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Team Vulcan 16GB (2 x 8GB) 288-Pin DDR4 SDRAM DDR4 3000 (PC4 24000) Desktop Memory Model TLRED416G3000HC15ADC01
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3 out of 5 eggs Lowest profile DDR4-3000 RAM on market, but unstable 10/02/2016

This review is from: Team Vulcan 16GB (2 x 8GB) 288-Pin DDR4 SDRAM DDR4 3000 (PC4 24000) Desktop Memory Model TLRED416G3000HC15ADC01

Pros: Low profile, heatsink only extends about 1mm above the PCB, making it ideal for use with CPU coolers that overhang the RAM slots.

Cons: Not stable at DDR4-3000. I had doubts that a second-tier vendor could actually come in and provide a DDR4-3000, 15-15-15-35 kit for much lower cost than the first-tier competition, and indeed, this kit just isn't stable at DDR4-3000 CAS 15. I previously used a G.Skill kit with the same speed and timings in my Asus Z170 board and it worked perfectly.

Other Thoughts: Currently running at DDR4-2800 CAS15 on 1.35V, after weeks of struggling to keep it stable at DDR4-3000. Only reason I'm sticking with this RAM is that the competitors' high-speed RAM won't fit under my CPU cooler.

Seagate Innov8 8TB Desktop External Hard Drive - USB-C Powered - STFG8000400
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4 out of 5 eggs A glimpse of the future, but overpriced for today's reality 09/06/2016

This review is from: Seagate Innov8 8TB Desktop External Hard Drive - USB-C Powered - STFG8000400

Pros: Benchmark speed was very good - I tested this against another Seagate external drive I have on hand, which is a USB 3.0 model. It reached 198MB/s sequential read and 185MB/s sequential write, besting the USB 3.0 model's 142MB/s and 137MB/s.

In terms of random performance, which by the way is not what you should be buying an external backup drive for, the Innov8 only hit 0.651MB/s read and 7.876MB/s write, which was about 50% slower than my Seagate USB 3.0 external drive in terms of read, but 10x faster in terms of write. That's overall pretty good, especially considering that random reads are the last thing you should use this for (i.e., running an OS).

Cons: In a test copying 5GB of JPEGs onto this drive from a fast SSD, I found that it wrote at 48.6MB/s. That's not particularly fast, and I would have expected it to be faster based on its sequential write speed of 185MB/s.

Also, this is very much an "Apple"-style product, pushing tech forward at the expense of customers and existing standards. In its effort to be as streamlined as possible (i.e., include no bulky external power connector), Seagate has limited the Innov8 to USB 3.1 Type-C only, which means 99% of PC owners out there are not going to be able to use this drive today.

Overall, you're paying a big premium for USB 3.1, and I'm just not convinced that it makes sense at this point to pay significantly more for a USB 3.1 drive than a USB 3.0 drive, given that USB 3.0 really isn't the bottleneck when using mechanical storage (my USB 3.0-powered external SSD runs circles around this device, for example). The only true advantage for this application is the lack of a power adapter, but that's not all that critical for desktop use.

Other Thoughts: While performing a test involving copying a large directory from one folder to another on this drive, the drive failed, leading to drive errors. While this is a scenario you likely won't be encountering much if you use this as a backup drive, it does make me wonder if the USB 3.1 drivers for my particular motherboard aren't quite ready. And given that Seagate has to depend on motherboard manufacturers to properly support USB 3.1 Type-C, it may be a while before this is the most reliable drive out there.

TP-LINK Archer T8E AC1750 Wireless Dual Band PCI Express Adapter Support Windows 10 with New Driver Update
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4 out of 5 eggs Very good performance, but with drawbacks 08/15/2016

This review is from: TP-LINK Archer T8E AC1750 Wireless Dual Band PCI Express Adapter Support Windows 10 with New Driver Update

Pros: Achieved a 248Mbps download speed and a blazing 399Mbps upload speed on my fiber connection.

Cons: My two USB 3.0-based 802.11ac adapters from another major manufacturer actually provide higher download speeds, while this model (and the T9E) provide higher upload speeds. The fact that the USB models are easier to install and cheaper make them an all-around better choice.

In addition, this adapter did not work well placed in the last PCIe slot in my PC, which may be the reason so many people are saying they have a poor 5G connection. the 2.4G connection worked fine from all slots. For users getting little or no 5G connection, try a different slot before giving up on this product.

Other Thoughts: I had no problems whatsoever getting this to work on Windows 10, and I suspect that people who are having trouble simply didn't download the driver ahead of time. It's true that this WILL NOT work unless you load a driver. A DVD is included in the box, but I did not load the driver off of it, as it's always best to get the latest version from the manufacturer website.


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