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4 out of 5 eggs A moderate Switch for Today's technology 03/03/2016

This review is from: NETGEAR FVS318 ProSafe VPN Firewall Switch

Pros: First, it has plenty of security features and can do quite a few things. the 8 ports are definitely helpful. However, this is where the pros end.

Cons: This unit is already a few years old and I used it for several years before realizing that it wasn't my internet that was slow, it was the unit that was cutting my bandwidth in half and literally costing me $30 each and every month for two years.

It's WAN to LAN is NOT 12.5 Mbps. That's counting BOTH ways, i believe 'full-duplex'. It's 'half duplex' is only 7.5 at MOST. I have 10 Mbps from comcast. I hooked up my desktop and laptop directly to the modem and got 12 Mbps. I added this VPN and it dropped to 4.5 Mbps.

It's a pain to setup. And I mean a pain. Took me 30 minutes the first time. the FVS 338 is a little smarter.

I highly recommend looking for the VPN FVS 338 Model. Up to 90 Mbps WAN to LAN and 60 for the 3DES service.

Other Thoughts: It's 'switching fabric' is 250 Mbps (up + down stream data x 8)

the FVS 338 is a superior model. Faster CPU, more RAM, higher switching fabric, faster throughput.

10/100 Mbps Wired Speed - 50/50.
12.5 Mbps LAN to WAN throughput - WRONG. Try 7.5. I'd know, I tested and suffered for two years with this speed with a 10 Mbps service. Switched to FVS 338 and got full speed instantly.

SAMSUNG 840 Pro Series 2.5
  • neweggOwned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: Fast.
Rapid mode makes it quantum fast.

Normally up to 540 MB/s read.
Rapid mode up to 3200 MB/s read. I think that SATA cable is saturated now.

Cons: what the critics say, what the techs say. Maybe you should read a bit before saying what you should and shouldn't do with solid states

Other Thoughts: 1.) don't believe anybody that tells you you shouldn't defrag. Windows sucks at this process. Defrag it and you'll pick up performance. This is the the 6th solid state i've worked on and performance has only gone UP with defraging.
2.) Rapid mode... wow. I thought getting 540+ mb/s was good, along with the 90000 mb/s for random. I enabled rapid mode, everything went up. I got 3200 Mb/s sequencial. A 600% increase. my random went 10,000.
3.) please read the SSD endurance articles. I've got 1.12 TB written to this thing and i have absolutely no worry about it's endurance. They've managed to write 1.5 petabytes and the Samsung 840 Pro series is still in the running. That's why i got this sucker. Even with my defraging and writing i think 20 GB a day, I don't have to worry about it dying any time soon.
They say 2 TB is the limit, or 20 TB is the limit.. if that were true, my last work computer would have showed signs of death as it was at 17 TB.

ARCTIC Freezer A11 CPU Cooler for AMD, 150W Cooling Capacity, 3 Direct Touch Heatpipes, <23dBA Fan Noise
  • neweggOwned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: It does surprisingly well, considering how much of it's actually touching the FX-8350 cpu. I put my fingers on the aluminum bracket that sits ontop of the copper pipes, I only felt a luke warm temperature.

I haven't prime95ed it yet and done this, but it does remarkably well. At prime95 for a few minutes, 43 C is just about it's ceiling.

Cons: I wish that the surface contact area was a little larger.


Matthew D.'s Profile

Display Name: Matthew D.

Date Joined: 09/26/06

  • Reviews: 17
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  • First Review: 10/15/12
  • Last Review: 03/03/16
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