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Intel EXPI9301CTBLK Network Adapter 10/ 100/ 1000Mbps PCI-Express 1 x RJ45
  • Owned For: more than 1 year

Pros: It simply just works, plug and play, no hassle. Worked in Windows 7/8/8.1 and now 10, worked in Linux (debian, ubuntu, arch) and it worked with FreeNAS as well. I get full gigabit speeds and never lost a connection or anything like that. The good thing about intel is that it has a lifetime warranty and they continue to release drivers and bug fixes for years to come. Another popular cheap brand of networking hardware which I shall not name has not released a driver update or bug fixes (their current drivers are so buggy that they make my PC crash on a regular basis. Memory leaks cause the driver to sometimes take up 3 gigs of ram. Not so with the intel drivers).

Cons: No flashy utilities or shiny user configurable QoS setting utility for windows or anything like that. Some other manufacturers include those utilities so you can give priorities to certain programs (like Games or streaming videos) so those programs dont get bogged down if you're running torrents or a large windows update or something in the background but those are extra flashy features others include in software, not really a con and not really needed for 99% of people.

Other Thoughts: Its an Intel nic. It just simply works without any issues. Side not, its compatible with certain linux/bsd distros that let you combine multiple nics (ie: this one with the onboard one on my motherboard) for greater throughput which helps if you're using this in a PC that's going to serve as a NAS.

Linksys WRT 8-Port Gigabit Switch, Works with Linksys WRT1900AC Wi-Fi Router (SE4008)
  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

4 out of 5 eggs Great switch, way too large 08/25/2015

This review is from: Linksys WRT 8-Port Gigabit Switch, Works with Linksys WRT1900AC Wi-Fi Router (SE4008)

Pros: Great switch, worked flawlessly out of the box. No dropped connections, no overheating, no intermittent issues like I have had with switches some other switches from certain dubious asian brands. It stays cool, there isn't a fan or anything to make noise and it simply just works. It was really easy to set up and I had it working exactly how I wanted in about 5 minutes.

Cons: This thing is easily three or four times the size it actually needs to be. If you look inside at the electronics, you can see its talking up way less than half the volume of the inside of the casing, much less the bulky construction of the outside case which makes it even bulkier. I have 16 port switches that are smaller than this.

Other Thoughts: Great product, only caveat is that its unnecessarily huge and the only reason why is because they wanted to make it stackable with their router. I get it, they look nice together, but even then, why is the thickness of the router so much thicker than it had to be? This thing could have been made stackable while being half of its current thickness probably.

Antec NeoECO C NeoECO 520C 520W ATX12V 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC Power Supply
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  • Owned For: more than 1 year

5 out of 5 eggs Great power supply, works like a charm 4 years later 01/05/2015

This review is from: Antec NeoECO C NeoECO 520C 520W ATX12V 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC Power Supply

Pros: Great power supply, got it four years ago for $49. Its affordable, from a quality brand. The cables are nicely sleeved and the construction is solid. Its very quiet and the 80+ Bronze rating is a plus. For the price, I could not have asked for a better PSU at the time. Four years later, its still running perfectly.

Cons: The price went up to around $64 at the time of writing this review. At that price point, it ceases to be competitive priced IMO. There are better options for over $60 from other reputable brands.

Other Thoughts: Overall, I would recommend this power supply, as long as you get it for a good price.


Roni R.'s Profile

Display Name: Roni R.

Date Joined: 07/24/11

  • Reviews: 10
  • Helpfulness: 4
  • First Review: 10/18/11
  • Last Review: 09/04/15
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