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D-Link PowerLine DHP-601AV AV2 AV1000 Gigabit Starter Kit, up to 1000 Mbps
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  • neweggOwned For: less than 1 day

1 out of 5 eggs Avoid D-Link PowerLine Adapters 03/17/2014

This review is from: D-Link PowerLine DHP-601AV AV2 AV1000 Gigabit Starter Kit, up to 1000 Mbps

Pros: Didn't catch on fire?

Cons: Worse performance than my Gen 1 PowerLine AV adapters that are several years old. Could not get above a 20mbit connection unless I had them directly in the same wall outlet.

Tested with Iperf and with Lan Speed Test; In the same configuration I used with my old first generation (AV1) adapters, which achieved 50-70mbit and I could get no better than 15mbit.

Other Thoughts: My old adapters will literally (yes literally) work from any two wall plugs in my 3 story house. The measured speed ranged from 50 to 70mbit depending on if my AC or electric heater is on.

These adapters will only work on about 1/3rd of my outlets, they are twice as large as my old ones, and get very hot.

And when they do function, it is at unacceptable speeds.

I purchased these because I thought they would be a significant upgrade to what I had before, but instead I find they are worse.

OCZ StealthXStream OCZ700SXS 700W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready Active PFC Power Supply
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  • neweggOwned For: more than 1 year

Pros: Worked like a champ for just over a year. The power supply never had more than about a 70% load (500 watts or so) and never less than a 50% load (350 watts or so), and only operated in home that stays between 60 and 80 degrees, so let's call them optimal conditions. Add to this the fact that I only used the rig on the weekends for occasional gaming use and that power supply should have outlived me.

Cons: It died "gracefully", that is to say it didn't damage any other components or meltdown or anything.

That said, it did produce a smell bad enough cause me to vacate my office for several days.

AMD Phenom II X2 550 Black Edition Callisto Dual-Core 3.1 GHz Socket AM3 80W HDZ550WFGIBOX Processor
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  • neweggOwned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: The first processor I received was not stable with the stock settings. That said, once the vcore was increased to 1.4 volts the processor was stable and could be unlocked (only to 3 cores) and o/c'd to 3.6Ghz. I returned it because of the instability at stock voltage. The replacement will unlock at stock voltages and run all four cores, but will only overclock if overvolted to 1.45v, and then only to 3.5Ghz

Cons: First processor was unstable and I had to return it to Newegg on my dime, which increased the cost of the processor to more than what I could have purchased a 555BE for somewhere else.

Other Thoughts: Your odds to unlock this processor are at this point in its lifecycle are pretty good, and if you require a quad core processor this is potentially a great deal. If you just need a processor for gaming, there are a couple dual core Intel processors at a similar price point that will reach significantly higher clock rates and provide a better gaming experience.


Kenneth K.'s Profile

Display Name: Kenneth K.

Date Joined: 02/09/08

  • Reviews: 3
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  • First Review: 03/02/10
  • Last Review: 03/17/14
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