Joined on 10/28/02
Great current gen4 M.2 SSD with proper Big Beefy Heat Sink that's REMOVABLE
Pros: Gen 4 M.2, yes this is the size of a stick of gum. Yes, its classic SSD snappy. SEQ1M - Read: 5000MB Write: 3600 DNBD4K - Read: 71 - Write: 323 DND4K 17208 17208 - 79000 DND4K 58.04 - 12.59 It comes with a nice big heatsink, which is easily removable if you need to. If your situation is tighter, or your MB includes its own heatsink, youll appreciate that either way. Its a gen 4 drive, but its also backward compatible. Has a nice proper 5-year warranty. Real-world you wont be able to tell this one vs another SSD. This would be my 12th iteration of SSDs in my primary system. I've did SSD RAID 0 for years and years, and in truth, I can't tell the speed difference from the first two SSDs I did in 2010 than this one. They are ALL just crazy fast and snappy. This focus on benchmarks for SSDs in a little overhyped for end-user real world use. I suppose if you are copying huge files all day every day from one M.2 SSD to another, sure speed matters, but really, that can't be anybody's real primary use. This is a great drive, is the price is right, get it. Zero hesitations.
Overall Review: I tried this in a v3 and v4 motherboard with nearly identical results, so if you only have gen 3, dont worry youll get the full speeds. Also, you really want a REAL heatsink on an m.2, not a paper-thin copper one (Look at right at you Samsung), I dont hesitate to recommend this SSD on all counts.
Expensive, well connected, but Beamforming works only at increasing the weakest signals.
Pros: Besides the extra connectivity (2X USB, eSATA)The only reason why you would buy this router is because of the bleeding edge BEAMFORMING technology. It cost five times more than other routers, so that should be what I focus on. Let s get right to that at first. I did this same test multiple times at different times of the day. I started to test it between two high end Windows 7 x64 computers, not connected to the internet, transferring between two RAMdrives that can read and write over 6.4GB/sec. One though the router and one through a Linksys USB6300 courtesy of Linksys. (thus I can assure you there is minimal bottleneck in system). I also used high quality 6' factory made Cat 6 (not Cat5/e) cables, and gigabit ports on the computer, latest drivers. No data was sent through any keystones, patch panels, or other house wiring was used. AKA ***This is as fast as it gets.*** Theoretical bandwidth maximums, or someone calling this “6X fast” are so entirely useless. It’s all marketing. I tested a laptop in six locations in and around the house. The router was in the basement. The Results: With Beamforming AC on, ALL of the speed tests were identical EXCEPT the furthest away points. One point I went from 1mbit (BF off) to 5mbits (BF on) and the other one I went from 2mbits (BF On) to no signal. (BF Off). Therefore, if you are getting this router to increase your already strong to fair wireless speeds, you are wasting your money (ceteris paribus) if you are getting this to increase your weak barely hanging on wifi connection speeds, you should be happy. Now on with the rest of the pros: They no longer hard hand force you to 1. register + login to whatever weird wonky website to set it up, then link it with your account and the router and 2. Install the CD before you plug it in, so classic 192.168.1.1 admin/admin and you’re in. This is also more like the classic WRT54G layout, no more weird “user friendly” weird webpage layout where you can’t find anything and nothing makes sense. They must figure anyone buying a flagship router must know what they are doing, so thank you for that Linksys. Anyone familiar with that can set this up in literally 1 minute or less, new wifi passwords and all. I noticed a firmware update to 1.01 so I installed that (uneventful) to be fair after setup. I like that one can turn off the lights in the back though the menu, perfect, for those of you who have your router in your bedroom. Connectivity is also a plus here, and besides Beamforming would be a reason why one would buy this. If you need it, they have it, it works and works well.
Cons: The marketing still bothers me. 900, 1,300 1,700mbits all are impossible to reach over wireless. I did test this with another Linksys wireless AC router (EA6700), and bridged them wirelessly getting about 500mbits in the same room. Maybe with 2 identical ones I could get faster. But with an PCI-e/USB3.0 wireless AC adapter, I still have not gotten faster than wireless N speeds (300mbits) even though I am connected at 5ghz @ 879mbits in the same room. Marketing...
Overall Review: Okay you are paying tip top dollar for here. You’re paying the most, therefore you should expect the best, that’s totally understandable. Beamforming DOES work, but only at the outer most reaches of normal range. It has plenty of connectivity if you need USB ports for printing or storage, eSATA is pretty awesome. Here are the test speeds I got for in the same room best possible speeds you can expect: WIRED: Large single file = 112MB/sec (this is 896 mbits) Medium files = 80 MB/sec (643 mbits) Tiny files = 3.65 MB/sec (29 mbits) WIRELESS AC Large single file = 35.5 MB/sec (this is 284mbits) Medium files = 30.1MB/sec (241mbits) Tiny files = 1.44 MB/sec (12mbits) While I will not disagree that they are also the fastest I’ve ever tested, this promise of 1,700 or 1,350 or 900 mbits bothers me... those marketers need to calm the heck down and post real numbers. I still don’t know how they get away with this, but whatever. Is this worth FIVE routers? It IS the fasted router with the best range I’ve ever tested. IT does have the most connectivity. It does have external antennas which I don’t need to remind any true network nerd opens up the doors for all kinds of other fun stuff. Would I buy this? No. At the current price, I can get a pile of other routers that would give me more range and more connectivity and higher speeds because I could have better signals because they were closer. But then again I wired my house for Cat6, and most businesses are wired too so it’s much easier to spread around multiple routers. You are paying a premium for Beamforming, so if you can hold off, I’m sure this will drop in price. But if you only can have one powerhouse router in your setup, this would for sure be a good way to go. I’ve had it over a month and have had zero problems whatsoever.
