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GIGABYTE GA-Z170X-Gaming 7 (rev. 1.0) LGA 1151 Intel Z170 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.1 USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: Setup went as smooth as Amish churned butter. I'm so impressed with the build quality of this mainboard. I usually have always bought lower-end to mid-range mainboards, but after playing with the Gigabyte Z170 Gaming 7 mainboard I may just have to opt-in for the higher-end boards with all of the bells and whistles. Seeing pictures of this mainboard doesn't do it justice, this thing is an absolute monster. The reinforced pci-e brackets are quite nice to see, I have the R280x which is very long and really heavy. Your mind will be at ease when you slide that puppy into this mainboard. Mmmmmmm!

The overall layout of the board is spot on and it is everything I would expect in an higher end mainboard like this. I feel guilty not having a window on my case because this mainboard is a thing of beauty and should be seen by all; not locked behind the panel of my HAF-922 with only the light coming through the metal airflow holes on its side. I will definitely be procuring a new case in the near future, I'm thinking Corsair 780T (may as well go all out on this).

So about the bells and whistles.

Illuminated backplate. Okay this is pure fluff, there isn’t much to talk about.

Has a header to run a water pump. I don't have water cooling so I can't say how well that feature worked but it sounds pretty great. In fact this mainboard has a lot of fan headers which will definitely help with running either a water cooling solution or just more fans to cool this hot little number down.

Has a power button on the board to help test your setup before really setting it up.

Clear Cmos BUTTON and a dual bios. Okay, I've never seen that before but maybe it's common in higher end boards, I could've used this years ago!

It has some software and a button for overclocking, but I was too scared to use it. I'd much rather do it manually which I did. I have my 6600 with a stable overclock running at 4.5ghz; I haven’t had the time to push it any higher (semester started up).

Dual NICs, one is Killer and one is Intel (yay). I didn’t see any ping difference between the Killer vs Intel in League, but I didn’t mess around with it for very long either. I ended up just sticking with the Intel nic in the end.

G-Connector / Front Panel Header. I really love these connectors. It's fairly common on mid-range and higher boards, this lets you connect the power, leds, reset, etc., onto a connector that you can then slide right into place. It's much easier than trying to connect those tiny wires onto the mainboard itself when it is mounted to the case.

Cons: I really wish this came with all right-angled sata cables instead of 2 straight and 2 angled.

Other Thoughts: I typically buy Gigabyte and MSI mainboards, Asus makes nice boards but they are usually just more money for the name. This is a nice and very well laid out board, and that is very important to always look at before shelling out money for a mainboard. This is definitely a great mainboard to buy if you want the bells and whistles with some extra fluff on top. I didn’t notice anything special with the onboard sound compared to my previous setup; but sound quality is very subjective and I am not an audiophile by any stretch.

Linksys EA6350 AC1200+ Wi-Fi Wirless Dual-Band+ Router, Smart Wi-Fi App Enabled to Control Your Network from Anywhere
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: -Dual Band Router
--o If you live in or near an apartment complex (or high density area), you might've experienced connectivity dropouts or poor signal. A dual band may help alleviate this issue.

-Easy Setup
--o I very much appreciate it when a company actually gives you a manual still. Although the manual is on a disc, this is more than what other brands currently do. Not everyone is a technical wiz, and including a manual should be a no-brainer for more companies.

-Responsive GUI
--o The GUI on this router is very nice and you can even customize it slightly. Options where clearly displayed when accessing the router and I was quite surprised at how snappy the interface was overall.

-Parental Controls
--o I don't have a need for parental controls, but I know that this is important for parents. The parental controls are very easy to use; you can set access times to a device or computer, and you can even block web addresses manually.

-DLNA Media Server
--o I am very impressed by the media server included with the router. I tested a range of files types and had no problem playing: .AVI, .MPG, .MKV, .MP3, .MP4. I tested this with my smart tv as well as Xbox One and Playstation.

