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CORSAIR Hydro Series H50 120mm Quiet Edition Liquid CPU Cooler - Intel Only
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3 out of 5 eggs Awesome Cooler - Socket 1150 Will Make you Grit Your Teeth 04/02/2016

This review is from: CORSAIR Hydro Series H50 120mm Quiet Edition Liquid CPU Cooler - Intel Only

Pros: - Devils Canyon 4790 4.0 ghz never gets over 36 C with Far Cry 4 maxed out
- Quiet

Cons: Installation is not for the squeamish, especially if the squeamish own a socket 1150 because the installation hardware backplate is not designed specifically for the 1150. The item is marketed as an 1150 solution, but there is no way to successfully install the backplate with out distorting the thing to the point of putting stress on the mobo (mine: asus Z97-A). The backup bracket is actually stamped on the holes for 775, 1156 and 1366 - but not 1150. That should be a clue to you if you own an 1150, you will likely have difficulty. On the topside, the bracket lines up OK since the holes are in rotating fittings that allow the hold-down screws to better approximate alignment with the 1150 hole pattern.

Other Thoughts: In spite of the terrible installation experience, I still love the cooler. It cools down a typically hot processor quietly and efficiently.

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ZyXEL AC240 AC1200 Wireless USB3.0 Adapter IEEE 802.11ac, IEEE 802.11a/b/g/n USB 3.0 Up to 300 or 867Mbps Wireless Data Rates
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  • neweggOwned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: USB 3.0, strong radio, compact for what it does, cool running. Excellent throughput for wireless - almost as good as hard wire.

Cons: Antenna is slightly flimsy. Needs powered USB 3.0, Windows-provided drivers may result in buggy performance, depending on mothertboard.

Other Thoughts: I bought one of these adapters for a permanent solution on an older MoBo Windows 7 media rig to stream content from my gigabit connection and Technicolor C2100T wireless router. After testing flawlessly on that machine, I went to buy another AC240/AC1200 and was overjoyed to see NewEgg had the item drastically reduced in price - so I bought three more.

One of my Windows 10 boxes with an Asus ROG Maximus MoBo had issues with the drivers that auto-download from Windows Update - it would sometimes bluescreen, or sometimes disconnect randomly with those drivers installed. I downloaded the latest ZyXEL Windows 8 drivers from the support page of the ZyXEL website, and turned off Windows auto-install to prevent the microsoft-written drivers from loading during the ZyXEL installation process. The installer loaded the ZyXEL drivers, and all was well with that machine. I have no problems with any of my other Windows 10 or 7 boxes.

In my case, using a dual-band router, I needed to select one or the other bands (standard or 5G) for connecting, otherwise I would get random drops. Windows 10 will try to connect to both, which I believe is possible, but my results were better when selecting just one of the bands (5G) and I get about 105 MB/s (approx 840 Mbps) average throughput when 20 feet from the router. For me, that is ample bandwidth, but I imagine tweaking config settings will likely yield more for purists.

I should also mention that these adapters are power-hungry, and it is probably a good idea to ensure that the voltage provided to the USB port is sufficient to power the massive bandwidth the radio affords. In my case, I used PCI-E add-on USB 3.0 cards, which are powered by a 5v molex directly from the PS.

This adapter is an excellent portable or permanent solution. For desktops, it is a good idea to put the unit in one of the back USB 3.0 ports as the typical front case ports will sometimes not have adequate power, or will at best be vulnerable to bumping or snagging since the adapter is so large. The little extension cable provided could be useful, but not needed in any of my cases.

ZyXEL has never let me down after 10 years of using several of their other products. Strongly recommended.

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Otterbox Preserver Case for Samsung Galaxy S4 Carbon (77-33792)
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5 out of 5 eggs Best Case for The Elements 10/15/2015

This review is from: Otterbox Preserver Case for Samsung Galaxy S4 Carbon (77-33792)

Pros: Extremely robust construction. Waterproof - in fact, installation instructions require submersion for 30 mins - without phone of course - to ensure the case keeps the moisture out. Screen protector is sensitive, accurate, and provides enough room on the edges to operate the touchscreen without obstruction. Good price for what you get.

Cons: Hard to open the case. Opening and closing the micro-usb port for charging could present opportunity for wear - and leaks - down the road. Wireless charging could solve this issue, but adds bulk in an already tight case.

Other Thoughts: Calls started getting echo-back on the other end. I solved this by placing the phone in the case and snapping the case together exactly as instructed, as well as opening the charging port to prevent an the opportunity for positive air pressure within the case/phone. When googling the echo-back problem, there appear to be many suspected causes, with equally numerous solutions..Correct installation of the phone solved it for me.

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Display Name: Geoff R.

Date Joined: 10/05/05

  • Reviews: 11
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  • First Review: 11/30/14
  • Last Review: 04/02/16
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