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This review is from: Thrustmaster TX Racing Wheel Ferrari 458 Italia Edition
Pros: The force feedback felt very immersive and proper in Forza 5, as well as on several PC games such as Formula 1 2013 and Assetto Corsa.
I dare say this wheel base is the best force feedback to date and Forza 5 has the best FFB programmed into a racing game, making it the perfect match for each other.
The mounting system is quite flexible, easily clamped onto my computer table securely. It also features threaded inserts on the wheel base and pedals for mounting to a cockpit or wheel stand.
Vehicle handling in any racing game is dramatically better than using a controller, since you have 900° of rotation to work with rather than 1/2" of movement for a full wheel rotation with a controller.
Adjustable DOF comes in very useful since I can drop it down to proper spec for F1 racing or get it set to match steering in DiRT 3.
Cons: The wheel that comes with the set (Ferrari 458 wheel) is a grand touring wheel, which is meant for comfortable cruising down the highway. That means in racing scenario, it's not practical for high speed maneuvering and can cause you to lose a proper grip while turning. A round wheel is much better than the way this wheel is shaped.
When I initially took the wheel out of the box, I felt sick to my stomach because the wheel was all plastic and felt like a child's toy. Not something for a grown man to own and have any dignity.
There is a "gear" feeling when turning the wheel, which it shouldn't have since it's belt driven and electric motor.
This wheel has been out for 5 months, and there still isn't any sign of the pedals and shiftier add-ons being available for purchase.
I have a slightly negative feeling on the pedals as well. They have good resistance and are accurate, but they seem a bit cheap. Thrustmaster also limited themselves from having a clutch pedal since a Ferrari 458 doesn't have one so to keep with the theme, it's not there. Also doesn't help that the pedals that do have a clutch are still unavailable for purchase 5 months after this wheel has been released.
Other Thoughts: I returned mine until Thrustmaster can come up with a better combination of wheel rim and pedals to go with this great wheel base, or perhaps sell the wheel base separately. You can get better pedals and better rim for racing as "add ons", but it's wasted money owning the 458 wheel and pedals since they would sit in the box never used.
I do miss having this wheel set for Forza 5, however the 458 set isn't good for racing. Thrustmaster should have gone with a generic styled wheel that was round, and pedals which had a clutch pedal. Having to spend hundreds more dollars to remedy those two things is too much to ask for.
I'm leaving this product with a 3 egg "neutral" review since the wheel base is great, but the execution of making it themed off a touring car hurts driving performance in racing.
Pros: It came packaged in vacuum sealed anti-static bag with air cushion perfectly designed for HDDs so it should ship okay.
From looking at the externals, the HDD looks well built with no sensitive components on the back of the PCB like some HDDs.
Five year warranty is unrivaled.
Cons: Unfortunately, the HDD came DOA which is quite disappointing.
If this particular HDD is any indication, it is unreasonably loud for an HDD (louder than 10,000 RPM drive). But this is a defective unit so take this statement with some caution.
Other Thoughts: I really hate leaving a bad rating for something that arrived dead, but I have over 1.5TB of data I need to transfer to a larger storage drive, and having a drive come DOA isn't reassuring that I can put faith into this lasting. For me to lose all that data would take a solid month of 24/7 downloading to replace, so I'll be looking into different storage solutions.READ FULL REVIEW
This review is from: CORSAIR Hydro Series H100i Extreme Performance Water/Liquid CPU Cooler. 240mm
Pros: The temperature of my 3770K at 4.5Ghz overclock keeps under 60°C during Intel burn test, and 50°C during gaming with my Corsair SP120 performance fans turned low using a fan controller. The cooling ability of this unit is satisfactory.
Cons: The mounting system was not properly tight with provided spacers. I had to add nylon washers to take the slack out of the mount, though this has probably been revised by Corsair by now (there was a batch of them about a year ago with this problem on LGA1155 Asus boards).
After a year, the green and blue LED's that control the glowing corsair logo on the block died, so the logo is permanently red now.
Corsair Link version 2.0 won't set fans lower than 1700 RPM regardless of me setting them to lower RPM than that. I had to use a fan controller to effectively silent my fans.
I personally recommend not bothering with Corsair Link, as the only useful feature was changing the LED color on the pump which inst that important. If you dont have a fan controller, your motherboard fan controller will be better than it so just use that.
Other Thoughts: There is allot of small issues this cooling solution gave me over the last year I'v owned it, but overall I am satisfied with the cooling ability.
If I had to chose a self contained water cooling solution with what's available on the market now, I would probably purchase a more basic unit that didn't have so many unneeded bells and whistles that eventually die anyway.