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Pros: • Great price for what's essentially an entry-level high-end motherboard.
• CPU overclocking works great.
• Support for Xeon processors and an insane amount of memory and hard drives, if you're so inclined.
• Very attractive in a windowed case.
• PS/2 plugs for the gamer-oriented (who is this board's target market, after all). If you don't understand why, Google it. I can't tell the difference between PS/2 and USB, but others swear they can.
• Includes a license for cFosSpeed traffic-shaping software, if you're so inclined. I didn't test this as I think it has dubious use. Hardwire it into a gigabit connection and be done.
• Can flash the bios via USB without having memory or a CPU installed. Pretty hot!
• The retail box prominently advertises this board as "ultra durable." I didn't run it over with my car, but it seemed to live through installation and testing, so it does indeed appear to be ultra durable.
Cons: • Bios is kind of a pain to use. Lots and lots of options buried in there. They need to work on this area. Everything's there, but you'll need to hunt around.
• Memory overclocking was lackluster. Could be my memory. You probably won't see a ton of real-world benefit from memory OC'ing anyway, so no biggie.
• May have issues with RAID across specific SATA ports. The manual available on Gigabyte's website has more specifics on this, so skim that area ahead of time if it may affect you.
• 4 rear USB2 ports. I really wish USB 2 would die!
• No Wi-Fi or Bluetooth. You probably won't miss Wi-Fi since you should hardwire this guy anyway, but you may miss Bluetooth (just get a dongle).
• M.2 PCIe connector is in a weird place. If you use it, it may or may not get in the way of a PCI-E card. Take a look at the pictures for more info.
Other Thoughts: • This board worked great for its intended purpose. Processor overclocking was very easy, stable, and returned awesome results. If you're in the market for a high-end gaming motherboard with easy overclocking potential, I can recommend this item to you. Combined with the aggressively low price as compared to the competition, this board really is a no-brainer.
• This board is meant to be used as either a high-end desktop gaming build or as a home server.
• As always, check the manufacturer's website for CPU & memory compatibility. This doesn't always matter with standard desktop boards, but for the high-end performance machines, I suggest sticking with their supported list.
• As always, update your BIOS to the latest version, and check for updates often for the first few months to make sure you have the most bug-free, stable version.
• It may be "ultra durable," but it's only a matter of time before a competitor comes out with "super duper durable." It's up to you if it's worth biting now or if you want to wait for the extra increased durability.
• CPU - Intel Core i7-5820K Haswell-E 6-Core 3.3GHz LGA 2011-v3 140W BX80648I75820K Desktop Processor. If you have this CPU, too, please note that 4-Way NVIDIA SLI does NOT work since this CPU doesn't have enough PCI-E lanes (24 vs the required 40). 3-way DOES.
• Memory - CORSAIR DOMINATOR Platinum 16GB (4 x 4GB) 288-Pin DDR4 SDRAM DDR4 2666 (PC4-21300) Desktop Memory Model CMD16GX4M4A2666C15
• GPU - 2 x MSI GeForce GTX 980 GTX 980 GAMING 4G 4GB 256-Bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support G-SYNC Support Video Card
• Case - Fractal Design Define R5 Blackout with Window Black Computer Case
• OS - Windows 10 Pro x64
Pros: • Speeds are great and well within expectations for a 2000 sq. ft. townhouse located in the middle of a highly congested wireless neighborhood. I had no problems connecting to the router located in the middle of my finished basement even though I was in a second floor bedroom in the opposite corner of my house.
• Great looking router (my how far they've come).
• Dimmable LED lights. This is a great (and rare) feature that comes in handy if your router is in a regularly-used room in your house.
• Full range of wireless standards - a/b/g/n/ac - so it should work with any of your devices, no matter how old.
• Can use both 5GHz and 2.4GHz simultaneously, so it's like having two separate routers in your house that you can use depending on if you'd prefer range at the cost of speed (2.4GHz) or speed at the cost of range (5GHz).
• Gigabit LAN ports for use as a switch.
• Two USB ports. One is USB 3 and one is USB 2. I'm not sure why you need two ports, though, or why they aren't both USB 3. Maybe one for file sharing (USB 3) and one for printer sharing (USB 2)? Please do yourself a solid and DON’T share the files over the internet.
• OpenWRT support. I didn't install OpenWRT on here, but there is a download for it if you’re so inclined.
• Firmware up-to-date out of the box. Nobody ever updates their firmware, so this is a bit of a plus.
Cons: • Regular old big power brick that may or may not take up an outlet next to it, depending on your surge protector's layout.
• Downloadable manual is pretty sparse. It'll get you logged onto the router, but you're on your own if you need any technical walk-throughs (e.g., disabling WPS for security reasons, port forwarding, or parental controls).
Other Thoughts: • If your device is physically close to this router, make sure you connect to the 5GHz network for best speeds and throughput. If your device is a little further away or through more walls, stick to the 2.4GHz network since it'll give you a more reliable connection.
• If you plan on streaming any media over your network, you’ll need a steady 750 KB/s (~6 mbps) for a DVD ISO and about 6.5 MB/s (~52 mbps) for a Blu-Ray M2TS file. This router can handle both over either network at close range, but once you get a few rooms or floors away you’ll start to get hiccups.
• The network and power cables were already plugged into the unit when I opened the box. I've never seen that before.
• Once you connect to the default wireless network, you can access the router administrative page by entering into your browser either http://router/ or http://192.168.2.1
This review is from: TP-LINK TL-WA850RE 300Mbps Universal Wi-Fi Range Extender. Wi-Fi Booster
Pros: • Good performance at this price point.
• Simple as pie to install and configure.
• Did a decent job extending my wireless signal into a 2nd-floor corner room with an otherwise non-existent signal.
• LED status lights are a nice, informative touch. They are a bit bright, however.
• Works with my NETGEAR R8000-100NAS Nighthawk X6 AC3200 Tri-Band Gigabit Wireless Router.
Cons: • Doesn't push the signal out real far, just enough to get you some useable internet in an otherwise distant area.
• LAN port isn't gigabit (come on guys, it's 2015 already).
• Only b/g/n - no AC support.
• Half duplex, so it can only send or receive at any given time, not both. This means your usable speed will be cut in half at best.
Other Thoughts: • Summing up - as far as my house goes, it did what I expected it to do at this price point. Was it "wow this is amazing" - no! Was it, "OK, it does the basic job I want" - yes. I'd suggest doing a CTRL-F on the Newegg reviews for your particular router make or model to see what opinions others may have of a setup similar to yours.
• If you're looking (like I was) to extend a signal into a room that couldn't otherwise get enough of a signal for internet browsing, then this will work for you. I don't think you'll be streaming 1080p video into an otherwise distant area, but it'll get you online with usable internet-browsing speeds.
• While this supports WPS for easy Wi-Fi setup, I recommend disabling WPS on your home network for security purposes (depending on your actual physical environment). Feel free to do an internet search on WPS security for further info.
Display Name: Justin B.
Date Joined: 08/09/05
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