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This review is from: D-Link Xtreme Gigabit Router (DIR-655) Wireless N300, USB SharePort, Gigabit
Pros: Gigabit switch, 802.11n, looks nice, ample configuration options, good wifi range
Cons: Slow/sporadic wifi throughput: I frequently could not stream SD (sub 800kbps bitrate) video to a wired device from a wireless device regardless of the wireless adapter used (tried 3 different ones). 802.11n should be AMPLE for SD video streaming internally. This was the case regardless of the settings I used.
QOS is just an on/off checkbox. This is the one area where the configuration options were skimped on, I felt, and it is very unfortunate.
This unit always took an amazingly long time to pull an external IP address. I've had much cheaper routers that could do it in under a minute. This unit consistently took 5 minutes or more, which made troubleshooting/configuring take forever.
Yesterday, the unit decided it just plain wasn't going to even try pulling an external IP address anymore, rendering it useless as a router and me without internet access in my home unless I physically connected my laptop or desktop to the cable modem (ie - the connection was fine from the modem directly to a wired device, but not if the router was connected between them).
Other Thoughts: I'm very disappointed with this router as I put up with all the noted "Cons" (and more) for the better part of 2 years and then it decided it didn't want to be anything more than a switch now. I don't think I'll be trying another D-Link router for some time, if ever.READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: This is the best SandyBridge CPU for cost conscious gaming systems.
The unlocked multiplier makes it a breeze to OC to mid 4Ghz and even past 5Ghz in many cases.
Cons: None.READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: I absolutely love this graphics card. It eats through games without a complaint. It is much more quiet than I would have expected for a top of the line graphics card (just look at the previous 2 generations of reference flagship Nvidia cards as examples).
I put this in my ASUS Maximus IV GENE-Z/GEN3 with a 2500K and got the following (with the original drivers) at 1080p maxed settings:
3DMark11 : P9690
3DMark Vantage: P32394 / X21698
Unigine Heaven: 53.3 fps
Furmark 1.9.2: http://tinyurl.com/cksrcll
RE5 bench: 155.7 fps
SF4 bench: 367.36 fps
GTA4 bench: 65.88 fps
Section 8 Prejudice bench: 109 fps
Lost Planet Test A: 91.1 fps
Lost Planet Test B: 80.6 fps
Stone Giant: 129.061 fps
Crysis bench utility: 57.88 fps
Metro 2033 bench w/PhysX on: 32.67 fps
SWTOR: 97.443 fps
Tribes Ascend: 151.111 fps
Cons: For $500 on the day of release I'd have expected to get the high flow bracket with the card. Unfortunately it wasn't to be.
I was also disappointed that (given I bought this card on day 1) there was no more than 2GB of VRAM on it. The 4GB model wasn't available until some time later, even though the 670 came with 4GB o.O . Despite that, I don't use 3 monitors for gaming and my 1 monitor's maximum resolution is 1920x1200 so 2GB is sufficient for my needs.
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