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TP-LINK Archer C8 AC1750 Dual Band Wireless AC Gigabit Router, 2.4GHz 450Mbps+5Ghz 1350Mbps, 1 USB 2.0 Port & 1 USB 3.0 Port, IPv6, Guest Network
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  • neweggOwned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: Setup is simple, from installation to usage, you can be up and running in about five minutes. Perk! The router's bios is simple and easy to navigate, with enough options to tide over power users and those looking for a simpler setups alike. As an bonus, it has Guest WiFi, so if/when you have guests over you can toggle the option to share the network. Downside: it still doesn't stop nosey neighbors from riding your connection by default, but it's a seriously nice option to have built in.

Over 5Ghz, my connection was pulling 94/92 (Fios). 2.4 was capping out at 40/40Mbit. File transfers from an external SSD hooked up to the device were swift, and file transfers were pretty much consistently over the 400MB/s line (making everything fly!). I imagine it could be entirely possible to game completely off of attached storage on the router (though why would you want to?).

Range and coverage are more than excellent and covered 2,600sq ft of every room of our house (2 stories + basement) without ever dipping below 4 bars.

Cons: The only con I have is a minor one in that I feel the antennae are a bit too long so it can make positioning the router where it's out of sight a tad difficult. Again, a minor con.

Other Thoughts: Esthetically, the router has an almost Apple-esque look to it. Shiny, candy-like and white. It's not a bad thing at all, but it may not be everyone's cup of tea.

GIGABYTE GA-X99-GAMING G1 WIFI LGA 2011-v3 Intel X99 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Extended ATX Intel Motherboard
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  • neweggOwned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: Performs amazingly, and the board is swift. Lots of goodies in the box, such as an unnecessary amount of SLI cables. Posts incredibly fast, within 10-12 seconds.

System is stable (on v7 BIOS) and I've had zero issues. Running with an 5930K and 32GB of DDR4 (4X 8GB DIMMS), two Samsung 840 Pros and dual GTX 980s. Everything flies, and I've had no issues. Board runs incredibly cool as well.

The Wifi extender also has a magnetic base making it easy to mount and swap around. May not be great if you have a cheap plastic case, but it's an awesome perk!

Cons: The BIOS is horrible. Laggy, slow, poorly laid out and hard to find. Depending on which BIOS you're in entire options are missing (e.g. disable on-board audio).

Everything about the BIOS just seems sloppy, slow and hacked together with no emphasis on UI or usability. Or speed. Or... anything. It's bad. Seriously. UEFI BIOS can be great, but when you long for the days of Phoenix and AMI... that's bad. The BIOS layouts (all three of them) are just a trainwreck to work with. I like Gigabyte, but this BIOS gives me sad kitten face.

Other Thoughts: I installed everything from the included CD, and it crippled my computer. Re-installed Windows. Happened again. After re-installing again, this time without touching Gigabyte's included driver disc, my system was flawlessly stable and without issue.

NZXT AC-GRIDP-M1 GRID+ Digital Fan Controller
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  • neweggOwned For: 1 week to 1 month

3 out of 5 eggs Great Potential, a Few Flaws 10/25/2014

This review is from: NZXT AC-GRIDP-M1 GRID+ Digital Fan Controller

Pros: The software included is easy to use, simple to get setup. Supports 6 fans and is painless to install.

Cons: The CAM software (required to use the device) leaves a bit to be desired. Upon launching the software, instead of taking you directly to the fan control it wants you to login and create a cloud profile. That's nice, but oddly unnecessary.

The Cam+ can not control the fans controlled independently. One setting controls all fans, and you don't have much flexibility in the matter.

If you have multiple fans which run at different speeds and sound levels this can make the Grid+ less than ideal. Not a deal breaker, but you really need to configure your fans around the fan controller. It's somewhat counter-productive that you need to build around the Grid+, NOT use the Grid+ to improve your case. The "all or nothing" approach in the software removes a lot of versatility.

Other Thoughts: The fan controller only accepts 3 pin fans. While it does include 2 adapters, this doesn't help if you've got a case full of 4 pin fans (hi!). No worry, you can just buy some fan adapters online. Only, that's oddly much harder than it should be. Finding a basic 4 pin to 3 pin fan cable that's *under* $10 that suits your needs exactly is much more difficulty than it should be. Plenty of Y-cables, multiple inputs. Even my local computer megastore lacked the adapters. Even Nzxt doesn't sell the fan adapters on their site.

Don't get me wrong, you can find the cables, but the pricing and shipping are not entirely in your favor. While I'll admit that it's my fault I didn't look at the fan connections when purchasing it getting the cables needed to convert my fans to work with the Grid+ added another $30 to the cost. Just something to keep in mind.

If they can find a way to implement 4-pin fans AND independent fan controls in the future, along with improving the CAM software, this thing will be killer. As it is, it works well enough on its own, but it's lacks the finesse most other fan controllers on the market.


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Display Name: Sean P.

Date Joined: 02/25/03

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