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Linksys CM3024 DOCSIS 3.0 (24 x 8) Cable Modem
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5 out of 5 eggs High Performance Modem 08/27/2016

This review is from: Linksys CM3024 DOCSIS 3.0 (24 x 8) Cable Modem

Pros: Powered by an Intel Puma 6 chipset
The base can be removed by taking out two screws
Has a Web management GUI page to monitor connection information
Can handle amazingly high download and upload speeds…if only cable providers were doing that now.

Didn’t get very hot, just feels a little warm to the touch. Keep in mind that if you take off the base and place this unit on its side, there is a top and bottom. If you shine light through it, you can see a heatsink inside. Since this is passively cooled, make sure you place it on its side so that the heatsink is oriented the right way or it the natural convection of heat won’t work properly thereby making the heatsink useless.

Setup was very fast and simple, plug in all of the cables and then either activate via a webpage or call. I had to call to activate as there was some issue with my account, but just gave them my MAC address and one reboot later I was ready to go.
*****Internet Speed Test*****
• Download = 117.90 Mbps
• Upload = 11.96 Mbps
• Ping = 12 ms

*****Power Consumption*****
• Idle: 7.7 Watts
• Load: 8.3 Watts (Internet Speed Test)

Cons: Unnecessarily tall; as when you hold it up to the light you can see inside that the top half of the device is completely empty.
If you remove the base stand, it leaves two standoffs on the modem that look bad. It would be better if the stand offs were connected to the base so that both came off when you remove it.
No matter what I tried I could not access the management page after setting up the modem with my ISP. The modem is on a different subnet than my router and I can ping the modem’s IP but I can’t access its page. I tried power cycling, my router, the modem, factory resetting my router, putting a computer on the same subnet as the modem and still no management page.

Other Thoughts: Overall this is a great modem with a lot of potential once the cable providers finally up their speed. It was very simple to setup and has been working without any issues. The only problem I had was I couldn’t access the management page but this is not something that most users would care about it.

*All tests were conducted three times to ensure accuracy and repeatability of results.

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Corsair Hydro Series H80i V2  Water / Liquid CPU Cooler. 120mm CW-9060024-WW
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4 out of 5 eggs Terrible Cooling Performance - Update 08/17/2016

This review is from: Corsair Hydro Series H80i V2 Water / Liquid CPU Cooler. 120mm CW-9060024-WW

Pros: Has braiding around the hoses to help prevent kinking
USB control/monitoring of fan and pump speed via Corsair Link
The Fans and the pump were quiet even at full load
Has an RGB LED on the water block that can be set to change color when the CPU gets hot

Has a new and much better back plate compared to the one on my Corsair Hydro H70. That one uses metal screw holes which kind of float inside the plastic back plate. This causes them to spin around in the plastic when you try to take out the screws making it extremely difficult to remove. The new one however is all one piece so the screws can’t get stuck and makes it way easier to remove.

Cons: *******PLEASE IGNORE bad review********
Do not use Corsair Link with Aida64 as for whatever reason on my system, once the stress test was running, it disabled my performance fan curve in Corsair Link thus causing my system to overheat.

I don't know if this is a bug with Corsair's software or Aida64 but I also confirmed this issue occurs with a Corsair GTX H110i as well.
*******PLEASE IGNORE bad review********




Performance was terrible as it caused my CPU to overheat and thermal throttle...considering it was worse than a Corsair Hydro H70 which has a smaller radiator and smaller hoses. Here are some benchmark results of its cooling performance versus the Corsair Hydro H70:

Crosair Hydro H80i v2 (2 Fans)
• Idle Average: 85.5 °F
• Load Average: 206+ °F to overheating/throttling and BSOD
• Ambient: 70.0 °F

Corsair Hydro H70 (2 Fans)
• Idle Average: 85 °F
• Load Average: 194 °F
• Ambient: 70.0 °F

Due to this awful performance, I tried and failed with many tweaks/changes in order to remedy this issue and all are listed below:

• Set the profile, fans and pump to performance mode
• Verified the pump was working by checking Corsair link which reported it was around ~90%
• Triple checked that the water block was mounted correctly and tightly
• Tried Noctua NF12 fans instead of the included Corsairs ones
• Tried using different thermal compound
• Tried lowering the overclock on my CPU to 4.7 GHz with less voltage
• Tried placing the radiator outside my case for better ambient airflow

It seems that it may not have enough coolant in it and as a result the coolant is getting out of the radiator before its actually been cooled. So I took it out of my case and moved it in a way that would cause the coolant to go from the pump to the radiator and vice versa and the water moving back and forth was very loud like there wasn’t enough in there. My Corsair Hydro H70 did not replicate this same sound/effect.