Cons: Guest Access enabled by default. I didn't personally care for this as a default option. If people needed to setup guest access, it's simple enough to enable.

No docking for external hdd. I really think there should be an easy way to secure a hdd to the router. Sitting it on top would be acceptable if the top of the router was flat.

You can only dismount a connected hard drive while logged in to the router. I'd had another router where dismounting was possible via a button on the rear and I was disappointed to not find this as a feature.

1x USB port. I would've expected at least a second USB 2.0 port just to connect a printer.

All said, the cons aren't a deal breaker by any means for this router.

Other Thoughts: Seagate Slim 500GB USB 3.0 HDD was used in testing this product when needed.

Linksys EA6350 includes a Speed Test by Ookla ( option. There didn't appear to be a way to select a server and it is instead selected for you. The built in speedtest clocked me in at 109mbps which is still pretty good compared to when I manually select the speedtest server.

During setup you may or may not be brought to the setup wizard when opening your browser. You can manually start this process by entering

This seems like a solid router if you want one with all the bells and whistles to go along with it. There are other routers with features I would prefer like dual usb ports or being able to dismount the storage via a button on the router and this will likely be the ultimate deciding factor when going to purchase one along with the price.

I hope this review is helpful.

BUFFALO WXR-1900DHP AirStation Extreme AC 1900 Gigabit Dual Band Wireless Router
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: The firmware on this router is much better compared to what I have experienced in the past with other brands.

GUI is very easy to read with:
-USB Storage
-Guest Accounts with quick on/off switch
-QoS with quick on/off switch
-Web Filtering
-Network Devices
-Advanced Settings

I really like how simple the GUI is on this router. You won't get lost in menus on top of more menus. Buffalo did a nice job separating the common most used settings and putting the less needed ones under advanced settings.

Vertical router footprint might be a pro for some. I know I like to have my modem and router stand vertically so save on desk space. I know I could always mount them under my desk, but I always have other stuff to do. This router does have optional side mounting holes under the side panel, but the mounting holes are only on one side f the unit and not both.

USB plugs for mounting storage.

Antennas are removable but upon my tests they really were not optional.

Setup went smoothly. I have had another Buffalo router in the past and this one did not give me any problems like the previous one did.

Media server worked without a hitch. I did a test of a few files and my archive of MKV files played flawlessly. I am in the process of building a large NAS to condense the amount of drives I use on my main pc and am glad I found a router I can use in conjunction.

Cons: Documentation included with the router is pitiful. No manual outside of a quick setup guide. No troubleshooting tips. Very important to include a manual in the box if someone is having problems with his or her internet. Definitely download the manual off of the website just in case a problem arises.

USB 3.0 is on the front of the unit. This port should have really been on the rear, or just have two USB 3.0 ports and get rid of the legacy USB 2.0 port. If I decide to attach a hard drive to the router I would rather have the cable in the rear and not sticking out in front.

Other Thoughts: This router is essentially the same as the Archer Cp, R7000, and EA6900. The only hardware difference is the extra 256mb of ram on the router that I am aware of. Now, how that helps compared to the other routers I am not sure. It may be really nice for anyone running DD-WRT applications that can put the extra ram to use.

The DD-WRT firmware is still in beta stage for this router, so I opted to not risk bricking the router in the process of testing optional firmware. I will most definitely try DD-WRT when a stable version is released.

My current router signal will drop after roughly 50 feet. The Buffalo WRX-1900DHP signal drops after roughly 150 feet on the 2.4ghz band and a bit over half of that on the 5ghz band. Simultaneous dual band is really nice, connect, and your device (depending) will automatically be on the strongest band. A huge improvement over my current router.

I did a test with no antennas attached and the router only managed about 15 feet, so the antennas are not optional.

This is definitely a nice high end router and from what I can tell offers the same features as the similar TP-Link, Linksys, and Netgear options with a competitive price. Buffalo is known for having fantastic support, as well as great hardware, so I would personally be swayed in their direction.


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Date Joined: 05/08/04

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