Good Dust Filter Pack4/16/2021 1:47:20 PM

Pros: InexpensiveDoes collect dust

Cons: None

Overall Review: These filters work. Simple as that.The price is good for the quantity. I didnt need 10, but I now have 8 to use in other projects. They do help keep dust from getting in. I dont think they are as good as what came with my PC but still good. I purchase this because I decided to flip the back fan on my PC to be an intake. This works because of the specific airflow path I have in my case. I have a top radiator pulling air out of my case like a chimney. So to give it the most fresher air possible the back became an intake. I also plan on using these in my media cabinet and xbox 360 cooling fan.

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Great NAS/DAS HDD4/16/2021 1:38:04 PM

Pros: Trusted BrandTrusted ReliabilityPerformance see overall review.WarrantyRelatively quiet

Cons: Expensive

Overall Review: I purchased this HDD in March 2021 along with an WD Ultrastar 18TB. In my Raid boxes a Drobo and Synoloy I have started making a point of trying to by different brand / models HDD's as I add storage just in case a defect in one line will not destroy my entire storage array. I have found the Pro series to be slightly noisier than the Plus / original regular RED's and a bit quieter than the Ultrastars. Heat is kind of similar based one feeling the front of the HDD while is mounted in its RAID enclosure. The first thing I did after this hard drive arrived was check CrystalDiskInfo to check the drives specs and make sure it was all good. It had a power on count of 1 (since I powered it on) and everything else was perfect and new. Hard drive Speed Compare: All testing was done with an external enclosure using CrystalDiskMark and a direct file copy (about 4GB) to the disk from an internal SSD.WD Red Pro 18TB: Seq Read 267 MB/s, Seq Write 266 MB/s, Copy 260 MB/sWD Ultrastar HC550 18TB: Seq Read 269 MB/s, Seq Write 268 MB/s, Copy 274 MB/sWD Red Plus 10TB WD101EFAX: Seq Read 218 MB/s, Seq Write 219 MB/s, Copy 80 MB/sWD Ultrastar HC510 10TB: Seq Read: 259 MB/s, Seq Write 263 MB/s, Copy 250 MB/sWD Red 10TB WD100EFRX: Seq Read: 200 MB/s, Seq Write 116 MB/s, Copy 186 MB/sSpeed comparison for reference. This is just a small selection of my hard drives that I have owned and have tested.I think I will be very happy with this expansive HDD.

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Great at a Price9/15/2020 10:25:52 AM

Pros: Large Capacity Great performance for a Sata based SSD see overall review. Good price per gig at time of buying compared to other SSD's. $.155 $/gig, same as 860Evo 4TB at time of purchase, for better TBW. Great TBW (terabytes written) @ 5600 Terabytes or .7 Drive writes per day. This is 860Pro territory. This means this SSD should be great for write heavy work loads.

Cons: Very expensive. Still only Sata 6Gbps speeds. Would be nice if there was a Sata IV speeds like 12Gbps. Oh well.

Overall Review: I purchased this SSD to upgrade / replace an old 1TB Samsung 850Evo, for game storage. I was running out of space and wanted a long term solution. I could have gone with a 2TB model but the price per gig in this 4TB SSD was better. So its a long term "investment". I have not owned a Seagate in a long time, before they started making SSD's, its been more than 15years. I am hoping this SSD is reliable, time will tell. In terms of current game titles there is very little difference in load times between a SATA SSD and a M.2 one so this drive will do great for game storage. Also transferring data off this SSD will be much much faster than a HDD. Performance: I have done testing on all my various HDD and SSD's in my computers and back up storage. I use CrystalDiskMark with Seq Read/Write Q8T1, Random 4Kib Q32T8. I also did a 4GB file transfer test from an internal SSD to the drive on some. Tests are for general performance repeat testing gets slightly different values. FireCuda 120 4TB (Sata6): Read/Write Seq 551 / 523 MB/s, Random 408 / 374 MB/s BarraCuda 120 2TB (Sata6): Read/Write Seq 556 / 537 MB/s, Random 329 / 239 MB/s 860Evo 256GB (Sata6): Read/Write Seq 548 / 506 MB/s, Random 210 / 148 MB/s WD Black NVMe 500GB (): Read/Write Seq 3414 / 2543 MB/s, Random 480 / 291 MB/s 850Pro 512GB (Sata6): Read/Write Seq 543 / 503 MB/s, Random 358 / 300 MB/s WD Red 10TB (Sata6): Read/Write Seq 207 / 120 MB/s, Random 2.4 / 2.9 MB/s What does this mean: Well the FireCuda is a top performer. Random speeds are similar to NVMe's and Sequential speeds are normal or above average for Sata based SSD's. This indicates the controller in the FireCuda is very good. I have several PC's in my house hold, and tested them all over time. I do have more drives I did not include for length reasons. Would I buy this again, Yes?. Depends on what the future hold for the PC industry and whether Sata starts getting phased out. Right now it is strong and should be for the foreseeable future, so yes its a good buy.

