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Stephen B.

Stephen B.

Joined on 03/05/13

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Most Favorable Review

Fixed Archer C3500 missing DNS

TP-Link AC2600 Smart Wi-Fi Router - MU-MIMO, Gigabit, Beamforming, VPN Server, Works with Alexa & IFTTT (Archer A10)
TP-Link AC2600 Smart Wi-Fi Router - MU-MIMO, Gigabit, Beamforming, VPN Server, Works with Alexa & IFTTT (Archer A10)

Pros: Fixed DNS

Cons: none yet

Overall Review: Previous C3500 with Access did not recognize DNS like 8.8.8.8 or 8.8.4.4. Both of these were pingable, but ibm.com was not. This router resolved the DNS issue. That may be due to a later version of firmware, with no updates available for the 2016-vintage C3500. Much diagnosis required.

10/11/2021
Most Critical Review

DOA drive (one of four)

Toshiba 16TB Enterprise HDD SATA 6.0Gb/s 512e 7200 RPM 512MB Cache 3.5" Internal Hard Drive MG08ACA16TE
Toshiba 16TB Enterprise HDD SATA 6.0Gb/s 512e 7200 RPM 512MB Cache 3.5" Internal Hard Drive MG08ACA16TE

Pros: 3 non-DOA drives worked reliably for up to 648 power-on hours so far.

Cons: This is one of four (4) drives of seven ordered from 3 on-line vendors that were dead on arrival. It may be that cold conditions during transport (-45 c) gelled the bearing grease, but in all cases drives were warmed to room temperature before installing in QNAP NAS. Only one of the DOA drives appeared physically damaged on receipt. No packaging was harmed in transport. Cause of this high failure rate is unknown. Of the four DOAs two were refunded while two are currently being replaced by Toshiba. Newegg refunded this one within a reasonable time. In 4 decades of building and servicing computers, no failure rate has been this high for new hardware. This drive was chosen based on BackBlaze server reliability reports at Tom's Hardware, cost and availibility. The reader is invited to draw conclusions.

Overall Review: Not recommended due to high DOA failure rate.

Good

Noctua NH-D15 chromax.black, Dual-Tower CPU cooler (140mm, Black)
Noctua NH-D15 chromax.black, Dual-Tower CPU cooler (140mm, Black)

Pros: Zero thermal throttling on 3800X in Fractal Design R5 case No fancy lights CPU (PEC1) sensor steady at 40C regardless of load CPU sensor max at 78.3C minimum 44.3 C Fans at 900 to 1050

Cons: Needs lots of clearance

Overall Review: Excellent black cooler with no lights.

Do not play games

AMD Gift - Xbox Game Pass For PC (Redemption Expiration Date 06/30/2020)
AMD Gift - Xbox Game Pass For PC (Redemption Expiration Date 06/30/2020)

Cons: Unneeded and unwanted.

Overall Review: Useless.

12/16/2019