Standard, High-End semi-modular power supply with 0dB mode
Pros: To me, the best thing about this is 0dB fan mode. If youre building a nice machine, its nice for it to be dead silent when youre just browsing around. I actually prefer semi-modular because the modular ones are too bulky for the connectors. I mean you NEED some cables, why make them all modular? It just adds expense, cost, makes it bigger and harder to work with. Semi-modular is best. 80+ Bronze is fine too. Not as important as quality power, which this has as well. Voltage regulation is perfect. Remember, things are becoming more and more efficient, not less, so 550 watts should do you for many many years to come. Remember, things are getting MORE efficient, not less. Come with some screws and some zip ties, along with a PSU badge. 5 YEAR warranty is standard.
Overall Review: Dont confuse power efficiency rating with quality power. There are plenty of loudy gold-rated psus. This is quality, which is what you want first and foremost. Which this most certainly is. Never ever scrimp on the PSU. Get this PSU for your small powerhouse. Its the king of the small powerhouse PSUs with little competition at this performance level or price.
You don't need it. Slows your experience. Expensive renewal rates. Free alternatives are better.
Pros: In 2014 Symantec has admitted anti-virus software is dead and it doesnt think of the technology as a money maker anymore. So they have to try and branch out into other things. This is the other thing. And its a very weird hodgepodge of subscription-based applications I still cant wrap my head around: Dark Web Monitoring. VPN access. 50GB Cloud Space. Password manager. Parental controls. What on earth links these together in this package?
Cons: It bothers me that these teaser entry prices are designed to get you hooked, get all your passwords on here, then get all your stuff in the cloud, then the price jumps. Price jumps to ~$159/year thereafter. The Fear-Based selling. I just dont like it. But thats not all, you will get a performance hit across the board. Cell phones to Mid range PCs and lower will see performance loss. Even network file transfers are slower. There is no web-ad blocking, which is probably the #1 way malware and unwanted cookies gets on your machine. Yes, you can get a Norton browser extension, which wont block ads, and will make browsing noticeably slower.
Overall Review: As someone who pretends to be highly technical, would I ever buy this? No. Would I recommend this to a parent or friend? No. Someone needing a VPN is highly technical and they wouldnt use something like this package. And someone highly technical wouldnt be looking for this odd hodgepodge of bundled apps like this. Its so weird to read high praise reviews from corporate-owned mainstream sites, PC Mag, Toms, Techradar, etc then dive into actual user experiences in reddit and whatnot and youll get a whole different world of actual reviews. Most of this bundle can be replaced with free, lightweight and more effective solutions. Anyone needing more protection wouldnt be using this. So who is their target clients? Im guessing just the non-technical who just incorrectly guess that they need something above and beyond Windows innate protection they probably dont even know is installed and working. Even FREE I wouldnt ever use this. Twas uninstalled. I prefer ublock, an adguard lifetime subscription, a 3rd party firewall and a brain (common sense: patch your stuff ASAP, don't browse shady sites, or install unknown apps) and you'll be just fine.
Solid Wifi Extender/Powerline Ethernet Adapter from a German Company
Pros: First of all Devolo is a german company, not a Chinese one. And you can tell that just by lifting it out of the box. Its heavy, like quality heavy. All you really need to do is plug the smaller unit into the wall and plug in the ethernet cable from the router. Then plug the other unit wherever you want need it. (Where your wifi dead spot is or wherever you want ethernet). It takes 3 minutes or so to sync up before itll just start working.
Cons: I dont know when these things got so expensive.
Overall Review: Yes, like all wifi things they claim a lot of speeds, 1,200, 2,000 mbit, yeah you are never going to get anywhere near those speeds either because you have a bottleneck or whatnot. I have a Cat6 network with 35-year-old electrical wiring, and I got around 550 mbits for wifi using iPerf. Thats within the same room. For my house, I was getting almost exactly 200mbits for ethernet in the best room for a large file, ramdrive to ramdrive. So it works well. You can turn off the lights in the software which people who sleep in the same room will appreciate. They say you shouldnt plug this into an extension cord, but it works for me. Im sure I may lose some speed. The app is fine, I didnt ever use it much. The buttons worked fine when I used them. This is perfect for putting a nice solid reliable CABLE in the back of your smart TV or whatever seems a bit dodgy on the wifi. 2-year warranty. You can extend that by a year by registering. Nice. But all things considered, this is a good one.
Silent mode, 10 year warranty, fair pricing, full modular 80 Plus Gold.
Pros: * Ive used this for 2 weeks. Unless you are gaming, this thing is dead silent, as in 0dB. And then when gaming, it has a nice 150mm fan, meaning its QUIET. Silence is the name of the new game. Noise pollution is a thing that increases fatigue and stress. I dont care how high of performance something is, if its going to be loud, its a no-go. It turns on about 260 watts, so even low-power games can still be silent. That's impressive. This means they used high-quality components that still perform under load without needing to be cooled all the time. Any part like this that needs airflow 24/7 unless it breaks is a sign of shoddy engineering. * Fully modular. * All black. Sorry, Im not an RGB fanatic. I prefer more of a clean, crisp elegant James Bond Look than a Psychedelic Clown look for my PC. * I kinda like the 45-degree edges, styling-wise and sharp corner-wise. Why don't they all do this? * Solid company, with excellent professional reviews. * Its 80 Gold Plus, anything higher than that wont pay for itself in the PSUs lifetime, so youre good there.
Overall Review: I dont know what else to say, solid company, long warranty, top-notch performance, price is great. I dont hesitate to recommend this PSU on all counts.