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Trying Seagate out Again2/4/2020 10:22:30 AM

Pros: Good Price Good performance: see overall NAS specific HDD

Cons: Have had mostly bad experiences with Seagate in the past.

Overall Review: I purchased the Seagate Ironwolf 4TB to replace a failing WD Red4TB NASware2.0 from 2012. Drive is for a 1819+ NAS system. They have been installed since Dec 2019. The drive has been working perfecting. It did cause me to freak out a little when I first got it and ran S.M.A.R.T and it desplayed "read errors" dispite SMART saying the drive was "Good". Seagate apparently output differently the most other drives. I haven’t owned a Seagate HDD since 2006 so I decide to give them a shot, and the price was better than a WD Red 4TB. Before installing the Drive into the NAS it tested it out in an USB3.1Gen1 dock. Hard drive Speed Compare: All testing was done with an external enclosure using CrystalDiskMark and a direct file copy (about 4GB) to the disk from an internal SSD. (Sorry No Pictures of the test runs): Seagate Ironwolf 4TB (USB3 5Gbps): Seq Read 193 MB/s, Seq Write 190 MB/s, 4GB Transfer to HDD 178 MB/s WD Red 10TB (USB3 5Gbps)(2019 model): Seq Read 207 MB/s, Seq Write 120 MB/s, 4GB Transfer to HDD 186 MB/s WD Red 6TB (USB3 5Gbps)(2016 model): Seq Read 182 MB/s, Seq Write 130 MB/s, 4GB Transfer to HDD 175 MB/s WD Red 3TB (USB3 5Gbps)(2017 model): Seq Read 135 MB/s, Seq Write 128 MB/s, 4GB Transfer to HDD 140 MB/s WD Red 4TB (USB3 5Gbps)(2012 model): Seq Read 147 MB/s, Seq Write 105 MB/s, 4GB Transfer to HDD 144 MB/s

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Small size big storage4/3/2019 1:04:22 PM

Pros: Good Price for storage amount Fairly quiet Stays Cool It’s been working reliably for about 6 months. Under very heavy usage it gets up to 40 degrees C, that’s good for the tiny box it’s crammed in. Under normal load the temp is around 32 degrees C.

Cons: No warranty with the version I got. It was a OEM version, but seller did give me a discount. I was unaware it was an OEM at time of purchase.

Overall Review: I bought this for expanded storage inside a media center PC. I did not purchase it for performance, but as a cost efficient storage of TV/Movies/recordings. I have a second drive with the same base model # but they have different performance results. Both have 2018 production dates, and purchased at about the same time. During the test both hard drives had about the same amount of Data stored on them. I tested the all the drives using CrystalDiskMark: WD blue 1tb (WD10SPZX-22Z10T1): Read 118MB/s, Write 111MB/s, 4GB Transfer to drive 104 MB/s (Sata III connection) (firmware 04.01A04) WD Blue 1tb (WD10SPZX-24Z10T0): Read 95MB/s, Write 89MB/s, 4GB Transfer to drive 83 MB/s (Sata III connections) (firmware 01.01A01) For comparison: WD Red 6TB WD60EFRX-68L0BN1: Read 182 MB/s, Write 129 MB/s, 4GB Transfer to drive 174 MB/s (USB3 connection) Samsung 860 Evo 258GB: Read 542 MB/s, Write 509 MB/s (Sata III connection) For a 2.5” HDD this performance is good/average. Most 3.5” drives will be a little faster and SSD’s will be much faster, all depends on storage needs. WD is the brand I trust most for HDD’s. I personally have found that 2.5” drives tend to go bad faster than full 3.5” drives, just something to consider for how the drive will be used.

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Great SSD for the OS4/3/2019 12:51:43 PM

Pros: Great brand, reliable, Fast, came with OS transfer software.

Cons: cost, NVMe / SSD’s are still expensive but the prices have dropped a lot in the past few years. OS transfer software not as good as Samsungs. It was a much longer process. I have also noticed that the SSD runs hotter than my Sata based SSD’s. This one idles at around 40 degrees C, and will easily get up to 50 degrees C. My Sata SSD’s usually sit at 30 degrees C. It is still easily in the safe range for the hardware.

