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This review is from: Rosewill RNX-AC1200UBE2, Dual Band Wireless AC1200 Wi-Fi Wi-Fi Adapter, IEEE 802.11AC IEEE802.11a/b/g/n, Up to 867Mbps(5.0GHz) + 300Mbps(2.4GHz) Wireless Data Rates, USB3.0 Interface,
Pros: Inexpensive, works fine with 802.11n, Realtek chipset. The software AP option is nice for if you only want to connect a device which does not support high level encryption, such as a game console, to the internet for a short period of time.
Cons: Constantly drops connections with on the 5ghz band, even when my router, a Netgear R6250, is speed limited to 300mpbs. Tried alternate USB ports and with and without the cradle. I used a laptop with 5ghz capability and did not experience the same problems. Downloaded the drivers on the Rosewill website, but they were the same ones which came with the CD. Both my desktop and the test laptop are using Windows 7.
Other Thoughts: Do not waste your money on this adapter, spend a little more on a name brand.READ FULL REVIEW
This review is from: Corsair Vengeance Series C70 Military Green Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
Pros: I had to upgrade my cooling as a Corsair H60 can't quite keep up with an overclocked FX-8350. I was using an Antec 1200 at the time, which is a great air cooling supertower, but can only mount one 120, radiator. Corsair has very few cases which can support the cooler I wanted, the H105, and wish the Obsidian 550D did, but Newegg had this case on sale along with a Corsair rebate, and can mount multiple radiators, so it was an easy decision to choose this case.
Packaging was bare, just a box, top and bottom styrofoam pieces, and a quick start guide, but that's all that's necessary. The carrying handles on the top make it easy to carry around. The military ammo box style latches make opening the side panels easy. Rubber grommets and plastic pieces make cable routing easy and neat.
One feature I've not seen on any other case is that an ATX board's center screw (center of the board, above the first PCIe slot) space fits over a plastic "clip" instead of a standoff, which makes alignment very easy.
Cons: There are several flaws which cause me to give this case a 3.5 egg rating. First is that my back side panel has to basically be forced into the correct place. Don't know if something is bent slightly to keep it from closing as easy as the windowed panel, but it is an effort. This case features tool-less drive installation, but the implementation is not the best for 3.5" drives. It features removable trays with 4 pins which fit into the normal screw holes. It wouldn't be such a huge deal, but you have to bend the tray to get one side in, and the pins have a habit of coming out.
The front air filter is behind the front door, which is held on by 3 tabbed metal latches which must be bent to lock and unlock them. They could break with repeated use, and a simple magnetic system, or a couple of screws, would have been much better.
Though this case is said to be able to mount fans on the bottom, one mount location requires the bottom 3.5" drive cage to be removed, and the other is directly behind the PSU.
This case has air filters for the front and bottom, but not the top, sides, or rear, and has numerous openings to allow dust in.
But the largest problem by a parsec is that the air hole design on the side panel causes a very loud whistling with 120mm fans due to the air movement, which makes them unusable. Tried 5 different fans, including one 120x120x12 mm slim fan with the same result. I know this is primarily a watercooling case, but there's no excuse for this.
Other Thoughts: Aside from the side panel fan issue, it's a good case that I'd buy again any day. My main reason for choosing this case, other than the price, was to be able to mount a rear 120mm radiator if the rumored R9 390X comes with a stock liquid cooler. I'd highly recommend this case if you have any intention of going liquid.READ FULL REVIEW
This review is from: CORSAIR Hydro Series H105 Extreme Performance 240mm Liquid CPU Cooler, CW-9060016-WW
Pros: I was using a Corsair H60 before, which worked very well with my Phenom II x4 965. However when I upgraded to my FX-8350 earlier this year it would have trouble keeping it under control even with dual fans in push/pull, especially during the summer when the ambient temperatures would hover around 80°F. Unfortunately I was using an Antec Twelve Hundred, which is a great air cooling supertower, but can only mount one 120mm radiator. So, Newegg had the Corsair C70 on sale AND rebate at the same time, so I took the plunge and bought it as well.
The H105 came well packaged, and it took only a couple of minutes to swap the stock AMD bracket with the standoffs, and faceplate on the cooling pump to the AMD one. The motherboard was out of the case at the time, but as it uses the stock AMD backplate, even an in case swapover would be easy. The flexible tubing does give a bit more peace of mind when setting it up that you're not going to cause a leak. I attached it to the top of the C70, with the fans drawing air from inside the case.
I had my processor overclocked already, but would run in the upper 50°C range when even under gaming load, with it hovering between 60-62°C under video encoding load. With the H105 it stays at or under 41°C under gaming load, and tops out at 55°C under Prime95 In Place Large FFT 8 thread torture test.
Cons: I have one major complaint about this product, and it is the reason for the 4 egg rating, is that the fans Corsair ship with it, though effective at moving air, have a very loud bearing noise (hum or roar) similar to a ball bearing sound when the speed is over 50%. Thankfully I had the two Cougar CF-V12GP 120mm fans (Newegg Item#: N82E16835553002) which I swapped on. They move just as much air, but even at 100% are very quiet, with only an airflow-through-a-radiator sound and no bearing noise. I'm not sure if the fans I got were defective, but they were unusable.
Other Thoughts: I had debated between the H105 and H110i, and, though they were the same price, several review sites show the H105 cools a couple of degrees better than the H110i. The 110i has more connectivity features, but I see a couple of degrees better performance superior to coolant temperature monitoring.READ FULL REVIEW
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