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SAPPHIRE TRI-X OC 100361-2SR Radeon R9 290X 4GB 512-Bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 CrossFireX Support Video Card
  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: Extremely quiet
Extreme performance

Cons: ridiculously long
expensive

Other Thoughts: I previously had an EVGA GTX 670 superclocked 4GB. It was an excellent card but at 2560x1440 resolution games were a little too slow for my liking. For example, Tomb Raider would sometimes dip below 30 fps. Most of all, the 670 was LOUD.

I'm very sensitive to noise, especially high frequencies such as coil-whine, fan buzz, etc., and I'm happy to report that this card is QUIET. At idle you can barely hear the thing and at load it's a bit louder but not obnoxiously loud like the 670 which sounded like a jet turbine.

Furthermore, the thing is wicked fast. Even at 2560x1440 it runs everything at 60 fps+, with ultra detail. My CPU is a 3770K oc to 4.2ghz, for reference.

I have a Silverstone FT-03 case and it fits but I had to remove one of the cooling fan housings to get it in. I wish the card was shorter. The price is also on the high side, but I have no regrets. I love this card!

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NETGEAR Nighthawk AC1900 Dual Band Wireless Gigabit Router (R7000)
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

4 out of 5 eggs Review of the Netgear R7000 02/17/2014

This review is from: NETGEAR Nighthawk AC1900 Dual Band Wireless Gigabit Router (R7000)

Pros: Fast 5GHZ AC speeds, capable of running DD-WRT

Cons: Netgear firmware is buggy and limited

Other Thoughts: I bought two of these routers when they were first released. The stock Netgear firmware provided super fast transfer speeds and unbelievable range. I could get 1300 mbs between the two routers which equated to about 50 megabytes/second transfer rate. The range was also ridiculously - I got full bars on 5G where I only got a couple with my previous ASUS RT-N66U. I missed the advanced settings that the ASUS router had though. Unfortunately the Netgear firmware was extremely buggy. The router would lock up a few times. I also experienced speed degradation over time. Eventually I was forced to use Kong's DD-WRT. DD-WRT works great once you have it set up. It's not as quick as the stock Netgear firmware and my range is nowhere near as good but at least it's stable!

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ASUS USB-N53 Dual Band (2.4GHz 300Mbps/5GHz 300Mbps) Wireless-N USB Adapter, Graphical Easy Interface, Live Signal Monitor
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  • Owned For: more than 1 year

Pros: Fast speeds. My router, an ASUS RT-N66U running firmware version 3.0.0.4.276 (the later ones are much slower with this wireless adapter) and this adapter are getting up to 20 megabytes a second transferring files from my PC to the NAS over the 5G channel. The Nas is upstairs and the PC is in the basement directly beneath. Range is decent but not great so choose something with external antennas if you'll be connecting over long distances or through multiple walls.

Cons: One problem I experienced early on was audio and video stutter when using the network card at the same time as playing an MP3 or watching a video. I used DPC latency checker to show that the network connection was causing spikes. I can't remember exactly what I did but I had to update several drivers to get everything to play nice. This may be an isolated case due to my specific hardware as there is no mention of the issue elsewhere on the web.

Other Thoughts: If you have a 300mbs router I recommend this wireless adapter. For 450mbs or the even faster AC I would get something else.

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Yilin W.'s Profile

Display Name: Yilin W.

Date Joined: 05/12/06

  • Reviews: 4
  • Helpfulness: 3
  • First Review: 03/06/07
  • Last Review: 06/06/14
  • Most Favorable Review: 5 out of 5 eggs
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