Overall Review: CrystalDiskMark WD Black NVMe: Read 3414MB/s, Write 2543MB/s For Comparison Samsung 850 Pro (512GB): Read 553MB/s, Write 502MB/s Samsung 850 Evo (1TB): Read 555MB/s, Write 508MB/s Samsung 860 Evo 256GB (sata) : Read 542 MB/s, Write 509 MB/s WD Red 10TB: Read 207MB/s, Write 120MB/s I initially bought the Samsung 950Pro but it was an international version so I could not register it for warranty, so it was returned. I ended up choosing the WD black instead partially because of this experience and because at the time WD had a temporary drop in price. After reading some reviews I decided that it had plenty of performance for me. I am using this SSD for the OS in a Media center PC (Intel NUC). Reliability is more important than speed in this case. I have had the WD Black for about 6 months now without any problems.

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Good Internal Hard Drive4/3/2019 12:45:17 PM

Pros: Great brand with long life hard drives Runs Cool (27 degrees C after CrystalDiskMark Testing) and quiet for a HDD. Vibration Protection

Cons: None

Overall Review: I bought this for to replace a WD 1.5TB black HDD that was being used to hold games, documents, music, and etc. I moved my games to a 850Evo and moved documents, etc, and backups to this WD Red. This review is late in coming I have owned this HDD 2 years now. I ran CrysalDiskMark to perform the testing. WD Red 3TB WDEFRX: Read 135 MB/s, Write 128 MB/s For Comparison Samsung 860 Evo 256GB : Read 542 MB/s, Write 509 MB/s Samsung 850 Evo 1TB: Read 555 MB/s, Write 508 MB/s WD black 1.5TB WD1501FASS: Read 116 MB/s, Write 105 MB/s I replaced the WD black because the drive was aging, purchased back in 2010. HDD have a real service life so for data security I replaced it. As of the writing of this review the WD Black is still in working order acting as an external hard drive. I went with the Red series instead of the standard Blue/Green or another black because super-fast speed was not required (new black series being “faster) and Red offers basic vibration protection not found in the Blue/Greens.

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Good SSD for Sata4/3/2019 8:28:24 AM

Pros: Runs at 30 degrees C so nice and cool Quiet like all SSD's Still fast compared to HDD's.

Cons: A little slow for some reason see other section.

Overall Review: I bought this for to replace a WD 1.5TB black HDD used to hold games. The reason behind moving my game storage from a HDD to an SSD was to decrease game load times. The 2nd reason was 1TB SSD’s are finally hitting a good price point. This review is late in coming I have owned this SSD for 2 years now. I ran CrysalDiskMark to perform the testing. Do to the speed of the drive I was not able to test its potential “real” data transfer speed. (as a note to the speed tests I am not sure why the newer 850 is slower than my older one) Samsung 850 EVO 1TB: Read 403 MB/s, Write 411 MB/s (2017 model firmware EMT03B6Q) For Comparison Samsung 860 Evo 256GB : Read 542 MB/s, Write 509 MB/s (new drive in another computer) Samsung 850 Pro 512GB: Read 553 MB/s, Write 502 MB/s (2014 model firmware EXM04B6Q) Samsung 850 Evo 1TB: Read 555 MB/s, Write 508 MB/s (2014 Model firmware EMT02B6Q) WD Black NVMe 500GB: Read 3414 MB/s, Write 2543 MB/s WD Red 3TB WDEFRX: Read 135 MB/s, Write 128 MB/s Even though the newer drive is “slow” I am still happy with its performance. It is very close to the max speed of a sata III (6gbps) interface. I have the 2 Evo’s for my game libraries and the Pro for my OS. The EVO series in has a shorter expected life than the Pro series (fewer writes) which is why I am using it for my game library. I expect to only install and not uninstall games regularly, while the OS drives tend to do more writes. I am also using a standard HDD the WD Red 3tb for my mass storage like pictures, docs, and music.

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Expansive Storage3/14/2019 8:15:13 AM

Pros: Large Capacity, new lower price, NAS drive, low power usage for capacity. Hard drive Speed Compare: All testing was done with an external enclosure using CrystalDiskMark and a direct file copy (about 4GB) to the disk from an internal SSD. WD Red 10TB WD100EFRX-68EUZN0: Seq Read: 207 MB/s, Seq Write 120 MB/s, Copy 186 MB/s WD Red 3TB WDEFRX-68EUZN0: Seq Read 135 MB/s, Seq Write 128 MB/s, Copy N/A : NAS3.0 WD Red 6TB WD60EFRX-68L0BN1: Seq Read 182 Mb/s, Seq Write 130 MB/s, Copy 174 MB/s : NAS3.0 WD Red 4TB WD40EFRX-68WT0N0: Seq Read 147 MB/s, Seq Write 105 MB/s, Copy 144 MB/s : NAS2.0 WD Green 2TB WD20EARS-07MVWB0: Seq Read 57 MB/s, Seq Write 77 MB/s, Copy 97 MB/s : Sata II Speed comparison for reference. I have recently tested all of my hard drives that are not hooked up in Raids. This is just a small selection.

