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Pros: + Strong signal strength at a long range
+ Stable connection without periodic disconnects
+ Fast quality WiFi with USB3
+ "Relatively easy" to set up compared to alternative of setting up a WiFi bridge. (See more on this point later)
Cons: - "Relatively easy" is not always easy. Okay, so the drivers are not included on Windows 8 install disc, this is troublesome but not a big deal if you are prepared.
- Last week I had a hassle upgrading from Windows 8 to 8.1. I needed a fresh install of Windows on my OS drive, so after installing this adapter driver to update Windows 8, I was thought I was prepared to upgrade to windows 8.1. Upon restart this adapter driver caused an immediate crash with the unfortunate Windows ;( blue screen stating that there was some driver conflict and it would restore my system back to Windows 8. It took me a little while to identify the driver conflict as coming from this hardware, but it was confirmed after being able to upgrade by network cable with the adapter unplugged. Then resulting an immediate crash in Windows 8.1 after plugging this device in. To solve the problem I had to uninstall the adapter while unplugged and then run the very same install setup again one last time in Windows 8.1. Now it works. So be prepared for some extra steps when upgrading and you won't have the hassle I experienced.
- I have a small pet peeve about having a second WiFi icon running in my task bar. It's kind of redundant for me since I don't use the function such as switching from "station" to "access point mode". So that annoys me since so many other hardware and software seems to push having additional services running in the background. I don't want it thank you. It would be nice if the "setup" install program offered an option not to have the additional "Rosewill wireless LAN Utility" installed, that would be courteous.
Other Thoughts: I am so happy with this purchase and consider it money well spent! This solved my range problems connecting to my distant home network
This was way simpler than my previous solution of setting up a WiFi bridge and the connection it provides me is much more stable than the results I was able to achieve with the hardware I attempted to use for dd-wrt bridge.
This review is from: ECS A970M-A DELUXE v1.0 AM3+ AMD 970 + SB950 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard
Pros: This review is an update! I bought this cheap back in January 2013. Now, 2 years later while running Overclocked 2133Mhz memory, the box I put together is still rock solid stable. No news is good news, and i have had zero problems so far.
This is the hardware setup I matched:
FX -6300 Vishera six core processor
8GB 2133Mhz Kingston HyperX Memory
HD 7950 Radeon HIS IceQ Boost
128GB SSD Crucial M4
2TB Seagate HD
Cool Master Hyper EVO 212 -CPU Cooler
If you go Vishera, make sure you get a processor under 140 watts. Also you will need BIOS version 11/09/12 or newer for Vishera.
Cons: Out of Stock - It has been difficult to get in the past 2 years. I was shopping for this board on at least two specific occasions were it wasn't available.
Synergy- The price of the FX Vishera processors has not changed much in these last 2 years. This is not specifically a problem about this motherboard. What I'm saying is the value of having a motherboard that supported a Vishera CPU seemed to have more bang for the buck back in 2013. ((There have been some nice new 8 core vishera's added though that are under the 140watt mark.... but still))
Other Thoughts: In my original review I made a typo calling it a "790 board" while this is in fact a "970 board". That error has haunted me since the motherboard has been so good to me, while my review might have possibly added to consumer confusion.READ FULL REVIEW
This review is from: Silverstone FF143B 140mm Ultra Fine Fan Filter with Magnet (Black)
Pros: it sticks onto my case quiet nicely
easy to take off to clean
filters dust out
Cons: The holes presumably are to allow for space for the screws. However for my Corsair r200 case the holes a not quite big enough to allow for clearance because it has these rubber vibration gromits for the fans fan scews which have a slightly wider girth. Because of this issue for my case I use negative pressure fans and place these screens on the intakes vents to filter dust.
The downside to ussing negative pressure pull is that I would need to cover all the holes to filter everything...
For most cases with regular screws, you should be able to place it it over an intake fan vent without any gaps which would be a better application for these filters.
Other Thoughts: I'm not sure how much this helps but I rather clean the dust from the outside of the case rather than the inside on the components.READ FULL REVIEW