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GIGABYTE GA-X99-SLI (rev. 1.0) 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

5 out of 5 eggs Great gaming and work motherboard for overclocking 08/12/2015

This review is from: GIGABYTE GA-X99-SLI (rev. 1.0) LGA 2011-v3 Intel X99 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

Pros: Advanced architecture - for serious gaming and work. 6Gb/s for optimal SDD speeds.

Better Mounting Holes: More copper is used to reinforce the mounting holes. Noticed that it was tougher than my last board. Gigibyte makes very tough motherboards, and this one is the toughest I have seen.

Layout - excellent layout of the board, allowing for effective airflow and placement of components.

RAM - Up to 64GB of DDR4 RAM

GPU support - Both Nivida and AMD boards are support, like most motherboards. Both are setup for quad function, enabling 16 displays from 4 GPU's. Think wall of monitors!!

SATA - 10X 6G Ports for amazing speed. SATA Express.

Included cables - Power extension cable, Crossfire bridge, SLI bridge and SATA cables.

CPU location - Perfect location for air cooling, which I am using, but I don't think I would want to try to fit a water cooling system.

PCI-Express design - You can have 8x8x8x8 or 16x0x16x0 to pick from.

Overclocking Software - Unlike my previous Gigabyte motherboards, this has an easy and effective overclocking software that is Windows based. You have six different options to pick from to fit your computing needs. Manual overclocking is a pleasure and easy.

Q-Flash - You are now able to flash the Bios without a CPU.

Audio and Video - Excellent system with plenty of power.

USB 3.0 and UASP support. - The USB 3.0 tested faster than any other motherboard I have tested! 84 MB per sec.

Cons: Bios- previous Bios's were acceptable, but this one is the worst I have ever come across. I never know if I have saved my changes in the start menu.

Firmware - Updates are needed to make the BIOS work as well as other motherboards. There are cold boot and reboot issue that need addressing.

Linksys RE6700 AC1200 AMPLIFY Dual-Band Wi-Fi Range Extender
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

3 out of 5 eggs Decent but costly 07/07/2015

This review is from: Linksys RE6700 AC1200 AMPLIFY Dual-Band Wi-Fi Range Extender

Pros: Easy setup: As close to plug and play as you can get. Fast and user friendly website. Not sure there is a better website for setup.

Firmware Update: Update was very fast and easy, and the product ran much better after it.

Extra plug: Plugs are like gold bars in a house now days with all our electronics, and having the extra plug was a real plus.

Ethernet connection: Kind of mandatory for extenders, as a hardwire connection is always best.

Audio jack: Something you don't find on other extenders. Worked very well, with clear sound and signal.

2.4 band: The unit had a far better 2.4 band than 5 band, which is usual, and is the band used the most. Had no issues with streaming of a movie and online gaming at the same time.

Cross Band: You are able to extend one band farther, which I picked the 2.4 and it made a difference.

Cons: Dropped signal: Laptop and iPad constantly dealt with the WIFI signal going from 5 bars, down to zero. Resetting the system several times and moving the extender, had little effect.

Location: Unit had to placed within 15 feet of my wireless router according to the software. This reduced some of the sudden drops in the signal to no bars, but not a lot.

Unit gets very hot: Surprised how hot the unit was after having it in for day. Not enough to be concerned about other plugs, but am concerned about the lifespan of the product at that higher temp level.

Price: The price is VERY high, with comparable products going for $25.

5Ghz band: Very poor performance, worse than current system of extenders.

Other Thoughts: Current system:
NetGear 4200
TP Link TP-WA850 - 2 Units
Desktop - Icore computer
Lenovo T440 Laptop
iPad Air 2
3700 sqft house for testing.

I wanted so badly to like or love this extender, since most have left me wanting more from them. Unfortunately, this extender also left me wanting, as the signal strength was greatly affected by walls and floors. When the extender was place outside the home, the signal could be picked up at an amazing over 100 feet way, with four bars!!! The dropping of the signal became too much for inside the house use. I switched back to my former TP system of extenders. But, I did place this unit against an outside wall, giving the entire yard an excellent signal.

With some manual changes to the bands, the 2.4 and 5 performed better.

Belkin WeMo F5Z0489 LED Lighting Starter Set, 2 WeMo Smart Light Bulbs & WeMo Link, Control Multiple WeMo Bulbs from Anywhere, Wi-Fi Enabled
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: Bulbs: They are normal size bulbs, unlike other systems which have large individual bulbs. The color of the bulbs are a warm yellow, not the normal cold blue or wintery white of most bulbs. The bulbs are very energy efficient, and have the ability to render true color, unlike other auto lighting systems.

ZigBee: The bulbs communicate with your wireless system using the same tech as others, since the tech works the best.

Other products: The bulbs are part of a whole family and eco system from Belkin, adding value to the bulbs.

Dimming and control: you are able to dim the bulbs, not just on or off, and they are also able to be controlled by others at the switch. The bulbs can be synced with the sunrise and sunset, allowing for dimming at night and coming on softy in the morning.

Number of bulbs in the system: you are able to have up to 50 bulbs in the system, which I have four right now and they function flawlessly.

Safety: The system allows you to make your house look like someone is home while you are away, without having an expensive security system or unreliable plug controls.

Web app for you phone: app can be downloaded to your phone for control of the system. Available for Android and Apple phones, but Android was far easier to download and free, unlike Apple.

System: You have the ability to control the light remotely, individually or as a group, adding to functionality.

Separate control unit: plugs into the a wall outlet, not wasting needed space on your router.

Cons: Unit: It is large and takes up a needed power socket.

App: it had issues downloading on both the Android and Apple, and Apple tried charging for it, no surprise there.

Firmware: Lost 30 minutes of my life waiting for the download and it froze the first time.

Cost:$30 for a bulb!!

App: It had a hard time finding the bulbs and system, taking three times.

Other Thoughts: Fun lights to own and play with. Functional for a security system that is already in a home and can act as a deterrent as a system on its own.


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