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James D.

James D.

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Most Favorable Review

Great Board, Lots of Capabilities

ASUS ROG MAXIMUS VIII EXTREME LGA 1151 Intel Z170 Intel USB 3.1 USB 3.0 U.2 Extended ATX Intel Gaming Motherboard
ASUS ROG MAXIMUS VIII EXTREME LGA 1151 Intel Z170 Intel USB 3.1 USB 3.0 U.2 Extended ATX Intel Gaming Motherboard

Pros: -Like the title says there is A LOT of bells and whistles that come with this board. -Ive been an avid EVGA board user but i decided to give ASUS a try with this board...was not disappointed. -Looks great -performs great - UEFI Bios - can go from a cold start to Windows Desktop in under 6 seconds with current settings and the NVME drive. -Well done Asus

Cons: - only con I have is the m.2 drive install. Trying to make the Samsung 950PRO a bootable drive for the OS (Win10) was no easy task and took just short of pure luck to get it working steps i took were as followed: **Windows 7 install was much harder then Windows 10 since there was no built in NVME drivers.** 1. fully install Windows on some other bootable drive 2. download the 950 Pro driver off the Samsung site and install it on the same drive as the OS (windows can now use the 950Pro) 3. Use the Samsung migration software (same download site as the driver) and transfer the entire contests of the OS drive to the 950Pro 4. shutdown 5. remove ALL drives including the OS drive, leave the 950Pro 6. boot up and go to the BIOS 7. go to the Boot tab and disable Compatibility Support Module(CSM) 8.Verify under the boot order that "Windows Boot Manager" shows up. 9. With some luck your done and it works.took me 2 days of tweaking to figure out these steps work. if you want other drives just plug them in and use Intels RTS program to utilize them. Cant explain why but If I tried to use them through the BOIS the whole thing would go nuts and I had to start the whole process over. -Also worth noting that if you use the m.2 drive you lose the 4th PCIe slot. I use 2 graphics cards and have never had an issue with not having that slot.

Overall Review: If your an enthusiast builder like myself I highly recommend this board. If this is your first time building a PC you might want to practice with some lesser board first. -Intel Core i7-6700K -Avexir ROG Red Tesla 32Gb -Samsung 950PRO m.2

Most Critical Review

Intresting look but not worth the headace

Thermaltake Pacific RGB LED 6-pack PETG G 1/4 Thread 16mm OD 12mm ID Fitting Kit CL-W133-CU00BL-A
Thermaltake Pacific RGB LED 6-pack PETG G 1/4 Thread 16mm OD 12mm ID Fitting Kit CL-W133-CU00BL-A

Pros: - works as described

Cons: - tubes are hard to get on the fittings

Overall Review: I'm ok with the lighting look they create but for the amount of work to install them your better off just using RGB light strips in the case. I'm using 16mm OD PETG tubing and the lighting effect only goes about 5" on the long runs. As mentioned in the other review there is 2 O-Rings per fitting and they are fragile. I broke 2 O-rings during install and the icing on the cake is the kit doesn't come with replacements. So i have 2 fittings in my build with only 1 O-ring so I'm waiting to see how long they hold.. TLDR: save your self the headache and just buy RGB strips for your case and regular fittings.

Good Router, but not for the price point.

Linksys EA9500 Max-Stream AC5400 MU-MIMO Gigabit Wi-Fi Router
Linksys EA9500 Max-Stream AC5400 MU-MIMO Gigabit Wi-Fi Router

Pros: -Easy to set up -Wireless signal both levels of my 2000sq ft home as well as the rest of the neighborhood -MU-MIMO -8 Ethernet ports, 1WAN port, 2USB 3.0 (on version2 model) -user friendly interface with the option of a smartphone app -3 year warranty

Cons: -no link aggregation -expensive for what it can do

Overall Review: I live in a 2 story house and this thing sits in the basement. Signal strength is excellent. There is an average of approx. 15-20 wireless devices and 6 wired in this house ranging from Alexa dots to a home server. I have never had an issue with speed with all these devices working thanks to the MU-MIMO tech. For those not familiar with this technology the typical Wi-Fi speeds operated on 1 maybe 2 bands and generally operated at the speed of the slowest device on the network. MU-MIMO allows the router to simultaneously link to several devices at once at different speeds. Linksys did a good job building this thing with the average non tech savvy consumer in mind. That said...for this price point there should be a lot more bells & whistles on this. While this is an impressive router there are far cheaper options out there with the same tech and reliability. Most noticeably for me was the lack of the option for link aggregation and the QOS options are kind of "meh". Also the there was no backup/restore config option for this router on the version 1.1 (version 2 has it) Recently I encountered an issue with my EA9500v1.1 where all the Ethernet ports as well as the WAN port went bad. This occurred 2 years after the router went in service, I have a background in network systems and security do It didn't take me long to diagnose this problem. Thankfully It had a 3-year warranty, however I still had to deal with Linksys level 1 support. (these are the guys and gals who make you try stuff like unplugging it) which ran me through the steps I’ve already tried repeated requests to escalate to level 2 were denied. Eventually they came to the same conclusion I had an hour prior that the ports were bad. Unfortunately, apparently with the EA9500 I had to speak with a Linksys engineer who would call me in the next 24-48 hours before any RMA could be processed. He called me the following morning and after a 4-minute conversation of me telling him what I’ve done so far he approved the RMA and the replacement unit arrived the following day. It was noted by them that the replacement unit while new would continue off the previous warranty. i.e.: I have 1 year left on a device that normally has a 3 year which also broke after 2.... *fingers crossed* TLDR: overall it is a powerful router with a lot of new tech for its time. However, I cannot recommend it at its current price for the average home user when there are similar items from competitors for $100s less. For the enthusiast/ tech savvy user its missing a lot of key features that cheaper models include. Maybe if they dropped the price or added some items in a firmware update then maybe but that's my stance right now. I'm kinda brand loyal to Cisco/Linksys but if I could go back I would go with the NETGEAR Nighthawk X8

