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This review is from: APC BGE90M 125 VA 75 W 3 Outlets UPS
Pros: For me, all I really want to know about a network UPS is, how long will it keep me online, and keep my connected hardware up and running. So to that end, this is how it held up in my testing.
I connected this UPS to the core of my home network and VOIP phone. That being my modem, router, and home telephone (details below). To simulate a power outage, I simply shut off power to the outlet where it was connected and seen how long it would keep us online.
I decided to test it under heavy usage as a "worse case scenario" by having all 4 PC's (3 wired and 1 wireless) in our home doing an online task, in this case gaming, and started the timer. With the modem and router under load, the UPS lasted just over 3 hours, not bad at all. A few days later, I decided to do the same test again, this time just using 2 of the PC's web browsing, and using the home phone a few times. This time around I got much closer to the advertized 4.5 hours, running about 4 hours 15 minutes. Lastly, the same test again, this time only using a tablet and smartphone online, and using the USB ports to charge them. This time it lasted just over 4.5 hours. If you have other battery backup for your wireless devices, the unit should easily keep you online close to 5 hours, longer if you use a less power hungry router. Such as a nano router. So usage and connected devices does, of course, do play a big role in how long the device will maintain power.
It seems to work wonderfully. Where I have it located in my home, the USB charging ports come in very handy for visitors wanting to charge their phones. I really only have nice things to say about this UPS, it works, and it works well. If you're looking for a home network UPS, then this device needs to be on your list for consideration.
Cons: None at the time of this review.
Other Thoughts: Network/Tested Hardware:
TP-LINK Archer C3200 AC3200 Wireless Tri-Band Gigabit Router
Arris TM902 Cable Modem / VOIP
Uniden 2.4GHz Wireless Home Phone and Answering System
Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 and Galaxy Note 4 used for USB charging.
Pros: TP-Link has become one of my top choices for most of my home networking needs, as well as those of my customers and friends. They are now at the core of my entire home network, and for a host of very good reasons.
They offer a wide variety of routers and networking peripherals to meet most any demand and budget. They come with a great list of features and work very well, easily meeting the needs they are designed to meet. This Archer C3200 is no exception. I'm not going to re-list all the features, I'm just going list a couple I really like to see, then cut right to the chase and tell you how well it performed.
To test this router, as I do with all of them, I dropped it into the heart of my very high demand home network and let it take over. Seeing how well it would hold up, if it would crash or choke, or drop connections.
First off, there are both a physical on/off switch for the WiFi and a reset switch on the front of the router. This is something I wish more routers had, I absolutely loved seeing this!
Plenty of front panel activity LED indicator lights. I like having the Ethernet connectivity lights located on the front of the device rather than behind it.
The US is simple and easy to navigate. It lends itself nicely to both novice and experienced users.
Now, how did it perform?
I have to say, it performed absolutely wonderfully. I was very impressed with how it was able to handle what we threw at it.
My home network (as of this review) consists of six PC's, three of which are on 24/7. One server, one HTPC, and one test bench system used for hardware testing and benchmarking. As well as one laptop, three tablets, two smart phones, a PS4, and a Roku.
With such a large network, you can imagine how much stress it can be put under.
The router has been put top the test hosting a dedicated private ARK Survival Evolved server with 6 to 10 players on at any given time. As well as playing multiple online video games, viewing HD media across many of the wireless and wired devices, and live streaming.
It performed wonderfully. At no time did I have issues with any of the PC's lagging in any of the various games they were playing. I had no problems with dropped frames streaming to Twitch, no lag or choppy video. No issues having streams or HD media being displayed on mobile devices or the laptop.
All in all this Archer C3200 is a perfect high-end router for a high-end home network.
Cons: None as of the time of this review. I love how this router has performed.
Other Thoughts: Wired Devices:
3 Gaming PC's
1 Server PC
1 Gaming HTPC
1 Test Bench System
1 NAS Storage Device
3 Tablets (2x Galaxy Tab 3 / 1x Galaxy Tab 2)
2 Smart Phones (Galaxy S3 / Galaxy Note 4)
TP-Link 5-port TL-SG105 Switch
TP-Link 5-port TL-SG105E Easy Smart Switch
TP-LINK Archer T8E AC1750 Wireless Dual Band NIC
All of the wired and wireless devices functioned perfectly during all of my testing.
