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ASRock Z97E-ITX/ac LGA 1150 Intel Z97 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Mini ITX Intel Motherboard
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  • Owned For: more than 1 year

Pros: M.2 slot, ITX, AC WiFi

Cons: none

Other Thoughts: I have this in a Silverstone FT03 Mini (item# N82E16811163197) with a 4790k and ZOTAC GTX 970 (item# N82E16814500362). My boot drive is a Transcend 256 GB M.2 SSD (item# N82E16813157504 ) that attaches to the back of the motherboard. This board has been solid, if you're looking for a compact board with the features this one offers, don't hesitate. I love the fact that I can use the M.2 SSD, this board combo'd with the M.2 I mentioned before reads at 321 MB/s and writes at 310 MB/s, and it does that without using a SSD/HDD bay. My case is very compact, it allows for a single 2.5" and a single 3.5" drive, with this board I managed to get a third in there since this has the slot on the backside of the motherboard where it sits between the board and the case. Did I mention I love this motherboard?

TRENDnet AC1750 Dual Band Wireless Router with StreamBoost Technology
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: gigabit, compact, fast, easy setup, USB

Cons: none yet

Other Thoughts: I plugged this in and I was using gigabit right away. The WiFi requires a password (printed on bottom of unit) out of the box so it's safe to gift to somebody that isn't WiFi savvy. While setup isn't necessary for DHCP configurations, I did log into the settings to change the SSID's it broadcast and change the WiFi passwords to something I'd actually remember.

My PC's that are connected via gigabit average 115 MB/s (920 mbps). I mainly use the WiFi for mobile devices, but for testing purposes I unplugged the cat6 cable from my PC that has an AC wireless adapter. I'm not sure if it's due to the location of the router or congestion, but I can't get the 5GHz band to connect above 585 mbps. The real world performance is 57.9 MB/s (463 mbps), being 5GHz not being congested I'm leaning towards the placement of the router in relation to PC. The 2.4GHz band I'm almost certain its slower speeds are due to congestion. I see numerous SSID's broadcast on the frequency and many other devices other than routers/mobile devices clog that frequency so it's pretty much a given. I show a connection of 144 mbps and my real world performance is 15 MB/s (120 mbps).

While the wireless speeds don't perform as advertised (with my particular setup, obviously it'll vary for everybody), it performs very well. The wired connection is no question running at gigabit, almost fully advertised speeds and that amount under could very well be my equipment/cabling etc.. The wireless connections, especially the 5GHz band operates fine. I'm getting right around half gigabit speeds over a wireless network, it's almost (keyword: almost) getting to the point it's not worth running wires throughout your house. The 2.4GHz band I'm almost certain its lack of performance is due to the band being so congested here, not the device. Unless you don't have any neighbors, you'll want to get one of these dual-band routers if you plan to use WiFi in place of an actual wired gigabit connection. I'm happy with this item, you can't go wrong at this price point.

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: simplicity, speed, pass through electrical plug

Cons: bulky

Other Thoughts: The PC I installed this on has been stuck on Wi-Fi, with this we're able to have all 3 PC's on a gigabit network. There's a noticeable (positive) difference between this adapter and being on Wi-Fi. I'm comparing this to being on an AC1750 network, and even with a high end wireless setup, this is much better.
With any wireless setup, latency issues are unavoidable in my experience. If you play online games where latency is important, this is the best way to avoid it aside from running ethernet cables. In some situations I could see myself running cables, but I'm living in a duplex right now so it wouldn't be wise to drill holes. The other option would be to run them through the hall and under the doors but that'd look tacky which is why I chose to do it this way. It still registers as full gigabit and there's no noticeable lag in gaming or decreased speed between PC's.
I love Wi-Fi when it comes to printers and portable devices but I'm glad I got this adapter, being hard-wired is the way to go. If you use a PC, or even a laptop that spends most of its time on a desk, you won't regret this purchase if you either play games where latency matters, or you regularly transfer files between devices.


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Display Name: Cory D.

Date Joined: 09/13/01

  • Reviews: 59
  • Helpfulness: 28
  • First Review: 06/10/05
  • Last Review: 11/23/15
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