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Linksys E8350 AC2400 4X4 Dual-Band Gigabit Wi-Fi Router, Optimal for HD Video Streaming and Lag-Free Gaming
  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: The main pro of this router is it's performance. It did perform well for me. I did not suffer any connectivity issues with it while using it for a couple months. Often times there would be multiple devices streaming video or online gaming and bandwidth was not a problem.

Range wise it is good. Relative to other routers I've used in this price range, the 2.4GHz range is average and the 5GHz range is above average.

There is a USB 3.0 port on the back which is to be expected with a router this price range. I also think it is valuable that the other port is an eSATA/USB2.0.

Cons: I have never liked how Linksys tries to oversimplify things in the setup and interface. By default, only 1 SSID is broadcasted and you connect all your devices to it and it automatically chooses if that device should be on the 2.4GHz or 5GHz network. If you ask me, this is no benefit. I still have to do the same number of clicks to connect. But now if I want to choose the network, I have to go in and change the settings. There's also the classic Linksys problem of forcing your networks to be mixed rather than just AC. Some of us do have AC devices.

It is big and has a large footprint if you have it on a desk or table.

The ethernet cord that comes with it is too short.

The power brick is just silly. Its really big and part of the plug. I don't understand why they don't just make it a power brick along the length of the cord rather than as part of the plug. This thing fell out of my power strip due to its weight and length causing the only interruptions I had while using it.

Other Thoughts: Originally this was priced at $250 which is way too high. When I received it, the price was $200 and I'd say that is still too high. Now as I write the review, the price is $180. At this price it may be worth considering if the cons I list are not of concern to you.

TP-LINK Archer C7 AC1750 Dual Band Wireless AC Gigabit Router, 2.4GHz 450Mbps+5Ghz 1350Mbps, 2 USB Ports, IPv6, Guest Network
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: Low cost AC Router without giving up bandwidth.

Has 2 USB ports which is nice. Allows you to have both a printer and NAS on your network. The NAS can also be remotely accessed making.

The router is sleek and good for wall mounting

The throughput seems good for the price. I got 5MB/s going WiFi to WiFi and 8MB/s Ethernet to WiFi. The rate was also very steady during the test.

Stable: ran several devices which often are simultaneously streaming video and no hiccups over the course of a month.

Cons: Both USB ports are only 2.0. At this point in time I fell at least one should be 3.0. This really decreases the practicality of a NAS.

Processor is single core, while the norm going forward is dual core.

While it can be wall mounted, the design does not stand vertically so it will take up a lot of desk space.

The glossy finish is a fingerprint and dust magnet.

Firmware was not the most recent version out of the box.

Other Thoughts: Range is average.
Interface is average and fairly normal. It’s what you expect from TP-Link

DEEPCOOL NEPTWIN CPU Cooler  6 Heatpipes Twin-tower Heatsink Dual 120mm Fans with Blue LED One with PWM Support LGA 2011-v3
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: This is a solid cooler and it's a very good value.

To test it I used RealTemp and Prime95. I ran Prime95 for 2min then recorded the highest temp. Trying to keep it simple. My CPU is a 5930K in a TJ11 with the sides off. The Prime95 test I ran was the Blend Test because it could not handle the Small FFTs (max heat) test. See other thoughts on that.
Clock Spped
3.5GHz 45C
3.7GHz 48C
3.9GHz 52C
4.1GHz 53C
4.3GHz 59C
4.4GHz 64C

As you see good results with this 6 Core, 130W cpu which has a stock Turbo Boost of 3.7GHz.

The cooler I have is a liquid cooling loop with a 3x120mm rad. This does not do any better until above 4GHz where it starts to take the lead. At 4.1GHz they were still the same but at 4.3GHz the liquid cooling was 3 degrees cooler and at 4.4GHz it was 5 degrees cooler.

The build quality seemed pretty solid and the bottom was a mirror finish.

Cons: While it performs well for the price I can't give it five eggs because well, it's a giant and does not blow my mind in performance.

Depending on the shape and height of your ram heatsink this may hit. I had to sit the one fan a little high on the fin array because of this.

The fans are fine but are not the highest airflow. If you want to get the most out of this you will be buying aftermarket fans which takes away the good value.

The packaging was also less than 5 egg worthy. All of the parts for the various sockets were in separate plastic bags but the bags were staples shut rather than being resealable zip locks or taped so as not to tear then when opening..

Other Thoughts: I could not run the Small FFT test with this cooler. I took the clock speed down to 3.2GHz and the temps would immediately shoot up to the 80's and I had to stop the test in less than 2 seconds. The liquid cooling loop I had maxed out a 66 degrees after 10 minutes doing this. So unlike the Pros section test, you can really see the liquid cooling show how much better it is here. I put this in other thoughts because normal applications is going to cause this kind of heat. Also wanted to have a comparison so that my Pros section did not was not misleading readers into thinking this product was as good as liquid cooling.


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Display Name: R S.

Date Joined: 12/28/07

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