Cons: Still relatively expensive. Helium drives still new to the market.

Overall Review: I purchased the WD Red 10TB drives for a 1819+ NAS system. They have been installed for about a month now without any issues. WD is my go to brand for HDD’s. I’ve been using them as my primary brand for 12 years now. My oldest working hard drives are WD. As I have the 10TB drive in a NAS system I am unable to get true read/write speeds. I know over GbE Lan the NAS achieved 100Mb/s write speeds, which is similar to USB3.0/3.1Gen1. So the drives do not slow anything down. My only concerns for the new Helium filled HDDs is how long they will last, gas leaking out slowly over time. The drives with helium are too new to the market to have any real studies yet.

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Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
Good Nas but Raid Limitations3/14/2019 7:59:48 AM

Pros: Power Draw: ~30 watts idol and ~68 watts access, results will very based the hard drives installed. Transfer Speeds: All transfer tests were done on a Netgear R6400 AC1750 Wireless N @1foot+wall: ~25 Mb/s, Wireless AC @~15feet: ~80Mb/s, GbE Lan: ~100Mb/s (each test was done with 1 device accessing it at a time the maximum bandwidth without using Port Aggregation is 100Mb/s so more devices at once will slow it down.) If my next home router has a 10GbE port I'll buy the 10GbE expansion card. This will basically allow the 1819+ to handle more devices at once at full speed or as network speeds increase faster devices with faster speeds. Synology is a big name in NAS systems with good reviews. The packaging for the 1819+ was excellent. The 1819+ as nestled in vibration protection foam, the same kind of thing Desktop PC’s are shipped in. Build Quality is good. Drobos are sleeker looking due to the front cover but the 1819+ is still reasonable looking. The case is metal with plastic housing for HDD’s. One down side of the 1819+ is that you cannot tell how full it is at a glance you either have to open the web-app or have it setup as a network drive and read it from my computer. The fans on the 1819+ are fairly quiet but in a quiet room I can hear them, but with the TV going I cannot. With the way I use the 1819+ the cpu usage is at 2-10% and Ram is around 10%. So I have not expanded the base amount of 4GB.

Cons: One side note about setting up this NAS the drives “loose” more space than I was expecting. I used the capacity calculator (should be: ~17TB , Actual: 14.5TB). Even taking into account hard drive rounding it should be ~15.4TB. My drobo’s predicted and actual storage space is spot on using their capacity calculator. I am using SHR instead of other raid formats. This brings me to my major annoyance. When trying to add some “new” (repurposed) hard drives (2x6TB and 1x4TB) they would not initialize, I could not add them to my existing storage pool. Synology requires that new drives in a storage pool be equal in size to any existing drive or larger than the largest. Drobo lets you mix and match at will adding whatever drives you have around to the storage pool. Drobo is the clear winner in my opinion when it comes to Hybrid Raid systems. Now I could create a 2nd storage pool with the new hard drives but then I would loose one of them and limit my capacity, which I didn’t want to do. So I have to remove the old pool, recreate it and copy all my data back over. Once this is done I’ll be all set because my spare drives are all 2TB, 3TB, 4TB, 6TB, and 10TB’s. Another Note according the Synology Knowledgebase, if a drive fails, when you go to replace it the new disk must be larger than or equal the drive that failed. Another example if you have a 3TB, 2x2TB, and 1TB and the 3TB fails it can be replaced with a drive larger or equal to 2TB. Again Drobo I can just mix and match whatever I have around no rules for drive sizes.

Overall Review: I’ve been looking at / researching NAS’s for 3-4 years now. Most just seamed scary either building your own or buying one like this (synology’s). Just getting it set up and managing it. I have owned Raid DAS systems from Drobo so at first I was looking at their NAS systems but the cost of the 8 bay was higher than Synologies and Synologyies was more capable. So I gave this a shot and so far so mostly good and 1 major annoyance. I am a basic NAS user. I specifically am using it as a Backup of my Drobo DAS, and other computers important data. It can do so much more than that as it as an Atom based Quad core CPU. But for my purposes I have to manually manage all my data being backed up because I also want to use it as an access point for my data. At this point I have not found a way to have the 1819+ backup my PC’s/HDD and still be able to access it just like a network attached hard drive. The maximum allowable storage is a mind boggling 112TB and up to 252TB with 2x DX517 expansion units. Setup: Setting the system up was easier than I first thought. I did find a series of youtube videos spelling out setting up Synologys and various apps that can be installed. But set up was install hard drives, plug in Ethernet and power. Press power button, wait for it to turn on. Go to the Synology webapp and follow the prompts. At this point since installing the initial HDD (2x 2TB (WD Green), 1x 3TB (WD Red), 2x 10TB (WD Red)). I recently tried to install more drives, and found 1 annoyance with Synology vs Drobo, see cons. I have another con about actual usable storage space. See that section. If you are looking for an 8 drive NAS this is a good choice. Relatively efficient power used, can set up power on/off schedules. Quiet operation and a reliable brand. I also personally like hybrid raid systems that allow you to use “any” hard drive size and have the Raid system figure out your total storage. To my knowledge Synology and Drobo are the only 2 that do this. In my opinion Drobo has the superior Raid system, but is $200 more expensive. I would buy this again assuming the same or better price difference I just wish I had known the Raids limitations before buying.

