Joined on 11/26/03
Excellent DOCSIS 3.0 cable modem
Pros: Cheaper than the ARRIS SB6183. Pulls down 325Mbps and 22Mbps up on TWC's top tier here in Austin, TX. Easy to install and setup. No problems activating with TWC, took maybe 10 minutes on the phone with them.
Cons: Still fairly expensive, but it will pay for itself quickly enough since TWC upped their modem rental fee recently.
Solid power supply until you install a RTX 3080
Pros: Very quiet under load Plenty of modular cables included Easily powered my system before getting a RTX 3080 EVGA's customer service is high quality. Once my computer started shutting down after installing a 3080, I called the number listed in a few of the EVGA responses here. I was on hold for less than five minutes before talking to someone who easily understood my issue. He setup a cross-ship RMA, and EVGA is replacing this unit with a G+ model that supposedly handles the RTX 3000 series without issues. This would be a 5 egg product if it properly supported the RTX 3000 series.
Cons: The transient power spikes introduced by the RTX 3000 series GPUs cause this power supply to shut my computer off completely during heavy load gaming. Often times I would even have to flip the PSU power switch off and back on before the system would power back on. This occurred on a system with no overclocking.
Overall Review: Prior to getting an RTX 3080, this power supply ran the below system without issue: CPU: Intel Core i9-10850KA CPU cooler: Corsair iCUE H115i RGB Pro XT, 280mm Motherboard: MSI MPG Z490 GAMING CARBON WIFI RAM: CORSAIR Vengeance LPX 32GB (4 x 8GB) GPU: GIGABYTE GeForce RTX 2070 Super GAMING OC 3X 8G Storage: 2x Western Digital WD BLACK SN750 NVMe M.2 2280 500GB, ADATA Ultimate SU800 1TB, Samsung 850 EVO 500GB, SK hynix Gold S31 1TB Case: be quiet! Pure Base 500 Black (with one additional be quiet! Pure Wings 2 140mm PWM fan for a total of three)
Great M.2 SSD
Overall Review: I am using two of these as cache drives in a Synology DS918+. They are performing really well in a RAID1 configuration, and provide a nice speed boost to the NAS. I probably would have been fine with with smaller drives, but the price on these is great. After two weeks, cache utilization is at 75GB and a 90% hit rate.
Fast, cool, and quiet
Pros: - Probably overkill for 1080p144 ultra settings - I haven't seen temperatures higher than 69C - Three fan design provides for really quiet cooling - Samsung memory
Cons: More expensive than I usually go for when it comes to GPUs, but sometimes you gotta treat yourself.
Overall Review: A worthy upgrade coming from a GTX 1070. This will keep me from eyeing a CPU/motherboard/RAM upgrade for a while longer. I'll probably get a 1440p monitor instead.
Pros: - Very easy setup (roughly 25 minutes to unbox everything, install extra RAM, 4x hard drives, and 2x SSD cache drives and completion of initial setup) - Great design for part installation, much smaller than I expected - Easy to use OS and software, lots of available packages, ability to add community package sources - Runs my Plex server like a champion with low CPU usage while transcoding for multiple remote viewers
Cons: A bit pricey, but I have no regrets
Overall Review: This was my first NAS build, and I 100% recommend the DS918+. I had been running my Plex server from a home theater desktop with a random group of mismatched hard drives. It's really nice to finally be running a proper RAID setup. Everything was cake to install and setup. There is a lot of room to grow should I decide to use it for more than just file storage and Plex.
Product was shipped out quickly, and I actually received it a day sooner than expected. Product was packed well, and arrived in good condition. I received the correct product, and the recipient loves it. The price, even with shipping, was the best I found online. This is an excellent seller!