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Jon P.

Jon P.

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Most Favorable Review

Active cable!

Accell A111B-020B Black USB 3.0 SuperSpeed Cable A-B
Accell A111B-020B Black USB 3.0 SuperSpeed Cable A-B

Pros: The newegg description doesn't mention it, but this is an active cable which is what makes it so reliable at this distance. I did a whole bunch of benchmarks using a Vantec USB 3.0 hub, and the transfer rates through this cable are equal to the little 2 foot cable included with the hub. No errors, no stutters, great cable.

Cons: None.

Overall Review: 10 feet is the recommend cable length for USB 3.0, and this cable is twice that length. There is a bump in this cable at the mid point, which appears to be an amplifier of some sort. The packaging mentions "Advanced Amplifier Technology"

Most Critical Review

Died quick, huge RMA backlog

CORSAIR AXi Series AX860i Digital 860W 80 PLUS PLATINUM Haswell Ready Full Modular ATX12V & EPS12V SLI and Crossfire Ready Power Supply with C-Link Monitoring and Control
CORSAIR AXi Series AX860i Digital 860W 80 PLUS PLATINUM Haswell Ready Full Modular ATX12V & EPS12V SLI and Crossfire Ready Power Supply with C-Link Monitoring and Control

Pros: This PSU greats great reviews from sites I trust.

Cons: Worked for only 6 hours before it died. Luckily it didn't damage anything when it went. Just shut off, and after going through the self test procedure with phone support, it was confirmed dead. These things happen, and if it ended there I might still have rated this 4 stars, but... I received this PSU on 10/17, it worked, then died, I called phone support, they confirmed and sent me to the website to start the RMA, and ended the call. Here's where the problem starts. This model isn't list on the RMA form, and it's not listed on the support ticket form. The RMA process was started using a different model and the correct model was annotated in the ticket notes. After 4 days of exchanging emails I was told I needed to call support to setup the RMA!? A call to phone support and I was told they couldn't process the RMA, and I should call back in the 3 days! I called back, RMA was processed. After a week I called to get the status and was told it never shipped, but it would go out 'today', and to call back tomorrow for tracking info. Called next day, and was told the AX860i RMA backlog is 1 month deep, and they nicely upgraded the RMA to an AX1200i, which I later found out also has a 1 month backlog! So finally they downgraded me to a AX1200 (non-I)

Overall Review: I speculate that this PSU has an extremely high failure rate, RMA backlog is out to 12/5/13 - that's 50 days! I was stuck with the choice of a non-functional computer for 50 days or an older, discontinued PSU that Corsair had on the shelf. Either way equals dissatisfied customer, and I'm doubly so for messing around with customer service for 3 weeks before I even got that choice! Now I have a PSU I don't want rebuilt to who knows what level of quality. Corsair, if you're listening ticket # 6192574 . Most of the people I spoke to didn't update the ticket, and in future calls no one seemed to know what was going on. I'm not getting anywhere with CS, and I don't have another avenue available. 1 star the product, 1 star for the service.

11/11/2013

Update from earlier review

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: ASUS customer service. Newegg customer service. Nestor from ASUS (the guy that replies to the negative reviews) isn't just some automated bot, he's a friendly knowledgeable rep from ASUS. Newegg processed the RMA in 1 day.

Cons: There's a component (resistor I think) on the back of the board near the CPU socket. When reinstalling the heatsink to the RMA board I noticed just how close the heatsink backplate is to touch/shorting it, and it's taller than the insulator included with the backplate. I believe this is what caused problems on the first board. On the second board, I used a little piece of electrical tape to cover this area and prevent shorting.

Overall Review: Pay close attention to the backplate and make sure it doesn't make contact with the resistor on the back. I looked at several photos from review sites, and didn't notice this resistor in any pic, but it was on both of my boards.

11/30/2015

no ZHO

Ubiquiti UniFi AP-AC 3-pack, UAP-AC 3 pack Dual Band Access Point AC 3x3 PoE+
Ubiquiti UniFi AP-AC 3-pack, UAP-AC 3 pack Dual Band Access Point AC 3x3 PoE+

Pros: Good performance. Love the free software controller. Comes with 802.3at power injectors.

Cons: While the other Ubiquiti APs support zero hand off roaming (ZHO) between APs, these UAP-AC models do not. In my mind that's pretty much a requirement for a multi-access point deployment. Otherwise, you might as well just by a collection of random APs and use the same SSID on all of them.

Overall Review: I wish the configuration had more options, but it's a reasonable mix of simple to use while covering the basics. If you expect your switch to power these, make sure it supports the higher powered "802.3at" spec. Apparently, there is a problem with the wireless chipset in these models with ZHO. I really hope they iron that out.

Buyer beware

NETGEAR 48-Port Gigabit Ethernet Smart Managed Pro Switch, 4 SFP GbE Fiber Ports, Poe/PoE+, 384w, ProSAFE Lifetime Protection (GS752TP)
NETGEAR 48-Port Gigabit Ethernet Smart Managed Pro Switch, 4 SFP GbE Fiber Ports, Poe/PoE+, 384w, ProSAFE Lifetime Protection (GS752TP)

Pros: 802.3at on the first 8 ports. Free next business replacement of dead switches - read on for why I know this.

Cons: The web console is slow and only works in some browsers, but knew that from the other reviews, and can deal with it. After about 1 month of use, the switch rebooted unexpectedly. Now none of the ports will provide power. They all report 'OtherFault'. Most of the ports still work as Ethernet ports, but some do not work at all. Here's the kicker: 4 devices that were connected to this switch now have damaged Ethernet ports and have to be replaced as well. It's the first time I've ever had a switch die and have it take out other devices with it!

Overall Review: This failure feels very much like a power surge, but the switch is connected to a APC Symetra 6KVA UPS, and so if there was a surge, I believe the Netgear switch to be the origin - faulty power supply or something. Perhaps the power circuitry used to provide PoE malfunctioned and zapped some ports. I don't know, and neither did Netgear support.

good hub

Vantec UGT-AH700U3 7-Port USB 3.0 Aluminum Hub w/ Power Adapter
Vantec UGT-AH700U3 7-Port USB 3.0 Aluminum Hub w/ Power Adapter

Pros: I spent the morning putting this hub through its paces, and am satisfied with the performance. I have several USB sticks that transfer data around 108MB/s and the performance was consistent when plugged directly in to the motherboard or when going through this hub. 6 sticks transferring data simultaneously topped out at 180MB/s which is lower than I might expect, but I don't have enough data to say the limit is the hub or the motherboard. Several TBs of data were passed through the hub during testing and there were no stutters or hiccups or errors. This hub worked flawlessly with an Accell 19.7 foot cable.

Cons: Wall wart power supply takes up two or three outlets (depending on your power strip).

Overall Review: I like the tidy appearance of this hub. It's smaller than the pictures led me to believe, and that is a good thing. There's no wasted space. It does get a bit warm so make sure you don't cram it in a corner without adequate ventilation.