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Great Little BOX3/6/2019 7:25:09 AM

Pros: USB3.1Gen2, Thunderbult3, 4Core CPU, Iris GPU, 4K support, Small form factor, Power efficient

Cons: Odd CPU speeds (wont down clock) , No optical drive

Overall Review: Build: NUC8i5BEh, HyperX Impact 16GB DDR4 2400MHz, WD Black NVMe 2280 500GB. Build Quality: The NUC is a very nicely put together box. All the plastic feels very high quality. Opening it is a bit annoying with the screws and having to flip the device over but its not to bad. This is my second Mini PC. My previous one is the AsRock Vision HT 321B. The NUC is far smaller and more premium feeling. The only advantage for the Vision is the ease of accessing everything (straight down from the top). The NUC like the Vision is very quiet. My power draw is also very good. NUC (idol 9-16Watts, 3DMark Skydiver 64.5Watts), Vision HT (idol ~17Watts, 3DMark Sydiver 40Watts). I did not buy this for gaming I bought it for future proofing as a HTPC / Media Center PC. One of the best advantages of the NUC versus others like it on the market all the USB ports are USB3.1Gen2 10Gbps!!!!!. Before I get into some performance data: I have a weird thing going on with my NUC where the CPU does not down clock to “standard” speeds, instead it stays clocked at full 3.1GHz. I emailed intel about this and we ran some tests. They say it all looks good, thermals are low, and they told me it is not at risk of shortening the lifespan of the device, so I did not return or RMA. Now for the fun stuff benchmarks. I am going to list the NUC vs other Mobile based computers I own for comparison. NUC8i5BEH (i5-8259U + Iris655) / UX303 (i7-4510u+GT840m) / AsRock321B (i5-3210m + HD 4000) FireStike (Phys 10747, Graphics 2135) / (Phys 3839, Graphics 1596) / (Physics 4010, Graphics 584) 3DMark11 (Phys 9820, Graphics 2981) / (Phys 3817, Graphics 2338) / (Physics 3623, Graphics 607) SkyDiver (Phys 9706, Graphics 6975) / (Phys 4343, Graphics 5451) / (Physics 4403, Graphics 1802) NightRaid (Phys 6145, Graphics 9254) / (Phys 1830, Graphics 2622) / (Physics ~2191, Graphics N/A) CloudGate (Phys 8002, Graphics 15651) / (Phys 2845, Graphics 8010) / (Physics 2846, Graphics 5185) Your results may very based on configurations. I also know its not really fair to compare the CPU of the NUC to dual core mobile chips. The fact this is a 4 core / 8 thread will give it a lot of life. It also features a thunderbolt 3 port so if you wished you could hook up an external graphics card. Needless to say the GPU in the NUC is a little powerhouse. I have compared the results to old desktop cards the Iris655 is about equal to an NVidia 8800 GTX and in some tests gets close to an NVidia 285GTX. This PC can play older games at full 1080p just fine but will only play newer games at low resolutions / low settings. The real reason I went with this PC was because the Iris offers 3D support (I have a 3D 1080p tv) as well as 4K, 4K Blu-ray support. The only real problem with the NUC is no optical drive, but I have an external for my laptop so it’s not a problem.

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Solid Memory3/4/2019 1:55:44 PM

Pros: 2400MHz laptop Memory, reliable, good price, Low latency.

Cons: None

Overall Review: I bought this memory to go with a NUC8i5BEH I purchased on Newegg. The Impact had the fastest timing per Mhz from all the brands I could find. It also had a good price per Mhz. 8GB of Ram is now the new minimum norm in computers I got 16GB to give myself some future proofing. I never get close, while my computers with 8GB can get up to 6GB usage just loading webpages. I have had this memory installed for 5 months without any problems.

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Going Strong since 201410/13/2018 10:28:54 AM

Pros: I've had this hard drive in my Drobo DAS system since 2014 without any issues. I primarily use it for media storage. I've had a very good experience with WD Red drives. They are reliable, resonantly fast (not super fast), fairly quiet, and power efficient.

