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GIGABYTE GeForce GTX 1050 Ti DirectX 12 GV-N105TOC-4GD 4GB 128-Bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 ATX Video Cards
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  • neweggOwned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: This card is unique in the fact that it is a gaming card with two fans that is able to run without external 6 or 8 pin power connectors. It gets all the power that it needs from the PCI-E slots. The fans are exceptionally quiet in normal use.

The card has three output connections, Display Port-1.4 *1 (Max Resolution: 7680x4320 @60 Hz), HDMI-2.0b*1 (Max Resolution: 4096x2160 @60 Hz), and Dual-link DVI-D *1 making it pretty much compatible with most monitors. If you require a DB15 video connection then you would have to purchase a separate DVI-D to DB15 video adapter as one does not come with the card.

Cons: The specification description on the NewEgg specifications and on the Gigabyte websites indicate that the card requires a 6 pin PCI-E power cable which isn't true. Gigabyte manufactures a similar card with significantly more video outputs that does require external 6 pin power connection. Also I was not able to find this particular card on the Gigabyte site by accessing their drill down menu for graphics adapters. When I used Google searching for the exact model name listed on the box then I found a listing for the Gigabyte site which did list the correct card. I only mention this in case you would like a user's manual or a driver for the card.

Other Thoughts: First let me say that I am very pleased with this card and would recommend it if you are wanting to upgrade your video card to enable you to play games at 1080P and are on a limited budget. The fact that the card will function on a machine with a 300 watt power supply is remarkable. This card is 191mm (7.6 inches) in length and should fit into most any case. I am running this card on Windows 10 machine and I had previously installed an optional Windows Experience Index application that rates your machine similar to Windows 7. The rating of the WEI app is from a 1 to 9.9 and this card's gaming graphics performance is a 9.9.

The card came with a free game that you can select for a list of three games. One game was a racing game, another was a shooter game, and one was a puzzle solving game. I selected the puzzle solving game MAIZE on Steam since my reflexes aren't fast enough any longer to play the action games.

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SanDisk 32GB Ultra microSDHC UHS-I/Class 10 Memory Card with Adapter, Speed Up to 80MB/s (SDSQUNC-032G-GN6MA)
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  • neweggOwned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: I purchased this card to use in my Garmin NuviCam and it worked perfectly. I have purchased countless SanDisk memory cards and each has performed as I expected. There were other cards that were less expensive, but the price of the SanDisk card was reasonable and prior history with the brand meant more to me than the pennies that I may have saved.

Cons: The packaging was awful. The actual MicroSDHC chip was inside of a plastic display that was impossible to open. I ended up having to take a sharp knife and cutting around all four sides to gain access to the chip. The plastic was so tight and so close to the chip I was afraid that I might damage the chip just getting it out. There has got to be a better way to package the chip. The standard SD adapter was easier to get out of the package than the chip.

Other Thoughts: If you are looking for a relative fast dependable chip that will work well in your devices then I would highly recommend this Sandisk card. I have purchased this brand for a number of years and have never been disappointed with their products. You can't go wrong purchasing this MicroSDHC chip.

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NETGEAR R7000 Nighthawk AC1900 Dual Band Wireless Gigabit Smart Home Router
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  • neweggOwned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: I replaced a NetGear WNDR4500 N900 router with this AC1900 router. I really didn't notice much difference between the two routers on the 2.4 Ghz band. However, on the 5Ghz band I noticed a big difference in performance. The link speed on my cell phone is slightly higher and my laptop, using a netgear A6200 network adapter, is significantly higher on the 5 Ghz band. I have been running the NetGear R7000 router 24/7 since purchasing the device. I have not experienced any issues what-so-ever with the device. It is very stable and after continuous operation there is very little heat being generated at all. I am using the stock firmware from NetGear instead of other open source firmware.

The router has two USB ports, 1 - USB 2.0 port and 1 - USB 3.0 port. These ports permit you to plug in and share a printer, a flash drive, or a USB hard drive.

The LED indicators can be configured to blink with activity, not to blink with activity, or turn off the LEDs completely (all except the power LED). This is a nice option should you find the lights objectionable.
This router has the intelligence to determine which band, 2.4 Ghz or 5 Ghz, gives you the fastest connection to your device and to automatically connect the device to the router using that band.

Cons: The router has a very large footprint. The base roughly measures 11 1/2 inches wide, 8 inches deep, and 8 inches high. However, if you position the three antennas as suggested in the manual then the overall width requirement is 14 1/2 to 15 inches.

The attached device display in the Administration folder has a column identified as device name. If the name isn't known then you get a couple of dashes displayed by default. However, if you install the Netgear Genie App and display the network map on your smartphone you can customize the individual devices on the network and give them a unique, meaningful, name for the devices on your network. It is disappointing that you cannot do the same with the regular Netgear Genie directly in the router. The field is there, but you just can't change it.

The router has white LEDs for each of the items on the router. I think that blue or green LEDs would be more pleasing to the eye.

Other Thoughts: The router has two keyholes on the back side that would permit you to mount the device vertically on a wall if desktop space is limited.

The Netgear Genie App gives you to access your router from your smartphone allowing you to easily access and/or manage your network. You can also access your media files on a file server or a USB hard disk and play them on your smartphone.
The USB 3.0 port is located on the front of the router and at first I thought that this would be awkward, but I have since changed my mind. Being located in the front it is easy to plug in flash drives and USB hard drives. I am not using the readyshare printer capability, but I would imagine that you would use the USB 2.0 port located on the back of the router for that functionality.
I would suggest that you go to the Netgear website and download the User's Manual. The installation guide that comes with the router only provides general information. To find out how to get the most out of your router it is best determined by reading the User's Manual.

When I looked at the User Reviews and saw the number of people that gave the device 1 and 2 stars I almost passed on my purchase of this particular router. After careful analysis of the reviews I finally decided to ignore the reviews that were older than 6 months since firmware changes and hardware revisions could have corrected a lot of these issues. I also feel like some of the negative reviews are being caused by channel interference from other devices and some appear to be complaints over the decision to drop support for the ARLO security cameras.

I am extremely satisfied with this purchase and would recommend it to anyone. However, if you already have a dual band AC router you may not see much, if any, speed difference between this router and your existing AC router.

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Display Name: Virgil B.

Date Joined: 03/04/05

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