Date Joined: 06/26/05
Pros: Smooth installation. Well constructed product. Feature rich. Those are a few of the things I require when making a hardware purchase. The RT-AC66U fits that bill. I spent 15 minutes getting the router physically installed / configured with several devices (including a desktop, laptop, wireless printer, PS3, 360, Wii, wireless Blu-Ray player, various cellphones (Android / iOS) and added a couple of 1TB HDDs via USB. I encountered no issues through out. Within 30 minutes I had shown my wife how to access her MP3's and T.V shows via AiCloud on her iPhone and had optimized the network with inSSIDer. The range and strength of the wirelss signal (out of the box) is phenomenal (in my opinion and is only pertinent to my property / setup).
I would recommend this product to anyone. This is the only wireless router that was completely hassle free that I've encountered during setup / usage (I've had direct experience with various Netgear, Linksys, D-Link, and Belkin products).
To be fair on that final point I've only used this router for a month so far. However, at this point it's been smooth sailing the whole way.
Cons: Really nothing to point out. Some would say the firmware (which as far as I can tell has been resolved) and a point that could be rendered completely moot with custom firmware.
Others would say heat. While it does run warm it isn't concerning (however only time will tell with this).
Anyone mentioning price shouldn't even list that as a con. You get what you paid for... a top of the line consumer grade wireless router.
In all, there are no glaring cons that I've encountered with this product.
Overall Review: I've utilized most of the built-in features and while some would be under utilized by me I can say that this router has something for everyone.
My final thought was on future proofing. Wireless technology is becoming more prevalent, faster, and worthwhile. I personally am a wired guy, but my wife and children are not. With the Asus RT-AC66U I'm confident all of our needs will be met.
Pros: Good OC potential, solid performance at 1920x1080, excellent price point (right now).
Cons: Heat, power consumption... however, the heat can be managed, albeit with some noise. The heat will also depend on your cooling solutions, it doesn't run any hotter than the GTX 275 I replaced. Though, I can see it be an issue if you don't play with the fan speeds, or have inadequate cooling / flow in your case.
Overall Review: The delay on GTX 470/480 was unfortunate. Also, there is a possible refresh coming in a GF104 flavor (who knows at this point...), might utilize the 90 day upgrade made available through EVGA.
Pros: - This moust has worked perfectly on glass so far, no lag / tracking issues.
- The mouse is both equally useful for either desktop / laptop (comes with a nice travel bag w/ AC adaptor and charging cable).
- The low profile USB receiver is a nice touch and as it will function with other Logitech devices utilizing the same technology, it's doubly useful.
- The 'hyper fast' scrolling mouse wheel is a nice touch. I was skeptical at first, but after using it this way (you can switch) there's no looking back for me.
- Switchable DPI
Cons: - The only minor nitpick I have is this mouse feels a bit bulky, as I've always been more of the cheapy mouse sort of guy! I'm sure I'll acclimate soon enough though.
Overall Review: I've read some issues with the middle button. I can't say I have had issue with it, however I'm not using CAD... so keep that in mind, might be worthwhile to dig around the reviews if it's a concern for you (it wasn't for me).
I wanted a wireless mouse that would work flawlessly on my glass computer desk and this mouse fit the bill!
I don't do a great deal of gaming, however I've been playing SC2 without any issues after making the switch. DPI might be to low for the "hardcore" gamer types, again check other reviews for insight.
Cons: Hot! Seriously. I used the stock HSF when I first set my new build up. I thought that since I wasn't going to OC I'd be fine. Wrong!
After setting things up I ran Prime95 to test temperatures at 100% load. The cores over the course of a couple of minutes shot up to 90°C! And mind you this is in a case with good airflow and cable management.
Basically, the stock HSF is no bueno, definitely in an OC situation and really even for normal use (that's pretty sad). Maybe I just have a hot chip? Whatever, an after market HSF solved the problem. Idle temps went from 55°C down to a much more comfortable 36°C and 100% load temps went down to 62°C.
Overall Review: You can find the i7 for very good prices, but will want to use aftermarket HSF's and thermal grease to compensate for the heat.
Definitely worth the small hassle I had to endure.
Pros: Fast. Run cool. Definitely a performance boost from 7,200 RPM drives, and even older Raptors.
Cons: None noticed so far.
Overall Review: I've got a couple of these setup in RAID0 for my new system. I had debated whether to go with these or an SSD setup and opted for these. I felt that the SSD's would need to come down in price before I joined the bandwagon.
