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Brian C.

Brian C.

Joined on 05/16/11

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Most Favorable Review

Expected faster speeds

NETGEAR ReadyNAS Ultra 6-bay (diskless) w/ 3 yr warranty
NETGEAR ReadyNAS Ultra 6-bay (diskless) w/ 3 yr warranty

Pros: Very easy hardware setup. Very quiet. Low power consumption.

Cons: Transfer speed is okay but I expected faster. Compared to RAID 10 setup we have on our file server, this NAS is about 30% slower. Software setup is not as straight forward as hardware.

Overall Review: We originally planned to use this as our main file server but because of slower speed, we ended up using it as backup storage only. Speed isn't that bad. It's probably adequate for most general purposes such as media streaming and such. Just not fast enough for our production need.

Most Critical Review

Disappointed

D-Link Xtreme Gigabit Router (DIR-655) Wireless N300, USB SharePort, Gigabit
D-Link Xtreme Gigabit Router (DIR-655) Wireless N300, USB SharePort, Gigabit

Pros: Works well once setup. Fast.

Cons: I purchased and returned D-Link router years ago and now I remember why. With Linksys routers, most changes you make in the router takes effect immediately. With this one, I have to wait 30~70 seconds everytime I make a settings change. I often use MAC address filter and port forwarding which makes this a pain. Sometimes the router fails to reconnect to the internet after settings change which forces me to do power cycle. Setting up was a pain too. This will depend on the type of internet connectivity but in my case which was PPPoE, I had to switch my DSL modem to bridge mode. DHCP just wasn't working. Needless to say, my previous Linksys worked in either mode just fine. This bit of information was not covered in any of the documentations and wasted few hours to figure out. Also, the LED's are big, bright, and constantly flickering. Very irritating when working in the dark. Had to put a black tape over them.

Overall Review: Now that I got it setup and working, I wouldn't bother returning it but if I had to buy another one, I would not buy a D-Link. Just having to wait and reboot the router everytime you make any small change itself is reason enough to consider Linksys.

Quiet

CORSAIR Enthusiast Series TX650 650W ATX12V/EPS12V 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC High Performance Power Supply
CORSAIR Enthusiast Series TX650 650W ATX12V/EPS12V 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC High Performance Power Supply

Pros: Quiet and it supplies.... power.

Cons: Not modular.

Overall Review: I love it because it shuts its fan off when low power consumption. Very quiet. Even when the fan is on, it's quieter than my older PSU. Power supply requirement for me is that it needs to be quiet and reliable. Can't speak for reliability yet (although I never had any issues with Corsair PSU's) but at least it's very quiet.

Great

G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3 1866 (PC3 14900) Desktop Memory Model F3-1866C9D-16GXM
G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3 1866 (PC3 14900) Desktop Memory Model F3-1866C9D-16GXM

Pros: Fast and reliable.

Cons: None

Overall Review: Never wanted to overclock my system so for RAM, they either work or they don't. This works so 5 stars.

It's better than Win8

Microsoft Windows 7 Professional SP1 64-bit
Microsoft Windows 7 Professional SP1 64-bit

Pros: It's not Windows 8

Cons: It's not Windows 8

Overall Review: It's not Windows 8