Joined on 03/01/04
Pros: Good fit/finish. Accepts full size drives. Comes with TT 220 watt power supply (SL-B220SFX). Power supply fan nearly silent. Got this on sale plus rebate and free shipping.
Cons: Full retail price a little high. Look for this on sale.
Overall Review: Decent size (about the size of a shoebox). All the power connecters you need for a case this size. This actually comes with a 220W power supply (not 200). The PS fan is so quiet I thought it wasn't working at first. Installed an Intel D510MO motherboard, 2 GB DDR2 PC6400, and a 3.5 inch hard drive for a 24/7 server. I was able to install the motherboard without removing the power supply (use an offset screw driver). Temps seem fairly stable with just the power supply fan, no additional cooling. One thing to note, mounting a 3.5 hard drive in the front 3.5 bay worked, but the sata and power connectors sat right on top of my memory (actually touching). I moved it to the 5.25 bay so I have adequate space between all components. Routing all the cables was tricky, I used several nylon ties so the wiring does not touch any heatsyncs etc. Would be a chore if you used all 3 drive bays, but the cables are long enough to tuck things out of the way. Overall met my expectations.
Pros: This drive is fast! The rebate processed quickly, and after rebate the price was right. An 840 EVO with120GB was more than I paid for this 240GB drive.
Cons: Where to begin? It's a luck of the draw as far as the controller and NAND type you will get. My firmware version is N0530A, so I'm pretty sure I got a Silicon Motion controller with MLC NAND. But no way to tell without opening the drive. No SSD tools on the PNY website, and the smart data is limited. There is no wear indicator (no E9 in the smart data), but there are the F1 (total LBAs written) and F2 (total LBAs read) indicators. Also, the website to register the drive for the 3yr warranty was broken for days, I had to call the tech support line to register.
Overall Review: Like I stated, the drive I received is really fast. I'm pretty sure I got lucky and didn't get the Sandforce controller version. Time will tell if this drive holds up, but in the couple of months I've had it, performance hasn't degraded at all. I'm right at about 1TB total reads and 1TB total writes (pretty heavy use), and it's still as fast as it was when new.
Pros: Has 3 external dual band antennas to provide up to 450 Mbps N, 1350 Mbps AC wifi. Supports channel bonding. Excellent 2.4GHz signal, good 5.0 GHz signal (as expected). Gigabit LAN. Open source firmware compatible. Price, price, price. Newegg deal was 59.99 + 10.00 MIR. So 50 bucks for an AC1750 wifi router with gigabit lan. The Asus AC66U is 'comparable' at 3x the price.
Cons: White with a big Tenda logo on it. The AC wall wart is fairly large.
Overall Review: Ran it with the stock Tenda firmware for 24 hours or so just to test the hardware, then I updated the firmware to Tomato by Shibby. Installing Tomato firmware does not void the W1801R hardware warranty. The router was functional with the stock firmware, but it has a better signal running Tomato, especially at distance. Regarding wifi performance, my chromebook with an intel 7260 adapter has a AC connection of ~320 Mbps on the 5GHz channel (I've seen speeds of ~825Mbps, verifying channel bonding works). My laptop, phone, and tablet are all wireless N and have a connection of ~130 Mbps in the same room, and around 65 Mbps in my living room (across the house). My Roku and HTPC currently run off an access point connected to the W1801R by an ethernet cable. Also, I'm using an Obi100 VOIP adapter connected to the W1801R via ethernet, and the calls are clear. As far as heat, it gets warm, but not hot, and I'm running couple of wired and a few wireless connections through it all day. The WLAN (internet port) connection to my cable modem delivers full download/upload speeds to all my client pcs tablets etc. I can't comment about the USB ports, I have them disabled in the firmware and don't plan on using them. I've been running for two weeks without issues or reboots. No degradation in WAN or Wifi speed. sysinfo - cpu BCM5300 rev 1 pkg 0, eth0 BCM47XX, eth1 BCM4360, eth2 BCM4331, 128 MB RAM, 16 MB Flash Overall I'm pretty satisfied. Plenty of horsepower for a home or home office router.
Great Desktop SSD
Pros: Enterprise class controller and MLC-HET NAND. Intel 5yr warranty. Got it on Black Friday for 98 clams at my local Fries (sic) B&M. Also the Intel SSD Toolbox is available on the Intel web site.
Cons: Not the fastest SSD on the market. Read speeds great - 475 Mbps, write speeds are unremarkable - 295 Mbps. Slower write speeds are due to the lack of interleaving between the 8 channel controller and the 8 NAND chips. 1 to 1 ratio.
Overall Review: I have 4 SSDs, but notably I have the PNY Optima 240 GB (in a laptop), which benchmarks faster than the Intel 730 240GB (in a desktop). The PNY is really fast, but in real world use, I don't notice the difference. Hopefully the Intel 730's endurance will be better than the PNY's. The 730 is replacing a Corsair Force 3, that drives performance degraded pretty quickly due to Sandforce trim issues. I had to do several secure erases and OS re-installs on that drive over the past 2 years. I did a clean install of Win 8.1 on the 730, hopefully I'm good for a long time :)
Solid AM1 Board
Pros: Lowest priced AM1 board. Mini PCIe slot. MSI processed my rebate quickly.
Cons: The AM1 platform is limited to 2 sata connections and single channel memory.
Overall Review: Using this in an HTPC with an Athlon 5350, 4GB ADATA XPG DDR3 1600 memory, and an Intel Centrino 6235 mini pcie Wifi/Bluetooth card. Running Ubuntu 14.04 and XMBC. Using HDMI to push video and sound to my LCD TV. NOTE: I'm using the open source Gallium 3D drivers. Everything works flawlessly.
Good Basic Router
Pros: Good range. Easy to configure. Runs cool. Inexpensive, got this at a local B&M for 25 bucks after MIR.
Cons: Bright activity lights (so bright you cannot read the legend). Short power cord. Both minor flaws.
Overall Review: I use this for a ethernet based home office, and as a wifi connection to a laptop, a tablet, and sometimes my phone. I get up to 130Mbps wireless connections when I am in the same room as the router, in the rest of the house I get between 30Mbps and 65Mbps. This is through a couple of walls. Better than the 2wire600 it replaced. Also, my VOIP client runs flawlessly. So many choices in this category, dual band, AC, etc. When it came down to it, my wireless clients really determined what I bought. All my wireless devices are N only, and only my phone supports 5Ghz. So why spend all the money on a brute of as router?