Some people might be turned off by the price / gigabyte ratio, but these are performance drives!
Definitely happy with the purchase.
Pros: They work! Of course I verified they were on the motherboard manufacturer's QVL beforehand, but... they work! Honestly, it's memory. It works at the described timings and voltage. I put 2 sets of 6 (3x2GB) into my new setup without a hitch. Tested the memory after loading into Windows7, again without a hitch.
Cons: Honestly, no cons.
Overall Review: Some people are listing the packaging as an issue, seriously? Get some scissors! Also, awaiting the rebate from Corsair... however even if I do have an issue with the rebate it's not the memories fault.
Lian Li Lancool PC-K7B (Black Aluminum / SECC)
Intel i7 920 @ 2.67GHz (D0 stepping)
Thermalright Ultra-120 Extreme-1366 RT Rev.C (w/ Arctic Silver 5)
Asus Rampage II GENE (LGA 1366 / Intel X58)
Corsair XMS3 12GB DDR3 (6x2GB, 1333)
MSI N275GTX TwinFrozr OC GeForce GTX 275
WD 150GB VelociRaptor WD1500HLFS (2x, RAID0)
WD 1TB WD1001FALS (1x)
WD 1TB WDH1U10000N (2x)
Corsair CMPSU-750TX 750W PSU
Plextor PX-880SA 24x DVD/CD Burner
Windows 7 Ultimate (64-bit, OEM)
Pros: Provided an easy setup and a simple layout.
Cons: My only gripe with the case is that it is far to easy to scrape or scuff the aluminum.
Overall Review: Overall, it isn't the best case in the world, but most aren't! I felt for the price I got exactly what I was looking for.
Pros: Well, I finally broke down and built a new computer. After much debate I decided on the Asus Rampage II Gene. I wanted the smaller form factor and have not once had an issue with Asus in the past. I've used boards from QDI, Gigabyte, Tyan, and Abit in the past as well.
However, I decided that this particular board would meet all of my (possible) needs. When it arrived I put it into my new case (as everything was already ready and waiting) and in about 10 minutes was sitting in the BIOS.
I was immediately impressed with the slew of options available in the BIOS. Anyways, to make a long story short, I was able to get Windows 7 installed and the BIOS flashed to the latest version without a single hitch.
While the board is fairly small I enjoy the layout. It was very easy to work with.
Cons: There really weren't any cons when it comes to this board. One thing I will note however is the NB / SB temperatures. It doesn't matter if I'm idling or at 100% load the NB temps will quickly ramp up to roughly 68°C! The SB will hover in the low 50's.
I was aware of this from the get go however, and after placing an additional fan inside my case the matter was resolved.
Overall Review: I would definitely recommend the board and the brand, due to past experiences and current.
Be aware of the NB / SB temps, which is more an issue with the overall x58 design, than an issue directly with this board.
The only other thing I ran into was memory timings. My memory is 9-9-9-24 and I had to correct this in the BIOS as it detected it as 8-8-8-20.
This really was an easy install.
Pros: The P7450, 4GB DDR3, and Geforce GT 230M provide a very nice hardware configuration for the price. I would like to mention that I did not purchase the A505-S6992 from Newegg, but felt a review was better than none!
As I mentioned the base hardware specifications on this laptop are great. We've used it for general use, movies, and alot of CS4 (Photoshop and InDesign primarily). It's handled everything like a champ so far, though I haven't loaded any games on it (as this was purchased for my girlfriend).
Cons: Nothing major and really not much of a con, but the case is glossy and black. It picks up smudges and the like very easily. So if you're a neat freak beware.
Another thing, and this is related really to any laptop. Bloatware. After the intial load I spent some time removing friviolous bloatware before creating restore disks. I did notice a decrease in the OS load time because of that. So definitely worth the 10 minutes for a small performance gain.
Overall Review: Something that is neither pro or con, battery life. It is rather short and shorter than listed depending on what you do. However, you should know that already, and if you're like me will have a 12 cell battery already ordered (unless this is primarily a stationary setup for you).
I definitely would recommend this model to anyone currently. Have had nothing but fun with it and should be a solid setup for sometime.
If I end up gaming on it at all I'll give my impressions there. For now, and I realize it's a terrible base for comparison, here's the WEI.
Hopefully someone finds this review beneficial.