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TP-LINK Archer T8E AC1750 Wireless Dual Band PCI Express Adapter IEEE 802.11ac, IEEE 802.11a, IEEE 802.11n, IEEE 802.11g, IEEE 802.11b PCI Express Up to 1.3Gbps Wireless Data Rates
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: Very high download speed of 442Mbps in LAN Speed Test Lite compared to other wireless adapters. Upload speed is an average of 151Mbps using 37Mb folder from other computer connected to my router. To access this computer go to Network in My Computer.
Utility was very useful as it should be: It displays whether it is 5G or 2G, wireless ac or n and everything else for all SSID’s in the area.
Low profile bracket, three antennas and heat sink were all included as they should be.
TP-Link has good support website with everything easy to find.
Contains latest standardized features compared to other wireless adapters.

Cons: Driver install from TP-Link support website is done via device manager only, which is not versatile. Utility was not fully compatible with Windows 8 as it required default compatibility mode that Windows 8 picked for you.
It is not wise for a wireless adapter to be stationary as it is mobile by nature. Also it is not good to sacrifice an entire pci-e slot for wireless adapter. It could be used for more meaningful pci-e devices. The newest interface is m.2 for wireless adapters.

Other Thoughts: The only situation I see this as useful is in a public or work environment where a USB wireless adapter can be easily taken away. Otherwise it is not worth the extra space required for it. Wireless range should not be factored in review due to the availability of wireless range extenders. Obviously 5G have lower range. Compared to other similar wireless adapter there is still a lot of room for improvement.

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OCZ Vertex 460A VTX460A-25SAT3-240G 2.5
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: For CrystalDiskMark 4.0.3 x64 using RAID 0 Stripe size 64kb simple disk and 4C/8T CPU,
Sequential Read (Q= 32,T= 8) : 1123.047 MB/s
Sequential Write (Q= 32,T= 8) : 1039.057 MB/s
Random Read 4KiB (Q= 32,T= 8) : 628.678 MB/s [153485.8 IOPS]
Random Write 4KiB (Q= 32,T= 8) : 726.322 MB/s [177324.7 IOPS]
Sequential Read (T= 1) : 789.481 MB/s
Sequential Write (T= 1) : 882.920 MB/s
Random Read 4KiB (Q= 1,T= 1) : 24.917 MB/s [ 6083.3 IOPS]
Random Write 4KiB (Q= 1,T= 1) : 108.103 MB/s [ 26392.3 IOPS]
Test : 500 MiB [C: 44.8% (199.7/446.2 GiB)] (x3); OS : Windows 8.1 [6.3 Build 9600] (x64)
Only 4k random write at qd1 is slower than non-RAID by roughly one third. Most of the other numbers are significantly higher, one of which hit the RAID 0 ceiling of 12G. This is significant improvement over non-RAID and thus not a bad compromise at all in terms of real life performance. However the NVME drives do not have any compromises. Other pros include Ultrabook compatibility, 3.5" adapter, good warranty and Acronis cloning software.

Cons: Does not support BitLocker encryption as expected due to extremely slow encryption speed. However some third party encryption utility probably have on the fly encryption. The drives did not come with latest firmware. The drives are slightly slower than Vector 180 which is slightly slower than the fastest SATA SSD. None of these drives support BitLocker. The firmware update process is not the most advanced as it requires a complete power cycle, which can be hard to follow through for some people as seen on the forums. OCZ SSD utility does not recognize these drives at all when RAID 0 is used. Also, this utility is very limited in terms of capabilities.

Other Thoughts: Using RAID involves tweaking the bios, loading the Intel RAID driver during Windows installation and possibly using DiskPart. I installed the latest SSD firmware, bios firmware and RAID driver before I did anything. Vertex 460A is more like a lower tier transition drive because the BF 3 controller runs at lower speed while using latest 2nd generation NAND. Based on experience despite what you read on the reviews, the rated speed in the specs are fair indicators of expected performance especially comparing to other similar drives. The drive probably will still have 100% SMART status after more usage, which is expected.

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WD EX4100 (WDBWZE0080KBK-NESN) My Cloud™ Expert Series 4-Bay Pre-configured 8 TB NAS with dual-core processor
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: Via local Ethernet connection, the video files transfer at around 100 MB/s while the pictures transfer at 1 MB/s. All files are easily uploaded via the MyCloud feature in WD QuickView located at the taskbar. The firmware upgrade notification appeared on my mobile app at the beginning and it seemed like it can initiate the firmware upgrade. The mobile photo app easily works as intended once you have photos uploaded. The NAS appears to run off of firmware via software utility and browser interface instead of custom Linux OS. WD SmartWare is for backup purposes while WD MyCloud is essentially a file explorer. No Install CD/DVD was included nor needed, which is fine these days. Setting up the NAS physically was easy. I recommend that for easy setup and use in export controlled environment, everything should be done through WD settings interface via web interface.
When it comes to the physical WD Red HDD’s and NAS performance, there are already many reviews with benchmarks everywhere on the web for you to analyze. The two 4TB drives are in what appears to be in RAID 1 by default. The info panel at the front of the NAS is very useful. It gives you basic temperature, fan, IP address, capacity, SMART and firmware information. Like most systems with HDD, the drives enter sleep mode when not using. Both of the HDD’s run simultaneously as they would in RAID 1. You also can change the RAID level. I wasn’t sure whether the firmware update was for the NAS or only the HDD’s themselves. The NAS enters standby/sleep mode when I tried to shut it down to take it apart. You have to hold down the power button for full shutdown. I was able to pull up Crystal Disk and AIDA64: The HDD supports SMART, NCQ and is 5400RPM, 6G and formatted in AF GPT. The outer cover of the NAS can be easily taken off, but not the front panel. Therefore it is difficult to take out the main board. However this has already been done for you in one of the reviews on the internet. Battery backup requires the IP address of the networked UPS master. All HDD utilities are included and self-sufficient in the NAS as you would normally find in Windows. NAS runs at about 35C and has a 140mm back fan that runs slowly at 645 RPM, which is still audible. The HDD’s are full sized 3.5” drives, not slim. No user manual was included.

Cons: Setting up for installation wasn’t very smooth because WD NAS software is not fully compatible with Windows 8.1. However, I got past that via some tweaking and made all apps work. HDD’s slide in and out easily and there is no locking mechanism, which could be a security issue. There is no Built-in anti-virus nor surveillance package. Booting up the NAS takes a while.

Other Thoughts: Price not justified with the specified cons.

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Display Name: Zhe Y.

Date Joined: 02/11/09

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  • First Review: 07/21/14
  • Last Review: 06/17/15
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