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DEEPCOOL Gamer Storm CAPTAIN 120EX CPU Liquid Cooler AIO Water Cooling Ceramic Bearing Pump Visual Liquid Flow with 120mm PWM Fan Rubber Coating Deep Silent Support LGA 2011-v3
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Pros: I installed this on an FX8350 replacing a DeepCool Neptwin air cooler. The Neptwin does a fantastic job of keeping the FX8350 running cool, but it is huge. With the Neptwin, I had to remove the cooler to do any type of upgrade or modification because it covered nearly everything. It was also a real pain to remove and install.

Now the CAPTAIN 120EX was a different story. Easy to install and leaves plenty of room for working inside the case. In fact, this was the only liquid cooler that I have been able to install in the Corsair Carbide SPEC-01 case. The case is not particularly suited for liquid cooling and I had to settle for the Neptwin cooler until I found the CAPTAIN 120EX to fit the case.

The CAPTAIN 120EX performs well with thermal margins well below the thermal limit for the FX8350. The thermal margin during light use is 55c to 59c - that means the core temperature is well below the max. During heavy loads and benchmarking, the thermal limit dropped to around 40c. To put that in perspective, the core temperature is still 40c below the thermal max limit for the processor. That is pretty impressive. To give credit to the Neptwin, it performed on par with the CAPTAIN 120EX but you are talking about a massive sized air cooler with 6 copper heat pipes.

The noise level is not even noticeable on the CAPTAIN 120EX. This is a very quiet cooler and the only noise I hear is the case fans and the fan on the Radeon graphics card. The Neptwin was fairly quiet also until I put a load on the CPU and the fans cranked up. On the other hand, I did not notice a difference in noise between idle and load on the CAPTAIN 120Ex.

All and all, a very good cooler for FX8350 especially when space is a factor in the case. None of the other liquid cooling I tried would fit in this case.

Cons: The only con I can think of is the cryptic installation instructions. You have to figure it out yourself or look it up online. The little pamphlet they enclosed only makes installation more difficult. I threw the paper away and figured it out. It was actually quite easy when I looked at the parts and not the paper.

Other Thoughts: When installing, I made the mistake of installing the radiator and fan before the CPU block. Made things more difficult so I removed the fan and radiator and installed the CPU block first and then fit the fan and radiator in. No problems at all when I installed the CPU block first.

TP-LINK TL-WA855RE N300 Wi-Fi Wall Plug Range Extender / Repeater / Access Point
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5 out of 5 eggs Good Choice as Range Extender or Access Point 10/23/2016

This review is from: TP-LINK TL-WA855RE N300 Wi-Fi Wall Plug Range Extender / Repeater / Access Point

Pros: I have several TP-Link products and they have all performed well. This one is no exception.

This device works as a Range Extender, Repeater and an Access Point. As a range extender, this device gave me full 100% signal throughout my house. The access point is a great feature and works much better than a wireless USB. I am constantly having problems with Windows 10 dropping my USB WiFi devices and this device allows you to use it as an access point using the Ethernet cable. No device drivers needed -- it acts just as if you were plugged directly into the router. Good steady network throughput when running in Access Point Mode.

Device is fully customizable in the web interface. Great feature is you can whitelist or blacklist devices to have full control over what devices can connect to your WiFi. With wireless security, there is always a chance someone can hack your network. By using a whitelist, you can limit WiFi to only the devices (TV, computer, etc..) that is in your house and hacking from the outside is nearly eliminated.

In Range Extender mode you can also set the range or wireless signal power (WiFi Coverage in menu). When you need full range, you can set it to Max. If you don't want to broadcast your signal halfway down the block, you can set it to Min. On Max, this extender has quite a bit of coverage. On max setting, I walked outside my brick home with my laptop and was able to get a good signal a few houses down. I don't know if I care to broadcast my wireless and SSID that far. Setting on minimum gave me perfectly good signal within the house.

WPS setup was a breeze and connected immediately with no problems. To connect to the extender in wireless mode, you use the same security key as your router.

Cons: No problems and nothing negative to say. Been running device for about 2 weeks with no problems.

Other Thoughts: For the price this is a good buy for a range extender. Having the access point feature makes it a really good buy. Good features at a good price and anyone can set this up in a matter of minutes. Just plug in the wall, press WPS on the router and WPS button on the Range Extender and you are ready to go. Dual antennas give this range extender good coverage.

Silicon Power 32GB Elite microSDHC UHS-I/U1 Class 10 Memory Card with Adapter, Speed Up to 85MB/s (SP032GBSTHBU1V20NE)
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Pros: Updated on 10/05/2016
Been using for 4 months now and just picked up another one for my Samsung tablet. Using the other one for backing up files from my phone. Decent speed on USB 3.0. I average about 50~60Mbs read and 13~15Mbs write. Speeds are just slightly lower on USB 2.0 but not really noticeable. On my Lenovo laptop with built in Micro SDHC reader I get slightly faster speeds -- between 60Mbs to 65Mbs.

Comes with adapter and works with standard size SDHC devices.

This is probably one of the best you are going to get in this price class. Have several Silicone Power products including USB Flash drive, 2 SDDs and Micro SDHC cards. All have performed well and so far, no problems with any of them.

Original review July 2017
Fast Micro SD compatible with all my mobile devices. I was looking for a Micro SD card that would work well with my Microsoft Windows 10 phone. I, like many others, have had problems with numerous Micro SD card in the Windows 10 phone. It is a known issue and the insider forum is filled with users reporting problems with the SD card in Windows 10.

This Micro SD has been installed in my Windows 10 phone for several weeks with no problems. The four previous SD cards I installed all started getting messages from Windows 10 mobile that there was errors on the SD card and in two cases, the SD card stopped working. I have not had a single issue so far with the SD card and Windows 10 phone.

A lot of reviewers have commented on speed. Although I did not run any benchmarks, this card appears to perform equal to or faster than other SD cards I have owned. I backed up all my photos and documents from my phone using a USB 3.0 adapter and the SD performed as well or better than a USB 3.0 drive.

Tested this SD card in another phone and two tablets. The camera is snappy on the phone with this SD and there is no hesitation or pause when saving the pictures. When using the file browser on the phone with this SD, browsing files and folders is quick with no hesitation or stuttering.

Cons: None

Other Thoughts: So far this card surpassed my expectations. I have also replaced a SSD with a Silicon Power SSD and the SSD is fast with no issues since being installed. Several past purchases of Silicon Power products with no issues and good performance. This is definitely a brand to consider.


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