I really can't say enough to stress how well this, and all the other TP-Link routers, I have had the fortune of testing have done. I can see why they get the good reviews they do. TP-Link does a wonderful job delivering quality products that can handle a wide range of network environments and uses.
Pros: This 480GB Trion 100 from OCZ Toshiba offers good capacity and performance at a good price. The thing with SSD's over SATA III is we are well aware of the limits, so we often rate SSD's in groups based on how close to those limits they can reach at the price point they are offered. How well they perform in real world usage as well as in synthetic benchmarks. Lastly, we try and look at longevity.
Having this drive for about 2 weeks, under gaming loads and benchmarking, I can say I am pleased with it's overall performance. While I can't speak much to it's longevity, we will keep the drive in use and see how well it holds up over time. It does come with a 3 year warranty.
So lets get right down to the numbers. Speeds over CrystalDiskMark., ATTO, and AS-SSD were similar, so these are the averages across 10 passes per test.
* 50MB *
SEQ Read: 517.4 MB/Sec
SEQ Write: 450.9 MB/Sec
Random 512K Read: 400.4 MB/Sec
Random 512K Write: 490.4 MB/Sec
Random 4K Read: 32.08 MB/Sec
Random 4K Write: 98.13 MB MB/Sec
Random 4K QD32 Read: 292.0 MB/Sec
Random 4K QD32 Write: 238.1 MB/Sec
* 1000MB *
SEQ Read: 536.8 MB/Sec
SEQ Write: 332.9 MB/Sec
Random 512K Read: 403.5 MB/Sec
Random 512K Write: 215.6 MB/Sec
Random 4K Read: 29.16 MB/Sec
Random 4K Write: 102.4 MB MB/Sec
Random 4K QD32 Read: 285.6 MB/Sec
Random 4K QD32 Write: 160.4 MB/Sec
* 4000MB *
SEQ Read: 530.1 MB/Sec
SEQ Write: 141.1 MB/Sec
Random 512K Read: 361.0 MB/Sec
Random 512K Write: 158.0 MB/Sec
Random 4K Read: 28.41 MB/Sec
Random 4K Write: 74.75 MB MB/Sec
Random 4K QD32 Read: 291.8 MB/Sec
Random 4K QD32 Write: 122.8 MB/Sec
Average overall access time: 0.39ms
The numbers are good, not the best on the market of course, but good for the price point and capacity.
For me personally, I love running benchmarks just to see the numbers, but the "real world" performance is when I look for in my hardware over most other aspects in terms of performance.
The three primary uses for all the SSD's in our systems are OS, gaming, and servers.
Testing boot times under Windows 7 Ultimate 64, Windows 8.1, and Windows 10 all offer under 30 second loads from power on to desktop. As you would expect from most SSD's on the market today.
When it comes to gaming, the results are also typical, offering much faster load times than an HDD. Games like Battlefield Hardline drop you in game in 20-30 seconds at most. ARK: Survival Evolved loads in about 20-30 seconds as well from server selection to in-game, with texture loads of about 2-3 seconds. You get the gaming performance you expect out of an SSD.
Lastly, we ran a couple servers on the Trion 100 to see how well it held up, and again, it performed as expected. Running a local ARK: Survival Evolved and Minecraft server, you get much better overall performance than running off an HDD, offering a great gaming experience.
Pretty good performance all around.
Cons: None at the time of testing. It performed pretty much as expected.
The drive does not come with a bay adapter, as some others do.
Other Thoughts: Overall, this is a pretty solid drive from OCZ, no pun intended. It offers good performance at a pretty reasonable price. While it may not be the most impressive SSD on the market, it's on par with many others. Delivering the performance you expect from an SSD over an HDD.
For this drive, we did most all of the testing with the following core hardware.
ASRock Fatal1ty Z97 Killer Motherboard
Intel Core i5-4670K
16GB G.Skill Sniper Series DDR3 (4x4) @ 2133