Cons: None

Overall Review: I highly recommend WD red to anyone for any type of storage needs. the Red series is based around reliability. In my opinion making them great all around drives for storage in your home computer or for a NAS. I would not use this for installing the OS it just is not fast enough for that.

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Drobo storage10/13/2018 10:21:48 AM

Pros: I have this drive in my Drobo 4. Works perfectly. WD red series are perfect drives for continuous operations and for NAS / DAS raid systems. This particular drive I bought back in Nov 2017 and have had no issues.

Cons: none.

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Great Motherboard1/7/2016 8:25:10 AM

Pros: Lots of 4pin fan connectors, plenty of sata ports (8), M2 slot, great audio software, great motherboard layout, and asus quality. The bios took some getting used to but is a very nice design and pretty easy to use. The board looks good in my case matches the stealth black motif. Plenty of USB ports. Audio works great with my Logitech 5.1 system.

Cons: When i first installed the ram I got an error. So i tried the other slots they worked, then I tried the original slots again. Turns out I just did not push the ram fully into the slot. Take more force that I had originally thought. I wish there were a few more USB3 ports. I love all the fan connectors but practically speaking the 3 at the top edge are nearly impossible to access if you have a top radiator cooling system. So make sure you plug in your fans then install the radiator and fans. The last issue is with the ASUS AI Suite 3 does not play nice with Corsair Link. I have my radiator pump, and radiator fans all on corsair link and the rest are controlled by ASUS AI. Word of caution, if you run the fan tester in the ASUS AI it will shut off all other fans. I found it turned off my Corsair H100i GTX. Temps rose. I re-booted an everything ran as it should. If I get fed up with one or the other piece of software I'll just switch over. ASUS controls would be the easier switch. Just plug all the fans into the motherboard.

Overall Review: I upgraded my computer from an EVGA X58 FTW3 (i7-950) to this the ASUS Maximus Hero VIII (i7-6700k). It was to modernize my computer. Full USB3 and SATA3 support, DDR4, more energy efficient CPU, and M2. After I updated the bios I had to manually set my RAM's speed and timing. Not a big deal and was easy to do. Over clocking on this board with the i7-6700k is super easy. Just set the turbo frequency to what every you want it to be and if your CPU block has enough over head it will run at those speeds. Personally I set my CPU to be dynamic and only run at over clock when needed to be more energy efficient. I do not use XMP profiles so I don't know how this board does with that feature. Fan profiles can either be set up in Bios or the Asus software. Getting windows up and running was easy. That said I did upgrade my OS from 7 to 10 before I did the hardware upgrade. I did this because I read so many horror stories about the Z170 mobo's and windows 7. Getting the software perfect and updating the bios is time consuming. The Memory I chose was the CORSAIR Vengeance LPX 16GB (2 x 8GB) 288-Pin DDR4 SDRAM DDR4 3000 (PC4 24000) CMK16GX4M2B3000C15 which is not officially support by this board but the CMK32GX4M4B3000C15 is. They are the same ram just a 2 stick vs a 4 stick package. 16GB of ram should be plenty. My old system had 6GB and only in the last 6 months of use had I finally started to max it out. In my decision making process for motherboards my finalists were 1: ASUS Maximus Hero VIII, 2 Gigabyte G1 Gaming, 3: Asus Z170 Pro Gaming 3. The Gigabyte in reviews had slightly lower performance and worse energy efficiency, but has the better audio solution and better reviews. I down loaded all the motherboards manuals and read about them and the IRQ assignments for sharing PCI lanes. Gigabytes M2 and Sata share lanes so not all are accessible at the same time. In the end I chose this board because the price dropped over black Friday and I trust ASUS more than gigabyte. **DOA's happen. Unless you get more than 1 DOA don't knock this board for it especially if ASUS replaces it for free. I hope this review helps. I did A LOT of research before I bought this board. I also waited to buy so that the companies would perfect their BIO features for the new hardware. The down side of waiting was the increase in price of the i7-6700k processor. Supposed to cost $350 now price is $419. Extortion. I found my processor at Micro over black Friday for $356 before tax. My set up: Case: Corsair 550D, PSU Corsair HX1050, CPU cooler: H100i GTX, Ram: Corsair Vengeance LPX 16GB DDR4 3000, Mobo: Asus ROG Maximus Hero VIII, wifi: TP-Link AC1750, GPU GTX760, CPU: I7-6700K, case fans: Cougar CF-V12HP

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Great Closed Loop Liquid Cooler1/6/2016 8:24:25 AM

Pros: Quiet, very quiet at around 1000 RPM. At 1000 RPM my CPU stays at around 25 degrees C idle and overall CPU temps under load stay below 50 degrees C in a silent profile. The pump is nice an quiet. Corsair is a brand I trust.

