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Intel 7260HMWDTX1 Dual Band Wireless-AC 7260  PCIe plus Bluetooth 4.0 AC1200 Wireless adapters
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  • Owned For: less than 1 day

Pros: Wireless worked with Kubuntu 14.04 linux right out of the box. Initially it got less than 7 mbit/sec with a Cisco E2000 wireless N router, running at .11G. This was lower than I got with my existing EdiMAX wireless G PCI adapter. I then used Apt-get to install the package 'linux-firmware-nonfree.' I rebooted both the router and computer, and got 18mbit/sec. I spent some time switching between the two adapters The signal strength is about the same as the EdiMax, about 60% but that's to be expected. Both have long cable antennas. I use a Cisco -N range extender in the downstairs hallway, which should connect using N. But I'm happy to get even this level of performance, almost, 3 times what I used to get. It seems stable so far.

The blue tooth was immediately recognized, and pairing to a MS 'Comfort Mouse' worked. But It seems to have a problem finding the mouse after re-booting. I may have to actually read the instructions...

Cons: Doesn't connect at N speeds, but that may be because it's at the limit of its range.

Other Thoughts: I wanted and got the extra antenna length and Linux compatibility. We'll see what happens.

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AMD A10-7850K Kaveri 12 Compute Cores (4 CPU + 8 GPU) 3.7GHz Socket FM2+ 95W Desktop Processor AMD Radeon R7 series AD785KXBJABOX
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: Rock solid. Fast, compact, and inexpensive. Darn good for a chip that's basically just a dual core - four thread cpu. The GPU scores are 40-50% better than the best competitor. Not bad. I put it in a little mini-itx case, running Kubuntu Linux Win 8.1 dual boot. No complaints whatsoever.

Cons: None

Other Thoughts: Intel produces great single threaded CPUs. That's about it. And they are expensive.

But AMD produces great APUs, video cards, multi-threaded cpus, and what's more, great mind share and 'interesting' technology. I support AMD because they are always on the cutting edge. As the little guy, they have little choice, they have to take chances. Sometimes they succeed, like with the 64 bit technology. Sometimes they stumble. But I don't care, I will support them because they always give excellent value for the money. This chip is no exception.

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GIGABYTE GA-F2A88XN-WIFI FM2+ / FM2 AMD A88X (Bolton D4) HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Mini ITX AMD Motherboard
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: Not sure, It's not running yet

Cons: I bought this because it supposed to be ready for the Kaveri. I wasted the better part of an evening trying to figure out why the A-10 7850 wouldn't boot. First I found that there's no onboard speaker for diagnostic feedback beeps. Then I find you have to flash the BIOS... on a brand new motherboard. I finally found that Gigabyte notes this on their website, but Newegg sure didn't note it in the product info. So I ordered an A6-4000 APU from Newegg, Just to flash the BIOS.... what a waste. The true cost of the board is actually $55 more than listed. Not counting the hours wasted on figuring out the problem, and the hours I will waste trying to flash the bios.

Really disappointing debut for the new Kaveri APU.

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Eric J.'s Profile

Display Name: Eric J.

Date Joined: 07/03/04

  • Reviews: 18
  • Helpfulness: 13
  • First Review: 01/17/05
  • Last Review: 06/13/14
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