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OCZ TRION 150 2.5
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Pros: -Very price competitive
-small (2.5" slim)
-good aesthetic if you want to show it off
-Seems reliable in my testing
-performs consistently after a few tests back-to-back

Cons: -TLC makes me question the reliability but only because it does not have a proven track record like MLC and SLC.

Other Thoughts: I ran AS SSD bench and got 509.56 read and 409.67 write on an old test rig that supports SATA III but always seems to score a bit lower than expected. This was on an old install of Windows on relatively old hardware, and not optimized at all so this result is actually very good.

Unfortunately there is not a lot to say about this SSD without an endurance test or load testing over an extended period. I experienced excellent consistent speeds and this SSD is very competitively priced. Over the short amount of time that I tested this product I had good results and did not have any issues.

GIGABYTE GA-990FX-Gaming AM3+ AMD 990FX SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.1 USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard
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Pros: The gigabyte GA-990FX is a very nice motherboard at a compelling price on a not top tier platform. I will address this further in the other section but for now I will just say that considering it’s on an old platform it does very well for itself.
The first thing I noticed when I viewed this motherboard was how clean the PCB looks with its extremely consistent black finish with red accents and yellow?
I also appreciate it that this motherboard comes with USB 3.1, USB type C, an M.2 slot, and all of gigabytes abuse resistant technology such as the 2x copper PCB, metal PCIE slots, and the dual BIOS. This board also includes a reasonable amount of USB connectivity, USB expansion, and a PS2 port which some people don’t care about but for those of us who have needed it know how important it can be. I also like that they have the AMP-UP audio and swappable op-amps but do not personally use that feature.
This board also has an excellent software suite that is honestly becoming quite useful, unlike a number of years ago when all we got was bloatware from motherboard manufacturers. The EasyTune profile got within a few mhz of my manual OC (just did a quick boot/bench stability test on both) and I really enjoyed using the cloud station APP which worked flawlessly once setup BUT I did not have an opportunity to setup and test from outside of my network.
I’m very pleased with the included functionality of gigabytes apps and I still don’t like using them but the cloudstation and easytune have definitely won me over as far as bundled apps go.
Oh, and it comes with a Killer NIC and the usual packet prioritization software which can be useful and works but I prefer doing it through my router.

Cons: For cons I do not want to hold the platform against Gigabyte so I will not include those limitations.
Now for cons I do not understand why they included any gold/yellow in the bottom left hand corner… I mean come on!! The black and red looked good so they decided to mess it up with a 3rd not complimentary color? Maybe a few people will be happy about it but I think throwing yellow/gold into this mix hurts the aesthetic.
I also would have like to see an additional NIC or built in WiFi but this is a pretty cost effective board so I can’t hold that against them.

Other Thoughts: Now I’m as big of an AMD fanboy as anyone else but geez DDR4 and DDR3 are almost the same price and AMD still has not released a chipset that supports it. I know they will be releasing something this year BUT it is tough to compel people to get a new scratch system and go AMD since DDR4 is so cost competitive now and just because it performs similarly to DDR3 means nothing, in a few years I’m sure software will leverage the added speed/bandwidth of DDR4 just like when DDR3 first launched it was slower than DDR2.
And something else I would like to mention is that it is impressive that gigabyte crammed all of these features into a relatively old chipset at such a competitive price.

If you are already running an AMD rig and want to upgrade or you are looking for the best bang/buck system then this would be a great choice.

TP-LINK TL-NC220 N300 Wi-Fi Network Day / Night Cloud Camera (White)
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5 out of 5 eggs IT ACTUALLY WORKS!!! 01/12/2016

This review is from: TP-LINK TL-NC220 N300 Wi-Fi Network Day / Night Cloud Camera (White)

Pros: This product is not very complicated and seems to hit its price point quite well. This network camera has wireless connectivity, app support, can work as a wifi extender, and include a mic all for a price lower than many cameras that only are a camera. The android app is not the greatest in the world but it does work and it does include a fair bit of functionality. I also was impressed that this device includes motion/sound alerts that can be used to send emails or over FTP. The final pro that stood out to me was the setup assistant worked well and this camera is so small and light that it can easily be mounted anywhere with sticky pads (or hard mounted).

Cons: The few issues I had were that the resolution of this camera is not very good (which kind of undermines the idea of it being a security camera, if you cannot make out details), the mic isn’t the best (also a minor problem if you want to use for security), and it does not have PoE which would have been a nice feature to have since this device is so light and low power.

Other Thoughts: Some other things I noticed were that when it switches to night mode it makes a loud click that can be annoying/jarring if you are not expecting it. I would also like to mention that the online interface is not perfect but it is functional and compares pretty well to any other online interface I have used for network cameras. In summary this device is not the greatest in the world but at this price point it is really hard to take marks off, I was more surprised that everything advertised DID work properly than by any of the cons I came across.


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