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This review is from: D-Link 24-Port EasySmart Gigabit Ethernet Switch - Lifetime Warranty (DGS-1100-24)
Pros: Price, got it on sale and also used a discount coupon that I got. The switch cost me less than the price of the D-link unmanaged switch 24 port switch. It's been working on my home network over a month now with no issues. Lifetime warranty.
Cons: The switch is small, it could be mounted in the rack but will be site in the middle, I was expecting a full size Cisco switch. The switch looks more like desktop switch than a rack mountable switch.
Other Thoughts: I was running out of ports in my 8 port unmanaged switch, I was looking to upgrade to a 24 port switch and was waiting for a sale got this on time. The VLAN is very useful since I have to subnets in my home network, by configuring half of ports to VLAN-1 and the rest to VLAN-2, I was able to use this this smart switch for both networks instead of buying two unmanaged switches. There are some features are missing from this switch, but they are no use for me since I am not planning to use them anyway. I had to configure the switch to static with the LAN ip address range first. The D-Link SmartConsole Utility is very useful, if the switch disappear from the network it will find it for you.READ FULL REVIEW
This review is from: MSI H97 Guard-Pro LGA 1150 Intel H97 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
Pros: Got this on sale, working grate so far.
Cons: Not a con for this board, but originally I bought MSI Z87-G41 PC Mate with Intel Core i5-4590 combo on sale. MSI Z87-G41 never reboot and hangs on every reboot with no display so I end up RMA that and bought this MSI H97 Guard-Pro board.
Other Thoughts: This is my first MSI board, my previous sandy-bridge builds are all ASUS or Gigabyte. I was looking for a LGA 1150 board and only MSI H97 Guard-Pro was on sale, since H97 is the newest intel chipset, I reluctantly ordered to give MSI a second chance, it worked perfectly with I5-4590 haswell processor. I've installed Windows 10 preview build and my son plays Lego movie video game at 1080p.
MSI H97 Guard-Pro LGA 1150
Intel Core i5-4590
G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB
LOGISYS Computer PS480D 480W ATX12V Power Supply
Rosewill 9.5" EPS 8-Pin Male to ATX 4-Pin Female Cable (for LGA1150 board)
Rosewill Blackbone ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
Pros: Got this on sale with Intel Core i5-4590 Haswell combo.
Cons: Board does not reboot. “The motherboard hangs on every reboot. No error message, no display, no beeps, just a blank monitor. Tried everything. Only way the motherboard boots is from a power off state. Every reboot from OS/Ctrl-Al-Del/reset button hangs the motherboard” this is from another reviewer and it’s exactly what happened to me. I’ve update the bios, remove and replaced different memory module, replaced the power supply, nothing worked. After doing extend search on the web and found that many users had same exact issues as many here in newegg review as well. End up RMA paid $15 to shipping.
Other Thoughts: This is my first MSI board, my previous sandy-bridge builds are all ASUS or Gigabyte. I was looking for a LGA 1150 board and only MSI H97 Guard-Pro was on sale, since H97 is the newest intel chipset, I reluctantly ordered to give MSI a second chance, it worked perfectly with I5-4590 haswell processor. So I assume this MSI Z87-G41 PC Mate has issues with certain processors or just maybe they have quality control issues.READ FULL REVIEW
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