Cons: Installation as an intake system was difficult. It took a lot of patience to get the fans aligned up with the holes in the radiator for to used this as an intake rather than the "recommended" blower. My first attempt at mounting the pump/cold plate to the top of the CPU didn't work correctly because I had the incorrect risers on. This messed up the original thermal compound on the cooler luckily I had some Arctic Silver and applied it to the plate. The corsair link and Asus Fan controller don't play well with each other. DO NOT test your fans using ASUS fan controller with the radiator fans attached to the CPU pump they will turn off and CPU temps will rise. After the testing the ASUS fan controller and link run ok with each other. Corsair link handles the pump and the 2 fans directly attached to it, while the ASUS controller has profiles for the rest of the fans. If I get truly annoyed with one or the other I would simply either hook everything up through corsair link or the ASUS controller.

Overall Review: I decided to use this CPU cooler as an intake into my computer rather than as a blower because in general its recommended to set up a computers fans to create positive pressure inside the case, and the top of my case as a screen filter for dust so it just seemed to make since. Unfortunately its difficult to get everything aligned for an intake, but is possible. My case is a Corsair 550D, In order to fit this radiator in my case I had to move my DVD drive to the second bay from the top. I can't fit the DVD drive in the top slot with the radiator in my case. The other limitation with my case is that I cant set up this radiator as a push pull system. There just isn't room between the Mobo and the bottom of the radiator to fit another fan. As is said above corsair link and the asus controller don't really like each other, but corsair link is a nice piece of software. It can take all the read outs from the motherboard like Fan speeds and temperatures of components and then you can set up profiles for the fans. I am very happy with the H100i GTX. I read many review before selecting this over the Kraken or the H110i GTX. The final deciding factor for me was noise. This closed loop system was reviewed at making less noise than the other 2 and had a better price, with very little difference in CPU temps. I hope this review helps. My set up: Case: Corsair 550D, PSU Corsair HX1050, CPU cooler: H100i GTX, Ram: Corsair Vengeance LPX 16GB DDR4 3000, Mobo: Asus ROG Maximus Hero VIII, wifi: TP-Link AC1750, GPU GTX760, CPU: I7-6700K, case fans: Cougar CF-V12HP

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Best Thermal Compount1/5/2016 8:42:53 AM

Pros: Maximum PC did a review of a number of thermal compounds. This was rated among the best. This is the second time I have purchase this compound for a computer build and I am very happy with my purchase. The tube is easy to use and contains plenty for several builds or rebuilds.

Cons: The only con is that this product has a long burn in time before it reaches maximum effectiveness. That being said I have not noticed any difference in temperatures from first application to now at full burn in.

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Great AC series wireless card12/22/2015 9:09:00 AM

Pros: 3 antennas, long range, AC1750, PCI-E, trusted brand, looks kind of cool.

Cons: NA

Overall Review: My previous wireless card was a TP-LINK TL-WDN4800 N900. I bought this upgrade to go with upgraded Wireless Router (Netgear R6400 AC1750). My previous experience with TP-Link lead me to buy this card from them again. I never had any problems with my previous card and so far I have had no problems with this one. I have been using it for about a month with out issue. Install drivers from the disk then go to the website for the latest update. Regarding internet speeds. I didn't see any improvement going from the N900 to the AC1750 using the Netgear R6400. The speeds achievable by wireless card are limited by the internet provider. Side note I have charter internet. If I were to set up an in home network or file share I would likely see large improvements over the N series card. I did the upgrade just to future proof my computer build and so the router and wireless card would match speed potentials. I recently did a full upgrade to my desktop. If I hadn't done the upgrade I would not have upgraded the wireless card. I hope this review helps.

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Good Fans, ugly looks12/22/2015 8:34:07 AM

Pros: great performance, high mm-H20, good CFM, cool design / tech in fan blade and housing

Cons: ugly color scheme

Overall Review: I have 1 of this fan inside my computer. I have owned 5 different fans. GELID FN series, corsair performance Pressure series, corsair standard, ENERMAX MAGMA, Noctua NF-F12, and Cougar CF-V12HP. The cougars are my current favorite. I originally bought this fan to test it out on my CPU cooler when I upgraded my computer. My new CPU cooler is the H100i GTX. I had wanted to put a push pull on half the cooler but do to mobo height and case size there was not room. So I am using the Noctua as an intake fan at the bottom of the case. It is pulling air through a filter so its strong pressure profile should help it get air into my case. My case is a Corsair 550D. As far as I can tell its very quiet, its a competitions for quietness between the Noctua and the Cougars. The cougars win in terms of looks. The Noctua fan claims quiet sound profile, and good air pressure performance. The loudest fans are the Corsair P120's. I have all my fans running at 1000rpm. At that speed all is silent. I would love to do formal testing with all my fans testing CFM and pressure. If I ever find the time I would create a test rig to do this.

