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Creative Inspire T10 10 Watts RMS 2.0 Speaker System
  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

5 out of 5 eggs Impressive Bass for this size package 02/16/2014

This review is from: Creative Inspire T10 10 Watts RMS 2.0 Speaker System

Pros: Very impressive low and mid range performance for this size package

Cons: Top end isn't ideally crisp, still fairly expensive

Other Thoughts: If you don't have space for a subwoofer, but care about having something that counts as deep rich bass performance for a desk system, these are absolutely worth the look. There are cheaper 2.1 systems that can do better, but in this format these are unbeatable.

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Corsair Carbide Series 500R Black Steel structure with molded ABS plastic accent pieces ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: On a recommendation, I looked at this case, and even chose it over one with some nicer looking features - I'm glad I did.

Fantastic cable management, good stock fans, very functional top slot and USB 3.0 headers on the front - most importantly excellent airflow with GTX580 and 2600k.
It's quiet, and the rubber insulating grommets do their job quite well.

Cons: Side cable routing for smaller hard drives isn't ideal - some more space would make the hot-swappable locations actually more viable, and involve not breaking flimsy SATA connectors.
HDD/Background activity light is blindingly bright - white just isn't the right color for this, and it illuminates my entire apartment like a lighthouse.

Other Thoughts: I really wish there were options for LED colors to choose - the grey case is beautiful, but being able to choose it with lights that match the hardware (red, blue) instead of white would be very nice, and command a premium in price: one I'd consider to be worth it.
It's not quite worth it to me to swap out fan LEDs, but with a case design this solid, I think it's worth a look.

I prefer the motherboard fan control to the three-level built in, but it's a nice feature.

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ASUS ENGTX580 DCII/2DIS/1536MD5 GeForce GTX 580 (Fermi) 1536MB 384-Bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: Chews through even the latest titles at 2560x1440 resolution. Absurdly powerful, yet the DCII system has yet to clear 70*C on me in-game yet, even running BF3 and Dirt3 on ultra at that high resolution with around 50fps.

Original intent was to buy a reference cooled card and go SLI, but it simply isn't needed. I don't forsee the need to run any higher resolution, and the performance even at the stock clock is impressive.

Asus really did an excellent job with the DC2 cooling system - until I'm really flogging the card, it's whisper quiet, and even at 100% use it is the most impressive Fermi card I've heard.

Cons: Driver support for DisplayPort sucks. Badly. Rolling back to pre-280.62 release drivers is terrible, and being unable to roll back the VBIOS versioning using the GPU TweaKit is making me reliant on DVI for the time being - NOT an adequate solution.

This card is a space hog - I really wouldn't consider it for SLI. On a board huge enough to hold two, you're money ahead tripling up on 560Ti's or reference 570's, or going the ATI route with 2GB 6950's.

Other Thoughts: If you're wary of going SLI/CFX, then this is THE card to get. For sane person resolutions (1920x1080 or 1920x1200) this card handles absolutely everything, and really makes SLI seem like a hassle unless you're on such a tight budget that 560Ti's are worth the extra effort, cost, cooling and PSU overhead.

Once DisplayPort becomes a standard NVIDIA feature with the 600 line of cards, I suspect the driver support for DP will be resolved, and so I'm willing to patiently wait for that to happen. Not being able to use the incremental improvements with much practicality on titles like Skyrim and BF3 would be frustrating - if this GPU didn't just devastate those anyway.
Opting to turn on all the eye candy and MSAA, (which only limits fps to around 45fps on BF3 at 2560 resolution) brings the framerate back down to DVI bandwidth, but the DP issue is the only remaining frustation on what should be a simply brilliant card.

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Display Name: Daniel A.

Date Joined: 08/16/09

  • Reviews: 15
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  • First Review: 12/23/11
  • Last Review: 02/16/14
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