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Stanley J.

Stanley J.

Joined on 03/15/05

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Most Favorable Review

Outstanding cooling - loud fans

CORSAIR Hydro Series H100i Extreme Performance Water/Liquid CPU Cooler. 240mm
CORSAIR Hydro Series H100i Extreme Performance Water/Liquid CPU Cooler. 240mm

Pros: Outstanding cooling. Bios reporting cpu temp at 23 degrees C (in a cool room). No need to overclock yet, but I am sure this cooler can handle the job. Easy install for AM3+ board. Don't overtighten, hand tight is sufficient (again, amd setup).

Cons: Loud!! Plan on replacing the fans. I have ordered a pair of 120mm quiet fans to replace them. The stock fans make my Thor case sound like it is preparing to take off! Make sure you have enough room in your case. Radiator plus fans take up quite a bit of room. Even in my Thor it almost gets in the way of the ram clips.

Overall Review: AMD fx8350 Vishera 4.0 Ghz 8 core unlocked Gigabyte 990 fxa - ud3 mobo Gigabyte Geforce GTX 660 Windforce Corsair H100i closed loop water cpu cooler 2x 8G GSkill raptor dual channel ddr3 1600 Samsung 840 pro 256G ssd SATA 2x Seagate 7200 rpm 1TB SATA in RAID 1 Cooler Master Silent Pro Gold 800w ps Ubuntu 12.10. Windows 7 Ultimate virtual OS

Most Critical Review

two bought. one failed 1 month in service

Seagate SV35.6 ST1000VX000 1TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Surveillance Hard Drive Bare Drive
Seagate SV35.6 ST1000VX000 1TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Surveillance Hard Drive Bare Drive

Pros: decent drives, good speed. TGF raid.

Cons: 50% failure rate so far. have reordered drive.

Overall Review: Will replace faulty drive. no idea what happened, just failed. Thank goodness for raid, no data loss.

high on function, low on beauty

TP-Link 5 Port Gigabit Ethernet Network Switch - Ethernet Splitter | Plug & Play | Fanless | Sturdy Metal w/ Shielded Ports | Traffic Optimization | Unmanaged | Limited Lifetime Protection(TL-SG105)
TP-Link 5 Port Gigabit Ethernet Network Switch - Ethernet Splitter | Plug & Play | Fanless | Sturdy Metal w/ Shielded Ports | Traffic Optimization | Unmanaged | Limited Lifetime Protection(TL-SG105)

Pros: Works as advertised. Good thoroughput. Worked at least as well as other higher home switches I have used. Solid metal case. Looks like a smaller version of a rack mounted switch. Ports and lights on correct side for instant analysis of the connection, speed, and activity, in the front.

Cons: Not as pretty as some desktop switches, but seems a lot sturdier.

Overall Review: Good value for the dollar. Good, sturdy switch.

Works well

BUFFALO 500GB MiniStation External Hard Drive USB 3.0 Model HD-PCF500U3B Black
BUFFALO 500GB MiniStation External Hard Drive USB 3.0 Model HD-PCF500U3B Black

Pros: Does exactly what it says it will do. No real lag, good transfer times. Works with XP and Windows 7 with no issues. This disk is currently being used to transfer large amounts of audio data for a college radio station, and has performed flawlessly in this regard

Cons: None noticed. This is about as plug and play as it gets. Almost as you are using a large thumb drive.

Overall Review: For most applications this will be fine. Transfers and plays audio files with no discernible lag, even when using usb 2.0 instead of the faster 3.0

12/23/2013

for an extender, works nicely

TP-LINK TL-WA850RE 300Mbps Universal Wi-Fi Range Extender. Wi-Fi Booster
TP-LINK TL-WA850RE 300Mbps Universal Wi-Fi Range Extender. Wi-Fi Booster

Pros: it works. In fact, when in wired mode it seemed to work best. It is being used to get a signal extended to a basement from a second floor in a victorian. Signal on the receiving end is greatly improved.

Cons: Not sure if it is this product, or some form of band interference from something on one of the floors, but signal will drop suddenly sometimes. Again, not sure if this is even product related.

11/19/2013

Decent router

TP-LINK Archer C7 Wireless AC1750 Dual Band Gigabit Router, 450 Mbps on 2.4 GHz + 1300 Mbps on 5 GHz, 1 USB Port, IPv6, Guest Network
TP-LINK Archer C7 Wireless AC1750 Dual Band Gigabit Router, 450 Mbps on 2.4 GHz + 1300 Mbps on 5 GHz, 1 USB Port, IPv6, Guest Network

Pros: This router replaced my Asus AC router. It is fast when you can connect to the 5g. Pages load faster, and downloads are noticeably faster on both 2.4 and 5 ghz bands. Setup was very simple, either with wizards or by the web browser UI, so installation is not much of an issue. While gaming noticed a very good increase in speed. Online games that would lag before suddenly run smoother, which is a huge plus. There are many options within the router to set up varying advanced aspects. At close ranges this router simply blazes! Guest network works nicely. The design is nothing short of sexy, and have for the first time gotten compliments on my router!

Cons: The 5g range is abysmal. The signal drops to barely nothing one floor directly above the router making the 5g band virtually worthless. There is no way to get a good idea of the transmission power, as choices are in simplistic terms (medium, high etc.). There is simply no way to boost the power enough to make the 5g band useful over 20 feet from the router. There are a lot of different menus, and the security section is rather difficult to navigate. Despite having a masters degree in IA., I managed to lock myself out of the router while making fairly simple changes, and it would no longer recognize my password, or defaults. Since security is not a part of the installation wizard (I did NOT use the cd), it may lead people to have an unsecured router and not even know this. Pay close attention to what you are doing in the security section, but you MUST go through this part of the web UI if you do not want your router taken over due to not changing the administrative password. After being up for about a week, android devices constantly have to reconnect to the router, dropping at inconvenient times. This router should be restarted every few days to help alleviate this issue.

Overall Review: I may have gotten a router with some bad antennas, as I can not believe the dropoff in the 5g band. One floor immediately above the router is the best it can do, and that is iffy at best. On the whole though it is faster than my Asus, which is saying something!

10/16/2013