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GIGABYTE GeForce GTX 1070 Founders Edition GV-N1070D5-8GD-B
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5 out of 5 eggs Never mind! 06/21/2016

This review is from: GIGABYTE GeForce GTX 1070 Founders Edition GV-N1070D5-8GD-B

Pros: I got it to work. My BIOS had to be updated.

Cons: It works now.

Linksys EA3500-NP SMART Smooth Stream Gigabit Dual-Band Wireless N750 Router IEEE 802.11a/b/g/n, IEEE 802.3/3u/3ab
  • neweggOwned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: Like the GUI of the web interface. Some people would disagree with this. Like the robustness of having an app to manage it with Android/iOS and be able to change settings in the cloud. Again, some people would disagree this. Like the idea of having a USB port, but I have not used this feature at this time. No random WiFi drops yet, but unfortunately there are still a lot of downfalls... For those who don't want to be bothered by flashing lights, there's an option to disable the lights.

Cons: Due to the internal hardware of this router, it doesn't and likely never will support DD-WRT, but I knew that going into this purchase, but I have bigger concerns that others may want to note that really cause the rating to be down on this... Unfortunately, the Internet-side of things with this router is awfully slow (even just loading web-pages was slow, yet buffering YouTube videos seemed to be okay), and I've been unimpressed with the WiFi range. I can barely get out to the backyard before my signal is lost completely. My old router would get all the way to the end of the backyard. After tweaking some settings, I've been able to get the Internet speed to work better. Internet speed prior to making some adjustments was almost unusable over WiFi. I had to change the WiFi mode from mixed to Wireless G or Wireless B/G only. Fortunately, we don't have very many Wireless N devices. When it was in mixed mode, the WiFi slowed to a crawl on all devices. It shouldn't have this issue out of the box. Even though the situation has improved after changing those settings, I continue to have issues whenever I have a big download. As soon as I go to do a download, the Internet connection comes to a halt, not even allowing webpages to load part of the time. Google Chrome normally is stuck on "Resolving Host" and sometimes, the pages will just fail to load completely. Didn't have any slowdowns or issues with speed until this router - I know it's not a limitation of the Internet's speed itself. Just another personal preference... I prefer the link lights or activity LED's to be at the front of the device, but that's definitely not a show-stopper.

Other Thoughts: All in all, I would caution you if you choose to take the plunge with this router. I previously had a 3-year-old Linksys WRT320N router (running DD-WRT) that would no longer boot up after a power outage, (I think the flash memory was corrupted, and I tried everything I could to bring it back to life besides taking it apart) so I was in a pinch to get a new router quickly. The WRT320N was the best router I ever had after flashing it with DD-WRT. The WiFi dropped on it frequently until I put DD-WRT on it... After that, it was a perfectly reliable router and never dropped the WiFi again. Next time, I think I'm going to make sure the router I buy will run DD-WRT. A lot of the issues I've had with routers in the past have been fixed by putting DD-WRT on them. Just my personal experience/preferences though.

Creative Sound Blaster Z PCIe 116dB SNR Gaming Sound Card with 600ohm Headphone Amp and Beamforming Microphone
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Pros: Good features. Great audio quality. Drivers on Windows 8 64-bit work properly. Software for the sound card doesn't use much RAM in the background. Compatible with front panel audio connector on my Corsair Obsidian 650D case. Pretty-looking.

Cons: If you have a computer that is lit up predominantly blue, you might be in for a surprise as this has a bright red LED. Even though my machine's inside is entirely blue, I still like the red LED. The subwoofer crossover feature works, but not quite how I thought it would.

Other Thoughts: I have the Edifier S550 speaker system. I was skeptical about getting this sound card, and I even thought myself that I was crazy for spending over $100 for a sound card. Glad I did. I was expecting only a small difference, but I was really looking for in improvement in sound, especially with the bass on my Edifier's. (I thought the lows were lacking with the onboard audio) I've always thought the quality gap between onboard sound and a dedicated sound card has become smaller, but let me tell you, there's a HUGE difference between this and the Realtek HD Audio onboard my Gigabyte Z11X-UP4 TH motherboard. This soundcard puts out a lot more bass to my Edifier's, and the audio really brings them to life. Not only that, but the audio is cleaner, adjusting the equalizer doesn't make the audio fade in and out as badly. You can also crank the sound up significantly louder. There was barely, and I mean barely enough room for this sound card to fit in the PCIe x1 slot below my NVIDIA GTX670. There is a fairly bright red LED that comes from the sound card. When your computer is already lighted like mine is, it appears more of as an accent light, but it could be fairly bright if no other lights were in your computer. Anyway, I definitely recommend this card if you feel like you're not getting enough from your onboard audio.


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Display Name: Travis K.

Date Joined: 06/13/07

  • Reviews: 18
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  • First Review: 10/18/09
  • Last Review: 06/21/16
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