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LINKSYS WUSB6100M Next-Gen AC AC600 Mu-Mimo USB Adapter
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4 out of 5 eggs Works Fine on Desktop Computer 07/07/2016

This review is from: LINKSYS WUSB6100M Next-Gen AC AC600 Mu-Mimo USB Adapter

Pros: The adapter was very easy to install, especially if you are comfortable with using Device Manager in Windows. My Windows 10 operating systems found and installed the necessary drivers. Just to be sure I installed the drivers directly from Linksys.com, and they performed the same.

Speed was excellent; on my desktop bandwidth was similar to the speed provided by my Ethernet connection!

On my Sony Vaio laptop, the speed provided by the adapter was similar to the N protocol provided by the built-in Atheros adapter. I never experienced a drop in connectivity while streaming content using the adapter.

Cons: The adapter is too big to leave permanently attached to a laptop computer you plan to carry around. The adapter would probably break eventually, ruining itself and maybe that USB port.

On my laptop, the adapter would too often not be recognized after waking up or rebooting. I had to unplug then replace the adapter – then it would work fine. I was not able to fix the problem by reinstalling the drivers. Since no other reviewer has mentioned this issue, maybe it was just me or my computer.

I only knocked off only one egg because of this, since the adapter, because of its size, is probably not intended to be permanently attached to a portable computer, only a desktop. This was not an issue on my desktop.

Other Thoughts: The adapter seems a little pricey unless you have an AC Multi-user MIMO (MU-MIMO) environment that can take advantage of this new technology. The only reason to pay up for this adapter would be an attempt to future-proof your device. I was unable to test the adapter in an MU-MIMO environment, where it is supposed to shine.

I have always found Linksys products to be excellent quality. The Linksys brand has been sold to Belkin, but I have never had any issues with Belkin products. I think the same or similar chips are used in most wireless products.

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Seagate Desktop SSHD ST4000DX001 4TB 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5
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Pros: This drive has run with no problems through several weeks of testing. It is virtually silent and cool running. Overall it seemed like a high quality drive. The 4 TB formatted to 3.61 Tb, which is what you would expect.

This drive looks and installs like any 3 ½ inch hard drive, and seems to work much the same.
Read and write speeds averaged about 160 Mb per second.

The speed is respectable for a 7200 RPM drive. Overall this drive seemed a little faster than my Western Digital black mechanical drives. I am using it for a backup drive without issues. I use a 256 GB SSD as my system drive, running Windows 10.

I’ve never been a big fan of hybrid drives; they transfer data at a fraction of the speed of full SSD drives. But then if you wanted a 4 Tb SSD drive it would cost over $2000.

This drive has a 5 year warranty, which is exceptional for a Seagate drive.

The drive came as a bare drive securely wrapped in bubble wrap specifically for a hard drive, with no accessories, which was fine.

Cons: I have found no negatives except that if you bought this drive expecting anything even close to SSD performance, you will be disappointed, very disappointed. I don’t know why they advertise this drive a being 4X faster than a mechanical drive – it is simply not true.

Some reviewers talk about avoiding Seagate drive because of a high failure rate, but this had not been my experience in 15 years of building computers.

Other Thoughts: Having a hybrid drive is nearly pointless as a secondary storage or backup drive. This model isn't fast enough to be a high performing main system drive for Windows 10. I’m not sure where this is supposed to fit into the hard drive food chain.

If the price for a hybrid device like is comparable to a standard HDD, why not buy the hybrid?

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ASUS ROG MAXIMUS VIII RANGER LGA 1151 Intel Z170 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.1 USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
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Pros: I am an atypical user of this board. I used it in a non-gaming system without discrete graphics and only midrange components as follows:

Asus ROG Maximus VIII Ranger motherboard (of course)
Intel i5-6600 3.3GHz Skylake CPU
G.Skill Ripjaw V Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) (on the QVL list)
Samsung 850 Pro 256GB SSD
Corsair RM850i 850W ATX12V PSU
Win10 Professional

In other words I was not building a gaming system. I was going for low temps and solid, silent operation and I got it with this build.

I do not overclock although this motherboard makes it almost effortless.

The GUI UEFI BIOS was excellent, even without going into the overclocking options. BIOS is so much easier to play with using a mouse.

Asus motherboards can be depended on to deliver quality. The Maximus 8 Ranger is no exception.

Out of the box the board is beautiful. There is plenty of clean black and red metal and plastic, accounting for most of the pleasing aesthetics. This is the best looking board I have owned. Too bad my case has no window. The board just has a solid quality look and feel.

The error code display was a real timesaver for me. I had installed 2 memory sticks in the first and third slots, of the 4 available. This board requires paired memory sticks to be installed in adjacent slots. The error code alerted me that there was a memory problem when the board failed to boot the first time.

The power button right on the motherboard is a handy feature when you are building or debugging.

Hooking up the wires from the front of the case, power, reset, etc. using the q-connector is great. I will not buy a board without this, as my hands are too big and clumsy.

I have had no onboard audio issues (popping, hissing) discussed by others. I had no issues using the original BIOS (version 0401 dated July 2015) or the latest version 1601. Of course the onboard sound is outstanding to me, but I am not exactly an audiophile.

This board comes with a PS2 keyboard/mouse connection and a PATA header, in case you have older devices you want to use.
Windows 10 installed without a hitch.

Asus provided a tool for placing the CPU, but dropping it into place by hand was easy so I did not use it.

Cons: Boot times are ridiculous – especially in this age of SSDs and Windows 10. I have spent a lot of time in the UEFI BIOS and online, and have not found a solution. By ridiculous I mean 15 – 20 seconds; it takes longer for the system to POST (or whatever the heck it is doing) than for Windows 10 to load off of my fast SSD.

I could not flash the BIOS directly from the BIOS interface. The board never saw my Ethernet Internet connection. The BIOS flash from version 0401 to 1601 was easy using the standard USB flash drive procedure, but doing this always makes me nervous. I’ve noticed this is what Asus recommends, so they must be aware of the issue. Not a big deal since I will probably never flash the BIOS again.

I would have liked a couple more USB 3.0 slots on the back panel. There are several 3.0 headers on the board to support a USB 3.0 card. There is USB 3.1 support, but I had no devices to test.

Other Thoughts: If you are building with a Z170 board, this is a great choice. The Z170 board is needed to support an Intel 6th generation, Skylake CPU and DDR4.

Look for this board on sale or as part of a combo to save a few bucks.

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