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TP-LINK TL-PA8010P KIT HomePlug AV2 MIMO AV1200 Gigabit Pass-through Powerline Starter Kit, up to 1200Mbps
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  • neweggOwned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: Rated for 1.2Gb's (Theoretical).
Allows power to be passed through the device.
Includes 2 ethernet cables to connect existing devices.
Very low power consumption when in idle mode.
I conducted several tests with these devices transferring large files from a SMB share to a laptop (both drives are capable of well over 250-200MB/s data rates). When I had both adapters on the same circuit (even with one behind a UPS) I was getting 30MB/s (~300Mbits) which isn't terrible but no where near the 1200 theoretical but still over 100Mbit.
I then tested on a GFI circuit in the bathroom, and was getting 10-11MB/s (~100Mbits), and then on another circuit (which was just outside the first testing area) and was getting about 7MB/s (~70Mbits), and on the final circuit which is a floor underneath was getting 4-5MB/s and the homeplug light was alternating between Red and Yellow meaning poor signal.

Cons: Speed on different circuits can easily be below 100Mbit. Depending on the outlet the HomePlug may block the second outlet as the top is a bit large and will only leave you with the outlet on the adapter itself.

Other Thoughts: Depending on what you do on your network these speeds may be acceptable, in general most internet speeds are below the 100Mbit mark, but if you have internet speeds <100Mbit (or even 50Mbit) these devices may serve you well, and if you do internal file sharing or internet streaming and it is not on the same circuit you may be better suited with a wireless AC network depending on range.

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DEEPCOOL Gamer Storm CAPTAIN 120 CPU Liquid Cooler AIO Water Cooling Ceramic Bearing Pump Visual Liquid Flow with 120mm FDB PWM Fan Rubber Coating Deep Silent Support LGA 2011-v3
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  • neweggOwned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: It has a Steampunk design if you like that. Do like the color scheme as well.
This cooler at idle speeds is practically silent (I think more silent than my NH-D14, and actually gave me lower temps (by a few degrees C) than my NH-D14. Under high loads this is very noisy, some of this could be adjusted my tweaking my fan speed profiles in the BIOS and the temperatures are surprisingly compromable to my NH-D14. I do believe my NH-D14 does have some slight mfgr defects which may be causing this (some of the heatpipes do not make full contact with the base plate.
The fan's casing is rubberized which would mitigate any rattling noises that could happen. The advantage of a Closed loop cooler is that during transportation it is unlikely to leak, and compared to a large air cooler is unlikely to warp the motherboard or damage it during transportation (think LAN parties or shipping).

Cons: Loud under any significant load, I can hear it over my headphones, reminds me of my old 4870's. Would recommend either getting different fan's or customizing the fan speed profiles on your motherboard.
The tubing is a little difficult to work with, it is slightly rigid which makes installation difficult.
Installation:
Other than the difficult tubing I believe that the threaded screws from the backplate should be 1/4 or 1/8th of an inch longer. I would only slightly tighten the first screw, than went to screw in the diagonal corner and ran into a lot of frustration trying to get it in. During this process I was holding the back plate in place to prevent it from sliding out a little bit with one hand, and in my other hand attempting to get the screw onto the thread's. Once I managed to do that the other 2 screws were relatively easier

Other Thoughts: This box that this unit ships in in the same size box that would be used for that Gamer Storm Captain 240mm cooler, which saves them money on box costs, but the shipping box this came in was quite large.
System
I7-4770k with a modified turbo boost on all 4 cores to 3.9Ghz.
Idle Temps with NH-D14
31 C
Idle Temps with Captain 120
28 C
Load with Intel XTU Benchmark on NH-D14
66C (silent)
Load with Intel XTU Benchmark on Captain 120
64C (and noisy)
Similar results using OCCT's benchmark (small FFT's) 2-4C different between Captain 120 and NH-D14, which the Captain winning but the NH-D14 remaining silent. During these benchmarks I did not change the fan speed profiles that had been initially setup.

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AMD Radeon SSD Radeon R7 2.5
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  • neweggOwned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: -This SSD is AMD Radeon branded, it is manufactured by OCZ (A Toshiba Company), and I will be honest here Toshiba turned OCZ around. This is my second OCZ drive have had for review, the first of which is still functioning perfectly and I don't see any reason why this one would not.
-Large capacity, great for your OS + plenty of other software.
-Comes with imaging software to migrate your existing OS install to the new drive.
-Bracket to mount into 3.5" drive bay if no 2.5" bays are available in your desktop
-Good price, about $0.43 a gigabyte (Not including $20 MIR)
-4 Year warranty, while not the best warranty out there it is better than many.
After some through benchmarking this SSD meets the advertised specifications or comes extremely close.
Max Sequential read 552.5MB/s
Max sequential write 522.5MB/s
Read IOPS 94k
Write IOPS 89.5k
I do find it interesting that random 4k write performance has about 4x the throughput of its read performance.

Cons: -None really, nice color's, solid design. Personally I like the weight of it, makes it feel sturdier
-Only real con I guess would not be the SSD itself but the OCZ SSD Guru software (Same as the Radeon SSD Guru software just a different colored UI), as it does not allow RAM caching which some other manufacturers have, which can greatly improve performance.

Other Thoughts: Having received so far 2 OCZ products for review and both working as advertised has be considering buying OCZ products in the future for storage or other computers, which considering in the past I have only gone for the best of the best (Intel and Samsung) that is some high praise.
-I do find it odd that other reviewers are getting performance numbers less than my own in ATTO and CDM, for consistency's sake I will post my relevant systems specifications.
i7-4770k
MSI Z87-GD65
32GB DDR3 2133
All Intel SATA 3 (6Gb's) ports are full, one of which is my boot drive (Samsung 840 Pro 512GB).
I will keep using this SSD in my day to day activities and report back and problems or odd finding's.

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