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Seagate Expansion 3TB USB 3.0 3.5
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

5 out of 5 eggs Seagate Expansion 3TB External USB3 HDD 06/04/2015

This review is from: Seagate Expansion 3TB USB 3.0 3.5" Desktop External Hard Drive STEB3000100

Pros: I've owned this drive for a couple months now before wanting to make a review on it just to see how it'd perform with various workloads and have been very impressed.

You'll receive the large, plastic case that the HDD comes in (with small attached feet), AC adapter, SS cable (USB3) and are ready to go. Just plugged it into my tower (EVGA Dark X79 platform) and formatted just to be safe and was ready in little time.

The drive does have a bright blue LED on the front so it's easy to know it's powered on and working.

Transfers are fantastic as is to be expected from USB 3. I'm using the drive primarily for photo and video backup and seeing transfer rates between 70-100MB/sec with bursts far higher. Seems to be right in line with what the USB dongle to the board puts out.

Lots of storage space. Fast transfers. So far, so good for stability, super easy to use, and no issues at all with a Windows 7 Pro x64 desktop.

Cons: So far, it's been stable and fast.

Comes with a shockingly short 1 year warranty. Really?! What happened when drives gave 5 or 10 year warranties?

Otherwise my quips are minor. The drive is a bit bulkier than other slim external HDDs and because this is a full sized desktop drive inside, it draws more power than USB supplies so it requires an oddly shaped AC adapter.

Other Thoughts: While there are some minor reservations as I said, I have been pleasantly surprised by this drive so far and for the price, it seems to be a good deal. 3TB is fantastic for backups and storing tons of data - presuming the drive retains quality to last as long as I hope it would.

As always, keep backups of really important things on more than one device ;).

Otherwise this has been a fantastic, easy to use, speedy drive that I am pleased with.

EVGA 12G-P4-2992-KR GeForce GTX TITAN X 12GB 384-Bit PCI Express 3.0 SLI Support Superclocked Video Card
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: I came into picking up this card with hopeful but realistic expectations and so far, I have been quite impressed.

I've not seen an Earth-shattering difference, coming from an original Titan SC to this X SC, but the differences are still quite substantial and I feel, worthwhile. On benchmarks and games where on the Titan I could be hovering around 60 FPS or a tad higher, this card pushes 90-120+.

I'm still putting the card through my own suite of benchmarking and gaming tests but on average I'm finding it to be 20-50% faster than the full Kepler chip in the original Titan, which is pretty awesome. Not sure if that would equate it to the same figures above and beyond a 980 but I'm trying to compare apples to apples.

My card has been fantastic. Arrived from Newegg and EVGA in perfect condition. No issues installing. Grabbed the GTA V 350 driver and away it went. Immediately set up a manual fan profile to 65% and that is more than sufficient for lighter games such as WoW or FFXIV. Games more akin to BF3 or 4, Rift, GW2, or those that push the GPU a little harder can easily be handled by the stock cooler at about 65-70% fan, which, while not quiet, is not really any louder than the original Titan's fan.

For benchmarking, 85% fan works well, and on a rare case, 90% is fine. No need to really push 100% as at that point it's moderately loud. But again, it's just the woosh of air - not coil whine or whirring or anything - just the brush of moving air.

The highest I can test this card on my monitor is at 1200p, even though I do plan to move to 4K in the future. I've certainly had some high enough frame rates on games and tasks to where yes, I can agree with review assessments that this is the first 4K-capable single GPU card where you can get sufficient frame rates out of it for gaming. It may not happen in every game, but it seems like the power is there. 12 GB of RAM just because it's the X! You probably won't use all of it any time soon though.

Have not pushed the card beyond stock at all in testing but again, have heard good things. For now it's very fast and fantastic and for the most part obliterates any scores or such I could achieve on an original Titan. If you want arguably the best single GPU out at the moment, this is it. Sure SLI models that are a notch lower can equal or beat it but if you don't want to deal with dual GPUs, this is the limit for the moment.

For Folders, should score 2-3x as many PPD than the original Titan. For 3DMark, you'll see ~50% more points on GPU tests compared to the original Titan.

Keep in mind this card does not have any specialty compute built in. FP is back to 1/32 so if you need a cheap scientific card, you're probably better served by the other Nvidia cards or an original Titan.

Roughly the same size, power use, etc., as the original Titan while being more powerful. Can't go wrong with that.

Great card!

Cons: Price isn't so much a "con" as just par for the course at this level. It's not the most efficient Dollar to price card out there but at least as far as I'm aware, is a better value than the original Titan.

Other Thoughts: I've put the majority of my review in the good section, and with good reason! The fit and finish on this card is superb, with a great powder coated black metal body, same clear window, green GTX logo, and same fan style that made the original Titan impressive - stepped up a notch.

A solidly built beast of a GPU. Only one 6 pin and one 8 pin needed for supplemental power.

If you want the best, now, get one and enjoy. Sure, eventually there'll be something better down the road - that's just how tech goes, but for now this is the king and I'd imagine anyone coming from Kepler architecture or prior to Maxwell period, will be impressed.

Hopefully once DX12 brings greater fidelity to game detail or we see engines continue to advance, that cards like this can be more thoroughly pushed.

While some would argue this is a waste for me even at 1200p, I do a lot of other graphics / photo / video work where I can see improvement as well. It's all about gauging needs, and for me at the moment and for the future, I think the X will certainly fill it.

Corsair MM200 CH-9000086-WW Extended Edition Gaming Mouse Mat
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

5 out of 5 eggs Corsair MM200 Cloth Gaming Mousepad 03/30/2015

This review is from: Corsair MM200 CH-9000086-WW Extended Edition Gaming Mouse Mat

Pros: --Great build quality (textured cloth and rubber / neoprene).
--HUGE. Like, almost a meter long, huge.
--Solid base rubber grip so it's not moving from where you lay it down for gaming.
--Great texture top for effortless mouse gliding.
--Comes in a convenient drafting tube package

Cons: --Like most mousepads, static electricity is a thing and you may find hair and stuff sticking to the pad depending on your environment. Regular cleaning or brushing may help to keep the pad free from debris after time.
--HUGE - Be sure you have a desk, table, or generally large area for your computing environment! This won't fit on your little side table with your laptop.
--Price - For what you're getting, it's a huge mousepad and worth the expense, but if you can't fully utilize it's spacious size, you may be able to do just as well with a smaller and less expensive pad.

Other Thoughts: Being able to officially review this as part of the Eggxpert program offered a fun experience, since normally I do not use mousepads or have ever seen one of this size. The Corsair MM200 is a wonderful - albeit LARGE - mousepad built with quality and performance in mind, and that's who they're promoting it to.

If you're an enthusiast gamer who has a large desktop, on a large table / desk and wants a mousepad you can fit your keyboard on, your mouse, and just about anything else, this would suffice to be an item that fits that bill. If you're looking for a mousepad that's of good build quality and smaller than this behemoth, you may wish to look elsewhere.

At 930 x 320mm, this is a very, very large mouse pad! It's just a question of price VS value if one feels that getting such a large area for your mouse and hand is well worth it.


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