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ASRock Fatal1ty X99M Killer LGA 2011-v3 Intel X99 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

5 out of 5 eggs A lot packed into a small package 03/27/2015

This review is from: ASRock Fatal1ty X99M Killer LGA 2011-v3 Intel X99 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard

Pros: I really like the board in appearance not only from a aesthetic point of view, but also from a functional approach. The color scheme is attractive and the layout is useful and non conflicting.

The layout is what is the most impressive. When you populate the CPU, heatsink/cooler and memory on an X99 board, it tends to take up a lot of the boards space with it having quad channel memory support and a fairly large imprint for CPU. So when you take into account this is a Micro ATX board, that even more is impressive by the number of additional features found on the board.

M.2 slot support, 10 SATA, SLI and Crossfire, premium audio (at least for onboard), power/reset buttons, 2 NICs (one Intel, simple and reliable, the other gaming oriented Qualcomm Killer NIC), plenty of USB, many of which are USB 3.0 and a PS/2 port for those still rocking a true NKRO keyboard (amount other uses).

I had this configured with a 5930K, 16GB of DDR4-2666 and a pair of GTX 980s in SLI. I ran this board for over a month and had a lot of prolonged gaming sessions during that time. The CPU was overclocked to 4.4 GHz the entire time without issue.

Initially I played around a lot in the BIOS, of which this board has dual BIOSes (always a nice feature for covering worse case scenarios). I haven't myself owned an AsRock boards directly, however in both my son's machines they have been using AsRock boards for over 3 years now and they have been the least problematic issue free boards I've ever used. So it wasn't the first time I had seen an AsRock BIOS, but I have to admit it had been a long time as I don't often have to deal with that in any with with the 2 other AsRock boards I have in my house. Despite that it felt familiar and intuitive. The BIOS is full of enthusiast level options, most of which I would imagine the majority of people won't bother touching. Working in the BIOS was great, albeit short as after I got it figured out I had little need to revisit it for the entirely of the follow up usage, which is what you want, a stable board you don't have to constantly be tinkering with just to keep it going.

I'm definitely considering building a smaller form factor system next round. I've always had ATX and Extended ATX boards and I'm not sure why. One reason I suppose is that I like to run a sound card and when using SLI or Crossfire, these smaller boards are out of slots fast. Using the onboard sound on board though was pretty good. I have to admit I'm not an audiophile, and I have a hard time distinguishing minor sound differences in terms of quality. So while I was using the boards audio, I can't say I could tell a difference much from my $100 Creative sound card. So its certainly a positive to know that I could pack this much power into a small package and not be giving up too much to do it and gaining a lot more room at the desk with a smaller system.

Cons: In terms of things that didn't go well there weren't many. Generally my experience of over a month was one that was uneventful.

A couple of things however, I did mention above the onboard audio being good enough that I had a hard time telling the difference in sound quality while using it. While this remains true, I do prefer the software solution of my dedicated sound card I normally use. So if you are going to be running SLI/Crossfire and want to skip using the onboard audio, you're going to be out of slots and forced to use it regardless.

2 NICs. I've commented on this before. You get them and if you can use both for whatever reason then great. But for most people 1 will do. And given the choice of using the Intel vs. Killer, while it may seem prudent to chose the Killer for gaming purposes, the Intel is so much more the easier choice in terms of use and forget. The Killer makes claims about improving this or that for gaming, but so much of it is unsubstantiated or completely indiscernible that its hard to justify the need for it. It's drivers are much larger and more confusing and more needing regular updates and all for what again beyond claims. Now if the board only had the Killer, fine, it's not a bad NIC by any stretch of the means. You could certainly use it and be completely content. In fact I've owned boards in the past where this was the case. But when the Intel NIC is right there ready to go on the same board, why bother with the Killer which is so much more a chore.

I mad a point to use both NICS, each for about the same amount of time. I couldn't tell a difference in any game I played online.

