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CORSAIR Vengeance LPX 16GB (4 x 4GB) 288-Pin DDR4 SDRAM DDR4 2666 (PC4-21300) C16 Memory Kit - Red Model CMK16GX4M4A2666C16R
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: Well, lets start with the packaging. The LXP DDR4 memory DIMMs are shipped in a box, which I find much nicer than the cheaper plastic only sleeve packaging options. The heat spreaders are made of Aluminum and are ribbed to provide additional surface area. They aren't the largest heat spreaders I've seen, but are adequate for cooling.

The LPX is Quad Channel memory designed for the new X99 chipset. I installed them in an ASRock X99 Extreme4 motherboard along with an 8 core i7 LGA 2011 CPU. That was paired with the jumk video card from my last system and a Samsung 840 Pro SSD.

Unfortunately I don't have any other DDR4 DIMMs to test against, so any speed claims would be worthless. I ran 4 passes of Memtest 86+ prior to the OS installation because there is nothing worse than running into a bad stick when doing an OS install. The LPX passed with no errors.

The OS installation went smoothly using Windows 7 Ultimate. Speed was phenomenal as was the responsiveness of opening and reopening programs. I downloaded the trial version of Adobe Creative Cloud and installed Illustrator. Reopening the program was pretty darn quick and only took about a second. Once again, I don't have any other DDR4 memory to compare it to, but it is significantly faster than my old system using DDR3 memory.

I'm not an overclocker, so I can't comment on the LPX performance, but I'm sure there are other reviews covering that aspect.

Cons: DDR4 memory is expensive, although this is on the lower end of the spectrum. I'm not deducting anything for the cost, as sitting on the leading edge of technology is never a cheap endeavor.

Other Thoughts: For someone looking to dip into the DDR 4 realm without dropping a ton of cash, the LPX fits the bill. I searched around before testing and found that there isn't a ton of data out there, so tread lightly if you're looking at overclocking.

The main reason to pick this up is if you want to jump on the new X99 chipset. The big allure for me was the new Haswell CPUs. I just wish I could get my hands on one of the new 18-core Xeon Intels......

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TP-LINK TL-WN725N  Nano Wireless N150 Adapter, 150Mbps, IEEE 802.11b/g/n, WEP, WPA/WPA2
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

4 out of 5 eggs Inexpensive, but not the fastest 01/28/2015

This review is from: TP-LINK TL-WN725N Nano Wireless N150 Adapter, 150Mbps, IEEE 802.11b/g/n, WEP, WPA/WPA2

Pros: The device is well packaged and includes the Nano Adapter, a driver installation CD and a small instruction booklet. At first, I attempted to install the device and allow Windows to choose a drive, but there wasn't one available. Not wanting to use the CD, so I got the latest drivers, I downloaded them from the TP-LINK website. They were easy to find and the installation only took a few minutes.

The adapter is very low profile, as the name implies, so you don't have to worry about bumping it on something while you're carrying around your laptop.

Cons: It's not very fast and I got no where near the 150Mbps theoretical maximum.

I was averaging about 15-22Mbps down and 8-11Mbps up on a 30/30 FIOS connection. This is with the laptop sitting on my living room coffee table where I typically work. My internal card will max out the connection.

The speed is quick enough that unless you're transferring or downloading large files, I don't think it will impact your productivity.

I deducted one egg for the slow speed.

Other Thoughts: I've been an advocate for TP-LINK products in the last year, but this one falls a bit short on the recommendation scale. It would be great for someone that needs a replacement Wifi adapter for their laptop and doesn't do much in the way of large file transfers.

It comes at a great price point and installation is a breeze. As for recommending it to people, I would have to ask about their file transfer usage before passing along a recommendation.

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ASRock X99 Extreme4 LGA 2011-v3 Intel X99 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: I don't even know where to start with this bad boy, other than wow! When I initially pulled the Extreme4 out of the box I was very pleased. It's a well built, solid, very nice looking piece of hardware. Not only is it nice looking, it's packed with some of the newest features. The X99 chipset works with Intel's latest Haswell CPU lineup, which includes the new 18-core Xeon that I would love to get my hands on one of these days.

The board supports SLI, Crossfire & NVIDIA's 3-Way and there are more than enough PCIe ports to go around. Be aware that adding a M.2 SATA drive steals 4 lanes from one of the available PCIe ports. I didn't go with a M.2 SATA drive yet because I couldn't find one that would perform at 10GB/s. There is no onboard video chipset, but I don't suspect anyone who buys this motherboard would ever use it had ASRock included one.

As for HDD interfaces, you have the aforementioned M.2 SATA, 10 regular SATA supporting RAID 0, 1, 5, 10 and an IRS 13.

The Extreme4 supports 8 x 288pin RAM at a max of 128GB. Unfortunately 288pin DDR4 is very expensive right now, so unless I sold my car, I'm going to be a little short. :)

Overclocking can be handled through the A-Tune Windows based software, or through the BIOS settings. I like the A-Tune because it gives you firmware controls from inside Windows. I'm not an expert at overclocking, so my preference is to use the auto-tuning method provided.

One thing that I really liked, was the ability to download drivers within the BIOS without having to boot the OS. Speaking of the BIOS, if you should happen to hose up your settings, there is a clear CMOS switch on the motherboard.

There are also 4 x USB 3.0 ports, Analog Audio Outs, an Optical out, eSATA and two PS/2 ports (does anyone even own a PS/2 keyboard anymore?).

If that wasn't enough, just take a look at the price. I don't think you can go wrong for an X99 board of this caliber.

Cons: There were two things I didn't like about this board at all. The first is the placement of the HD audio port on the motherboard. It's as far away from the front of the case as possible. Being at the far side in the corner, meant that my cable was about 2" short of making the connection. I'm not sure if I should blame ASRock, or Fractal Design, but either way, it doesn't reach. This is the first time I've encountered this problem with a board.

The other annoyance I had was that there was only one fan header at the top of the motherboard. My Fractal Design case has the option to connect two top mounted fans, so it would have been nice to have another header at the top of the board.

I'm not going to deduct any eggs for these issues, but would subtract 1/2 egg if I could.

Other Thoughts: For the price, this board has all the features you need with none of the fluff. I'm really starting to like ASRock and think they have come a long way in the last few years. If you're looking for a great board for a new gaming rig or want something for a high end graphic design workstation, look no further.

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