting my money's worth from the AC router and cable/internet fees.
3rd step, checking with XBOX, when my AC router was downstairs I'd get drops all the time and it became annoying so I used the main cable/router to connect but still had low signal but no drops.
With the AC in my bedroom now, XBOX live has no glitches, full wireless bars, streaming is flawless, not a single drop in signal for 5 days straight and counting.
Overall, it's a fantastic unit and way much better than to run ethernet cables through out the house, the speeds improved dramatically, never thought I could achieve them with all the wall in my house and in all 3 levels.
This unit is worth every penny and it's a great tool to expand your network around your house w/o slowing down your internet speeds.
Best part in my opinion, if your cable company provides a router, now you can have a wireless AC router in the 2nd level w/o having to buy a range extender, if you want to keep your home wires free. Now all of my 3 bedrooms upstairs I get full bars for wireless signal in all devices we use in the home.
Other Thoughts: Internet in every room and every floor w/o running cables in the entire home, using existing powerlines.READ FULL REVIEW