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carl h.

carl h.

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NETGEAR WNDR4500 N900 Wireless Dual Band Gigabit Open Source Router - IEEE 802.11 a/b/g/n
NETGEAR WNDR4500 N900 Wireless Dual Band Gigabit Open Source Router - IEEE 802.11 a/b/g/n

Pros: Updated configuration interface. 3 spatial streams on both 2.4ghz and 5ghz bands. Connections are substantially more stable relative to 3700 and 4000(N750) series, actual throughput at 5Ghz is also higher.

Cons: For some reason the lights on my unit don't blink. Other thoughts: Been running a 3700, 3700v2 and a 4000. The 3700 was solid - only needed to be restarted occasionally, good coverage with solid connections and solid performance at 2.4ghz, 5ghz radio was soft on signal, throughput and connection stability waivered. Replaced with a V2 when the 3700 failed and it was even more solid (don’t think it ever needed a restart while in service) but actual wireless performance was virtually identical to the 3700. Wanting a little more love at 5ghz tried the 4000 (N750) and was disappointed. Unit required frequent restarts, performance on 2.4ghz band was noticeably worse than the 3700 and 5ghz performance only modestly better.

Overall Review: So up steps the 4500. Been running for a week now and no restarts required, a good sign. Haven’t tested actual 2.4ghz throughput yet but users report 5 bars and stable connections. 5Ghz really rocks. Actual throughput on a Trendnet TEW-684UB is 12MBs (yes that is a capital B) compared to about 8MBs using the N750 and maybe 6MBs on a good day with the 3700. If my unit is a representative of shipping units this product is a real winner.

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OCZ Fatal1ty Edition 4GB (2 x 2GB) DDR2 1066 (PC2 8500) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model OCZ2F10664GK
OCZ Fatal1ty Edition 4GB (2 x 2GB) DDR2 1066 (PC2 8500) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model OCZ2F10664GK

Pros: Works great at 800Mhz - plug and play in an Asus M3A79-T.

Cons: No SPD settings for 1066. So you will need to fiddle with a myriad of ram timings. Of course you will have to troll the OCZ forums for those settings. Some users have been generous excusing OCZ for selling this ram as 1066 without the appropriate SPD settings for that speed. Well if you have the time and inclination to go that route this ram will work. Not especially speedy compared to other 1066 ram at similar prices. As 800Mhz ram it is overpriced.

Overall Review: Wouldn't it be great if they shipped this ram with documentation that had all the required settings so you wouldn't have to crawl through support forums? Also there are other sticks that include EPP settings to run at 1066 out of the box. Choose wisely.

AMD Phenom II X4 940 Black Edition - Phenom II X4 Deneb Quad-Core 3.0 GHz Socket AM2+ 125W Processor - HDZ940XCGIBOX
AMD Phenom II X4 940 Black Edition - Phenom II X4 Deneb Quad-Core 3.0 GHz Socket AM2+ 125W Processor - HDZ940XCGIBOX

Pros: This is my second unit. First one did a stable 3.2Ghz with air (Ultima 90). Doubtful it would have ever went higher without throttling back a core or 2. Second one is stable at 3.3Ghz. Again attempts to go higher were unsuccessful. Temps not an issue with either, about 55c under 100% load on all cores.

Cons: Units that went higher than 3.4Ghz must have been golden, anything more than 3.2Ghz is just luck of the draw. Changing CPU only completely borked my DRM settings in WMP and Vista Media Center. So if these apps crash after a CPU upgrade you will need to reset all your DRM info. Itunes not affected.

Overall Review: Completely stable in a Asus M3A79-T. Runs Vista x64 Ultimate as smooth as butter. Reliability index of 9+ after resolving DRM issues