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CORSAIR Vengeance LPX 16GB (2 x 8GB) 288-Pin DDR4 SDRAM DDR4 3200 (PC4 25600) Desktop Memory Model CMK16GX4M2B3200C16R
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5 out of 5 eggs Great DDR4 sticks of RAM for either 2011v3 or Z170 chipset 06/04/2016

This review is from: CORSAIR Vengeance LPX 16GB (2 x 8GB) 288-Pin DDR4 SDRAM DDR4 3200 (PC4 25600) Desktop Memory Model CMK16GX4M2B3200C16R

Pros: - Corsair quality. I've never had a pair of Corsair sticks go bad on me, ever. Even after intensive 24/7 stress testing.
- Passed memtest86 with flying colors.
- Heat-spreaders are low profile making them compatible with a lot of CPU coolers.
- DDR4 3200 speeds
- Works on X99 and Z170 chipsets
- Runs fairly cool because of quality Corsair heat-spreaders. Probably can be OCed a little.

Cons: - XMP profile and your motherboard should automatically detect best and proper settings for the RAM. I had no problems on my Z170 board, but the X99 board did take some manual adjustment.

Other Thoughts: - Kinda wish these sticks were rated with a CAS latency of 15 instead of 16. With higher frequencies but a longer CAS latency I wonder if getting DDR4 3200 is even worth it vs a pair of sticks running at DDR4 3000 but with 15 CAS latency. You can easily just overclock the DDR4 3000 up to 3200.

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Seagate Desktop SSHD ST4000DX001 4TB 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5
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4 out of 5 eggs A mixture of the pros and cons of both SSD and standard HDD 04/28/2016

This review is from: Seagate Desktop SSHD ST4000DX001 4TB 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Solid State Hybrid Drive Bare Drive

Pros: + Quick boot into Windows
+ Definately beats out a conventional HDD in terms of speed and read/write rates
+ 4TB of space, an SSD costing the same would be a fraction of the size
+ Draws less power than some of my other HDDs
+ 5 year limited warranty is nice

Cons: - It is still no where near an SSD in terms of access speeds. Even for hot files stored on flash.
- Suffers from the same durability issues as a conventional hard drive. If you drop this, you're going to have a bad time.
- Failure rate would be similar to any other Seagate 4TB drive as it still depends on the 4 platters and the 8 read/write heads total.
- Average read/write rates are far below an SSD.
- 4K Random Read/Write speeds are at HDD levels. Not unexpected.

Other Thoughts: Sequential Read I got around ~155.28MB/s. Sequential Write I got around ~143.79MB/s. This is still faster than some of my other 4TB drives, but not as good as my SSD.

Really the benefit of the SSD speed really only kicks in for hot files or commonly accessed files. Everything else, expect standard 4TB HDD speeds.

I still wouldn't consider this drive for an OS drive. But for a data storage drive in which you are commonly accessing files, over time this can be worth it if you want a little bit of a performance boost over a convention 4TB.

I am not sure what the RPM speed is for the actual disks are.

This drive can be used with a PlayStation 4 and the Nyko Data Bank. Just make sure you've updated your PS4 firmware past 3.50.

Currently using this drive for rtorrent, and it is actually performing very VERY well.

Seagate's reliability and production standards I feel have greatly improved since their old 7200.11 days. This drive has been working 24/7 for almost 2 weeks now. No hiccups yet, but obviously way too early to make a final conclusion though.

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Linksys EA2750 N600 Dual-Band Smart Wi-Fi Wireless Router
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3 out of 5 eggs Not a bad router, but definitely not great. Standard features all around. 03/15/2016

This review is from: Linksys EA2750 N600 Dual-Band Smart Wi-Fi Wireless Router

Pros: - Clean administration interface.
- All the basic features you would expect from a router nowadays are present. Guest Wi-Fi, Parental Controls, some basic QoS, a speed test feature for testing your internet speed and external storage.
- Does support IPv6.
- You can choose between NAT or Dynamic Routing.
- Does support HTTPS access (thank goodness).
- Has simple diagnostics page with ping, trace route, reboot and factory reset, and setting backup function.
- Does have the ability to keep some basic incoming, outgoing, security logs. Disabled by default.
- Wireless settings are pretty basic. Connection strength is not bad, not as good as my ASUS N66U though.
- Does provide SPI firewall protection and allow VPN passthrough. Has some internet filters as well.
- Does support DDNS but only 2 services, dyndns and no-ip. A few others wouldn't hurt, but I guess those two are all you need.
- Standard port forwarding and triggering are all present.

Cons: - Tiny indicator and port lights on the back of the unit are the only things that let you know if the unit is on or off.

- This is the first time ever, in a router that I've had to manually accept the License Terms in order to use the router. Even if you want to skip Setup and configure the router manually, you MUST accept the License Terms.

- WPS is enabled by default.

- The external storage port is only USB 2.0. Write speeds are not great, read speeds are a little bit better but still far below even maxing out the USB 2.0 throughput specification.

- No wall mounting options at all.

- No administration access from internet, at least I could not find any setting that would allow it.

Other Thoughts: EA2750 firmware version 1.1.5.167563 was included.

At best this router is mediocre. The features on it are all very standard and you can probably find another router, equally in its price range, that has all the same features, if not more. There are some nice features like HTTPS access and DDNS, but that is about it. The design is fairly minimalistic and would look great on the wall, but this unit seems to be specifically made to sit on top of a flat surface. There are no holes on the bottom side from which to hang it and no stand included either to maybe make it take up less table top space.

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