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Matthew N.

Matthew N.

Joined on 02/27/07

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Most Favorable Review

Painless Gigabit Solution

Cisco Small Business RVS4000 Gigabit Security Router with VPN 1 x RJ45 WAN Ports 4 x 10/100/1000Mbps LAN Ports
Cisco Small Business RVS4000 Gigabit Security Router with VPN 1 x RJ45 WAN Ports 4 x 10/100/1000Mbps LAN Ports

Pros: Okay, I AM a computer engineer, and wanted to do this product some due justice to offset these "known issues" people have claimed to find. The unit works right out of the box, it is suggested in previous posts to upgrade the firmware, please do so, as it is always good practice to check for firmware updates and install when available. The router has been installed for over a month now at my house and has not so much as even failed to renew an IP address. Have not had to reset the connection for any reason, and all nodes within the DHCP scope have correctly refreshed every three days without incident. It includes well needed features as well such as QoS, DMZ, and built-in firewall.

Cons: I am yet to find any, though I wish it came in black instead of two-toned silver/black . . . . .

Overall Review: The router is currently selling at $104.99, I bought it over the holidays to replace a problematic D-Link and paid nearly $150.00, given what the competition is offering at that price range, you'd be silly not to but this router with what it offers. Being backed by Cisco, it is a solid buy.

Great Cooling Solution

NZXT Kraken X52 RL-KRX52-01 240mm All-In-One Water / Liquid CPU Cooling with Software Controlled RGB Lighting
NZXT Kraken X52 RL-KRX52-01 240mm All-In-One Water / Liquid CPU Cooling with Software Controlled RGB Lighting

Pros: Temps are sitting incredibly low, Ryzen 1700 running at 3.922 GHz (25% OC), 30`C.

Cons: Software is hit and miss, and the sole reason I am giving it 4 out of 5. The software works, but crashes intermittently, possible max of 2 times in any given session. I have been exploring the forums, used their suggestions, no resolve.

Overall Review: A software fix would be g8, m8.

AM(D)AZING PROCESSOR!

AMD Ryzen 7 1st Gen - RYZEN 7 1700 Summit Ridge (Zen) 8-Core 3.0 GHz (3.7 GHz Turbo) Socket AM4 65W YD1700BBAEBOX Desktop Processor
AMD Ryzen 7 1st Gen - RYZEN 7 1700 Summit Ridge (Zen) 8-Core 3.0 GHz (3.7 GHz Turbo) Socket AM4 65W YD1700BBAEBOX Desktop Processor

Pros: I had my heart set on the 1800X when I committed to building a Ryzen rig. After lots of reviews and youtube videos, I started to see a pattern of people who were able to get equal performance from this chip and lots of people able to get 4.0 GHz+! With the lower TDP, this chip had much appeal to me, as my workload is usually 50-50 gaming / productivity. After installing this chip, I started to run it through its paces. I invested the money difference from the 1800X into an AiO Kraken. Of course NZXT had supply issues, so for the first two weeks I was running the stock Wraith Spire. I tell you, I kinda wish I had fully tested the Spire before buying the AiO because I was quite shocked by its capabilities. In *most* scenarios, the Wraith was able to keep temps below 55 C! The overclock is a whole other story! I thought "Surely if I can pull down 3.8 GHz I will be in great shape." No, I kept pushing it and pushing it. After playing around with it, I am sitting at 3.922 GHz, which is frustrating because now I am determined to pick up that last .078 GHz! I know this chip with this CH6 can do it! Just going to keep trying! Want to talk performance of this chip? Hah! I have to really really try to ever get it up to a 100% load! Even when I run Handbrake for a 1080P encode, it lightly skirts the 100% threshold and still eager to open other applications in the process to multitask! I am incredibly happy with my processor selection! I am more than confident this processor is going to handle any task I can throw at it! Video encoding sure doesn't seem to slow it down like it does my Skylake :/

Cons: Wasn't free (hur hur hur)

Overall Review: After I got the Kraken x52 in, temps are sitting at 30 C while at 25% OC!!!

Fantastic

SiliconDust HDHR3-CC HDHomeRun PRIME 3-Tuner US CableTV with CableCARD Stream Premium Channels and Cut the Cord
SiliconDust HDHR3-CC HDHomeRun PRIME 3-Tuner US CableTV with CableCARD Stream Premium Channels and Cut the Cord

Pros: Is a fantastic tuner. Works as advertised. Have it paired across cat6 to a Linux box using mythTV and Comcast.

Cons: None as far as the product is concerned.

Overall Review: Watch out with Comcast. If you're going to use it with Comcast services, skip the headache of attempting to authorize the device with their online support. Just go straight to the 1800 number so you can speak with a local American who is knowledgeable of not only the English language, but also their products and services. After the guy in the online chat failed to authenticate the device over and over, and referred to it as a TV for the second time in a row, I disconnected and went the phone support route.

Simply the best.

Kaspersky Internet Security 2012 - 3 PCs
Kaspersky Internet Security 2012 - 3 PCs

Pros: Kaspersky is by far unmatched in all areas of detecting, removing, and preventing PC infections. If you would prefer your antivirus solution to give your PC a Blue Screen of Death, then Norton 360 may be for you.

Cons: Sent in for my rebate at the end of July, surprise, didn't come in!

Excellence meets circuitry

ASUS Crosshair V Formula AM3+ AMD 990FX SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Gaming Motherboard with 3-Way SLI/CrossFireX Support and UEFI BIOS
ASUS Crosshair V Formula AM3+ AMD 990FX SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Gaming Motherboard with 3-Way SLI/CrossFireX Support and UEFI BIOS

Pros: The Asus Crosshair V has more than met my needs. I have run it through its paces, I have configured it three times over and have not found it to be lacking in any manner whatsoever. I have found the gigabit lan, the integrated 8 channel audio, and the probe software to be excellent features. This board has a BMC (Baseboard Management Controller) onboard, which works independently of the operating system and allows you to have every single temp and voltage monitored 24x7. I am a computer engineer, and I recommend this board!

Cons: Wasn't free Wasn't able to pick it up locally, Newegg needs Cust. pickup in Memphis!

Overall Review: AMD stock fans are really terrible these days. The CM Hyper N makes for a great pair with this board.