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This review is from: RAIJINTEK PALLAS BLACK, High-End Low Profile Cooler, 6pcs 6mm Heat-Pipe, Slim 14013 PWM Fan, Fully Nickel Plating, Copper Base, Total 68mm Heigth Including Fan, Supports Intel & AMD Modern CPU Sockets
Pros: This has a lot of cooling power but also takes up a lot of room horizontally in your case. Make sure it will fit before purchase--fits in a Rosewill Blackhawk case but not in a Rosewill Challenger S if the upper fans are installed.
It runs surprisingly quiet and works well.
Cons: This has a serious flaw--if you have anything in the first PCIe slot to the left of the graphics card, the metal fan clip will hit the back of that card, presenting the danger of causing electrical shorts and resulting in system crashes (or worse).
The wire clips should be covered with a nonconductive material such as heat-shrink tubing to avoid this serious problem. Removing one star for this potentially dangerous issue.
Other Thoughts: Install the fan to the heatsink before installing in the case, and wear work gloves to avoid injury to hands, as the fins on the heatsink are sharp and some force is required to get the clips into the correct locked position.READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: Extremely fast graphics card, considerably faster in every test than the GTX 970 it replaced. However, getting that performance sometimes requires the use of a third party utility.
Dual BIOS lets you switch from default 260 W / target 75 C (button out, LED off), and 300W / target 80 C (button in, LED on).
The fans are not unreasonably loud -- again, if you use a third party utility. If you don't, then as the card heats, it quickly starts sounding very loud.
Cons: The card is huge--30 cm long. Installing in my Rosewill Blackhawk case required removing one of the three drive cages. Also make sure you use a screw to secure the card to the case so that its weight doesn't pull it out of position when moving the system.
Unless you use a third-party utility to set a custom fan curve, the fans run extremely loud.
The card will throttle down in some games (such as World of Warcraft). Use a utility to disable ULPS and PowerPlay to make the card maintain maximum performance for good frame rates.
Other Thoughts: Insanely fast card, but really--no one buying this card is going to be interested in saving power. It would have been better to deep-six the power saving features in return for predictable full performance in all games.READ FULL REVIEW
This review is from: NETGEAR R7800 Nighthawk X4S AC2600 Smart WiFi MU-MIMO Gigabit Router
Pros: This is a high-end wireless dual-band AC2600-class router with MU-MIMO and beamforming. It includes the new 5 GHz 160 MHz bandwidth mode--although nothing currently uses that technology, it does help future-proof your network.
Physically, this is larger than most routers and is oddly shaped with sloping top and vented sides. It has an angular, almost sci-fi look. I suspect that this will be very attractive to some potential purchasers, but very off-putting to others. It has bright status LEDs along the top front which can be turned off if desired.
On power-up the unit detected and installed a firmware update. Installation and setup was easy and straightforward. Although the router comes preconfigured with unique SSID's and passwords, you should change the default admin password, SSID's, and SSID passwords for maximum security.
The router has two USB 3.0 ports and one eSATA port. Connecting a hard drive allows the router to serve as a ReadySHARE backup server. If you have already installed the ReadySHARE backup client for a previous Netgear router, you won't need to reinstall, though you will need to reset your backup parameters to see the the new router and storage.
Testing the router shows it to be very fast. Range is comparable with my other AC2600-class router, although it is worth noting that a security camera which had difficulty staying connected to the other router is consistently available with this router. In testing I had no difficulty in configuring this unit as a single router in the network, as an access point, or as a bridge.
Cons: Physically large and someone oddly shaped. No other real cons noted.
Other Thoughts: I am very pleased with this router. Though it is expensive, it is a high-end piece of equipment and has the speed, stability, and ease of use that you would expect at its price point. If you want a very fast router that can help future-proof your network, this one is one of the very best made today.READ FULL REVIEW