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Favorite Fans12/22/2015 8:26:21 AM

Pros: versatile, quiet, high CFM, great mm-H2O performance

Cons: NA

Overall Review: I have 4 of these fan inside my computer. I have owned 5 different fans. GELID FN series, corsair performance Pressure series, corsair standard, ENERMAX MAGMA, and Noctua NF-F12. The cougars are my current favorite. First they come in 2 flavors black and orange and just black. They run very quietly. Its a competitions for quietness between the Noctua and the Cougars. The cougars win in terms of looks. These fans also claim high air flow, quiet sound profile, and good air pressure performance. In the past I had used 2 with my old corsair H70 liquid cooler. Running air through that really increased the noise these fans produce by a lot. This was to keep the CPU temps low. My current build I'm currently just using these fans as case fans. My case is a Corsair 550D. The loudest fans are the Corsair P120's. I have all my fans running at 1000rpm. At that speed all is silent. The cougars can get loud with higher RPM but its just the sound of rushing air. I would love to do formal testing with all my fans testing CFM and pressure. If I ever find the time I would create a test rig to do this.

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Great PC tool kit12/22/2015 8:11:42 AM

Pros: Everything you need for a PC build

Cons: NA

Overall Review: I've owned this tool kit for 5 years. I cant believe I never wrote my review. These tools are all the specific tools needed for any possible computer build. I only use these for working inside my computer. They are well made and feel like quality tools. I have used them now for 4 or 5 computer builds without issue.

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Great RAM12/22/2015 8:03:29 AM

Pros: DDR4, Fast timing at 15 for its clock speed, 3000MHz, Good price, quality, stable

Cons: NA

Overall Review: I have been using corsair for years now and I have never had a problem with there products. My previous computer was an i7-950, 6GB corsair DDR3 1600, EVGA FTW3 mobo, and GTX760. In the last month I had finally maxed out the 6GB of RAM and decided it was time to modernize my computer. This memory looks great runs stable and is fast. I did have to set the ram speed and timing manually in my Bios but that is easy to do. There really isn't much to say about Memory. Its sort of the un-sung hero of the computer. You only really thing about memory in the amount you have. Testing also shows that fast RAM wont improve your gaming performance or most performance aspects of your computer. (there are a few reviews out there) The amount of RAM (Memory) your computer has, has a larger effect up to 8GB. 16 GB is to future proof my system to some extent. I imagine by the time I max out 16GB of ram I will be ready for my next computer. And the 3000Mhz speed was to ensure it would be faster in every way over my old DDR3 1600Mhz ram. When shopping for ram I look for the amount of ram I want, the price I can afford, then what clock speeds are available in the price range, and then I look for the lowest timing at that clock speed. I do not utilize XMP in my system. As a note the mobo I bought doesn't officially support the 2x8GB version of the ram but does support the 4x8GB. So I figured the mobo would work great with this 2x8gb version. My build: Mobo Asus Maximus VIII hero, CPU i7-6700K, RAM Corsair 16GB DDR4 3000, wireless TP-LINK Archer T8E AC1750, GPU GTX760, and cpu cooler Corsair H100i GTX. Case Corsair 550D and PSU Corsair HX1050. As always I hope this review helped.

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Great Upgrade5/4/2014 10:06:29 PM

Pros: Perfect upgrade from GTX580. It can play bioshock infinity with everything maxed out at 1080. that is why I bought it. Best bang for buck in my opinion. and runs quiet and uses relatively little power.

Cons: It cost money. but most things do.

Overall Review: If your looking for a good GPU that wont break the bank this is the one to get. For the same price as a Titan or a 780 you can get 2 of these and have more performance. In most cases. I'm personally not running SLI but reviews indicated the above statement. I hope this helps your decision.

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Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
Great Mouse5/4/2014 10:01:34 PM

Pros: Lots of programmable buttons. Great mouse feel perfect weight, size and sensitivity. Great for both mmo, rts, and FPS games

Cons: a little expensive. Lots of option when setting it up. got confusing at time do to instructions.

Overall Review: Bought this to replace my old Razer MMO gaming mouse. for get the name but the one with a crazy number of buttons on the side. This mouse is just as good or better. I love the sensitivity sniper trigger its perfect for FPS's.

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Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
Good Keyboard But5/4/2014 9:56:23 PM

Pros: Great compact design easy to use. Programmable buttons.

Cons: I have really delay / lag issues when its connected to my computer. I have tried everything I can think of to fix the problem. I have the same problem with my Logitech game controller. If it didn't have the lag issue on and off it would be 5 eggs.

Overall Review: You may not have the same issues as me. for my general uses the delay/lag was not enough for me to return the product or stop using it. since its on my HTPC and I only use it for that purpose.

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