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MSI GeForce GTX 1050 Ti DirectX 12 GTX 1050 Ti 4G OC 4GB 128-Bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready Video Card
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3 out of 5 eggs Good card, but shy of 1920x1080 performance 12/05/2016

This review is from: MSI GeForce GTX 1050 Ti DirectX 12 GTX 1050 Ti 4G OC 4GB 128-Bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready Video Card

Pros: Good performance for the price. Reasonably worth buying, in that it performs better than an iGPU. Low enough power draw for an htpc.

Cons: Pricing. This all comes down to not having great competition. At this pricing tier I expected more, but the compromise was a lower power draw. Hopefully AMD will release some competitive cards soon. The current 4xx series is value oriented, but not good enough to go toe-to-toe with Nvidia on power consumption.

Other Thoughts: This is a good enough card. It plays media, and will do lighter gaming. It's only fault is high pricing, which makes it difficult to recommend when only a few more dollars delivers much better performance (and performance per cost).

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G.Skill 64GB microSDXC UHS-I/U1 Class 10 Memory Card with Adapter (FF-TSDXC64GA-U1)
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4 out of 5 eggs Reasonable value and performance 12/05/2016

This review is from: G.Skill 64GB microSDXC UHS-I/U1 Class 10 Memory Card with Adapter (FF-TSDXC64GA-U1)

Pros: Functioning as a boot drive for a raspberry pi. Plenty of speed and capacity for that application.

Cons: None really. The only reason that it isn't a 5 egg device is the flash memory market being pretty goofy on pricing.

Other Thoughts: It's worth a buy easily. I only wish it didn't feel like roulette every time you purchased a product. Sometimes it is reasonably priced, and sometimes you feel like you're being robbed.

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Qnap TS-531P-2G-US 5 Bay SATA 6 Gb/s NAS, Quad-core 1.4 GHz Cortex-A15 CPU, 2 GB RAM, 4 Gigabit Ethernet
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4 out of 5 eggs Surprisingly capable NAS, with more features than I thought I'd be getting 11/15/2016

This review is from: Qnap TS-531P-2G-US 5 Bay SATA 6 Gb/s NAS, Quad-core 1.4 GHz Cortex-A15 CPU, 2 GB RAM, 4 Gigabit Ethernet

Pros: Once configured this thing absolutely flies. I've got three users hitting it up for video at once, and it manages to keep two 720p and one 1080p feeds running surprisingly well. All of the devices are wired, but well worth it to be able to run without any issues.

The feature list is surprisingly long. I'm learning to love hardware disk encryption, because it beats software every day of the week. Between the hardware, and surprisingly competent software (only with expanded RAM), the device is a winner in my book.

The value. This thing is not cheap by any metric. The construction is good, the soldering is competent, the device itself is sturdy, and the drive bays secure everything well Despite very good construction, the device itself is reasonably cheap. Don't expect to get something for free, but I'm genuinely happy with the quality of construction on a very reasonably priced piece of hardware.

Finally, the device seems to be reasonably well supported. I've already seen multiple software updates, and each version seems to be more improvement than simply a change. This gives me hope about the future of this device.

Cons: There are two cons that prevent this product from being absolutely fantastic.

1) The boot on this thing is painfully long. I can boot the device, walk across the house, turn on my PC, have it boot, and start surfing the internet before I finally hear the thing double beep as being ready. I'd say this is slow HDDs, but it is just as bad with just an SSD enabled (I played with configuration for a while to start with). If you plan on turning the device on and off this isn't the product for you.

2) Poor interface. Let me get this out of the way immediately, 2 GB of RAM is not going to give you a decent setup. Buying the "certified" RAM from the manufacturer is a joke. After I upgraded to 16 GB everything got much snappier, but the simple truth is that the interface is designed half way between power user and regular user. Concessions on both sides make it difficult to get access to everything you want, because sometimes a basic feature is buried in a sub-menu that exists only to make the presented information "easier" to process.


The above being said, there are a lot of options that will make your experience terrible if you don't upgrade and have a basic understanding of your end goal. I setup the device as a feature rich NAS, focusing on fewer large read/write operations and limited access rights. If you don't pay attention to the settings, it's easy to configure the device for a completely different usage scenario and get surprisingly poor performance.

All of the above could be mitigated by having an instruction manual and bringing the base model up to 8 GB of RAM from the start. The fact that neither is chosen points to this being a value oriented step between a full-blown NAS and a USB connected backup drive. It's difficult to justify the price when that's all you're expecting, but the feature list you can tap makes this device better than it implies.

Other Thoughts: Would I buy it again; yes!

What do I want to see in the future; the base model has to have more. Corsair has a product, Model CMSX16GX3M2B1600C9, that I'd suggest purchasing in tandem with this device. This purchase dramatically improves the quality of the device, based upon my experience (there is no "officially" supported RAM that is cost effective. but my experience is that for 25% the cost of their RAM the quoted kit will do the job admirably.

Why should I look elsewhere? The only answer I can give you is that the ARM chip used here is a tad underpowered in my book. Running an AMD or Intel based CPU would be ideal, and allow for video out. Choosing this product was a risk, given that ARM and NAS aren't exactly a common sight. Despite the risk, I feel this device is what I was searching for. It most definitely isn't going to win any awards for interface or speed, but it's got more than enough to coer what I need.

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