The function to change the RGB LED on the water block when the CPU gets hot didn’t work at all as it stayed the same color despite the CPU getting so hot it was thermal throttling.

The hoses were very hard to maneuver if you have a smaller case as the braiding on the hoses makes them very strong to prevent kinking but does hinder mobility.

Other Thoughts: Overall I was expecting way better cooling performance from this AIO than my current one and was shocked that it performance worse than a smaller and older AIO. If this unit isn’t defective than this is the worst performing AIO I’ve ever used and I would not recommend it.

Motherboard: Asus Z97 Deluxe
CPU: Intel i7-4790K @ 4.8 GHz @ 1.25 volts
Stress Test: Aida64 for 10 minutes

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Linksys MAX-STREAM AC1900 Next Gen MU-MIMO Dual-Band Smart Wi-Fi Gigabit Router with Seamless Roaming (EA7500)
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Pros: Features external antennae which can be replaced if so desired.
Beamforming Technology – more reliable signal once connected.
MU-MIMO is great once more devices support it but at least with this your source is ready
Features a network map of all of your connected devices and even has an internet usage section that shows the bandwidth that each devise is currently using.
The UI was very fast and fluid when running on a wired or 5 GHz connection.

Has a very powerful SoC for a router. A dual core 1.4 GHz Qualcomm IPQ8064 processor with 256 MB of DDR3 memory is very impressive for a router, it’s basically a low end smartphone.

Wired Connection (1000 Mbps)
• Server (100MB File Transfer): Read = 113.53 MB/s, Write = 102.87 MB/s
• Internet Speed Test: Ping = 12 ms, Read = 232.58 Mbps, Write = 23.21 Mbps

Wireless-N (2.4 GHz) (5 Feet)
• Signal Strength: -25 dBm
• Server (100MB File Transfer): Read = 13.32 MB/s, Write = 10.43 MB/s
• Internet Speed Test: Ping = 14 ms, Read = 100.95 Mbps, Write = 23.03 Mbps

Wireless-AC (5 GHz) (5 Feet)
• Signal Strength: -40 dBm
• Server (100MB File Transfer): Read = 36.96 MB/s, Write = 19.81 MB/s
• Internet Speed Test: Ping = 14 ms, Read = 235.92 Mbps, Write = 23.60 Mbps

USB 3.0
• Read: 36.18 MB/sec
• Write: 77.00 MB/sec

Cons: Wireless performance at greater distances was nothing to be impressed with considering how much this router costs. As seen below, it’s compared against a now much cheaper router from Linksys that performs significantly better father away especially on the 2.4 GHz band.

Wireless-N (2.4 GHz) (50 Feet) (Linksys EA7500)
• Signal Strength: -68 dBm
• Server (100MB File Transfer): Read = 1.57 MB/s, Write = 2.11 MB/s
• Internet Speed Test: Ping = 15 ms, Read = 11.16 Mbps, Write = 17.75 Mbps

Wireless-N (2.4 GHz) (50 Feet) (Linksys WRT1200AC)
• Signal Strength: -57 dBm
• Server (100MB File Transfer): Read = 8.80 MB/s, Write = 1.61 MB/s
• Internet Speed Test: Ping = 11 ms, Read = 95.29 Mbps, Write = 18.58 Mbps


Wireless-AC (5 GHz) (50 Feet) (Linksys EA7500)
• Signal Strength: -79 dBm
• Server (100MB File Transfer): Read = 6.08 MB/s, Write = 2.39 MB/s
• Internet Speed Test: Ping = 14 ms, Read = 29.99 Mbps, Write = 15.79 Mbps

Wireless-AC (5 GHz) (50 Feet) (Linksys WRT1200AC)
• Signal Strength: -60 dBm
• Server (100MB File Transfer): Read = 6.07 MB/s, Write = 0.81 MB/s
• Internet Speed Test: Ping = 12 ms, Read = 47.45 Mbps, Write = 9.91 Mbps

Power Consumption (Linksys EA7500)
• Idle: 7.3 Watts
• Load: 12.0 Watts (Transferring file to USB drive)

Power Consumption (Linksys WRT1200AC)
• Idle: 7.9 Watts
• Load: 9.6 Watts (Transferring file to USB drive)

Wish the internet usage page showed the statistics a little more in real time, the manual refresh takes away from that cool feature.

Other Thoughts: Overall this router offers decent performance but it fails at being a good value for money as other cheaper routers perform better and at lower power consumption. So if they come out with a new firmware update that improves 2.4 GHz performance and the price lowers then this may be worth it. In the meantime, if you need something now, I would look somewhere else.


Linksys EA7500 Firmware: 1.1.2.172843

Wireless-N: Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 8260
Wireless-AC: Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 8260

*All tests were conducted three times to ensure accuracy and repeatability of results.

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