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Pros: Silicon Power offers an inexpensive memory kit that proved compatible with every computer I tried it in. These included a Core i5 Haswell NUC, a Core i7 BRIX, and a Lenovo laptop. Although the marketing literature claimed Mac compatibility this isn't completely true as all recent Macbooks use non-upgradeable memory soldered to the system board.
Hours of Memtest and application use showed no problems with this memory kit. Definitely reassuring for a lesser-known brand. A lifetime warranty is nice, but also offered by most other brands.
This memory is a budget way to add additional performance to a stock system.
Cons: The only drawback I found is the memory is not performance-oriented. CAS latency of 11 (full measured timings: 11-11-11-28) meant that memory-intensive applications performed slightly slower than when faster (CAS 9) modules were used. This effect could be seen in benchmarks, however the only real-world applications I saw a difference in were Photoshop and Premier Pro when editing large images or videos.
Other Thoughts: If you are looking to save a few bucks on a system upgrade, Silicon Power's memory is a perfect solution. It isn't the fastest available, but it worked flawlessly for every task I threw at it on a variety of systems.READ FULL REVIEW
This review is from: Linksys CM3024 DOCSIS 3.0 (24 x 8) Cable Modem
Pros: I'll start with my first impression - opening the box. The Linksys CM304 is not a futuristic-looking device shouting "look at me!" as do some of the competing modems from D-Link. The unit is attractive and the faceted side panels conceal an impressive amount of ventilation. This gives hope that overheating won't be as much of a concern as with some other DOCSIS 3.0 modems. The status lights are readily visible from the front, ports on the back are arranged well.
I evaluated the modem's performance in a home having Comcast/Xfinity 150 Mbps service and in our office using a fiber to cable adapter to probe the limits of what the CM3024 could provide. Setup on Comcast was easier than one might expect. No phone calls to Comcastic service required. Spend 5 minutes going through Comcast's online registration and the modem was up and running. Achieving a minimum 33% increase in download speed for the price of a year's modem rental is a good deal.
The SURFboard modem supplied by Comcast gave actual download bandwidth of 110 Mbps on a single connection. When multiple devices were connected or more than 10 download streams active, overall throughput dropped precipitously. The Linksys CM3024 was an immediate improvement. Download speed rose to 147 Mbps and remained there even when running 20 simultaneous streams.
In our office I could connect to our 10GigE network. A short length of coax can pass well over 1Gbps. The best throughput the CM3024 achieved was 920 Mbps down/235 up. Rates did not degrade at all with 10 concurrent connections, with gradual falloff to 20% lower speeds with 20 streams. As one would expect, performance dropped noticeably when more than 24 download channels were active.
I felt the modem box during the torture testing described above. It was warm to the touch remained far cooler than the Comcast-supplied modem.
Cons: This is not the modem to buy if you plan on upgrading to service with upload speeds faster than 230-240 Mbps. There are other options in this price range that offer more throughput (32 download channels vs. 24 for the CM3024).
Finally, the Linksys modem is only a modem - no included WiFi. Whether this is a con for you depends on your preferences. No WiFi means another piece of equipment to purchase, configure, and maintain. On the other hand, you can buy a dedicated WiFi access point with range and performance superior to any comparable integrated WiFi modem for about the same total cost.
Other Thoughts: The Linksys CM3024 definitely should be on your short list if you are renting a modem from your cable provider and have a service plan with download speeds over 100 Mbps and uploads less than 230 Mbps. It is a capable performer, easily handling multiple devices and download streams.READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: We purchased the first one of these cards in early 2011 to add 4 RS232 ports to a Win 2008 R2 x64 server used to control test and measurement equipment. CPU usage dropped by 50% vs. using the motherboard serial ports. No communication problems, and the board supplies plenty of power to equipment that needs it.
Both this card and additional ones have since migrated to newer systems including Windows Server 2012 R2 and Windows 10. Drivers need to be downloaded installed from StarTech's website as Windows does not natively support the card. We haven't found any compatibility problems and all fourcards continue to work perfectly.
Cons: Minor quibbles:
Older Windows versions: (behavior seen on Server 2008 R2, Server 2012, and Win 7) do not provide a means of predetermining which serial port corresponds to each physical output. It took some experimentation to figure out what COM port connected to each output from the card. After swapping assigned port numbers, it is possible to get the COM port sequence aligned with the card outputs; e.g. COM3->Output 1, COM4->Output 2, etc.
Server 2012 R2: No issues found.
Windows 10: Win 10 maps the COM ports sequentially; i.e. output #1 is mapped to the first available COM port, output #2 to the next, etc. There is, however, one potential gotcha. If you later add additional expansion cards to your system (behavior seen on two systems, one with a new NIC the other an external RAID card) Windows creates a new set of four COM ports. while still keeping the original ones active. Neither the new mappings nor the old are functional. The trick to making the card work again is to go into Device Manager and uninstall one of the new COM ports along with ticking the box for "uninstall driver software." Next, uninstall the additional three new COM ports. Then uninstall the adapter itself (listed under "Multi-port serial adapters." Finally, scan for hardware changes, reinstall the drivers, and everything works again.
EDIT: Either we were lucky with the first two Win 10 installs or Microsoft changed behavior with the anniversary update. Clean installs of the Win 10 anniversary build produced scrambled port mappings on two systems. Moral of the story: verify the port mappings between Windows and the StarTech outputs before you actually use the card.
Other Thoughts: We bought four of these cards through different vendors, as the Egg was out of stock each time we needed them.READ FULL REVIEW