10/18/2018

Good system for the price

MSI GE73 Raider RGB-012 17.3" 120 Hz FHD GTX 1070 8 GB VRAM i7-8750H 16 GB Memory 256 GB SSD 1TB HDD Windows 10 Home 64-Bit Gaming Laptop
MSI GE73 Raider RGB-012 17.3" 120 Hz FHD GTX 1070 8 GB VRAM i7-8750H 16 GB Memory 256 GB SSD 1TB HDD Windows 10 Home 64-Bit Gaming Laptop

Pros: - Powerful -good battery life -Looks great -MSI utilities are user friendly and helpful -little to no bloatware

Cons: - Fan do run loud and the system does get pretty hot after long gaming sessions. -NO user up-gradable parts -First system developed dead pixels after a week of use. Newegg replaced it no questions asked and the second system has been going for 2 months now without a problem.

Overall Review: Let me start by saying I have a desktop that would blow this thing out of the water as far as performance. However, I needed something that was portable. Something that could handle day to day work stuff like internet surfing and word processors while being able to play some AAA- title games, this computer does both with ease. I am brand loyal to ASUS so the MSI Raider was not my first choice. But it was the only one that had everything I wanted while still being affordable as far as gaming laptops are concerned. -I never run in power save mode and my battery life averages about 6hours (about 2 if gaming) - I have played WoW, Space Engineers, ARK, AC:Odyssey, and Civ:6 all at max graphic settings and I average 60-110FPS during most in game situations. -The Fans will run loud while gaming, almost to the point of distraction but I’ve gotten used to it. -GPU temps after about 4 hours of AC:Odyssey were at about 80-85C with fans at max RPMs. The game did crash a few times due to overheating. Heat is always an intrinsic problem with laptops so this doesn’t necessarily speak to the build quality but something you should be aware of. -The onboard speakers are actually pretty decent for what they are but if sound is important to you then a good set of headphones will do better. -There are no panels that you can remove and upgrade or replace internal parts. You could remove the bottom panel and accomplish this but you will void the warranty. -The Steel series keyboard is sleek and lots of configuration options, on top of being a nice conversation starter. Overall if you looking for a decent gaming laptop that looks and performs great but don't want to drop $4k on a high end system then I recommend this one. If you are looking for a system that can be used for long-term (4+hour) gaming sessions as max settings, then I would look at other options out there.

Best cables your ever going to see

CableMod PRO ModMesh C-Series AXi, HXi & RM Cable Kit - WHITE
CableMod PRO ModMesh C-Series AXi, HXi & RM Cable Kit - WHITE

Pros: - Great quality construction - Easy to install - great color options -very clean professional look

Cons: Not really a con but the cables are not labeled. So if your new to building PCs make sure you know the difference between the 8 pin EPS and the 8 pin PCIE connectors.

Overall Review: I normally but these cables directly from their website due to the fact you can personalize the look of the cables down to the exact color of each cable strand to match your build. My current build called for white cables for a Corsair HX1500i and Newegg had them in stock and typically can get them to me quicker then Cable mod.

Use to work great

DELL Desktop Computer Inspiron 3250 i3250-30BLK Intel Core i3 6th Gen 6100 (3.70GHz) 4 GB DDR3L 1TB HDD Intel HD Graphics 530 Windows 10 Home 64-Bit
DELL Desktop Computer Inspiron 3250 i3250-30BLK Intel Core i3 6th Gen 6100 (3.70GHz) 4 GB DDR3L 1TB HDD Intel HD Graphics 530 Windows 10 Home 64-Bit

Pros: -Price= power ratio great for the general PC user.

Cons: Got this PC for my father in December of 2016. worked great until January 2018 when the Dell software pushed a BIOS update to the PC and rendering it unable to POST. Dell would not service it without paying a bunch of money due to it being just out of warranty. Long story short after a lot of trouble shooting on my own time I was able to get it to run again but it is about 10x slower now then it use to be prior to the update they pushed.

Overall Review: Never install a BIOS update from the windows interface like Dell tries to get you to do. The windows environment can be unstable and problems can occur which is not something you want during a BIOS update. Do it from the POST screen or make friends with someone who knows how.