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james h.

james h.

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Most Favorable Review

Works at advertised peak speeds

Seagate Firecuda 520 2TB Performance Internal Solid State Drive SSD PCIe Gen4 X4 NVMe 1.3 for Gaming PC Gaming Laptop Desktop - 3-year Rescue Service (ZP2000GM3A002)
Seagate Firecuda 520 2TB Performance Internal Solid State Drive SSD PCIe Gen4 X4 NVMe 1.3 for Gaming PC Gaming Laptop Desktop - 3-year Rescue Service (ZP2000GM3A002)

Pros: Crystal Diskmark is able to pull out its peak speed, so the drive functions as advertised. Only really gets hot when operating at its sustained peak speed, but most applications such as games don't sustain a peak read/write speed so it won't become an issue.

Cons: None so far.

Overall Review: Don't expect every program to get the peak speed all the time. "Real" performance varies from app to app.

Most Critical Review

Cheap For the capacity, but slow (for me)

WD Blue 3D NAND 2TB Internal SSD - SATA III 6Gb/s 2.5"/7mm Solid State Drive - WDS200T2B0A
WD Blue 3D NAND 2TB Internal SSD - SATA III 6Gb/s 2.5"/7mm Solid State Drive - WDS200T2B0A

Pros: Not that expensive for 2Tb SSD

Cons: Falls quite a bit short on peak speed. Should be getting at or very close to 560mb/s read, but I'm getting 380mb/s or less. Write is a bit better, but coming in at ~480mb/s still a bit off from its advertised 530mb/s. A 512gb drive I bought in 2014 is faster than this thing (Crucial MX100) and gets almost at its advertised speeds Its possible that I got a bad drive, as I see others are getting those advertised speeds, and especially since I got a 6 yr old SSD that still getting around its advertised speed.

Overall Review: At least its cheap.

Needs to have its name changed and clarified

ASUS AX3000 (PCE-AX58BT) Next-Gen WiFi 6 Dual Band PCIe Wireless Adapter with Bluetooth 5.0 - OFDMA, 2x2 MU-MIMO and WPA3 Security
ASUS AX3000 (PCE-AX58BT) Next-Gen WiFi 6 Dual Band PCIe Wireless Adapter with Bluetooth 5.0 - OFDMA, 2x2 MU-MIMO and WPA3 Security

Pros: Fast...

Cons: The products name suggest its something different from on-board WiFi 6 adapters, but turns out this also uses the Intel AX200 chipset, which pretty much defeated the purpose of me buying it as i have on-board WiFi 6/Bluetooth 5 on my motherboard. It should be called ASUS AX200, not AX3000. Very misleading.

Overall Review: If you have an onboard WiFi 6 adapter, don't bother getting this. They are literally the same thing.

the next best before the lemons

NETGEAR CM600 (24x8) DOCSIS 3.0 Cable Modem. Max Download speeds of 960Mbps. Certified for XFINITY by Comcast, Time Warner Cable, Cox, Charter & More (CM600)
NETGEAR CM600 (24x8) DOCSIS 3.0 Cable Modem. Max Download speeds of 960Mbps. Certified for XFINITY by Comcast, Time Warner Cable, Cox, Charter & More (CM600)

Pros: This is the first NETGEAR product I've purchaced. It's working great so far, using Cox Ultimate Internet. I wouldnt say i get faster downloads than my old modem (ARRIS Surfboard 6141 *Ancient!*), but its by far more stable that that one was. Trying to download a patch from Star Citizens Alpha launcher would crash my whole internet lol. I've yet to try on this but I dont think that will be a problem now. I also have yet to have random restart, which the 6141 did at random even without heavy internet loads.

Cons: none so far. Well, now I have a con: It was killed by a thunderstrike :o. Well, it and my Router were killed. Lost the WAN ports on both from the surge. It lasted long enough tho. But the real con I suppose is that it wasn't REALLY supportive of max download speeds of up to 960mbps. And its probably wasn't on the modem, but COX, my service provider, doesn't support this modem for their Gigablast service, which is really up to 940mbps. So, this modem should have been able to handle it since it is listed to support up to 960. but, COX only allows DOCSIS 3.1 modems for its gigablast. Didn't matter how fast this one is or how fast the CM700 is.

Overall Review: I primarily purchased this one despite all the brand new 32 x 8 channel modes available because of the problems with their chipsets. This was practically the next best thing and the only 24x8 modem listed. pretty much the fastest working modem available on newegg!

Awesome Surisingly easy to setup

ASUS PCE-AC88 AC3100 4x4 802.11AC PCIe Adapter
ASUS PCE-AC88 AC3100 4x4 802.11AC PCIe Adapter

Pros: This is only the 2nd PCIe x 4 device ive owned. The other was a soundcard, and i couldnt use it on my board because I was doing the dual GPU thing and the slot was in a terrible spot. It was also the reason I never purchased any of these, because of terrible slot placing. But I got this because I wanted to get into wireless connections again. Excellent choice if I might say. The drivers werent a pain to install and there isnt any ridiculous connection software needed, you just use what windows has and bam, wirelessly connected. I was expecting a tedious setup, but i'm glad my expectations didnt get met. Maintains a stable and very speedy connection to my new AC5300 router on the 5ghz band.

Cons: None whatsoever.

Overall Review: Adding onto my very old review. These are very fast, but not Wi-Fi 6. Probably the fastest thing before Wi-Fi 6 came along, tho. I now use ASUS ROG Rapture AX-11000 and I'm hoping ASUS eventually makes a Wi-Fi 6 version of this. That said, ASUS's on-board wi-fi for its modern motherboards are all Wi-Fi 6, so this device is kinda obsoleted by them in a way. I still have it in my PC and use it along with the on-board Wi-Fi 6 adapter. The on-board can connect at faster speeds, but until I actually need that faster speed this AC-88 still serves its purpose of fast gigabit internet connections. For now, the next best thing is the AX3000 adapter.

Fast, easy setup, one gripe

ASUS ROG Rapture GT-AX11000 AX11000 Tri-band 10 Gigabit WiFi Router, AiProtection Lifetime Security by Trend Micro, AiMesh compatible for Mesh Wi-Fi System, Next-Gen Wi-Fi 6, Wireless 802.11Ax
ASUS ROG Rapture GT-AX11000 AX11000 Tri-band 10 Gigabit WiFi Router, AiProtection Lifetime Security by Trend Micro, AiMesh compatible for Mesh Wi-Fi System, Next-Gen Wi-Fi 6, Wireless 802.11Ax

Pros: Very fast basic setup to internet and of all wi-fi bands available to it.

Cons: Cat5e cable, again.

Overall Review: I know theres been a lot of trust built up for cat5e over the past decade or so, but its time to move on. I have this 25' Cat6 cable on hand and I am able to get more stable speeds out of my gigabite internet connection than this ~2' cat5e cable can provide. It is the Faster of the speeds in the picture provided. Please, to all network device producers: Its time to move on from cat5e, especially for something 2.5gig or higher ready like this router. Cat6 is what, a few cents more per foot than cat5e? make the change. I even have cat7 cables on the way because I am ready to move on from even cat6 and be future ready.