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GIGABYTE GV-N770OC-4GD GeForce GTX 770 4GB 256-Bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 HDCP Ready WindForce 3X 450W Video Card
  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: -extremely fast, especially with the factory overclock
-excellent cooling; idles at a nice 31°C (haven't yet been able to test temps under full load) and is very quiet
-the 4GB of VRAM leaves a lot of headroom for future games
-the build quality seems very solid

Cons: -quite large and heavy, though this is really to be expected from a GPU of this caliber
-no PCB backplate is included (which isn't necessary to have on a GPU in the first place, but it would certainly help the rigidity of a card of this size and weight; and, truth be told, it helps with the looks)

Other Thoughts: I got this particular GPU to replace my older GTX 570, and boy am I satisfied! From tests I've seen that the 770 is very nearly the equivalent of dual SLI'd 570's, which is pretty amazing to me.

I managed to try out Battlefield 4 a bit, and it runs on Ultra settings no problem, seeming to average about 70-80fps in the testing range. I could previous only get about 30-40fps. Winning.

I've also run some benchmarks with Unigine Heaven and Valley, and I'll just come out and say it: the power of this thing is simply juicy. I expect to buy another somewhere down the line and SLI them (mainly to play at higher single-monitor resolutions). Till then, this thing delivers plenty of power for 1080p gaming.

The bottom line here is this: if you're looking for the most beastly GPU for 1080p gaming, this is an excellent choice. If, however, you want that extra bit of power without needing to SLI, it might be worth your while to spend the extra ~$100 and purchase a GTX 780. (the price and power figures of two 770's in contrast with a single 780 shouldn't really be compared, but it's just a thought)

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Corsair Vengeance K95 CH-9000020-NA Black/Metal USB Wired Gaming Mechanical Keyboard (NA)
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

5 out of 5 eggs A real delight of a keyboard! 08/26/2013

This review is from: Corsair Vengeance K95 CH-9000020-NA Black/Metal USB Wired Gaming Mechanical Keyboard (NA)

Pros: -amazingly smooth key presses
-very accurate switch response
-anti-ghosting (with 20-key rollover) is invaluable
-open keys allow for very easy cleaning, not to mention it creates a unique and dazzling look
-aluminium backplate adds to the beauty as well as the structural integrity
-very bright backlighting; key-by-key backlighting hasn't necessarily been revolutionizing to me, but it has potential to be tactical
-excellent media keys
-18 programmable macro keys (with on-the-fly macro recording) are brilliant, especially for MMO-style games
-Windows key lock is quite handy

Cons: -as several other people have noted, the keys with more than one symbol on them are not evenly backlit, though this really doesn't bother me
-aluminium backplate is a bit of a "fingerprint magnet," as one other user stated, but, as he also stated, it can easily be wiped clean with a cloth and a bit of denatured alcohol; personally, it's not much of a problem
-there is a bit of backlight flicker
-I would have liked to see a couple more levels in the selection of brightness settings for the backlighting

Other Thoughts: I bought the K95 after seeing the unboxing and review on LinusTechTips. I was unbelievably frustrated with the keyboard I had at the time (the Logitech G510), and after that review I really was ready to try out a mechanical keyboard for the first time. The K95 was certainly one of the better options out there, so I took a chance, and I don't think I could be more satisfied! It'll take a little while longer before I become fully used to the feel of the mechanical keys, but it's a welcome change. The response is unbelievable, and the design of the keyboard is truly something to admire. Gaming has definitely improved because of it; the G510 had constant ghosting issue, and also the membrane switches were too soft - I'm very glad to be rid of all that.

The K95 is an excellent and very high-quality product, and I greatly recommend it for those searching for a high-end mechanical keyboard. Never again will I use a non-mechanical keyboard!

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Logitech G510 Black 18 Function Keys USB Wired Gaming Keyboard
  • Owned For: more than 1 year

2 out of 5 eggs Not terrible, but fairly overpriced and very mediocre for gaming. 08/21/2013

This review is from: Logitech G510 Black 18 Function Keys USB Wired Gaming Keyboard

Pros: -it looks sleek aesthetically
-decent media keys
-headphone/microphone jacks can be quite handy
-the LCD screen, with the proper applications, can provide nice in-game info
-backlight color customization

Cons: -membrane triggers are much too soft
-keys are a bit wobbly and sometimes, but not very often, get stuck on the way down (requiring extra force to activate them)
-frequent ghosting issues
-the backlight is very dim and is really only noticeable in a dark environment
-the paint finish is not ideal for those whose hands might become sweaty (see Other Thoughts)
-the keyboard has an overall cheap feel to it and flexes quite easily
-the rubber pads on the bottom of the keyboard are uneven (and this might very well just be exclusive to my keyboard), thus causing one side of the keyboard to be slippery
-the software utility is not particularly complicated, but the UI could be a bit more simplified

Other Thoughts: The activation pressure is exceptionally heavy, the membrane switches are certainly too soft, the ghosting has cost me quite a few deaths in BF3, and the keys do sometimes get stuck.

I'm constantly having to wipe off the keys after gaming sessions. The texture of the paint on the keys causes sweat to cake up easily, and, as a person whose hands tend to get sweaty when gaming, it's nothing more than frustrating.

I would write a longer and more detailed review, but I'm apparently limited on the mobile Newegg app, so I'll wrap up this review as best as I can.

You should NOT buy this if you're expecting a quality keyboard for gaming purposes. Leave that to mechanical keyboards. Honestly, I'm not sure if I'd recommend the keyboard for anything, because, while it has many features, none of the features are refined, and all of them end up feeling extremely lackluster and unappealing to use. And for $119.99? Don't disappoint yourself like I did. Do your research and consider your options.

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Display Name: Geordon S.

Date Joined: 07/16/12

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  • Last Review: 01/05/14
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