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Matt S.

Matt S.

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Sweeeeeeeeet

TP-LINK TL-WR740N Wireless N150 Home Router, 150Mbps, IP QoS, WPS Button
TP-LINK TL-WR740N Wireless N150 Home Router, 150Mbps, IP QoS, WPS Button

Pros: First off, I received the most current hardware version of this router - version 3. For me, this was a slight con, but only a temporary one (see Cons for more details). - Easy install/setup - The stock config interface is actually pretty decent and easy to navigate - The most recent firmware from TP-Link for this model has a surprising number of config options compared to most others in this price range (easily comparable to routers 2x its price) - DD-WRT compatible (kinda...see Cons) - Strong signal and surprisingly good range

Cons: The only con I have so far is that I received the hardware version 3 (the newest one) of this router. While this is not necessarily bad, at the time of this review, DD-WRT firmware only lists support for hardware versions 1 and 2 of this device. It's possible that 3 is supported, but it's not listed yet on the download section of the DD-WRT website and I'm not taking a chance with the older versions (I wouldn't recommend you do it either). Fortunately, it's just a matter of time before DD-WRT releases support for version 3 of this device. If you're planning on loading up DD-WRT on this router, make sure you check which hardware version you received, and only use the corresponding DD-WRT firmware.

Overall Review: Uhh, for $25 I think you'd be hard-pressed to find a better router. It's easy to think "if I spend more money, surely I'll get a better piece of equipment!" Wrong. Especially in this industry. Do your homework and know what you are buying, because more $$$ does not necessarily = better. If you are looking for an inexpensive yet very capable router, look no further.

Excellent card

ZOTAC GAMING GeForce RTX 3070 Twin Edge OC 8GB GDDR6 256-bit 14 Gbps PCIE 4.0 Gaming Graphics Card, IceStorm 2.0 Advanced Cooling, White LED Logo Lighting, ZT-A30700H-10P
ZOTAC GAMING GeForce RTX 3070 Twin Edge OC 8GB GDDR6 256-bit 14 Gbps PCIE 4.0 Gaming Graphics Card, IceStorm 2.0 Advanced Cooling, White LED Logo Lighting, ZT-A30700H-10P

Pros: - Fast, enough power to push well over 60 FPS on a 1440pUW at max settings on all the games I've tested so far (AC:Valhalla being the one exception, it averages ~55 FPS on ultra high settings) - Stays surprisingly cool for a 2-fan card - RGB if that's your thing

Cons: - Availability, very difficult to find the new 30 series in stock anywhere - Default fan curve is awful, definitely requires a custom curve - Fans start getting comically loud over ~85%, but fortunately the card stays cool (mid 60's) with the fans between 70-75% even after hours of gaming

Overall Review: Was hoping to score a 3080 but this was the only card I was lucky enough to get my hands on. That said, I have been pleasantly surprised by the performance and have decided to stick with it rather than continue chasing a 3080 since this does everything I need it to. This replaced a GTX960 2GB card, so obviously the performance improvement has been staggering and I am quite happy :) Relevant build info: Ryzen 3700X ASRock B550 Pro4 GSkill TridentZ 3200 32GB Fractal Ion+ 660W

11/29/2020

Not too shabby!

ASUS Laptop F554LA-NH51 Intel Core i5 5th Gen 5200U (2.20GHz) 4GB Memory 500GB HDD Intel HD Graphics 5500 15.6" Windows 10 Home 64-Bit
ASUS Laptop F554LA-NH51 Intel Core i5 5th Gen 5200U (2.20GHz) 4GB Memory 500GB HDD Intel HD Graphics 5500 15.6" Windows 10 Home 64-Bit

Pros: Bought this as a Christmas gift for a family member. I spent a lot of time looking around for a laptop with the best price/performance ratio and kept coming back to this one. The newer-gen i5 and HD5500 graphics were the biggest points for me since this family member will be doing some light gaming on it. Trust me when I say you will be very hard pressed to find a better combination of hardware out there for this price!

Cons: The laptop isn't perfect but there is really nothing I would consider a true "con". Just make sure to keep your expectations in line with the price tag.

Overall Review: Out of the box the machine booted right up and was surprisingly peppy for a 5400rpm spinning disk with who-knows-what bloatware on it. I of course immediately powered it down and proceeded to replace said disk with a speedy SSD and loaded a fresh copy of Win10. This took the performance from "not too shabby" to "uhh I think this is faster than my desktop machine?" I left the RAM at 4GB for now but the option to upgrade cheaply/quickly is always there. The screen display isn't exactly going to "wow" anyone, but it's certainly not bad either. The low resolution isn't all that noticeable at this screen size. Would be nice if the max brightness was a little brighter I guess. The keyboard and touchpad aren't quite as butter smooth as say a Macbook (the undisputed king of laptop keyboards/trackpads), but like the display they're certainly not bad and actually quite nice for the price. The laptop's shell has a sexy matte-black look, but feels kinda plastic-y and cheap to the touch. Not so much to be a deal breaker but it's something to consider because it IS noticeable. Overall I am very pleased with the laptop and am excited to see the look on my brother's face when he pulls it out of his new laptop backpack!

Solid

SAMSUNG 850 EVO 2.5" 250GB SATA III 3D NAND Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) MZ-75E250B/AM
SAMSUNG 850 EVO 2.5" 250GB SATA III 3D NAND Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) MZ-75E250B/AM

Pros: Very fast drive, even by SSD standards. This drive replaced a ~4 year old OCZ Agility 3 drive that was working fine but had been getting progressively slower over the last 6 months or so. Benchmarked the OCZ drive and this drive - the Samsung posted nearly 2.5x seq read and 3x seq write, and 4-5x random read/write!!! This was done with Samsung's rapid mode turned off. On the rapid mode feature... though the benchmarks with it turned on are incredible, I honestly did not notice any appreciable real-world difference to leave this turned on, so I turned it back off. This is more due to how fast the drive is by default, not a knock on the rapid mode feature. Can't forget that sweet Samsung 5-year warranty. Hope I never have to use it, but the peace of mind is nice. Major props to Samsung for offering this to their users.

Cons: None so far!

Overall Review: High recommend this drive especially if you're coming from an HDD or an older SSD.