Another thing to point out is in the pros I praised the BIOS. I still think that. However, at one point early on I did some how manage to render the board useless to me where I couldn't get it to boot at all. I wish I could pin point exactly what setting I touched that I shouldn't have, but at the time I couldn't recall anything that would justify why the board suddenly wasn't responding. So it could very well be user error, but I thought I'd mention it anyway as most other board I deal with are pretty hard to get to just not work.

Other Thoughts: I still see a lot of people online who feel the need to point out that AsRock isn't a good brand, or that they are cheap or whatever. I have to say from my experience nothing could be farther from the truth. They are fast becoming one of my go to brands for value for the long term. Asus, which AsRock once affiliated with and stems from still remains atop my list however. AsRock today however working on it's own has done very well for itself and continues to improve and prove itself. There are those who would still perpetuate the idea that AsRock is inferior or of low quality, but I say there isn't much truth in that and I hope that trend continues.

I would say that if you are really in the need for running the powerful X99 platform, but want to do so with a small footprint, I wholeheartedly recommend this board.

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Nyko Charge Base for PlayStation 4
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

1 out of 5 eggs Dead in 3 months 03/14/2015

This review is from: Nyko Charge Base for PlayStation 4

Pros: Simple enough to use when it works.

Cons: Died in 3 months time.

A better design would allow for at least 4 controllers so I wouldn't have to two of these sitting next to each other with all the additional wires.

There are supposed to be lights indicating status, but rarely do they work right. Most often I can't tell if anything is charging.

Other Thoughts: I have two of these. One of them has died after 3 months of use. Newegg won't exchange it because it's past their time to deal. Nyko doesn't even have a proper RMA system and told me just to ship it to an address without any way of tracking the process. The cost to ship is near the cost of just buying a new one.

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Corsair Gaming MM200 Mouse Mat - Standard Edition
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

5 out of 5 eggs A month of use, Worked great 03/05/2015

This review is from: Corsair Gaming MM200 Mouse Mat - Standard Edition

Pros: I was given the standard size to review. Standard is still pretty big and allowed a lot of room to work with. I could drop the resolution of my mouse down and use full arm motions and still have decent room to work with avoiding a lot of repetitive lift off.

For a cloth surface this one is not too shabby. Higher drag and surface mimicking when placed on desks/tables that aren't perfectly flat can present issues with soft cloth surfaces. I for instance have a slight ridge where my desk parts join together and I normally avoid cloth sufaces because I can feel that ridge underneath when using them. This surface is a tad thicker and absorbs that under surface without transferring it to the top side. So at least for my minor desk imperfection this pad works great.

I thought that the surface allowed my mouse to glide well, if not a little bit harder than a hard mouse surface.

Tracking seemed on par with any of my other mouse surfaces and I didn't notice any anomalies there.

The back of the surface did well in keeping it in place. I don't think it moved an inch after initially placing it.

Cons: I really can't find anything worth considering as a con for the price of this surface. Just know whether you prefer a hard or soft surface as being soft will cause you to put a little more effort into moving the mouse around. Not really a con though if you prefer that.

Other Thoughts: I'm a hard mouse surface guy. I prefer the easier gliding and the pad always staying flat even when set on top of slightly uneven surfaces. Now that I've reviewed this mouse surface, I'll be going back to hard surfaces again.

So I wanted to see if I could use this pad for an extended period of time and get over the fact that it didn't feel as good as a hard surface. After a week or two I had all but forgotten the difference and this allowed me to look at the surface a little more objectively. Otherwise I would have probably noted up a con along the lines of "I didn't like it" without a reasonable excuse as to why.

I normally mouse on either a Logitech G440 or a Razer Scarab, both hard surfaces. This cloth surface from Corsair is actually bigger than either of those surfaces. So I will miss the extra size.

For the cost this is a good product, like most from Corsair. I wouldn't mind them finding some very distinct way of distinguishing their product from the competition however, whatever that may be.

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