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CORSAIR VS Series VS600 (CP-9020119-NA) 600W ATX12V / EPS12V 80 PLUS WHITE Certified Active PFC Power Supply
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Pros: Corsair: They have always made dependable power supply units, and they stand behind their products. Have had the same Corsair PSU in one of my computers for 7 years with no issues.

Price Point: $30 for 600 Watts. It is impossible to get that much power for so little.

Heat Venting: Good size openings on the top and back for venting of heat. Product didn't have an heat issues, even at constant full load.

Connections: 1 x ATX Connector, 1 x EPS Connector, 2 x Four Pin Peripheral Connector, 2 x PCIe Connector, 7 x SATA, Connector, 1 x Floppy Connector.

Efficiency: 80%, which is to be expected on current PSU's. Testing came in at 79% efficiency, which is close.

Fan Noise: Quieter than my 950W unit by far. Little noise.

Overload: Able to overload the unit to 650W, but efficiency dropped below 72%.

Voltage Consistency: 12V - varied by 1.7%. 5V rail varied by 1.8% and 3.3V rail varied by only 1.1%. Acceptable numbers for a stable system.

Warranty: 3 years, which is standard. If a PSU unit fails, it will do it in the first year.

Cons: Rails: Only one +12V rail. I prefer to install units that have two +12V rails due to power safety issues of having just one rail. Spread the load!

Cable clutter: The cables do tend to take up a lot of space in the tower case, reducing airflow. Prefer modular PSU's, but they also cost more.

Other Thoughts: Compatible with the latest ATX12V v2.31 and EPS 2.92 standards and is backward compatible with ATX12V 2.2 and older systems.

Decent power supply for a low load system. Wouldn't recommend pushing the limits with a one rail system. If price point and watts/dollar are what you are most focused on, then this is your product.

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Seagate BarraCuda ST1000DM010 1TB 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5
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5 out of 5 eggs Great Desktop Secondary Drive 12/14/2016

This review is from: Seagate BarraCuda ST1000DM010 1TB 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Hard Drive Bare Drive

Pros: Design - nice to see that HHD can be thinner, as airflow is always an issue in the tight spaces of any case.

Setup - Just plug-and-play. Windows 7 had no issues seeing the drive and setting it up.

Speed - For an HHD, it is a very fast drive. Don't expect SSD speeds, but you should never expect that out of a HHD. More on actual speeds later.

6Gig transfer speeds - Standard now days.

Warranty - 2 years. A drive usually fails within the first 6 months, or it works for up to 10 years.

Sound - There really is none to speak of. Easily the quietest drive I have ever used.

Cons: None that have come up at this time.

Other Thoughts: No bad sectors or errors when it was fresh out of the box.

Performance:
Sequential read test - 201.1mb/sec
Sequential write test - 199.8mb/sec

Power Usage:
At idle: 4.7 Watts
At Read: 7.0 Watts
At Write: 6.8 Watts

Windows 7 system
Intel i7 processor
16 gigs ram
256 ssd for boot drive

For $50 you cannot get a better performing drive. Setup was easy, as it always is with Seagate. Drive had no hidden issues and performed flawlessly on testing.

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Linksys CM3024 DOCSIS 3.0 (24 x 8) Cable Modem
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5 out of 5 eggs Best Modem for the money 10/13/2016

This review is from: Linksys CM3024 DOCSIS 3.0 (24 x 8) Cable Modem

Pros: Speed: Speedtest testing shows 129Mbps download and 12Mbps upload. According to Comcast customer service, the max download speed for my plan and Comcast equipment is 130Mbps and 13Mbps upload. Cannot get any better performance.

Setup: For Comcast, just plugged it in and went online and Comcast did the rest. Was setup in under four minutes. Plug-and-play! Had no issues with my wifi router.

Lights: The added monitoring lights are a great addition, as I can better see when there is an issue and figure it out without Windows doing their analysis. Windows always coming back with 'reset your modem'. No help.

DOCSIS 3.0 cable Internet standard: You will need the new standard to maximize Comcast Blast Plus plans.

Gigabit Ethernet Port: Standard on good routers now days.

Operating Temp: Runs almost cool to the touch. The former modem, Motorola Arris SURFboard SB6141, ran very hot and it was not wise to let it tip over onto the carpet or it would overheat and become unstable.

Design: Able to stay upright without an issue.

Cons: Design: The size is very large, so plan on trying to hide it. Cannot be wall mounted.

No other cons.

Other Thoughts: The modem replaced my Motorola Arris SURFboard SB6141, which had downloads speeds of 125Mbps, and upload at 11.2Mbps. Not a huge improvement, but I have noticed less buffering needed for Dishnetwork steaming. Seems to handle multiple devices much better than the SB6141.

Best modem I have ever used.

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